Nov 27 – Dec 5 ’09: Global Week of Action/Seattle People’s Summit!
CAGJ Would Like to Thank All Organizers and
Participants of the People’s Summit
The gathering was a success with over 400 people attending skills-building and issue-based workshops, illuminating local and global obstructions to human and environmental rights, while offering new ideas for effective activism. The Summit was held in the spirit of the 1999 WTO protests, which succeeded in tempering the onslaught of the WTO agenda, and catalyzed new coalitions of diverse organizers. In that light, we found new allies with whom to plant seeds for a stronger and united front for positive change, highlighting new avenues for strategy and movement-building.
WTO+10: Global Justice Forward
The Climate is Changing – It’s Time for Solutions!
On Nov 30th the World Trade Organization (WTO) will host a meeting of its highest decision-making body in Geneva – 10 years to the day when we shut down the WTO! On Dec 7th, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change launches in Copenhagen. Join in an effort to harness the spirit of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle with a renewed commitment to justice and a strong message to Wall Street: “People and the Planet are Not For Sale!”
See the Full Schedule of National and Local Speakers, 30 incredible workshops, and an exciting Cross-Sector Strategy Session
WEEK OF ACTION Where will you be?
Friday Nov 27: Amy Goodman & The Yes Men!
Saturday Nov 28: People’s Summit 8:30 – 5 Seattle University – FREE! No Registration Required
Saturday Evening: Dinner and Program at New Hope Baptist Church – FREE!
Sunday Nov 29: People’s Summit 9 – 5 Seattle University – FREE!
Sunday Evening: Closing Celebration at Town Hall: $5 – $10 suggested donation
Monday Nov 30: Noon at Westlake Climate! Justice! Assembly; 4:30 at Westlake: Action for Immigrant Rights. 7pm Eric Holt-Gimenez, Director of Food First, speaks at UW Gould Hall – FREE. Check out other N30 evening events.
Tuesday Dec 1: History Making Waves: Remember and Reclaim Revolutionary History – from the WTO Protests to the Future! 6pm Potluck, 7 – 9:30 Storytelling, University Baptist Church
Thursday Dec 3: “This is What Democracy Looks Like” at MOHAI!
Saturday Dec 5: Caravan with CAGJ to Portland D5 Action!
Spread the Word!
Tell your friends: Please send an email announcement about the People’s Summit to your members/friends/family now, and again a few days before the event, by forwarding this newsletter, or a shorter announcement. We have a template email blast available online.
Flyers: Please post flyers about the People’s Summit at your house, workplace, cafe’s, friendly organizations, schools & on telephone poles! A downloadable PDF of the flyer is available online. You can also get posters and flyers from CAGJ: call 206.405.4600
Social Media: Help spread the word via your social networks on Facebook — become a fan and join the People’s Summit group—and find us on Twitter at @seattleplus10, using the hashtag #seattleplus10.
Help Make Another World Possible!
Volunteers Needed! Email email@example.com
Especially for Child-care, Interpretation (English/Spanish), and Day-of!
Full People’s Summit Schedule
Friday Nov 27 – The People’s Summit Kick-off
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now Host, at Town Hall
7pm: Tickets $15 – $25 available here & at the door
The Yes Men at NW Film Forum
7pm & 9pm: Tickets available here
The Yes Men will participate in the People’s Summit throughout the week-end!
Saturday Nov 28 – Campion Ballroom & Pigott Hall,
Seattle University, 8:30am – 6pm Opening Plenary & Workshops
Free, no registration required
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration/Check-in
Welcome & Opening Panel – 9:30 am – 11:15 am
The Climate is Changing: It’s Time for Solutions!
Launching the People’s Summit, the Opening Plenary will reflect on what we have accomplished, and the lessons learned from our collective victory over the WTO in 1999, and connect that watershed moment with the struggles for justice today. The Climate is Changing. We know that means we have to take urgent action for climate justice. But it also means that this is the best opportunity we have had in a long time to put forth viable solutions for people and the planet. The People’s Summit begins with specific ways we can all build alternatives to make another world possible.
Moderator: Sarah Van Gelder, Yes! Editor
Welcome and Overview of 1999: WA Representative Bob Hasegawa
Rebecca Adamson – First Nations Development Institute, First Peoples Worldwide
Dena Hoff - Farmer, Via Campesina, National Family Farm Coalition
David Korten – Author, Agenda for a New Economy, New Economy Working Group
Please note: The workshop schedule may change!
