CAGJ is excited to join WA Fair Trade Coalition, UFCW 21, Town Hall Seattle, MOHAI and others in marking the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Organization protests! Please check back for updates!

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WTO+20 Events in Seattle:

  • WED NOV 6th, 7-9pm:  WA Fair Trade Coalition Film screening: This is What Democracy Looks Like  – FREE More info
  • TUES NOV 19, 6:30 pm: Crosscut Talks Live – WTO: Did Everyone Lose the Battle of Seattle? $25 More info
  • WED NOV 20, 6:30 – 8 pm: MOHAI History Café: Remembering the WTO 20 Years Later – FREE More info
  • SAT NOV 30, 9am – 5pm: CAGJ, UFCW 21 & Town Hall Seattle present Another World is Possible! WTO+20: How a People’s Uprising Shut-Down the World Trade Organization in ‘99 & Why it Matters for Today’s Movements for Justice FREE Register, Share on Facebook, More info
  • SAT DEC 7: WA Fair Trade Coalition presents 10AM Rally, 3:30PM Workshops, 7PM Keynote: Joseph Stieglitz  – Sliding scale More info


WED NOV 6th, 7-9pm

Film screening: This is What Democracy Looks Like

Location: UW Kane Hall 220-Free

Join us for a screening of the documentary “THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE” to learn what the 1999 Battle in Seattle was about, and what it means to all of us today. Film followed by discussion with the filmmaker Jill Freidberg, along with State Senator Bob Hasegawa and Rosalinda Aguirre. Sponsored by WA Fair Trade Coalition. For more info, contact Hillary: hillary@washingtonfairtrade.org

TUES NOV 19, 6:30 pm

Crosscut Talks Live – WTO: Did Everyone Lose the Battle of Seattle?

Location: Cascade Public Media, 401 Mercer St. Seattle, WA 98109

Twenty years ago this November, the world’s attention turned to Seattle where a meeting of the World Trade Organization was disrupted by thousands of protesters who filled the city’s streets. The conflict that followed shook Seattle and laid bare deep frustrations with the excesses of globalization and fears about the impact of free trade.

While it failed to stop the WTO, the three days of conflict did renew the power of grassroots political protest in the U.S. It set the course for Occupy Wall Street and other populist movements, and helped to shape the dialogue around economic equity in the 21st century.

Joined by prominent figures from the events, historians and today’s political analysts, we look back at the WTO with the benefit of hindsight to revisit those dramatic days, and to consider what the protests, responses and anxieties of those times may have foretold about our economic and political reality today.

Panelists include:

Nikkita Oliver – Seattle-based creative, community organizer, abolitionist, educator and attorney.

John Sellers – WTO protest leader and President of the Ruckus Society.

Norm Stamper – Former Seattle Police Chief.

Edgar Villanueva – Expert on social justice philanthropy

$25 More info


WED NOV 20, 6:30 – 8 pm

History Café: Remembering the WTO 20 Years Later

Location: MOHAI – Free

Thousands of people took to Seattle’s streets to protest the World Trade Organization (WTO) conference in 1999. Memorialized as an isolated event, this simplified narrative erases significant contributions of activists of color by ignoring the years of international organizing that made it possible.Hear from activists who participated in the WTO protests as they share their reflections on how this protest is remembered and its continuing impact on local activism today. Moderated by Heather Day, panelists include Cindy Domingo and Jill Freidberg. For disability accommodations, please contact programs@mohai.org two weeks prior to the event. For more info, please contact Rachel: Rachel.Spence@mohai.org

History Café: Remembering the WTO 20 Years Later is presented in partnership with the Community Alliance for Global Justice. Share the Facebook Event.


WED NOV 30, 10AM – 5PM, Doors open at 9AM

Another World is Possible! WTO+20

How a People’s Uprising Shut-Down the World Trade Organization in ‘99 & Why it Matters for Today’s Movements for Justice

Location: Town Hall Seattle, FREE Register, Share on Facebook, More info

Today in Seattle, and around the world, social movements are taking to the streets, striking, locking down, and engaging in multiple forms of direct action. These tactics build collective power to transform the intersecting crises of our times into opportunities for equity, healing, and sustainability. In 1919 over 65,000 workers with held their labor during the Seattle General Strike; in 1999 over 50,000 people took to the streets of Seattle, and shut down the World Trade Organization’s conference. In 2019 we gather to honor this history, and the power of non-violent direct action, through story-telling, trainings, and movement-building workshops, to make another world possible.

Activists who were part of the mobilization will share stories and lessons learned from the people’s movement which made history by successfully preventing the WTO – one of capitalism’s most powerful global institutions – from further consolidating its power. And we will hear from leaders of today’s movements for justice, from Washington farmworkers to global alliances. Join the WTO+20 gathering for hands-on direct action training, arts workshops, story-telling, and opportunities to plug into local organizing! Let’s inspire action to change the world!


Ramon Torres & Edgar Franks, Familias Unidas por la Justicia

Paul Cheoketen Wagner, Founder of Protectors of the Salish Sea

Nancy Haque, Labor/Direct Action Network organizer in ’99, Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon

David Solnit, Direct Action Network organizer in ’99, North American Arts Organizer, 350.org

Maru Mora Villalpando, Founder of La Resistencia (NW Detention Center Resistance) and Latino Advocacy

Lisa Fithian, Author of Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance

Matt Remle (Lakota) Co-founder of Mazaska Talks

Alec Connon, 350Seattle


SAT DEC 7, 10AM Rally, 3:30PM Workshops, 7PM Keynote

WTO+20 Events Coordinated by WA Fair Trade Coalition

Location: Occidental Park & Town Hall Seattle

In 1999, more than 50,000 of us marched in Seattle against corporate-centric globalization spearheaded by the World Trade Organization (WTO). We demanded a more just economy, that puts people before profits – and we caught the imagination of people around the world. Twenty years later, the struggle continues for genuinely fair trade that puts people and the planet first. Join us Dec 7!

10 AM Rally at Occidental Park: Speakers, street theater, music, and a short march to the Federal Building.

3:30-6 PM Workshops at Town Hall Seattle: See full description & pre-register

Session 1: Environment; Labor; Public Health; Immigration

Session 2: Indigenous Sovereignty and Extractive Industries; People Powered Trade Movements Since 1999; Food Sovereignty; WTO Tech, Data, E-Commerce Expansion; Trade and Militarism

7 PM Keynote with Joseph Stiglitz and Action Orientation with Lori Wallach. Wallach is Director and Founder of Global Trade Watch, a division of Public Citizen. Joseph Stiglitz is a Nobel laureate in economics, Professor at Columbia University, and chief economist of the Roosevelt Institute. His latest book is Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump. Stiglitz will describe a better way forward – an approach to globalization that balances interests of workers, communities, and the environment with business interests. General admission for the keynote is $20. A limited number of free tickets are available first-come-first-serve: Register for FREE & $20 tickets. Contact Hillary for more information: