Dozens of Protesters Storm Obama Campaign Headquarters

Dozens of demonstrators calling for an end to war rushed into President Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago on Monday morning.

Led by a group associated with the Catholic Worker movement, the protest was the first of a series of planned demonstrations by groups that highlight poverty, education and environmental issues during the May 20-21 NATO summit and the May 18-19 G8 summit at Camp David in Maryland.

“We are here today to boldly proclaim our desire to live in a world where we say no to NATO and yes to community,” said Chantal de Alacuaz from Chicago. “As Catholic Workers, we serve the poor by practicing the works of mercy — feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, taking care of the sick and the works of war are directly opposed to that.”

The plan, according to the released statement was to “invite Obama and other NATO leaders to break bread over a symbolic meal to discuss how to transform NATO from an instrument of war and empire into an instrument of peace and love that embodies the biblical works of mercy instead of the works of war.”

About 100 people took part in the demonstration. Eight protesters were arrested, other demonstrators danced and sang folk songs and gospel, and handed rolls to commuters, it said.

“We see NATO as using up a lot of resources in the city and the world,” said Jesica Arents, a member of the group.

Some of the demonstrators had come from across the Midwest to join the NATO protests that will be taking place throughout the week. The group is committed to remaining non-violent.

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