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Olympics Mon Feb 02 2009

No Games: Chicago Launch Campaign

Full disclosure: I am a co-founder of No Games: Chicago.

On Saturday, No Games: Chicago, a group coming together to oppose the unelected Chicago 2016 bid committee's efforts to bring the Olympics to Chicago, held its first public event to a packed room of hundreds of Chicagoans concerned about the cost and social impact of the Olympic Games. Despite a plea sent to 10,000 of their volunteers, only a handful of bid supporters showed up, and (unlike at any Chicago 2016 sponsored events) were given a respectful hearing by the assembled.

Coverage of the event by ABC 7 can be seen here. For more information, visit the No Games: Chicago site.

From left to right: Willie J.R. Fleming of the Coalition to Protect Public Housing; Christopher Shaw, author of Five Ring Circus; Deborah Taylor of Southside Together Organizing for Power; Karen GJ Lewis of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators; and Bob Quellos, co-founder of No Games: Chicago.

Chris Shaw discussing the impact on Vancouver.

The crowd -- over 200 attended.

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pete / February 3, 2009 2:29 PM

An e-article on the event:

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