Police, Protestors Prepare for NATO Summit
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Chicago NATO Summit 2012
Parades, Protests and Politics
Preparing for a major event tests the capabilities of any city, and the logistics involved can be complicated. This Sunday and Monday, Chicago will host the NATO summit and dozens of key leaders will come together to discuss the range of NATO's operations and ongoing missions. One area of concern is how the city will provide security for high-level leaders while also allowing protestors to voice their concerns. Protestors will be allowed to march during the meetings, and some of them have found that various organizations are rolling out the welcome mat. Lorraine Chavez of the McKinley Park neighborhood has offered a couple of rooms to some protestors visiting from Florida and several churches near the summit meeting site at McCormick Place have offered space as well. Jeffrey Cramer, a former Chicago prosecutor and security expert noted that "What law enforcement is doing, and rightly so, is hoping for the best and preparing for the worst."
The first link will take interested parties to a Voice of America report on the city's preparations for the upcoming NATO summit. The second link will whisk visitors away to a piece from TeachHub about how teachers are using the NATO summit as an opportunity to interest students in Chicago history and foreign policy. Moving along, the third link will take visitors to a piece from Chicago Tonight about the vibrancy of Chicago's protest art. The fourth link leads to the official homepage of the NATO summit, complete with video clips, blogs, and details about the meeting. The fifth link will take interested parties to the official NATO history site, where they can explore videos, photos, and fascinating articles about everything from NATO's secretaries-general to the origins of its iconic emblem. The final link will take visitors to a site from the Chicago History Museum about the history of protests and public gatherings in the Windy City.