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Trade Shifts: Reflections on the Seattle WTO Protests


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Activists dressed as sea turtles at the 1999 Seattle WTO protests.  Photo Credit:

Activists dressed as sea turtles at the 1999 Seattle WTO protests. Photo Credit:

Ten years ago, the word “globalization” was made a household term. On November 30th, 1999, tens of thousands of people shook the streets of Seattle, Washington, in protest of the World Trade Organization. The WTO symbolized the corporate takeover of human needs and the environment.

On this edition, we revisit the voices from that week. And, we find out how global economic forces have shifted in the past decade.


Gopal Dayaneni, organizer with Movement Generation; Mohau Pheko, representative of the Africa Trade Network at the 1999 Seattle WTO meeting; Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director, Oakland Institute; Chuck Collins, co-founder of United for a Fair Economy and Wealth for the Common Good.

For More Information:

Focus on the Global South
Bangkok, Thailand

Inequality and the Common Good
Boston, MA

Institute for Policy Studies
Washington, DC

International Forum on Globalization
San Francisco, CA

Jubilee USA Network
Washington, DC

Movement Generation
Oakland, CA

Oakland Institute
Oakland, CA

Ruckus Society
Oakland, CA

United for a Fair Economy
Boston, MA

Wealth for the Common Good
Boston, MA

Books and Films:

Five Days That Shook the World: The Battle for Seattle and Beyond
By Alexander Cockburn, Jeffrey St. Clair and Allan Sekula

The Battle in Seattle – The Story Behind and Beyond the WTO Demonstrations
By Janet Thomas

This is What Democracy Looks Like (film)


Infernal Noise Brigade

The Platform

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