Workshop Session #1 – 11:30 a.m. – 1:00pm
Battling Poverty at the State Level: Advocacy and Action
Statewide Poverty Action Network
Building White Allyship & Anti-Racist Movements Accountable to People of Color
Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites, CAGJ
Exploiting the Politics of ‘Need’: AGRA and the Gates Foundation
AGRA Watch/Community Alliance for Global Justice
Framing a New Economy: How Local Living Economies are inherently just and sustainable
BALLE Seattle, People-Centered Development Forum
Youth Organizing in the Movement for Social Justice
Seattle Young People’s Project
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch Break
Workshop Sessions #2 – 2:30pm – 4pm
Art & Activism: Being a Cultural Worker
Pinay sa Seattle
Camino ala Reforma Migratoria/The Path the Immigration Reform
Taller bilingue/Bi-lingual Workshop
Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social
Industrial Aquaculture, A People’s Perspective on the “Blue Revolution”
Mangrove Action Project
Street Speech: Your Right to Protest
Trade and Agriculture: How Farmers Get the Chaff
Phil Bereano, John Fawcett-Long, Claire Gilbert, Barry Lia, Mark Dworkin, Viki Sonntag
WTO Turnaround 2009 – Building for Global Justice 10 Years Later/ Our World is Not for Sale
Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, WA Fair Trade Campaign, Citizens Trade Campaign
Workshop Session #3 – 4:15 pm– 5:45 pm
Cross Border Organizing/ Relating solidarity organizing to US solutions
WFTC, Council of Canadians. Latin American Solidarity Organization, Seattle CISPES
Fighting for climate justice
Grassroots Media and the Global Justice Movement (Communications Rights pt. 1)
Reclaim the Media, Riseup.net
Practical Proposals for a New Trade and Economic Strategy
Putting Agribusiness on Trial: Strategies for Confronting the Food Crisis
Queers Against the WTO – Reunited
Evening Plenary 6 – 10pm: Dinner, Speakers, Performance & Music
New Hope Baptist Church, 116 21st Ave Seattle, in the Central District
Dinner at 6pm, Program 7:30 – 10pm
Free, no registration required.
Join us to reclaim and amplify our voices with the vision we have for a healthy planet and people – Community Empowerment, Jobs, Prison Reform, Food Security and Native Sovereignty!
Moderator: Rahwa Habte, Hidmo Community Empowerment Project
Welcome: Rev Robert Jeffrey – Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church, Black Dollar Days Task Force
Walter Hayden – Community Outreach Director Clean Greens Farm
Alli Chagi-Starr – Green for All, Art in Action
Winona La Duke - Honor the Earth & White Earth Land Recovery Project (confirming)
Performances by Jim Page & others!
Sunday Nov 29, 9am – 5pm Seattle University
Campion Ballroom & Pigott Hall
Free, no registration required.
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Check-in
Workshop Session #4 – 10 – 11:30
Dispossession and Climate Refugees
Social Ecology Education and Demonstration School (SEEDS)
Grow a carrot, build a movement: Connecting urban gardening with movements for justice
Movement building for the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit 2010
U.S. Social Forum and Michigan Welfare Rights Organization
Environmental Justice: How “Free Trade” Harms it
Community Coalition for Environmental Justice
Cross-cultural alliances and activism
Hidmo Community Empowerment Project
Ganging Up on the Bosses: a New Take on a Classic Model of Direct Action Organizing
Seattle Solidarity Network
11:30 – 12:45 Lunch break
Strategy Panel – 12:45 – 1:45
Catch the Buzz: Cross-Pollinating our Movements
Moderator: Bill Aal and Margo Adair, Tools for Change
Sylvia Orduno-Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, U.S. Social Forum
Strategy Session – 1:45 – 5pm
1:45 – 3:30 Cross-sector Strategy Session Part 1
3:45 – 5:00 Cross-sector Strategy Session Part 2
Workshop Session #5 - 2:00 – 3:30
Farmworker Voices: Looking Forward
CAGJ Food Justice Project, UW Labor Project, La Via Campesina
Community Accountability: Building a Glocal Resistance Movement Starting at Home
CARA – Communities Against Rape and Abuse
The Revolution will not be Tweeted (Communications Rights, part II)
Riseup Networks, Reclaim the Media
Free Trade and Militarism
Peace Action of Washington
This is What Democracy Looks Like: Participatory democracy using art and cultural work strategies
Social Ecology Education and Demonstration School (SEEDS)
Strengthening local resistance, from Seattle to the 2010 Olympics
Olympic Resistance Network, No One Is Illegal –Vancouver, Anti Poverty Committee
Closing Celebration of the People’s Summit 7 – 10pm
Town Hall – Doors open at 6pm, 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca Street)
Suggested donation, $5 – $10
Global Justice Forward!
