After a day of mostly peaceful protests outside the NATO summit in Chicago (followed by an evening of small skirmishes with police), protesters associated with the Occupy movement plan to celebrate.
They’re holding their celebration outside of Boeing’s headquarters in Chicago, claiming they’ve “shut down” the Fortune 500 corporation.
A message from Occupy Chicago’s website says
“Occupy Chicago and members of the international Occupy Movement will hold a joyful, celebratory march and day-long rally at the Boeing company on May 21st in Chicago. We are hosting a victory party, complete with food, clowns, dancing and music after calls to protest the Boeing company on May 21st resulted in the company directing employees to stay home this Monday, effectively shutting themselves down.”
Occupy has targeted Boeing because the company makes jets for the military and receives tax breaks from the government.
From the Occupy Chicago website:
“You can expect to see crowds of people from all walks of life dancing in the streets, listening to live music, and celebrating the power of anti-war voices outside the Boeing corporation tomorrow. When the people of the world said they would speak out against Boeing and the NATO war machine, their voices were heard, and Boeing shut itself down.”
Shutting down, Boeing (sort of): Is this a PR victory for the Occupy movement?
had a reporter inside the NATO summit on Sunday. You can read his dispatch here