Challenge at Chicago summit: recruiting protesters

Associated Press Published: May 3, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — The stage seemed set for a showdown: G-8 and NATO leaders planned to hold back-to-back summits in Chicago that activists predicted could draw tens of thousands of people protesting everything from war and poverty to unemployment and education cuts.

But when President Barack Obama moved the Group of 8 economic meeting to Camp David, activists were faced with a new challenge: persuading groups as diverse as teachers, nurses and union laborers to show up anyway, even though the NATO meeting will be focused on international security, not economic issues.

Protest organizers have been working to link U.S. spending on wars to economic cuts at home to pump up turnout. But experts say the protests are almost sure to be smaller and less dramatic than originally expected.