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Northwest events opposing the revival of the WTO and the free trade agenda

In late November and early December there will be a number of events across the Northwest commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the historic protests against the WTO in Seattle in 1999. As well as opposing the latest round of WTO meetings scheduled to take place November 30th-December 2nd in Geneva, Switzerland. Ten years to the day after the Seattle WTO protest!
Portland, Nov. 17th:

Didn't We Shut Down the WTO? Panel Discussion.

Tuesday, November 17 * 7:00 pm
PSU's Food for Thought Cafe
Smith Memorial Union Basement (south side)
SW Broadway & Salmon * Portland, OR
This panel will feature four 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.

Portland, Nov. 20th:

"Cowborg vs. the WTO" film screening.

Friday, November 20 * 6:00 pm
Jobs With Justice office
6025 E Burnside

Ultra rare screening of a film produced by an affinity group who took part in the blockading of the WTO in 1999.

Eugene, Nov. 21st:

WTO 2009 Teach-In
Saturday, November 21, 2009
1:00 - 4:00 pm

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, Nov. 28th & 29th:

People's Summit Program: See updates at www.seattlePLUS10.org

All events FREE or by donation; no registration required.

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, Decenber 5th:

Regional march against the 2009 WTO ministerial meeting. Part of a global day of action. Currently 65 organizations have endorsed the Portland march.

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.

Join the global movement saying "NO" to the WTO by participating in the "D5" march and rally. For information on buses and caravans, volunteer opportunities, educational events and other background items, please visit: www.december5.org

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