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Peace Activist: Bring Whole Families To Anti-NATO Peace March

Anti war protesters demonstrate outside President Obama's campaign headquarters. (Credit: Christie Sugrue/CBS)

Anti war protesters demonstrate outside President Obama’s campaign headquarters. (Credit: Christie Sugrue/CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A long-time peace activist says Sunday’s anti-NATO, pro-peace march should be a family-friendly event.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Mike McConnell of the American Friends Service Committee has been a peace activist since he began protesting against the Vietnam War in 1967. He say he expects 10,000 or so demonstrators to take part in a peace march against the NATO Summit Sunday – with the emphasis on peace.

“We’ve been doing nonviolent training, and there’s been peacekeeping training, so that people are prepared to handle potentially conflictual situations,” he said.

Despite many people not wanting to be anywhere near the summit and its associated protests on Sunday, McConnell encourages entire families to show up.

“We want this to be a place where children can learn about their First Amendment rights by directly experiencing it,” McConnell said, “not just in a textbook.”

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports