Several cities in the United States, including Chicago, prepare for upcoming protests and major conventions with unprecedented levels of security. 

With multiple protests and marches planned for this weekend and the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago, the city is gearing up. In this episode of Nation Conversations, Nation blogger Allison Kilkenny joins executive editor Richard Kim to explain the protesters’ goals and plans. She also delves into how in Chicago, Tampa and Charlotte, city governments are taking extreme measures out of proportion with the threat posed by planned protests.

Be sure to follow Kilkenny’s coverage of events in Chicago this weekend on her blog.

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—Elizabeth Whitman