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Date: Sep 17, 2008 12:37 PM
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Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 07:07:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Chris (Stayhydrated)" <chrisd {AT} resist.ca>
Subject: [colours] (US) WILL THE REAL "BATTLE IN SEATTLE" PLEASE STAND
       UP?
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Hi everyone,

Check out this email regarding the forthcoming fictionalized film about
the 1999 Seattle WTO protests. This will be an important opportunity to
challenge mythologies about what happened in Seattle. I encourage folks to
check out <http://realbattleinseattle.org> and post our own accounts and
analyses.

Best,
Chris Dixon

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From: david solnit <dsolnit {AT} gmail.com>

Please Forward:


WILL THE REAL "BATTLE IN SEATTLE" PLEASE STAND UP?


On September 19, Battle in Seattle, the new fictionalized movie about the
mass direct action shutdown of and week-long street resistance to the World
Trade Organization in Seattle in 1999, will open in theaters across the US.
Some global justice and anti-capitalist activists will intervene on the
opening day of the movie to urge moviegoers to get the real story and make
some history themselves.


Can you help us get out "Real Battle in Seattle" invites (see downloadable
resources below) to moviegoers on Friday September 19 in San Francisco, San
Rafael, Seattle, Minneapolis and Washington DC (later on in Sacramento,
Pittsburgh, Detroit, LA, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, OH, Irvine, Santa
Barbara, Philadelphia and Plano, Texas, San Diego, San Jose, Denver,
Charlotte, Cleveland, Portland, Philadelphia, Nashville, Austin, Dallas,
Houston, Sant Antonio, Madison, Milwaukee and Olympia), and out to our
communities? Some folks will make guerrilla announcements (masking up
optional) before or at the end of each screening (Get as many folks as you
can up front before and/or after screenings and announce the site and tell
people what they can do to take action in your community). Send us a report!


For the last two years, since before the Battle in Seattle was filmed, we
have struggled with how we and the movements we are part of should relate to
the movie. Some of us have also engaged with and struggled with the film's
director Stuart Townsend and fought to intervene in and improve the film,
with a small bit of success.  Out of these discussions we have created the
Seattle WTO Peoples History Project, an indymedia-style, participatory
peoples' history website of our movements' own accounts, photos, videos and
reflections from the Seattle WTO shutdown and resistance.


We are a small collective of global justice, anti-capitalist, community and
independent media organizers and activists--most of whom were involved in
organizing to shut down the WTO and many of whom live or lived in Seattle.
This website project, at RealBattleInSeattle.org, is an experiment that has
the potential to popularize the "Battle of Seattle" in our own voices and
from our movements. This potential can only be realized if friends from the
movements step up, participate, post their accounts and reflections and get
the world out widely! We aim to create a culture of memory and peoples'
history within today's movements to take seriously documenting, popularizing
and fighting for our histories and our victories.


At the US Social Forum in Atlanta in the summer of 2007 a couple dozen of us
participated in a forum to discuss how to relate to the Battle in Seattle
movie and to our own Seattle WTO history. At the time we wrote up a
statement signed-on by over 100 Social Forum participants from many parts of
the movements. In part, it reads:


"In the fall of 2008, a major motion picture called "Battle in Seattle" will
come out in cities across the country. The movie is a docu-drama?a fictional
story based on real events?that features extensive archival footage. It
alone may shape what most people in the US and around the world think
happened for decades to come?unless we speak up. We call for social
movements to take action: to reclaim our history, our stories, and our
future.


"The story of popular resistance to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in
Seattle in 1999 is a story of how people power can change the world. It is a
dangerous example for the global elite, and a powerful one for movements.
For eight years, the US corporate media, global elites, and their police
have been twisting and marginalizing the truth, in order to invent their own
story of Seattle 1999 and the stories of social movements' resistance and
victories. These lies and revisions of history have been used in an attempt
to criminalize and repress our protests, movements, and mobilizations."


It's time that we in the social movements tell our own stories, reclaim our
own histories, and publicly fight damaging myths of our movements past and
present. We must intervene in the public understanding of what happened,
what is happening, and what it all means. Stories are how we understand the
world and thus shape the future?they are part of our fight against corporate
power, empire, war, and social and environmental injustice and for the
alternatives that will make a better world.


Let's link the 1999 resistance to the WTO in Seattle and globally with
building support for today's 2007 resistance that is continuing the fight
for global justice on many fronts: against war and occupation for
environmental and climate justice; for workers, immigrants, women, and
farmers rights, etc. We call for commemorations, public events,
performances, media, interventions, interruptions, educational events,
performances, screenings, gatherings, and celebrations."


Please circulate this email, and check out and participate in the
RealBattleInSeattle.org.


EDUCATE! PARTICIPATE! LIBERATE!


Heather Day, Jeremy Simer, David Solnit, John Dudas, Kate Khatib


of the Seattle WTO Peoples History Collective


Contact:

wtopeopleshistory {AT} gmail.com<
http://us.mc344.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=wtopeopleshistory {AT} gmail.com>


********************

RESOURCES:

**********


Download color or black and white two sided 4x6 inch cards (layed out four
on an 8 1/2x11 page):

http://realbattleinseattle.org/node/31


Schedule of Battle in Seattle Movie screenings (official movie website):

http://www.battleinseattlemovie.com/tickets/


Article analysis about the Battle in Seattle Movie:

http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=2850


Post your story/reflection, photos or video to the Seattle WTO Peoples
History site:

http://realbattleinseattle.org/node/add/reflections

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http://www.aut-op-sy.org
http://narconews.com
http://www.eco.utexas.edu/~archive/chiapas95/
http://noborder.org
http://slash.interactivist.net/
http://ainfos.ca
http://www.metamute.org
http://lists.perthimc.asn.au/pipermail/blackgreensolidarity/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precarity
http://www.metamute.org/en/Precarious-Reader
https://lists.resist.ca/pipermail/ipsm-l/2005-July/000781.html
http://www.deletetheborder.org
http://www.nettime.org
http://www.pochanostra.com/dialogues/
http://www.aspaceoutside.org/wp-content/uploads/Space_Outside_Reader.pdf
http://www.prol-position.net/
http://stateofemergency.nomasters.org/
http://www.infoshop.org/inews
http://www.eco-action.org/dod
http://www.16beavergroup.org/drift/overview.htm
http://ww4report.com/blog





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