Battle for the Bid - 2012 Update

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This is the story of No Games Chicago with updates from the 2 /12 years since the games were awarded to Rio. Contact Tom Tresser @ tom at tresser dot com.

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Battle for the Bid - 2012 Update

  1. 1. As told by Tom Tresser, No Games co-organizer, web master, spokesperson. 2012 UPDATE
  2. 2. In Chicago, in 2008, it was the 2016 bid all the time. Everywhere.
  3. 15. And opposing all that...
  4. 17. No Games Chicago <ul><li>Diverse group social justice activists </li></ul><ul><li>North side, south side, west side </li></ul><ul><li>All volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Not funded by anyone or any group </li></ul><ul><li>First event public forum @ UIC Jan 31 attended by 250 </li></ul>
  5. 18. Why we opposed the games <ul><li>They would’ve bankrupted the city </li></ul><ul><li>They would’ve destroyed public parks </li></ul><ul><li>They would’ve displaced poor and working class families from neighborhoods next to venue sites </li></ul><ul><li>They would’ve provided tens of millions of dollar to the Machine’s political coffers. Result: destruction of independent politics. </li></ul>
  6. 19. We did the research that no one else would do...
  7. 21. THE GAMES ALWAYS MAKE MONEY…FOR THE IOC, FOR CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES, FOR CONSULTANTS, FOR CORPORATE SPONSORS… Montreal took 31 years to pay of Olympic debt! London 2012 games $16 billion over budget!
  8. 22. “ Financing is the biggest obstacle,” said Jerry Karlik, a principal at Kargil Development, which has done projects in the South Loop and responded to a bid committee request for expressions of interest in the Olympic Village earlier this year. “There’s going to have to be some sort of assistance: guarantees, tax credits or something. Mr. Karlik, who attended the luncheon, said he figures lenders today won’t finance more than 60% to 70% of a project, compared with 80% to 90% before the recession. “ Someone’s going to have to come to the table to fill the void,” he said.” May 13, 2009
  9. 23. THIS WAS GIVEN TO ALDERMEN IN SECRET BRIEFINGS <ul><li>BUT… WHERE IS THE ACCOUNTING FOR: </li></ul><ul><li>$86 MILLION TO BUY HOSPITAL SITE? </li></ul><ul><li>TENS OF MILLIONS TO CLEAN UP HOSPITAL SITE? </li></ul><ul><li>$100 MILLION T.I.F. FOR VILLAGE </li></ul><ul><li>$35 MILLION FROM PARK DISTRICT FOR 2 VENUES? </li></ul><ul><li>LOST REVENUES FROM LOSS OF 1,600 BOAT SLIPS FOR 3 YEARS+? </li></ul><ul><li>LOST REVENUES SUCKED UP BY 2 DEDICATED T.I.F.s? </li></ul><ul><li>REPLACING SCHOOLS THAT WILL BE DEMOLISHED? </li></ul><ul><li>BILLIONS FOR SECURITY? </li></ul>
  10. 24. Don’t believe their numbers… <ul><li>Vancouver athlete’s village cost up to almost $1 billion NOW for 1,100 units </li></ul><ul><li>BUT 2016’s village for 7,000+ units that won’t even break ground until YEARS from now is ALSO budgeted at $1 billion </li></ul>
  11. 25. VANCOUVER’S BOND RATING LOWERED, CITY FACING BANKRUPCY.
  12. 26. Watch the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MlzsyNh6pk MAYOR CALLS OLYMPIC VILLAGE A “ $1 BILLION BOONDOOGLE THAT VANCOUVER TAXPAYERS ARE STUCK WITH!”
  13. 27. Watch Francesca tell the truth…
  14. 28. <ul><ul><li>WHEN YOU COOK THE BOOKS, HIDE EXPENSES AND INVENT PROFIT, THAT’S CALLED ENRON ACCOUNTING. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 29. We engaged the community...
  16. 30. January 31, 2009 – University of Illinois, Chicago
  17. 31. Dr. Chris Shaw, leader of Vancouver Olympic Opposition, author of “Five Ring Circus”
  18. 39. SUMMER 2009 THE MAYOR DEMANDS THE 2016 COMMITTEE GO INTO THE COMMUNITY… “ 50 WARDS IN 50 DAYS”
  19. 40. Sept 29 Anti-Bid Rally at City Hall Inside Outside
  20. 45. We were the ONLY source for the other side of the story...
  21. 49. We sent a delegation to the world HQ of the IOC in Switzerland...
  22. 52. Watch brief news clip from ABC News Chicago.
