Tom Morello in freedom of speech victory
Tom Morello has hailed a nurses’ group victory over politicians and NATO bosses after they gave up on attempts to divert a protest march away from a city centre.
The National Nurses United rally was set to take place at Chicago’s Daley Plaza on Friday. But when they confirmed Morello would appear, the city mayor’s office told organisers the event would be moved to a quieter location.
Morello and the NNU fought back – and they’ve won their battle. Now the protest will take place in clear view of the NATO summit to be held in Chicago at the weekend.
The Rage Against the Machine guitarist tells Rolling Stone: “They couldn’t shut us down because we stood up. It was a few politicians, their skeevy lawyers and some trembling NATO generals who caved in.”
He continues: “My support for the working class is well documented. The grotesque economic inequality that plagues our country and our planet needs to be addressed head-on.
“If NATO, the ‘defender of the free world’, is afraid of a musician with an acoustic guitar and some nurses, we’re in a lot of trouble.
“We present no threat to the city of Chicago. The only people that have anything to fear are the moneyed interested who have been trying to shut us up.”
Morello and the nurses’ group are campaigning for the introduction of a “Robin Hood tax” which would take money direct from billionaire corporations and pass it down to needy citizens of the world.
NNU chief executive RoseAnn DeMoro says: “Music is power. Alternative voices, especially in music, can more people at a fundamental level. The overreaction to Tom has been a blessing in disguise.”
When attempts to divert the protest were first made Morello said: “Chicago is my home town and the mayor is making me feel mighty unwelcome. We won’t be silenced and we won’t be stopped. Maybe I should run against him in the next election. See you in the streets.”