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Labor Beat: Chicago Protests The War at Home and The War Abroad - March 19, 2005

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As Thousands of anti-Iraq war protesters attempted to conduct peaceful marches in Chicago on March 19, 2005 they were met by massive police intimidation. Robo cops moved in to shut down the protest press conference at Michigan and Oak streets.

Chris Geovanis, speaking to the gathering, declared: "We hold Chicago Mayor Daley responsible for abolishing our constitutional rights to free speech and assembly, for abolishing our rights to peacefully oppose this war. There was no reason for him to adopt this hostile posture to peaceful protest against this war. What should have been a conversation about the disastrous consequences of this war has become a battle for essential civil liberties, and Daley made that fight, and Daley is the one who has disgraced the tradition of public speech, public assembly, and a vibrant process of dissent in this town. I'm ashamed for my city today, and I fear for all of us."

Scenes include the arrest of Andy Thayer at the Michigan Ave. press conference, and the protest at Leo Burnett.

Pat Vogel, arrested, anti Iraq war

Caption 1: Pat Vogel, mother of 23-year-old Army reservist in Iraq, getting arrested as a supporter of the March 19 anti-war actions. Credit: Steve Dalber/Labor Beat

Andy Thayer, arrested, anti Iraq war press conference

Caption 2: Chicago cops slapping iron on Andy Thayer as he peacefully addresses the protest press conference. Credit: Martin Conlisk/Labor Beat

Andy Thayer discusses anti Iraq war arrest

Caption 3: Andy Thayer discusses the political implications of March 19 and the dramatic erosion of First Amendment rights on the streets of Chicago. Credit: Larry Duncan/Labor Beat


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