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Twenty years since the great Seattle anti-capitalist revolt

Twenty years since the great Seattle anti-capitalist revolt On 30 November 1999 demonstrations, street occupations and riots at a meeting of the World Trade Organisation signalled the birth of a new opposition to the people at the top of the political and economic system.

Echo of Miles—trip through Soundgarden’s infamous Seattle sound

US rock band Soundgarden have released a new three-CD album of rare and unreleased material.

Socialist wins Seattle elections

Kshama Sawant became the first socialist in decades to win a seat on a US city council last week. She beat the Democratic candidate in Seattle who had been in the seat for 16 years.

Sleepover in Seattle

A long day of protest Seattle culminated in several thousand people marching to sit down outside the street in front of a local Chase Bank.

Spirit of Seattle is back as protesters take on Wall Street

On Friday 17 September a group of largely young campaigners, artists, and students occupied Wall Street in New York’s financial district.

Pearl Jam Twenty

Pearl Jam were a central part of the Seattle grunge scene in the 1990s. They also raged against George Bush, anti-abortionists and the corporate stranglehold over the US.

Genoa from the Socialist Worker archive

19 July 2011
‘The march through Genoa last Saturday was five times the size of the protest in Seattle in November 1999.

The 1999 Seattle protests gave birth to a global movement

24 November 2009
Ten years ago, on 30 November 1999, like a lightning flash in an empty sky, the World Trade Organisation summit in Seattle was paralysed by mass protests. Trade unionists, and environmental and debt campaigners came together to expose the damaging effects of the drive for free trade.

Voices from the Seattle protests

24 November 2009
‘I came here to protest about the killing of turtles. I’m going home determined to turn the whole world upside down.’Amber Pattison, who travelled 1,000 miles to Seattle

The battle of Seattle

24 November 2009
"Those who were arguing they were going to shut the WTO down were in fact successful today." That was the frank admission of Seattle police chief Norm Stamper after the events of November 1999.

Signs of Revolt: Creative resistance and social movements since Seattle

10 November 2009
In November 1999 an alliance of direct action activists, environmentalists and trade unionists shut down a meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Seattle. In the process they sparked a global movement.

Ring It In: songs of peace and justice for the holiday season

02 December 2008
The Seattle Labor Chorus has been performing throughout the north west of the US since 1997 in support of everyone fighting for a living wage, and against war and injustice.

Radical process of resistance

14 January 2006
It is just over six years since the great protests in Seattle of November 1999. And it is almost three years since the great anti-war protest of 15 February 2003.

Marxism meets the movement

10 December 2005
Last week the sixth anniversary of the protests in Seattle passed without much notice. The passage of time has, however, if anything underlined the importance of the challenge that demonstrators mounted to the World Trade Organisation summit on 30 November 1999.

When anti-capitalism and workers’ struggles combine

03 September 2005
In November 1999 the anti-capitalist movement became known to millions through the protests at the World Trade Organisation in Seattle in the US.

Glimpsing a better world at the G8 protests

16 July 2005
Britain over the past fortnight has gone through in a highly concentrated form the experience of the movement against global capitalism. Our movement went through the protests in Seattle in November 1999 through the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001 to the great anti-war marches.

‘The challenge for the left is to unite a diverse movement’

22 January 2005
THE FIFTH World Social Forum assembles next week in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This great gathering will bring together tens of thousands of activists from Latin America and the rest of the world. It comes at an important moment in the history of the movement against corporate globalisation. It is now more than five years since that movement first became visible in the Seattle protests in November 1999.

Hazard Warning

16 October 2004
The first militant confrontation in the United States between the global justice movement and the neo-liberal junta took place famously at the WTO conference in Seattle in December 1999.

Take the movement to a new level

14 October 2004
It’s been five years since the Seattle demonstrations kickstarted the global justice movement. What do you feel we have achieved so far?

Take the movement to a new level

13 October 2004
It’s been five years since the Seattle demonstrations kickstarted the global justice movement. What do you feel we have achieved so far?

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