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Crosscut Talks Live

  • Cascade Public Media Studio 401 Mercer Street Seattle, WA, 98109 United States (map)

WTO: Did Everyone Lose the Battle of Seattle?

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:

Norm Stamper - Former Seattle Police Chief.

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

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

Edgar Villanueva – Expert on social justice philanthropy

...& more to be announced soon

Crosscut Talks Live is a studio audience recording of the popular Crosscut Talks podcast, featuring one-on-one conversations and panel debates with politicians, authors, journalists and the people at the center of the stories that are driving our cultural conversation at home and around the country.

Leadership Tomorrow is excited to partner with Crosscut for this amazing opportunity. At the conclusion of each discussion, attendees from Leadership Tomorrow will have the opportunity to enjoy additional refreshments and networking during a private reception at the Hive Media Lab.

Leadership Tomorrow attendees are eligible for a $5 discount on each individual event ticket purchased. Please email Rebeca for the promo code to receive your discount. To register go to the main ticket page.

Your ticket includes two drink tickets and light refreshments.