” Right now all they’re doing is they’re the military arm of the one percent. They steal our tax dollars. We paid, the US paid $800 million last year in tax dollars to support NATO when that money can be better spent to support our own community. They’re stealing money from our own communities, closing clinics, closing schools, closing libraries here in Chicago and we feel that money could be better spent here in our own communities.”
Philbrook says the money that a small sliver of the money Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel raised from corporations to fund the NATO conference could have been used to keep mental health facilities open in Chicago. That’s one of the many reasons he was protesting in Chicago this weekend outside the NATO summit.
“This machine is not working. We have to tear it down,” said Philbrook. “We’re as responsible for the murders and the wars that NATO causes if we don’t stand up.”
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