Join us for a Special Anniversary Event on
Monday, November 23rd 2009
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin St (Geary @ Franklin), San Francisco
The WTO Shutdown and what it means for a UN Climate Deal in Copenhagen
Fifty thousand peaceful protesters on the streets of Seattle stunned the world on November 30, 1999 when they shut down the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) attempt to launch a new round of world trade talks aimed at expanding global corporate power over peoples. Ten years later, the WTO remains on the ropes due to a sophisticated global network of activists-spanning from Indian peasant farmers to South African HIV/AIDS activists to Brazilian workers-who have kept the WTO from concluding its negotiations. Though maybe less visible today, global justice networks are morphing into new movements to turn crises like global climate change into opportunities for political transformation. We will also discuss one current process toward global economic transition: the United Nations’ summit to seal a climate deal next month in Copenhagen, where the “spirit of Seattle” is again being invoked to inspire actions. Please join us in recalling Seattle’s popular victory through reflections with those who made history happen, and all who see more change to come.
Jerry Mander, Victor Menotti, and Claire Greensfelder, IFG
Anuradha Mittal, The Oakland Institute
Paul Hawken, David Solnit and Rebecca Solnit, local author-activists
Jia Ching Chen, youth-of-color organizer
Kevin Danaher, Global Exchange
Tim Robertson, California Fair Trade Coalition
Sliding scale of $10 -$25 No one turned away for lack of funds.