The closing celebration of The People’s Summit is an opportunity for leaders in labor, environmental justice, cultural activism and food sovereignty to move forward a shared vision for Global Justice, reflecting on the significance of the 2009 WTO meeting on November 30th, the 10th anniversary of the WTO shutdown in Seattle, and the upcoming Climate Change talks in Copenhagen in December. Participants will be encouraged to reach across sectors and borders to strengthen alliances, drawing inspiration from the People’s Summit to forge shared goals for the next 10 years and more.
Moderator: Verlene Jones, MLK Labor Council
Leo Gerard – US Steelworkers (via recorded greeting)
Patti Goldman – Earthjustice
Eric Holt-Giménez – Food First
Thea Lee - AFL-CIO
Jim Sinclair – BC Labour Federation
Performances by 206 Zulu, Jack Chernos, Seattle Labor Chorus & others!
We’ll see you there!
Help Make the People’s Summit Possible… Volunteer!
We are currently seeking folks to help out in the following roles – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer, or if you have questions.
DISTRIBUTE POSTERS & FLYERS/SPREAD THE WORD: Volunteers needed to announce and distribute flyers about The People’s Summit to their classes, organizations, places of worship, book-groups, farmer’s market, friends & family, etc. We will provide the flyers & posters! They can also be downloaded:http://seattleplus10.org/?page_id=26
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR(s): Before the People’s Summit, help keep track of volunteer needs, and plug new volunteers into appropriate tasks. During the People’s Summit, help orient and coordinate volunteers!
FOOD PLANNING: Help procure food & farm donations for Saturday night dinner & possible day-time meals as well (Seeking Food Coordinator as well!)
HOUSING/COORDINATOR: Have an extra room for an out of town speaker? Let us know! Also seeking help coordinating housing for out of town speakers, and to organize online housing board for out of town participants.
VIDEO/FILM: Film People’s Summit workshops, including ‘This is What Trade Means to Me’ – please contact Kristen: email@example.com
SILK-SCREENING: Help silkscreen tshirts etc for Seattle+10 Fundraising! Date for silk-screen party will be announced soon…
CARAVAN to PORTLAND: Help organize a caravan to Portland’s D5 Actions from Seattle!http://www.december5.org/
VOLUNTEER DAY-OF: Let us know if you can volunteer during The People’s Summit (we will mostly need help with logistics)
CALL TO ACTION
Fall 2009 will mark ten years since the WTO protests in Seattle, an extraordinary moment when people came together across many backgrounds and issues to raise a single voice against corporate power. In the same spirit, the Seattle +10 Organizing Committee, a broad alliance of individuals and organizations, invites all people fighting for justice locally and globally to come together again in the fall of 2009. Actions are being planned in Seattle, and we encourage people to organize events and actions in their own communities.
We aim to reflect on and learn from the successes and challenges of our collective victory over the WTO in 1999, and to take action in support of alternatives to corporate power. The anniversary comes at a time when a host of key issues – from global warming and financial restructuring to economic justice and health care – require urgent action. The political climate favors progressive change more than it has for many years, but we know that change will only come when we stand up and demand it. People are ready for change now! The anniversary of Seattle ’99 provides an inspiring focal point to mobilize our collective call for change.
People across the United States and around the world are already mobilizing for a week of action tied to the anniversary, and to this year’s WTO Ministerial, scheduled to begin Nov. 30 2009. Climate Justice activists are organizing a day of action on Nov 30, in advance of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change taking place in Copenhagen Dec. 7 – 28.
We hope to see a multiplicity of tactics and forums, reflecting the diversity of our movements. We also invite you to join our organizing in Seattle to help shape some unified events and actions during the week of Nov 28 – Dec 5, 2009. If you or your organization has plans for November 2009 (WTO-related or not), please let us know so we can coordinate, help and/or collaborate.
Will you endorse this Call to Action, individually or as a representative of your organization?
Endorsement of Call to Action means:
-Endorsement can be made by an individual with and/or without organizational affiliation
-Endorsement of the Call to Action shows individual and/or organizational support of the spirit of the Call.
-Endorsers who wish to be kept updated of current organizing, and who provide an email, will be added to a list-serve to be used for organizing purposes over the next 6 months.
-Endorsement does not commit the individual or organization to participate in the Seattle+10 Organizing Committee.