Occupy Chicago works on NATO summit plans

May 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

CHICAGO, May 13 (UPI) -- The Occupy movement blasted U.S. military policy Sunday at a meeting to plan its response to next weekend's NATO summit in Chicago.

Speakers told the crowd of about 200 at a warehouse near Chicago's Chinatown district that the United States and NATO supported policies that hurt working-class folks in developing nations.

"All the demands that we're making -- for social justice, economic equality, against the wars and occupations -- they're all linked by opposition to a system that's out of control," Ashley Smith, who flew to Chicago from Vermont, told the Chicago Tribune.

Smith was one of a number of out-of-towners bolstering the ranks of Occupy Chicago for the high-profile summit.

Another visitor, 19-year-old Kevin Rambo, told the Trib he was representing Occupy San Diego and was drawn to the NATO event. "There's a revitalized activist community because of the Occupy movement, for the most part," he said. "Because of the growing number of people who are getting involved, I couldn't really not protest against NATO."

No specific plans to demonstrate or disrupt the NATO summit were announced, the newspaper said. After the welcoming speeches, the attendees participated in various workshops on issues such as the legal system and education.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kim Jong Un had terrapin farm manager executed, says source
More than 80 percent of North Korean defectors are women, says report
North Korea requests medical aid from U.N. agencies
Kenyan bishop warns Obama against pro-gay policy
Duma approves construction of $4 billion bridge to Crimea