In case you missed it there were a LOT of protests last weekend in Chicago

By Vince Wallace
(@SouthChiRepublc)

It was a pretty bangin’ weekend for the first amendment in Chi-town.  There were actions by IVAW for peace with Iran, an energetic March against TPP in Lakeview, and a demonstration supporting besieged Syrians in the West Loop, among others.
If you didn’t see any of this on the evening news, Congratulations!  Now you know why I write this blog thing.

About 200 people came to Lakeview to protest fast-tracking the TPP.

About 200 people came to Lakeview to protest fast-tracking the TPP.

Lakeview residents and opponents of corporate trade from all over town were out in force to make their voices heard to Rep. Mike Quigley AGAINST fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  The event was sponsored by the Illinois Fair Trade Coalition (with a good push from the Minnesota contingent), and a number of groups who have issues with the agreements potential to harm citizens & workers in the US and Latin America.
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This set is a combination of photos by myself and by fellow activist Roger Beltrani of the Iraq Veterans Against War’s attempt to get Senator Mark Kirk’s attention about derailing the Obama administrations negotiations to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons; and our dogged group showing up to raise awareness for the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
While we had a smaller than expected group in the West Loop for the Protest to End Starvation in Syria I’m really proud of those who came out.  There were enough of us to make some noise and I wound up meeting some of the most committed Syria activists in the city along with a couple of stalwart Northwestern journalism students.  And hopefully I’ll see a few of them again while Danny Postel, co-editor of The Syria Dilemma is in town for book readings with other prominent mideast observers tomorrow at the Book Cellar and next week at University of Chicago.
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There were a few more actions including a vigil in front of the State Dept office on Monday to stand against the Keystone XL pipeline (YouTube video).  Unfortunately, unlike certain clandestine organizations TC|TW doesn’t have cameras everywhere.  But you can learn more about that group here.
It was an all around solid weekend of agitation considering the weather and having to contend with the Super Bowl.  Subscribe to TC|TW’s plancast event calendar to know what’s happening in the future.
And now, I leave you with some wise words to remember about trade agreements, telecom surveillance,  and pretty much everything the corporations and the state are conspiring to push without telling anyone…

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