Budgets and Bombs: The U.S. Role in NATO and G8 and How It Affects All of Us




Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm


500 W. Cermak, Room 700


Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and War Resisters League
This training is primarily for Chicago organizers and activists working to build the leadership and collective power of communities who are most directly affected by U.S. government policies and their enforcement (policing, prisons, detention centers, border patrol, etc.) and to put that power into action for social change.

The goal of the workshop is to strengthen participants’ understanding of the role of the U.S. in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Group of 8 (G8)—two international bodies that are meeting simultaneously over the weekend of May 18-20, with NATO meeting in Chicago and G8 meeting at Camp David—which make decisions that affect all of our lives.

Participants will also come out of the workshop with a clear breakdown of the connections between the U.S. economy and U.S. militarism globally, as well as a strengthened understanding of how to deepen their work for economic and social justice in the U.S. through an antimilitarist lens. They will also learn about the current status of the U.S.-NATO war in Afghanistan as well as Afghan resistance to occupation.

Participants will engage in an array of exercises and activities that draw upon popular education tools and methods.


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