Ten years ago, tens of thousands of people converged on Seattle to protest the ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization. In commemoration of that seminal event, organizations across the country are mobilizing people for marches, rallies and teach-ins on trade, the environment and the impact of the WTO.
In Oregon the “Spirit of Seattle” is being celebrated in a series of events that offer supporters an opportunity to hit the streets and get the word out about free speech, our right to protest, and freedom to dissent.
WTO 2009 Teach-In & Celebration
A panel of experts will speak to the WTO’s impact on trade, the environment, workers' rights and the right to dissent. ACLU of Oregon Field Organizer Claire Syrett will moderate one of the breakout sessions on the right to protest. This event is free.
November 21, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
1228 University of Oregon
Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Fir Room
“Eugene Says ‘NO’ to the WTO” celebration will feature an early-evening screening of "This Is What Democracy Looks Like," a film about the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. Following the screening will be performances by the Sugar Beets and the New Mexican Revolution and Urban Carnival as well as testimonials from veterans of the Battle in Seattle. The celebration is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5 to $15.
November 21, 6:30-11:30 p.m.
WOW Hall, 291 W 8th Ave, Eugene
Legal Observers Needed for D5 March and Rally in Portland
The ACLU-Oregon is seeking volunteer legal observers to monitor the D5 “Spirit of Seattle” WTO demonstration to ensure that everyone’s constitutional rights are respected! You do not need any special knowledge to be a legal observer, just a commitment to civil liberties and the ability to remain impartial. We’ll provide all the training and resources.
Saturday, December 5th
Training at ACLU Office at 10 a.m. (RSVP for address)
March begins at 12 p.m. in downtown Portland
If you are interested in participating, please email Evyn Mitchell.
Visit our site for more information.
See you next week!
ACLU of Oregon