  23. 55. NO PRINT COVERAGE OF NO GAMES IN CHICAGO DAILY NEWSPAPERS!
  24. 58. Watch
  25. 59. “ I’m from the South Side…” YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHO MARTIN RAN INTO LAUSANNE IN OUR HOTEL LOBBY!
  26. 61. USED IN EVENING NEWS THAT NIGHT SEVERAL TIMES!
  27. 62. We communicated directly, daily with the IOC!
  28. 63. Email newsletter sent daily, starting July 23! One-a-day for 70 days!
  29. 64. POST CARD MAILED TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE IOC IN SEPTEMBER AND HAND DELIVERED IN COPENHAGEN.
  30. 65. We sent the same delegation to Copenhagen for one last pass at the IOC...
  31. 67. We meet the delegates from No Games Tokyo!
  32. 68. The challenge – to deliver our materials to the IOC directly. The obstacle – tight security everywhere, including the Danish army, Copenhagen police, the Secret Service and the 2016 Committee’s own private security detail from Chicago!
  33. 72. LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OPPOSES BID – OP ED PUBLISHED SEPT.20
  34. 76. Success!
  35. 77. OH, AND MARTIN MET HIS IDOL, PELE!
  36. 86. PLAY THE SOUND CLIP!
  37. 90. Across the street from the Copenhagen Plaza where the announcement was viewed...
  38. 95. CHICAGO 2016 RAISED ABOUT $90 MILLION. CHICAGO RECEIVED 18 VOTES.
  39. 97. THAT’S ABOUT $5 MILLION PER VOTE. EXPENSIVE, EVEN FOR CHICAGO’S MACHINE.
  40. 98. IMAGINE WHAT WE COULD’VE DONE WITH $90 MILLION IN THSE HARD TIMES!
  41. 99. Chicago, we dodged a cannon ball!
  42. 102. And that does NOT count $1 billion tab from Olympic village!
  43. 103. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-558211/London-2012-cost-20billion--TEN-times-original-budget-ex-Olympics-chief-predicts.html ORIGINAL BUDGET IN BID WAS 2.4 BILLION POUNDS!
  44. 105. LESSONS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AGENTS
  45. 106. LESSONS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AGENTS <ul><li>Smart strategy = target the decision makers, the IOC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It was an election we had to win </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ignore Chicago City Council </li></ul></ul>
  46. 107. LESSONS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AGENTS <ul><li>Tight message = “Games wrong project for wrong place, wrong time.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruited, trained diverse crew of spokespeople </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Message discipline </li></ul></ul>
  47. 108. LESSONS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AGENTS <ul><li>Excellent research to back up message = Book of Evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Bold tactics to deliver message – Go to Switzerland & Denmark </li></ul>
  48. 109. FEBRUARY TRIBUNE POLL SHOWED 67% FOR OLYMPICS. EIGHT MONTHS LATER – ONLY 47% SUPORT. NO GAMES WAS THE ONLY SOURCE OF OPPOSITION. THE MORE PEOPLE FOUND OUT, THE LESS THEY SUPPORTED THE BID.
  49. 110. LESSONS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AGENTS <ul><li>Mixed tactics = Street protests + community meetings + Internet & social media </li></ul><ul><li>Kept up the heat, exposed lies, gained credibility </li></ul>
  50. 111. LESSONS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AGENTS <ul><li>Lack of support from traditional nonprofits, elected leaders, academic centers </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to raise $ </li></ul><ul><li>Personal sacrifice </li></ul>
  51. 112. <ul><ul><ul><li>Lessons Un-learned </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grassroots vision of local prosperity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Privatization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corruption and insider deals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Death of democracy/civic discourse in Chicago </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is watching out for us? </li></ul></ul>

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