Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello has claimed victory over politicians and NATO bosses after they tried to shut down his protest in Chicago.
Morello was working with National Nurses United (NNU) to bring a rally to the heart of Chicago when the local government tried to move the protest to a less visible location away from the city center.
"They couldn't shut us down because we stood up
," Morello told Rolling Stone
. "It was a few politicians, their skeevy lawyers and some trembling NATO generals who caved in
While politicians might rarely seem cooperative with activists, even Morello was surprised to see the lengths they and NATO went to in order to shut them down. "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," he said. "We present no threat to the city of Chicago. The only people that have anything to fear are the moneyed interests who have been trying to shut us up."
He continued: "The grotesque economic inequality that plagues our country and our planet needs to be addressed head-on," he says. "The Nurses Union are the one of the louder voices doing it."
The protest is loosely tied to the Occupy movement, and will rally support of the so-called "Robin Hood Tax" which would take a small portion of Wall Street's financial transactions and divert them to families in need.
"The malfeasance of Wall Street has torpedoed the global economy and caused distress for countless millions of families – while at the same time, these executives are giving themselves millions of dollars in bonuses," said Morello. "It's absolutely wrong."
A representative for the NNU thanked Tom for his role in empowering the protesters.
"Music is power. Alternative voices, especially in music, can move people in a way at a pretty fundamental level," said RoseAnn DeMoro on behalf of the NNU. "The overreaction to Tom Morello has been a blessing in disguise."