As soon as Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Barack Obama announced their plans to host the G8 and NATO summits in Chicago, concurrent plans for massive protests emerged almost immediately. Despite the last-minute decision to move the G8 summit to Camp David, thousands of protesters from around the nation converged on Chicago to exercise their rights.
While NATO serves as the military muscle for some of the world’s wealthiest countries, protesters were not only airing their concerns over military issues. Instead, they used the national stage to spotlight an incredibly vast array of progressive issues—from nuclear nonproliferation to health care to climate change. Members of the Occupy movement showed up in droves, along with union leaders, and members of the online hacker group Anonymous.
Agreeing on a single issue for advocacy seemed not to be a priority. In fact, different factions of protesters seemed to be somewhat wary of others—members of the nurses’ union, for example, cautiously eyeing masked Occupy or Anonymous members.
Ultimately, though, these protesters appeared to be most concerned with pushing a general progressive agenda and making their voices heard. These photos are from Friday, May 18, at the National Nurses United protests in Daley Plaza, which featured a performance by Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello.