Spurred by a story in the March 18, 2015 issue of the Chicago Reader, “Chicago police are spying on citizens,” No Games Chicago organizers Bob Quellos and Tom Tresser submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to the Chicago Police Department.
The response given to Tom was that there was that the request was too broad. He didn’t follow up. Bob persisted for months and called the Police Department’s FOIA office multiple times each week His story is told in the August 20, 2015 issue of the Chicago Reader.
Finally Bob received confirmation that the all-volunteer effort – which had no office or no phone number – was, in fact, spied on by the Chicago Police Departmen’ts Intelligence Division. After spying us they came to the conclusion that we posed no threat to public safety and (apparently) concluded their intelligence operations after our April 2, 2009 protest rally in Federal Plaza. But – really – who knows?
Download the full response from the Chicago Police Department here->NGC – CPD FOIA-public
Holy cow! Where was Phil and the Chicago Tribune in 2009? You can read Phil’s amazing piece here.
You can download it as a PDF along with Tom’s somewhat aggravated reply here.
When the decision to award the 2016 Games to Rio was announced we said “Chicago didn’t just dodge a bullet – we dodged a cannonball.” We like Phil’s headline better.
Keep it up!
Thanks to Prof. Lisa Dush at DePaul and her digital storytelling students for helping Tom Tresser to pull this video together.
CounterSpin Radio, a project of FAIR, interviewed No Games organizer Tom Tresser on March 8, 2012 to comment on the New York Times reporting of mass evictions in Rio occuring in preperation for the 2016 Olympics (10 minutes).
Thanks to Mitch Szczeppanczyk and the folks at Chicago Indy Media for this eight minute re-cap of the Folly for the 2016 Olympic Bid and the role of No Games Chicago.
Just in time for the one year mark before the start of the London 2012 games, “Dear Members of the International Olympic Committee” tells the inside story of the No Games Chicago campaign!
Click here or on the image to go to the online store for this FREE publication.
On April 30, 2011 No Games Chicago was honored by the Chicago Audubon Society as a Protector of the Environment for our work on stopping the 2016 Olympics from coming here.
“Congratulations! The Chicago Audubon Society has just selected the recipients of its Biennial Environmental Awards. I am very pleased to tell you that “No Games Chicago’ was chosen to receive the award for “Protector of the Environment” This reflects the fact that our Board of Directors was very thankful for your work against bringing the 2016 Olympic games to Chicago, since an Olympics here would have created a number of difficulties for both parkland and other area open space, and the wildlife and birds using those habitats, for many years.”
Tom Tresser accepted the award on behalf of all the volunteers who worked to make No Games Chicago effective and successful.