In May, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will meet in Chicago to plan continued counter-terrorism war in Afghanistan beyond 2014, increases in military spending, future wars modeled after the disastrous Libyan regime change war, and expansion of the so-called missile defense system. On the eve of the summit, the NATO-Free Future Network for Global Justice and Peace, convened by the American Friends Service Committee and Peace Action, and endorsed by United for Peace and Justice, will also be meeting to map out an alternative path in a Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice on May 18 - 19. Join us in Chicago. The 2-day Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice will have 24 workshops exploring ways to end and prevent wars, to move the money from the Pentagon to meet real human needs, and to create a more equitable, just peaceful society. Register for the conference and join the dialogue. Join us in Chicago where our list of speakers begins with Vijay Prashad of Trinity College, Sarita Gupta, the Executive Director of Jobs with Justice, Tom Hayden, lead author of the Port Huron Statement, Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies, Tobias Pfluger until recently a member of the European Parliament, and many more. Come to Chicago, to meet with Afghans for Peace during our Counter Summit and to support Afghanistan war veterans on May 20 as they rally and march to the NATO Summit to return their military medals to the NATO Generals in a March for Justice and Reconciliation. Today, the public debate over every new international crisis or national security issue is framed by how, not if, we should use military force. This is what we’re working to change. Check our website for new articles that explore the issues and challenges we face in working towards a NATO free future. Be the representatives of the 99% who suffer from the effects of a militarized federal budget and want an end to wars at the Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice.
The 99% vs. War & Injustice: Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice Chicago, May 18 – 19, 2012
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