Transcript of "The No Games Chicago Story - Occupy Midwest"
The story of the No Games Chicago CampaignAs told by Tom Tresser, No Games co-organizer, web master, spokesperson.
In Chicago, in 2008, it was the2016 bid all the time.Everywhere.
Pat Ryan Chairman of the 2016 Bid Committee, retired CEO of AON Insurance.
Mayor Richard M.Daley, who, in 2008had been office for18 years and hadnever lost a vote or afight.
Lori Healy,President ofthe 2016Committee,former DaleyChief of Staff
Governor RodBlagojevich, elected tosecond term of office in2006 in a landslide victory.
No Games Chicago• Diverse group social justice activists• North side, south side, west side• All volunteers• Not funded by anyone or any group• First event public forum @ UIC Jan 31 attended by 250
Why we opposed the games• They would’ve bankrupted the city• They would’ve destroyed public parks• They would’ve displaced poor and working class families from neighborhoods next to venue sites• They would’ve provided tens of millions of dollar to the Machine’s political coffers. Result: destruction of independent politics.
THE GAMES ALWAYS MAKE MONEY…FOR THE IOC, FORCONSTRUCTION COMPANIES, FOR CONSULTANTS, FORCORPORATE SPONSORS…
“Financing is the biggest obstacle,”said Jerry Karlik, a principal at KargilDevelopment, which has doneprojects in the South Loop andresponded to a bid committee requestfor expressions of interest in theOlympic Village earlier this year.“There’s going to have to be somesort of assistance: guarantees, taxcredits or something.Mr. Karlik, who attended theluncheon, said he figures lenderstoday won’t finance more than 60% to70% of a project, compared with 80%to 90% before the recession.“Someone’s going to have to come tothe table to fill the void,” he said.”May 13, 2009
THIS WAS GIVEN TO ALDERMEN IN SECRET BRIEFINGSBUT… WHERE IS THE ACCOUNTING FOR:• $86 MILLION TO BUY HOSPITAL SITE?• TENS OF MILLIONS TO CLEAN UP HOSPITAL SITE?• $100 MILLION T.I.F. FOR VILLAGE• $35 MILLION FROM PARK DISTRICT FOR 2 VENUES?• LOST REVENUES FROM LOSS OF 1,600 BOAT SLIPS FOR 3 YEARS+?• LOST REVENUES SUCKED UP BY 2 DEDICATED T.I.F.s?• REPLACING SCHOOLS THAT WILL BE DEMOLISHED?• BILLIONS FOR SECURITY?
Don’t believe their numbers…• Vancouver athlete’s village cost up to almost $1 billion NOW for 1,100 units• BUT 2016’s village for 7,000+ units that won’t even break ground until YEARS from now is ALSO budgeted at $1 billion
VANCOUVER’S BOND RATING LOWERED,CITY FACING BANKRUPCY.
MAYOR CALLSOLYMPIC VILLAGE A“$1 BILLIONBOONDOOGLE THATVANCOUVERTAXPAYERS ARESTUCK WITH!” Watch the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MlzsyNh6pk
NO PRINT COVERAGE OF NO GAMES IN CHICAGO DAILY NEWSPAPERS!
YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHO MARTIN RAN INTO LAUSANNE IN OUR HOTEL LOBBY!“I’m from the South Side…”
USED IN EVENING NEWS THAT NIGHT SEVERAL TIMES!
POST CARD MAILED TO ALL MEMBERS OF THEIOC IN SEPTEMBER AND HAND DELIVERED INCOPENHAGEN.
The challenge – to deliver our materialsto the IOC directly.The obstacle – tight security everywhere,including the Danish army, Copenhagenpolice, the Secret Service and the 2016Committee’s own private security detailfrom Chicago!
LESSONS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AGENTS• Smart strategy = target the decision makers, the IOC • It was an election we had to win • Ignore Chicago City Council
LESSONS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AGENTS• Tight message = “Games wrong project for wrong place, wrong time.” • Recruited, trained diverse crew of spokespeople • Message discipline
LESSONS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AGENTS• Excellent research to back up message = Book of Evidence• Bold tactics to deliver message – Go to Switzerland & Denmark
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.
LESSONS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AGENTS• Mixed tactics = Street protests + community meetings + Internet & social media• Kept up the heat, exposed lies, gained credibility
LESSONS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AGENTS• Lack of support from traditional nonprofits, elected leaders, academic centers• Hard to raise $• Personal sacrifice
LESSONS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AGENTS YOU CANFIGHT CITY HALL AND WIN.
Lessons Un-learned• Grassroots vision of local prosperity• Privatization• Corruption and insider deals• Death of democracy/civic discourse in Chicago• Who is watching out for us?• Build winning coalition for 2014…
Tom Tresser 312-804-3230 email@example.com @tomsee www.tresser.com Materials for community organizing online @http://tinyurl.com/OrganizingResources
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