Peace Activists Welcome Mayor Daley's Conversion To Their Ranks
GLN permalink 2-12-2010
CHICAGO -- After nearly 7 years of war in Iraq and over 8 in Afghanistan, peace activists are lauding Mayor Richard M. Daley's stated conversion to their ranks now that his son is facing another deployment to the theater.
As reported by WBEZ-FM's sister station Vocalo Tuesday night, after using his police force and permit authority over the past several years to repeatedly thwart activists' attempts to excise their 1st Amendment rights, the mayor is now calling for anti-war marches on Michigan Avenue (LINK).
"We are very happy to oblige the Mayor's heartfelt wishes by organizing a march on Michigan Avenue this year on Thursday, March 18th, the seventh anniversary of the United States invasion of Iraq," said Andy Thayer, one of the city's more prominent peace activists. The protest is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM that day with a short rally at Federal Plaza, corner of Dearborn and Adams Streets, followed by the march.
"Now that our Mayor has decided that the peace movement was right about the war all along, and that marching against it on Michigan Avenue is a good thing, we're sure he'll soon be issuing an apology to the over 800 people who his riot police arrested at the corner of Michigan and Chicago Avenues on March 20, 2003 at the start of the invasion."
"We're truly grateful that he'll apparently be issuing an apology to those of us arrested for participating in a press conference on the corner of Michigan and Oak on the third anniversary of the war, for suing us to overturn the permit we won last year, and for the periodic spying on and infiltration of our movement by his police force. We're gratified to learn that he'll soon have the city's Law Department throw in the towel in its defense of the City in the lawsuits arising out of these matters. For all of this we are sincerely grateful."
More information about the March 18th march on Michigan Avenue can be found at www.ChicagoMassAction.org or by emailing CCAWR@aol.com