Writer Leonora LaPeter Anton and I were in Chicago for four days last week, covering protestors at the NATO 2012 Summit. Tampa is hosting the RNC in August, so for us this is a first look at the level of chaos and disruption our city might see.
“The Socialists shouted and the Hare Krishnas hummed. Half a dozen men held up a Palestinian flag the size of a swimming pool. Middle-class moms in pink wielded cardboard guns, part of the antiwar crowd.
On the first day of the NATO summit last weekend, an estimated 3,000 protesters with every message imaginable swarmed south on Michigan Avenue. They were flanked on either side by compact lines of Chicago police officers…” (you really should read the rest of Leonora LaPeter Anton’s story here, superb writing, as always.)