The G8 summit has been moved from Chicago to Camp David.
President Barack Obama said at a news conference Tuesday that security was not a concern surrounding the sudden move of G8. He said that the summit was switched so that world leaders could “enjoy being in a more casual backdrop.”
G8, or The Group of Eight, is a forum in which eight of the leaders of world’s largest economies come together to discuss a wide range of issues. The first summit was held in 1975 with six governments, adding Canada the following year, and finally became the G8 with the addition of Russia in 1997.
Protesters who have been planning for months to descend on Chicago during the G8 summit have declared that this will not stop them from voicing their opposition in the Windy City.
Although G8 has been moved to Camp David, the NATO summit will still take place in Chicago, and people will still come together to protest war and to call world leaders to action on issues such as jobs, healthcare, education, the environment, and much more.
However, since the G8 summit has been moved from Chicago, The Coalition Against NATO/G8 , an organization that still plans to protest the NATO summit, must obtain a new protest permit. Initially, the coalition received permission to protest both summits, with special permission to protest G8 on May 19.
President Obama said he has faith in Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the city of Chicago to pull off the NATO summit. “We’re still going to be showing up with a bunch of world leaders,” Obama said.