No Games Takes the Bronze at Bughouse Square

Tom makes his point at the Bughouse Square debates. Photo by George P

Tom makes his point at the Bughouse Square debates. Photo by George P

It was a blistering day in the sun at the annual Newberry Library Bughouse Square debates on Saturday as speakers took to their soap box sized podiums to debate topics from abortion to separation of church and state to toxic artificial turf soccer fields in our parks to political prisoners. Over 100 onlookers cheered No Games organizer Tom Tresser on as he delivered his speech, “2016 Olympics – A Race To Disaster.” Overcoming hecklers (it’s a tradition) who shouted out “Why don’t you love Michael Phelps?” he had the crowd chanting “No blank check! No blank check!” at the conclusion of the address. Overall 12 speakers took to the podium at three separate stages. Tresser’s speech was awarded Third Prize. Said Tresser afterwards, “That was hard work but the crowd got behind the argument. I wish the City Council had some spirited and open debates on the 2016 bid!”

View pictures from the day. Download Tom’s speech.

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