This past Sunday, dissenters of all shapes, sizes and political affiliations took their causes to the streets of Chicago in protest of the N.A.T.O. summit meeting at McCormick Place. The day started with musical performances by Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) among others. With the public address system was on the fritz (either by the hand of “the man” or due to honest-to-god technical difficulties), the two accompanied by the military veterans who would later renounce their war medals, took the show off stage and into the crowd performing an acoustic set. After the sound glitch was fixed, a bevy of speakers representing a rainbow of organizations climbed back onstage to engage the swelling crowd. The protest, estimated at 30,000 strong, then hit the streets of Chicago in a roaring raucous as it made its way towards the N.A.T.O. summit.
Click read more Below to view entire photo album
This past weekend, the N.A.T.O. summit came to Chicago to discuss the future of the war in Afghanistan among other poignant topics. Friday's National Nurses United rally on Daley Plaza featuring Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, The Nightwatchman) and Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) performing was one of many causes for much pre-N.A.T.O. anxiety for law enforcement. However, there was an interesting dynamic that prevailed during Friday’s protest. That being the average attendee was somewhere in the 40-something range, female and hardly malevolent. Not exactly Tom Morello or Tim McIlrath’s usual demographic, nor the type known for chucking Molotov cocktails and reeking havoc. In hindsight, it seems hard to believe that Rahm Emmanual and Chicago's city officials tried to pull the plug on what amounted to overall peaceful event.
Click read more Below to see more video and view the entire photo album