No Games Chicago Sends
Delegation to Copenhagen
|Copenhagen - No Games Chicago has sent three volunteers to Copenhagen, Denmark in order to persuade the members of the International Olympic Committee to pick another city for the 2016 Olympics.
The members of the delegation are Martin Macias, Jr., Thomas Tresser and Rhoda Whitehorse. The same team went to Lausanne Switzerland on June 15 to bring the message of "no games for Chicago" to the IOC, They delivered 100 copies of the "Book of Evidence" - 160 pages of reprints from local papers over the past four years documenting the poor finances and management of the city and showing that the people here do not support the bid.
Tom Tresser is an educator and activist and former actor and producer. He is a co-founder of
Protect Our Parks, which fights the privatization of public space and an member of the Executive
Committee of the 43rd Ward Independent Democratic Ward organization in Chicago. He can be
reached in Copenhagen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (45) 416-89740.
Rhoda Whitehorse has lived in Chicago for 40 years and is a former public school teacher. She
is a mother and grandmother and minister who cares deeply about the world they will inherit. She can be reached in Copenhagen at email@example.com or 312-968-9682.
Martin Macias Jr. is a youth organizer for the Chicago Environmental Justice Coalition. He is also a media reform activist with the community radio station Radio Arte. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (45) 539-26003.
"Our goal is, and always has been, to communicate information to the members of the International Olympic Committee that they need to make a wise decision on awarding the 2016 games. We belive that hosting the Olympics is the wrong project for the wrong city at the wrong time," said delegate member Tom Tresser, "Eight-four percent of the people of Chicago agree with us. We're here to speak up for them."
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|No Games Chicago is an all-volunteer group of social justice activists, concerned citizens and grassroots organizations opposed to bringing the 2016 Olympics to Chicago. The group was launched on January 31, 2009 with a public forum at the University of Illinois Chicago.
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