Rev. Jackson's endorsement of NATO protest strengthens bond between anti-poverty, anti-war groups

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Yana Kunichoff | The Chicago Reporter

Since plans for the NATO summit in Chicago were announced, advocates working on issues of poverty in Chicago have found increasingly common cause with anti-war protesters.

The endorsement of the May 20 march against NATO earlier this month by Rev. Jesse Jackson, along with support from Rev. Phil Blackwell, National Nurses United and members of the Service Employees International Union, represents the latest stage in this collaboration.

Lauren Love, a spokeswoman for Rainbow PUSH, told The Chicago Reporter that this alliance has been a fairly recent move.

“Rev. Jackson’s position is that we must shift our priorities from war abroad to war at home,” said Love, "and with the collapse of the housing industry and the rise of the Occupy movement, we are making these connections and speaking more about it.”

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