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Northwest Mobilization to Oppose the WTO and Commemorate 10 Years After Seattle

There will be a number of events all over the Pacific Northwest during late November and early December in response to the WTO holding it's largest ministerial meeting in years on the exact 10 year anniversary of the Seattle WTO protests in 1999.

Portland November 17th-Panel: Didn't We Shut Down the WTO?; Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 7PM, Food for Thought Cafe, Portland State University.

Portland November 20th-Movie Night: "Cowborg vs. the WTO"; Friday, Nov. 20th, 6PM, 6025 E Burnside

Eugene November 21st-WTO Teach-In 2009: Saturday Nov. 21st, 1-4PM, University of Oregon.
Eugene Says No to the WTO Celebration: Nov. 21st, 6:30-11:30PM, WOW Hall

Seattle November 28th & 29th-People's Summit: Saturday and Sunday at Seattle University.

Portland December 5th: Regionwide March and Rally to Oppose the 2009 WTO Meeting
Didn't We Shut Down the WTO?: Tuesday Nov 17th, 2009 at 7pm Food for Thought Cafe in the PSU Smith Building Basement(south side entrance) at SW Broadway and Salmon.

This panel will feature 4 students, organizers, and leaders of the successful direct action to shut down the WTO talks in Seattle 10 years ago. The panel will reflect on the organizing and historic alliance building 10 years ago as well as share some of what they've learned through 10 years of organizing since. We will continue the conversation with questions from the audience and identifying challenges we still struggle with today. Come with your movement building questions and curiosity.
This panel is just a small part of a series of events leading up to the 10 year celebration of Seattle '99 as well as Mobilization Against the WTO this December 5th - for more info check out www.december5.org

Sponsored by Students for Unity, Oregon Fair Trade Coalition, and creating democracy.

"Cowborg vs. the WTO"; Friday, Nov. 20th, 6PM, 6025 E Burnside: Ultra rare screening of a film produced by one of the affinity groups that took part in the blockading of the WTO in 1999.

Eugene November 21st-WTO Teach-In 2009: Saturday Nov. 21st, 1-4PM,University of Oregon * EMU Fir Room
Eugene, OR

What is the World Trade Organization (WTO)? What's it up to today? Why should we care? And how do we fight back? These are the topics of the Eugene/Springfield WTO 2009 Teach-In. The fantastic line up of speakers include:

Michael Drieling, an overview of the WTO and the Seattle '99 protests
Guadalupe Quinn, on trade, migration and racism
Samantha Chirillo, on trade and global warming
Lauren Reagan, on the legacy of the Seattle protests and the right to dissent
Stan Taylor, on the WTO's current agenda and protest against it

There will also be break-out discussions that let you ask questions, share ideas and focus on organizing opportunities.

"Eugene Says NO to the WTO" Celebration: Saturday, November 21 * 6:30 - 11:30 pm The WOW Hall * 291 W 8th Ave

"If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." - Emma Goldman

Dance the night away with trade activists and others throughout the Eugene/Springfield area as we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Seattle WTO protests! In the world-famous Woodsmen of the World Hall, we'll host an early screening of This Is What Democracy Looks Like, then dance the night away to the musical stylings of the Sugar Beets and the New Mexican Revolution. The beer garden will be open for most of the night.

While there, sign up for the caravan headed to Portland for D5 and learn more about how to get involved about current trade fights.

Seattle November 28th & 29th: People's Summit at Seattle University.
People's Summit Program: See updates at www.seattlePLUS10.org

Saturday Nov 28: Opening Plenary & Workshops at Seattle University, 9 - 5pm

Saturday Evening: "Reclaiming Community" Plenary, Dinner & Music at New Hope Baptist Church, 6 - 10pm

Sunday Nov 29: Workshops, Plenary & Strategy Session on Cross-sector Organizing, at Seattle University, 10 - 5pm

Sunday evening: Closing Plenary at Town Hall, 6 - 9pm

Confirmed speakers:

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Leo Gerard, United Steel-Workers President
Dena Hoff, National Family Farm Coalition & Via Campesina
Eric Holt-Gimenez & Annie Shattuck, Food First
Rev. Robert Jeffrey, Black Dollar Days Task Force
David Korten (When Corporations Rule the World, Agenda For a New Economy)
Thea Lee, AFL-CIO
Sylvia Orduņo, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and National Planning Committee, U.S. Social Forum

Portland December 5th: Regionwide March and Rally to Oppose the 2009 WTO Meeting

D5: Mobilization Against the World Trade Organization
Saturday, December 5th * Downtown Portland

12:00 Noon - Gather at Tom McCall Waterfront Park (under the Hawthorne Bridge)
1:00 pm - March to the World Trade Center, Federal Building and Wells Fargo Building
2:00 pm - Indoor Rally and Concert at Portland State University
As part of the global days of action against the new World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial, people from across Northwest will be converging in downtown Portland to speak out against the proposed expansion of failed "free trade" policies and to demand the prioritization of human needs over corporate greed.

The march currently has 64 endorsing organizations. For more info visit www.december5.org

homepage: homepage: http://www.december5.org
phone: phone: 503-736-9777