battle in seattle


from full film

1:23 – just seems kind of f-d that you and me are the ones that have to fight each other

2:25 – how long have we been trying to save this planet.. it’s still not enough

begs we try a nother way.. for (blank)s sake

protest doesn’t not work because protesting doesn’t work.. it’s because it’s embedded in a global systemic violence.. what we need is a means to undo our hierarchical listening

1:29 – wto talks stopped.. cheers.. ‘bit by bit’..

the music/vision of their celebration.. but.. it’s taking too long.. we’re dying here.. part\ial ness is killing us.. today we have a means for 8b people to leap.. to get back/to simultaneous spontaneity ..  simultaneous fittingness.. everyone in sync.. for (blank)’s sake

what the world needs most is the energy of 8b alive people

1:31 – govt would no longer be caught off guard.. 2 mile barrier et al.. to guard of those of dissent

qatar 2001 – wto agrees it will take care of needs of poorer countries

yeah.. that’s happened

2003 – mexico; korea (set self on fire to protest); as wto floods local markets w exports 40 000 indian farmers commit suicide to escape death; 36 m across world take part in largest protest against war in iraq

by 2007 – little progress made regarding wto promises in doha.. including access to essential meds .. poor countries trade concerns still not addressed.. et al

but that has not stopped people from trying to make another world possible (lists a bunch of protests around the globe)

we need to change our focus.. from fighting/defense/response.. to living as if we’re already free.. even the inspectors of inspectors.. has to be all of us or it won’t work

ie: cure ios city – a means to undo our hierarchical listening


Battle in Seattle is a 2007 political action-thriller film written and directed by Stuart Townsend, in his directorial debut. The story is loosely based on the protest activity at the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999. The film premiered on May 22, 2008 at the Seattle International Film Festival.

1999 Seattle WTO protests, sometimes referred to as the Battle of Seattle, were a series of protests surrounding the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999, when members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) convened at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington on November 30, 1999. The Conference was to be the launch of a new millennial round of trade negotiations.

The negotiations were quickly overshadowed by massive and controversial street protests outside the hotels and the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. The protests were nicknamed “N30“, akin to J18 and similar mobilizations. The large scale of the demonstrations, estimated at no fewer than 40,000 protesters, dwarfed any previous demonstration in the United States against a world meeting of (such as the WTO, the International Monetary Fund, or the World Bank). any of the organizations generally associated with economic globalization


On January 16, 2004, the city of Seattle settled with 157 individuals arrested outside of the no-protest zone during the WTO events, agreeing to pay them a total of $250,000. On January 30, 2007, a federal jury found that the city had violated protesters’ Fourth Amendment constitutional rights by arresting them without probable cause or evidence.

5 – 10 yrs later..


protest ness

trial of the chicago 7 et al