Tom Morello Booking Leads Chicago Officials To Revoke Nurses Rally Permit
“Sticking it to the man” as a member of Rage Against the Machine may have caught up with Tom Morello, as a nurses rally scheduled in Chicago had its permit pulled after announcing that the guitarist was set to perform at the event.
The City of Chicago certainly isn’t making nice with former Windy City resident Tom Morello after their decision to force relocation of the National Nurses United rally. Officials put the kibosh on the event taking place at Daley Plaza on May 18 after the nurses announced Morello’s appearance, despite having been approved for the necessary permits months prior.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the city explained to organizers the move was made “to accommodate changes to your event, including a performance by a nationally known musician and a significantly increased number of expected attendees.” The event is now set to take place at Petrillo Music Shell, which is a much less prominent location.
“Chicago is my hometown and the mayor is making me feel mighty unwelcome,” Morello tells Rolling Stone of the decision. “I don’t care what they say or do, I’m coming to rock out and speak my mind. We won’t be silenced and we won’t be stopped. If [Mayor] Rahm Emanuel is so afraid of my popularity in Chicago maybe I should run against him in the next election. See you in the streets.”
National Nurses United are working with the American Civil Liberties Union to overturn the decision regarding the rally, which is scheduled to take place during the Chicago NATO Summit 2012.