Nurses United, City Reach Deal On Protest Permit

By aaroncynic in News on May 14, 2012 7:40PM

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On Friday, National Nurses United and city officials reached an agreement to host a rally with Tom Morello in Daley Plaza. The city threatened to revoke the permit for the march and rally after they added Morello as a performer, citing crowd control concerns. The Sun-Times reported the city will allow a two-hour stationary rally in Daley Plaza with 30 minutes of music permitted at the end, rather than a march and rally that would have lasted five hours.

NNU Co-President Karen Higgins said in a statement:

“This is an important victory for democracy, for free speech rights, and for the voice of nurses to be heard as we sound the call for a new vision and new priorities to heal our nation and other G8 countries from the pain and suffering inflicted on so many families.”

Morello also chimed in, saying “The Mayor's office and NATO backed down because we stood up. This is a great victory for the nurses union, the people of Chicago, free speech and rock n roll.”

The rally will take place at Daley Plaza beginning at noon on Friday, May 18.