Organizer Planning Meeting to Protest NATO/G8 Summit
Antiwar, student, and labor organizers from around the city of Milwaukee will be meeting on Saturday, Feb. 18, 1 pm, at The Center Street LIbrary (2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.) for a planning meeting to found a Milwaukee Coalition to protest the NATO/G8 Summit in Chicago this May.
About NATO/G8 Summit (from http://cang8.wordpress.com/):
Next May, 2012 Chicago will host two huge, international summits as leaders of the NATO military alliance and the “G8,” a forum consisting of representatives from eight of the largest industrial economies, will gather here.
The G8 has led the charge for government give-aways to corporations, including banks, and attacks on working people’s living standards. G8 members currently include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Russia. These countries comprise only 14% of the world’s population but 60% of the Gross World Product and more than 70% of the world’s military expenditures.
NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is a Cold War relic once designed to meet alleged “Soviet aggression” in Europe and now reconfigured to provide a veneer of international legitimacy to U.S.-led military attacks, often under the guise of humanitarian action, in countries as divergent and far-flung as Libya, Afghanistan, and the former Yugoslavia. These “interventions” often increase already- existing internal violence, impede the work of relief organizations on the ground, violate international law, and provide cover for enhancing the power and influence of Western states at the expense of the beleaguered inhabitants of the targeted countries. Just a portion of the military spending by NATO could save the lives of thousands of people daily who are in desperate need of food, clean water, shelter, and medical care.
A meeting by either of these two notorious organizations would be reason enough for large protests. How much more so now that, in May, 2012, Chicago will see them both meeting in the same city, at the same time, for the first time in over three decades!