How a People’s Uprising Shut-Down the World Trade Organization in ‘99 & Why it Matters for Today’s Movements for Justice
Today in Seattle, and around the world, social movements are taking to the streets, striking, locking down, and engaging in multiple forms of direct action. These tactics build collective power to transform the intersecting crises of our times into opportunities for equity, healing, and sustainability.
Join the WTO+20 gathering (20th Anniversary of the WTO protests!) for hands-on direct action training, arts workshops, story-telling, and opportunities to plug into local organizing! Activists who were part of the 1999 mobilization will share stories and lessons learned from the people’s movement which made history by successfully preventing the WTO – one of capitalism’s most powerful global institutions – from further consolidating its power. And we will hear from leaders of today’s movements for justice, from Washington farm workers to global alliances.
When: Sat. Nov. 30th, 9am to 4pm
Where: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle
Direct Action from 1919 to 1999 to 2019
In 1919 over 65,000 workers with held their labor during the Seattle General Strike; in 1999 over 50,000 people took to the streets of Seattle, and shut down the World Trade Organization’s conference. In 2019 we gather to honor this history, and the power of non-violent direct action, through story-telling, trainings, and movement-building workshops, to make another world possible.
Let’s inspire action to change the world
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Presented by Community Alliance for Global Justice and UFCW 21 with Town Hall Seattle
Co-Sponsored by Earth Care not Warfare, Familias Unidas por la Justicia, LELO, Mazaska Talks, Puget Sound Sage, PSARA, Sunrise Movement Seattle, Tools for Change, US Women and Cuba Collaboration, WA Fair Trade Coalition
Learn about all WTO+20 events, and get Nov 30 event updates: www.cagj.org/wto20/
For more info, and to get involved in organizing, call CAGJ: 206-405-4600, email email@example.com
About the 1999 WTO Protests
Short Article: 7 Ways the Battle of Seattle Changed the World: Ten years later, the protests of 1999 are still having an impact, by Fran Korten, Yes Magazine
Longer analysis of protests: Black Flag Over Seattle, by Paul de Armond, WA Researcher and political commentator
Longer analysis including WTO background: WTO Meeting & Protests in Seattle, by Kit Oldham, HistoryLink
About the slogan “Another World is Possible”
“Another World is Possible” is the primary slogan of the World Social Forum, a process of global convergence founded in Brazil in 2001. Learn more about World Social Forums: Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
About the 1919 Seattle General Strike
Direct action resources:
Why Direct Action? by 350 Seattle
A Manual for a New Era of Direct Action, George Lakey