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Jesse Jackson urges support for protest at NATO summit

By staff |
April 13, 2012
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Reverend Jesse Jackson with CANG8 organizer Joe Iosbaker, announcing his support
Reverend Jesse Jackson with CANG8 organizer Joe Iosbaker, announcing his support for the May 20 protest march at NATO Summit. (Photo: Marcus Devery)

Chicago, IL - On April 11, the Reverend Jesse Jackson announced his support for the May 20 protest march against the NATO summit in Chicago. Jackson made the announcement on the public radio station WBEZ.

Five days earlier, Occupy Chicago held its much awaited return to street protests. Jackson spoke, and it was at that a gathering of 1000 people that he first stated his plan to march.

Jackson said, “We have spent $3 trillion on war in the past decade. That’s enough to pay off all state debts, to re-open schools, pay teachers, firefighters and transit workers. “

He added, “Today there’s too much wealth in too few hands, too much poverty and too much war.”

With that, he urged the Occupy Movement to march against the NATO summit on May 20 at noon. “We’ll march for jobs, housing, healthcare, pensions, education, and against war,” declared Jackson.