NATO protests, Friday | Photos

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Supporters of the National Nurses United gathered at Daley Plaza for the Campaign to Heal the World rally, May 18.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    More than 2,000 people gathered at Daley Plaza to support the National Nurses United Campain to Heal The World and call for a "Robin Hood tax" on financial institutions' transactions in order to offset cuts in health care and social services.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    The first rally of NATO weekend featured little violence and few incidents as demonstrators chanted and marched with signs through downtown Chicago May 18.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Amongst the chants heard from protestors on May 18, "Fuck NATO" was the most popular. Issues highlighted during demonstrations include war, the money spent on war, cuts in social programs, home foreclosures and deportation of undocumented immigrants.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    The National Nurses United rally at Daley Plaza featured people dressed like Buddy the Elf and dancing to Motown music, a peaceful start to NATO weekend.

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    More than 2,000 supporters of the National Nurses United were witness to a flashmob parody of "Dancing In The Street" originally recorded by Martha and the Vandellas. Lyrics were changed to "NATO's here and the time is right to tax Wall Street."

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Each co-president of the National Nurses Union spoke in favor of a"Robin Hood tax"during the Campaign to Heal The World rally at Daley Plaza.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Each co-president of the National Nurses Union spoke in favor of a"Robin Hood tax"(a tax on financial institutions' transactions in order to offset cuts in health care and social services) during the Campaign to Heal The World rally at Daley Plaza.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    The National Nurses United rally at Daley Plaza featured a skit performed by actors satirizing what transpired at Camp David during the G8 summit, or, �The World�s Largest Casino.� The sketch included each country betting on citizens' basic needs.

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    "Our lives are not chips for you to play with," said an actor portraying Robin Hood during the Camp David sketch at the first rally of NATO weekend. "Tax Wall Street for the damage they have done to Main Street," she said.

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    Members of community organizations, such as Occupy Chicago and the American Society for Retired Citizens, spoke to support the National Nurses United.

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    Andy Thayer, president of the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda, spoke at the National Nurses United rally in Daley Plaza May 18.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    A member of the Chicago Teacher's Union spoke at the National Nurses United rally on May 18 to support the"Robin Hood tax,"saying it could positively impact Chicago's public school system.

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    John Nichols of The Nation praised the National Nurses United at the first rally of Chicago's NATO weekend on May 18 in Daley Plaza.

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    Members of Occupy Wall Street joined in with National Nurses United to rally for the"Robin Hood tax"in Daley Plaza, May 18, the first demonstration of Chicago's NATO weekend.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello performed a free concert at the National Nurses United Campaign to Heal The World, the first demonstration of Chicago's NATO weekend.

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    Preceding a performance of his "World Wide Rebel Song," Tom Morello led more than 2,000 supporters of the National Nurses United in a sing-along to "This Land Is Your Land."

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    At 2pm, the National Nurses United rally at Daley Plaza ended, but as nurses boarded buses in an orderly fashion, hundreds of other protesters began marching through the streets of Chicago, chanting "Whose streets? Our streets!"

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    The Chicago Police Department attempted to navigate a course for the Occupy march through downtown Chicago, following a rally at Daley Plaza sponsored by the National Nurses United, May 18.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Chants of "We are the 99 percent!" could be heard through the streets as members of Occupy Chicago marched through downtown Chicago following the National Nurses United Campaign to Heal the World rally at Daley Plaza, May 18.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    The Chicago Police Department conducted rolling road closures for the hundreds of demonstrators marching through downtown Chicago, following a rally at Daley Plaza sponsored by the National Nurses United, May 18.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    "Get those animals off those horses," chanted members of Occupy Chicago, joined by other protesters such as members of Occupy Wall Street, as they marched through the Loop following a rally at Daley Plaza May 18.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    At least one protestor was arrested during a scrum on the Michigan Avenue bridge, as the Chicago Police Department conducted rolling road closures for the hundreds of demonstrators who made their way through the city.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    After the road closure on the Michigan Avenue bridge, the first march of NATO weekend slowly dissipated. Protestors later reconvened at the corner of Jackson and LaSalle, a spot familiar to the Occupy Chicago movement.

Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

Supporters of the National Nurses United gathered at Daley Plaza for the Campaign to Heal the World rally, May 18.

We sent photographer Ashlee Rezin to shoot the NATO protests—here are the images she captured at Friday's protests.