ATTN 1999 WTO Westlake Arrestees
If you were arrested at Westlake in Seattle during WTO and have yet to file your claim to part of the $ 1,000,000 settlement, time is running out! Your claim must be filed by August 28th, 2007!
Deadline rapidly approaches to file claims in 1999 WTO protest lawsuit ($1 million settlement)
I need help to get the word out quickly, so please forward this as
appropriate. Apologies for sending this out broadly but please read on
a bit and help us get the word to the appropriate folks.
We need to find ~ 175 people who were in Seattle during the WTO protests
We won an important lawsuit against the city of Seattle which violated
our rights and these folks need to contact the attorneys by AUGUST 28,
2007 to get their portion of the settlement $$ (see below to download
Sooo.... WHO ELSE DO YOU KNOW who was in Seattle at the WTO protests in
Please pass this along to them and others who could help. (Consider
sending to your lists or specific people, adding to your blog, and
especially talking to folks.)
Westlake, Dec 1, 1999? Nov 30, 1999: Nov 30 1999:
We're specifically trying to be sure all 175 people who were arrested at
Westlake on December 1, 1999 get this info IMMEDIATELY since they have
only two weeks left to return their claim (due August 28th, 2007.)
We settled with the city of Seattle for $1,000,000 and each person
arrested at that location is entitled to a portion of those funds.
A jury found that our 4th amendment rights were violated. See press
release about the case:
http://www.witheylaw.com/TLPJ-WTOVerdictNewsRelease.pdf and some news
about the settlement: www.witheylaw.com/WTO%20Trial.htm and
The problem is that after nearly 8 years (and not knowing who was
actually arrested there), almost everyone has moved or gotten a new
phone or email. We need to use our networks to reach folks so PLEASE
HELP get this to them by forwarding on to reduce those degrees of
Again, apologies to folks who may not understand why I'm sending this to
you or who get this multiple times. Mostly I tried to think of people
who might have some connection to the issues, the tactics or the regions
that brought people to Seattle in 1999. The hope is that you will know
how to reach folks that were involved so we can use our networks to
reach these ~175 people.
As an aside, let me note that many of the 175 folks we've already found
are still committed to their activism and are planning to put the funds
they receive BACK INTO their respective MOVEMENTS. Many of us recognize
that though ~175 of us will receive a portion of this settlement, the
victory of this case is a victory for us all. The work happening in the
streets in 1999 is ongoing...and I personally hope to support that work
by funneling my portion of the settlement money into groups still doing
that work. Though these arrests violated our rights, many of us of are
people of relative privilege which is another reason to give
collectively with these funds. That said, most activists I know rarely
have large financial means so this will be a rare opportunity for some
of us to support financially the causes we work so hard on with our
other resources. (My personal view of the money I'll be receiving is
that it isn't really mine...it belongs to all the people (~50,000) who
were in the streets in 1999 opposing the WTO and, even more, to all the
people affected by the WTO's policies. In 1999, I was arrested
(wrongly, the jury decided) speaking out for what I believed in and
trying to create change. In 2007, I hope to see the funds I'll be
getting used to continue that work.)
Thanks and solidarity,
Jane WTO #890
(still in Seattle)
P.S. You may have heard that director Stuart Townsend has made a movie
about the protests called "The Battle in Seattle." It's supposed to be
based on true events...but we'll see how true it really is...
Taken in Seattle12-09-07 during the filming of the film:
I just saw that it will premiere at the Toronto International Film
Festival (Sept. 6-15) and I've heard that it will be released broadly
around....November 30th, 2007. Many folks recognize that this means our
little piece of history will be spotlighted again for a brief moment in
time, depending on how well the film does. I've heard of some great
plans to reclaim the voices of those actually here to tell the true
history of those days and to bring the multitude of globalization issues
back into our discussions. Hopefully the arrestees will be announcing
our collective donations at about the same time.
INFO for ARRESTEES
(those arrested mid-morning on December 1, 1999 at Seattle's Westlake Park)
If you are one of the 175 arrested in this situation and you haven't
already turned in your forms, please download the two files below and
send the claim form in by AUGUST 28th, 2007.
Notice of the lawsuit: www.zoopla.net/viewFile.php?fid=4044
Claim form: www.zoopla.net/viewFile.php?fid=4045
DO NOT DELAY!
ALSO, let me make a pitch to Westlake arrestees:
Let's join together and put some or all of our settlement money back
into our movements.
A small group of arrestees has put together a preliminary proposal that
we'd like you to consider about how we can magnify the impact of our
giving (including hooking up some matching funds.) From conversations
with other arrestees, I know many of us do plan to donate most or all of
our settlement money (after taxes) to our communities and to further the
work we that brought us to Seattle in the first place in 1999. This
proposal provides a forum for us to figure out how to collaborate on
that. I invite those who receive settlement funds to consider participating.
We'll try to send the proposal to anyone who makes a valid claim to the
settlement dough but, in case we miss you, please email me
( email@example.com) or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in
this initiative. Look for this in your email soon. (If you got this
first email from someone besides me, we probably don't have your email
so be sure to drop us your current email address so we can include you.)
Again, let's use these funds to continue the work we began in 1999!
Even if you don't plan to pool your funds with us, we'd love to know
what other initiatives you use the settlement to support.
Jane WTO #890
PS. WESTLAKE ARRESTEES: DON'T FORGET to DOWNLOAD and FILL OUT the
PAPERWORK by August 28th!!!!
Sent by attorney Tyler Weaver on May 30, 2007 to a listserve of
arrestees (but only a few folks are still on it after 8 years):
Only Westlake arrestees have access to this list. If forwarding this to
others in the community, please make sure the message contains no
sensitive legal communications.
Attention all --
I am pleased to finally be able to send you the official, court-approved
notice of the settlement and the claim form for the recent settlement on
behalf of those arrested on December 1, 1999, in Westlake Park. These
documents are being sent to every person for whom we have a street
address, and are also attached in .pdf format. [see download links above]
The notice describes in detail the settlement, the process for any
objections and submitting claims, and the various deadlines. Hopefully
all of your questions are answered there. If not, there are several
avenues, as listed in the notice of the settlement, for you to ask
questions and receive answers. If you were arrested at Westlake Park on
December 1, 1999, the deadline for returning your claim form is August
28, 2007. There's no reason to wait that long, however.
I should also note that the settlement does not provide for any funding
of non-profits or future protest or educational activities. However, if
anyone wants to pool all or a portion of their settlement funds for a
collective action, you can email either email@example.com, or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and to express your interest
and/or participate in the planning process. This is completely and
totally voluntary and is not part of the settlement, nor a condition to
anyone's participation in the settlement. I merely include this
information in the event anyone is interested in banding together.
If you know of anyone else who was arrested at Westlake Park, please
forward this message and the attachments to them as soon as possible.
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP.
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