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The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle


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Manufacturer: AK Press

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With the World Trade Organization in retreat globally, do we remember the seeds of the anti-capitalist movements that blossomed and, on November 30, 1999, brought Seattle to a standstill? Released just in time for the 10th anniversary of the Seattle WTO protests, this collection confronts the challenges of historical memory, and suggests just how much we have to learn from (and about) the past decade of activism against globalization. 

David Solnit recounts the story of his consultation with Battle In Seattle: The Movie and tells how a group of Seattle activists intervened in the Hollywood star-studded docudrama to challenge and change the story. He dispels damaging movement myths by highlighting the organizing, strategy, and dynamics that sparked the retreat of corporate globalization. 

Rebecca Solnit tells of her battle with the New York Times, challenging their repeated misinformation about the Seattle protests – including her written exchanges with the editors – and reflects on how corporate media's twisting of history impacts our future. 

Chris Dixon gives a view of Seattle "from the ground," offering an intimate look at N30 and the days surrounding it through the eyes of one of the event's core organizers. 

Published by AK Press, 2010.

Product Code: 9781904859635

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Average Rating: 5

Shut them down!

This short, reasonably priced and well produced book deals with the lies and misrepresentations of the Battle of Seattle in 1999 when the World Trade Organisation was shut down by anti/alter globalisation activists with anarchists taking a leading role. The book is made up of three essays, each dealing with a different aspect of the portrayal of the monumental event. The first is by David Solnit and illustrates the attempts to influence the movie made about the 1999 events. The second is written by Rebecca Solnit and outlines the attempts to challenge the made up stories about violence published in the New York Times and the third, by Chris Dixon, is an outline of the event that serves to challenge the inaccurate views discussed previously. Finally the book includes reprints of sections of the Direct Action Network paper. As such this is a small book that does a lot and is well worth the price as it cuts through vast amounts of the crap that are often spouted about the Battle of Seattle and reclaims a key event in the history of the western anti globalisation movement from mass media lies.

Anonymous :: 23 May 2010, 16:30

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