Info Sheet:

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

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!

Jan. 25, 2012 at the state capitiol in Madison, WI.



Emergency Planning Meeting: Stop Racists on Sept. 11 in NYC
Solidarity Center
55 West 17th Street, 5th Floor
New York, New York
(Note: Those individuals and organizations who can’t attend the planning meeting or be at the demonstration, can send in their endorsements.)
A message from the International Action Center:
Dear Friend,

We are writing with a sense of great urgency and concern.

Extreme right wing racist forces, who last year whipped up an ugly climate of hate against the Islamic Prayer Center at 51 Park Place, have announced new plans for Sunday, September 11 this year at the same location.

Last year the media claimed that this well financed hate group represented the views of a great majority of the population. However many of us considered it a responsibility to show that they do not speak for the people in NYC.

We organized, with the help of many thousands who responded, a far larger and dignified outpouring to stand for unity and solidarity and against racism, war and anti-Muslim bigotry.

This year on the 10th Anniversary of September 11, it is more important than ever that we do not allow this grouping to be the only voice speaking to the media and to the world. It is especially important to counter in this period of growing economic crisis, the forces who want to blame immigrants and Muslims for the cutbacks in social services, deteriorating conditions and continuing wars.

In response to this year’s new threats, we must revive the Emergency Mobilization Against Racism, War and Anti-Muslim Bigotry.

Please join with us on WEDNESDAY, Aug 10 at 6pm to plan for a rally of unity and solidarity. This will give us one month to be well organized with a clear message.

The planning meeting will be at the Solidarity Center at 55 West 17th St, #5C, NY, NY 10011 (between 5 & 6 Ave) Take the A,B,C,E,F,L,M,1,2,3,4,5,6,​ or NJ PATH trains to 14th St. After 6pm there is also free parking on the street. Please invite others who you think would be interested in participating.

Light refreshments will be served so that those fasting for Ramadan can break their fast at 8pm.

We will also have an update on the plans for the Palestine Rally scheduled for Thursday, September 15 marching from Times Square to the UN.

Please consider now if you can add your name and your organization’s name in support of this united gathering on Sunday, Sept 11, 2011.

We look forward to seeing you this Wed, Aug 10 at 6pm.

For Respect and Solidarity,
Sara Flounders

International Action Center