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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

November 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Proud memories of WTO

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2:56 p.m. [Click on sketches to view larger]
wtoactivist112009m.jpgA walk in the misty rain led me to Westlake Park this afternoon, and there I stumbled upon a few dozen people gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the WTO protests.
Mark Taylor-Canfield, of the local band The Galaxy Machine, was up on the stage singing Lennon’s “Working Class Hero.” He said the WTO protests were his first experience of living in Seattle. “I found an amazing sense of solidarity with people I had never met.”
“This is both a commemoration of the WTO events and a declaration of commitment to keep going,” said Jonathan Betz-Zall, of the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice, a local group that mobilizes people to stop polluters. About the protests 10 years ago he recalled that there was so much united energy. “We stopped WTO,” he said. “It was really inspiring to be part of something like that.”
I lived in California then and only remember seeing images on TV and photos of the chaos. I’m curious how others may remember the WTO protests. Taylor-Canfield and Betz-Zall sounded very proud of their participation.

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