Church to allow NATO protesters to camp

May 2, 2012 12:27:39 PM PDT
A church just a few blocks away from McCormick Place will allow protesters to camp on its property during the NATO Summit, which runs May 19 to 21.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. 26th Street, is the closest congregation to McCormick Place, according to the Rev. Errol Narain. The church said a group of cyclists out of Madison, Wisconsin, is the first to take the offer in a statement released Monday.

The church is holding a town hall on Thursday, May 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. that is open to neighbors. Members of the congregation are also passing out flyers in the neighborhood.

"Of course the campers will respect the neighborhood, and we want to assure those who live around here of that," remarked Rev. Narain. "We also want to engage in a dialogue about the nature of NATO and Trinity's support for freedom of assembly."

The church said protesters have agreed to certain guidelines, including no use of drugs or alcohol and no loud noise.