Call Stonegate Now to #StopITOA

Last week, activists chained themselves together across Michigan Ave, disrupting business as usual in downtown Chicago for an hour and a half. The #StopITOA coalition, a group of Chicago community organizations, expressed deep concerns about anti-Muslim and hyper-militarized Illinois Tactical Officers Association’s (ITOA) 2016 Tactical Training Conference taking place at the Stonegate Conference and Banquet Center in Hoffman Estates from October 9–13. #StopITOA Coalition demands an end to the police militarization, Islamophobia and Donald Trump-style fear-mongering which ITOA promotes.

We are ready to fight even harder. Join us in taking 3 minutes to call Charles Baptist, Manager of the Stonegate Conference & Banquet Centre.
Ask to speak with Charles Baptist or leave him a voicemail.

Sample script:
“My name is [name] from [city] and I am appalled that the 2016 “Illinois Tactical Officers Association” took place at the Stonegate Conference & Banquet Centre this week. I am asking you to stand on the side of the communities that face police militarization and Islamophobic violence every day. Please make the Stonegate Banquet & Conference Centre a safe place for all communities and stop hosting ITOA there! If you don’t publically apologize for hosting the ITOA conference, I will not use any Stonegate facilities, and will tell others not to as well, until you side with communities over state repression!”

Charles Baptist direct line
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Check out coverage from our action-day, including press release, a video update, and this article.

In struggle,
Black Lives Matter Chicago and the #StopITOA Coalition

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