The Seattle Legacy Project: Portland Organizing Meeting
Thursday, April 23, 2009 * 6:30 pm
Portland Sierra Club Office
1821 SE Ankeny St (one block off Burnside)
Ten years ago, thousands of people from across the United States and the world converged in Seattle, Washington to protest the ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization. Directly confronting some of the planet's most powerful corporations, governments and security forces, those activists managed to derail the WTO's expansionist agenda and demonstrate the potential of people power to successfully challenge corporate rule.
Today, we find ourselves in the midsts of one of the worst economic and environmental crises in generations. Certain corporate lobbyists, media personalities and elected officials are attempting to uses these crises as a means of concentrating their own power. It is time to reclaim the "Spirit of Seattle," come together as directly affected communities and demand change.
A broad coalition of labor, environmental, faith and human rights activists is calling on allies to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Seattle protests on Saturday, December 5, 2009. Goals include: highlighting and strengthening connections between different progressive movements and issues; demanding alternatives to "free market" corporate rule; and demonstrating that public engagement, organizing and activism can make a difference.
Portland activists will be meeting on April 23rd to discuss what such an event might look like locally, and ways to promote the concept beyond the Pacific Northwest. We need a wide range of voices and constituencies at the table. Please join us. For more info, please call the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign at (503) 736-9777.