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Chicago Denies May 20 Coalition Against NATO Parade Permit

From Common Dreams this morning we are hearing that Rahm has denied the Coalition

Against NATO/G8 parade permit in Chicago for Sunday May 20, the day the NATO conference begins.  The ever-brilliant Barack Obama had earlier moved the G-8 meeting to Camp David, but not before Rahm granted the requested parade permit to the very same folks  a day earlier.  But…as the philosopher Kurt Vonnegut was always wont to say: ‘So it goes…’.

Via CD, the Chicago Tribune reports:

“After approving a parade permit for a group protesting the G-8 and NATO summits in Chicago, the city has denied an identical application by the same group seeking to move their parade one day later in the wake of the White House’s decision to move the G-8 conference.

The demonstrators asked to move their march from Saturday, May 19, after word came that the G-8 meeting scheduled to start that day had been moved by President Barack Obama to Camp David. The protesters filed a permit that was identical to the one the city approved for Saturday, except the date of protest was moved to Sunday, May 20, when the NATO meeting is set to start.

But this time the city rejected the request, citing a lack of police officers as well as other security and logistics complications from the very summit the demonstrators are seeking to protest. […]

Protesters, including the permit applicant, Andy Thayer, met with city officials today to discuss the city’s proposed alternative route. Thayer said they rejected the alternative, but will continue meeting with the city.

“Hopefully, we can work something out,” Thayer said. (my bold)

Although the same route had previously been approved for the first day of the G-8 summit, the denial states the city can’t handle such a demonstration on the first day of the NATO summit.”

The Common Dreams piece has the pdf permit denial from the Dept. of Transportation.

Stay tuned; this may get interesting.  And if you didn’t get a chance to read TarheelDem’s excellent diary about his reasons for heading to Chicago to protest NATO, and demand alternative alliances and/or healthier global objectives, please do.  TD was extremely patient with me in the comments; good guy that he is.  ;o)

Also, Truthout has a very good essay by Phil Rostock up, ‘Reclaiming Our Rights from HR 347’, which new law several of us at My.FDL have written about, kerfuffles notwithstanding, here’s mine if you want further information.

Rostock is sober about our coming struggles against the despotic plutocrats, but envisions each of as flaming arrows of focused energy as we find our best core selves in order to reclaim our nation and its commons, reject the commodification of our selves we’ve been subjected to for so long, and de-couple from the amnesia that is America.  He, like many of us here, is a Dreamer, and you’ll love his dream-tales. I’ll just include one bit he wrote, and it includes a quote from a familiar ancient Greek:

“On a personal basis, if you insist on standing opposed to despotism, expect trouble. In that case, one loses all certainties … save one: The retention of a viable sense of self.

“So little pains do the shallow take in the investigation of truth, accepting readily the first story that comes to hand.”

~ Thucydides, from The History of the Peloponnesian War

It’s likely Kevin will write this up with more detail than I have time for just now; if you see more updates, info, or reaction,  please bring it into the comments.



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