From Chris Shaw, author of “Five Ring Circus – Myths and Realities of the Olympic Games” —
No Games Chicago started the day looking for the IOC Technical Team at Washington Park. It turned out that they were inside the Du Sable Museum. Bob and I met up with some other NGC members, pulled out some signs and our banner and had a mini demonstration as the IOC members came out. We tried following their tour buses, but police cars quickly got between us and them. We knew their next stop was the park at Addison and Lake Shore Drive, adjacent to the Jarvis Bird Sanctuary. This is where they plan to put the 30,000 seat tennis stadium.
We drove over there with plans to set up a demo. As Bob and I were sitting in the car near the tennis courts, a uniformed CPD officer knocked on the car window and told Bob that, “We’ve set up a protest zone for you. Use that and that only. Iif you go out of it, we’ll run you down.”
Protest zones? In America? In Chicago before the bid has been won and 8 years and some in advance of 2016? Yep. Bob and I walked over to the U-shaped zone, about 20 feet wide, bordered by police wooden barriers and behind one of the softball fields. The IOC delegates were pulling up at the building along the shore some 400 meters away. After taking some pictures of the zone, we were joined by other NGC members and did a mock demo to highlight the impact that the Olympics have already begun to have on Chicagoans.
This came in from No Gamer Rachel, who has a long record of fighting land grabs in the city:
At the DuSable Museum we were allowed to be near the IOC cars. By the time we got to Waveland, Daley and Chicago 2016 were taking us seriously enough to create quickly an isolated free speech zone. So, I think we are now in stage that they are fighting us which is a good sign. (See the Ghandi quote)
“First they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they fight you,
then you win.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“…It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds…” – Samuel Adams
“Never, never, never, never give up.”
– Winston Churchill
Privatization, land grabs, public subsidy of needless stadium construction. Displacement and debt. It looks like the 2016 games will also bring us a police state.