Below is a list of first-person accounts from the #noNATO actions in Chicago. This page will be updated as we receive new stories so check back often. Don’t let the corporate media speak for you, if you were in Chicago tell us what you saw. Submit your story.
In the Middle and In Between: A NATO: Retrospective Reminiscing a day of #noNATO action, from veterans tossing back their medals to a long & arduous march in the summer heat.
Thoughts on Chicago, Part 2: Cracking Skulls: After a heart-breaking ceremony by American soldiers, police descend to violently intimidate the crowd.
Thoughts on Chicago, Part 1: Gathering: One obvious quality shared by all the actions during NATO was a sense of community, thanks to the efforts of the National Nurses United and Occupy Chicago.
Congratulations for Subversively Preventing Free Speech & the Right to Peacefully Assemble: A photographer returns to her home city of Chicago during the NATO summit, with no welcome from the police.
An Anarchist’s Odyssey to Chicago: Part 3: An occupier celebrates in the street at the Boeing shut down and reflects on the movement before heading back to New York with five staples in the head from a police baton, but many new friends.
Show Me What a Clown State Looks Like!: The #noNATO protests featured a new tactic, the Clown Bloc, which serves as example for less traditional methods of protest.
An Anarchist’s Odyssey to Chicago: Part 2 A wildcat march through downtown Chicago turns bloody when this protester is hit with police batons and sent to the hospital.
An Anarchist’s Odyssey to Chicago: Part 1 Visiting Chicago for #noNATO, an anarchist makes a pilgrimage to the Haymarket Anarchists memorial between protests.
99Solidarity Occu-Bus Day 7: Coming ‘Home’ “One of the other things I realized on this fantastic journey is that regardless of whether I’m in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago or my native United Kingdom, when I’m amongst occupiers I am home.”
99Solidarity Occu-Bus Day 6: ICE and Leaving Chicago: Those bused in to Chicago for #noNATO have a final fay of actions before leaving the city.
Protesting the Empire From Oakland to Chicago: For a protester from Oakland, the Chicago Police Department is only another example of police brutality in a national trend.
Solidarity During Wartime in Chicago “If it’s one thing I can take away from observing, writing about, and participating in the protests at the NATO summit, it’s that creating community will be what saves the world.”
99Solidarity Occu-Bus Day 5: #M20 An occupier from LA marches on NATO and see’s why traditional media outlets are a dying breed.
99Solidarity Bus Day 4 (Part 2) After 50 hours on a bus from LA, things begin to heat up in Chicago.
Video: Natalie Solidarity on Incidents with Police at NATO #M19 Protests Natalie recaps the Saturday Marches and Police violence.
The Accidental Medic: A Short Narrative From The NATO Protests “In that alley, we had three bloody head injuries, and one blunt force trauma injury to the chest. The police would not let EMS anywhere near us. We tried calling 911 dispatch, but to no avail.”
Against NATO: Blood and Solidarity: “There were about 50 of us when we decided to take the street. The spontaneity of our protest created an incredible energy that would be difficult to plan. Once we were in the street, filling out all three lanes on our side and chanting loudly, we almost literally doubled in size with each minute.”
#SolidaritySunday March in NYC: Solidarity sweeps the streets in New York, as members of OWS march together with their comrades at #noNATO and protests around the world.
Video Update on Chicago #noNATO M20 Protests: An occupier gives his audience an update on NATO protests as well as what’s happening in that moment in this short video update.
Anti-Capitalist March Brutality and Victory: An occupier describes M19’s march against capitalism and brutality throughout Chicago as part of the #noNATO protests.
99Solidarity Bus Day 4: March on Rahm’s House: After traveling on a bus for 3 days, a group of occupiers from LA finally joins a march on Rahm Emanuel’s home.
Chicago NATO Dispatch Day 1: A report of the first day of protest against NATO in Chicago and the ensuing march.
Day 3 on the 99Solidarity Bus Trip: The bus from LA is now in Chicago, where the group attends the Robin Hood Tax Rally with a performance by Tom Morello.
Day 2 on the 99Solidarity Bus Trip: The bus from LA makes its way to Chicago’s anti-NATO protests after 50 hours of epic travel.
99Solidarity Bus Trip: An occupier from LA describes the first day of an epic cross country bus caravan heading toward #noNATO and Chicago.
Whose Summit? The People’s Summit! A report-back from the People’s Summit and the start of ten days of action in Chicago.