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The Northwest still says No to the WTO

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 largest round of WTO meetings in years, which are scheduled to take place November 30th-December 2nd in Geneva, Switzerland. Ten years to the day after the Seattle WTO protest!
Portland, Nov. 20th:

"Cowborg vs. the WTO" film screening.

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

One night only! Special screening of the 1999 DIY documentary classic Cowborg vs. the WTO. The 50-minute Cowborg tells the story of the historic week of action, with behind-the-scenes planning meetings, the frightening "Christians for Capitalism" and their efforts to legalize the fetus market, the Portland-led jail solidarity action, and much more. Watch it with the filmmaker and anti-WTO activists past and present. Good times guaranteed. Free!

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

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, November 30th:

KBOO Community Radio will be running a special day of programming dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Seattle WTO protests from 8 AM to 8 PM.

Portland, December 5th:

Regional march against the 2009 WTO ministerial meeting. Part of a global day of action. Currently 65 organizations have endorsed the Portland march. So far there are caravans coming from; Ashland, Eugene, Corvallis, and Seattle.

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

God we were SO right all along... 20.Nov.2009 03:52


God we were SO right in our views all along, we should have been much more active, more determined, more willing to risk everything, and maybe the world wouldn't have been so bad 10 years later...

Agreed 20.Nov.2009 05:07


Yes, this is one situation where it doesn't help we were right. I think we were innocent back then; hey, I was. Also, we really weren't taken all that seriously and this eroded us appreciating what we were doing. Yeah, so back then it seemed like just a one time action against corporations just happening to get greedy. We didn't see it as a problem which would reemerge like some balloon shoved under water.

It is good that we tried hard then. Yes, it is so much more of a mess now. Regretting the past does nothing. If we have more of a mess now we have to be that much more determined now. Reality is just reality. Time moves forward. Learn from our mistakes, and don't repeat them- that's the best anyone can do.

What really makes me realize how prescient we've been all along is listening to old Jello Biafra spoken word albums. Not a single one of us has been wrong about the seriousness of the issues and how to respond. I think of Biafra saying, "don't hate the media, become the media," in 1992 and here I post- on our media!

Just use this to have that much more faith in yourself HBK now. With the resistance we will face that faith in yourself is going to go a long way in keeping you and the movement intact no matter what happens. We all should believe in ourselves. We are unsung heroes.