Anti-war activists say they will seek action in federal court if they are denied the right to march and protest the day of the NATO summit in Chicago. Those who plan to protest say they'll go to federal court if the city of Chicago doesn't put into writing an alternate parade route by Wednesday (April 4). Organizer Andy Thayer says the city also must stand by protesters' right to end their march where those attending the NATO summit can see and hear protestors.
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There’s concern that protestors’ First Amendment rights would be violated by yet-to-be-announced security perimeter plans by the Secret Service. Thayer is calling the Secret Service to announce those plans soon. He is also calling on Chicago’s mayor to voice First Amendment violation concerns should protestors be place too far from McCormick Place, where the summit will be held. The announcement Friday comes a day after an administrative law judge sided with the city in denying the group's request to march on May 20. The NATO meeting is scheduled for May 20-21 in Chicago.