Read our collection of reflections by local leaders and organizers, Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Legacy of the Battle for Seattle.

15 years ago on November 30, tens of thousands of people from all walks of life converged on the streets of Seattle and took a stand against the WTO. Unions, environmentalists, faith-based groups, students, stood together to proclaim: trade affects us all, and it should not benefit the rich at the expense of working families, the poor, and the planet.

Today, once again, millions are raising their voices with the same message as neoliberal NAFTA-style trade models proliferate around the globe. Can we bring the spirit of the WTO protests — unity, urgency, people power — to finally demand that space be given for the creation of a new model of trade?

Join Washington Fair Trade Coalition and our allies at a series of events this November looking at the legacy of the WTO protests and how we can continue to carry the banner in the face of massive, secret, corporate-negotiated agreements like the TPP, TTIP, and TISA.

November 19, 7:30 AM to 9 AM,
IAM 751 District Lodge, Seattle
Sponsor: Washington Fair Trade Coalition



WTO Panel
November 20, 12 – 1 PM, Seattle
The Battle in Seattle: 15 Years after the WTO Protests
Seattle Central, Room 1110
Sponsor: Seattle Central Community College


November 21, 7-9 PM, Olympia
Commemorating the 15th Anniversary of the Cooperation at the WTO in Seattle/ And Looking Forward! Forming a Thurston Blue-Green Alliance.
at The Mark, Olympia
Sponsors: Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) Local 443, WFSE Local 872, and the Thurston Lewis, Mason County Central Labor Council


CAGJ WTO Screening
November 30, 2:30 – 6:30, Seattle
This is What Democracy Looks Like (Screening, Q&A with Director, Happy Hour)
at Central Cinema, Seattle
Sponsors: Community Alliance for Global Justice, Central Cinema, Washington Fair Trade Coalition

December 2, 3:30 – 6, Seattle

Militarized Policing and Public Protest: From the WTO Protests to Ferguson (Panel with Norm Stamper, Tyler Weaver, Robbie Stern)
at Unity Suite of the Ethnic Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Sponsors: Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, Law Societies and Justice Program of UW