Battle in Seattle- worth watching!

I was home sick from work yesterday, and I stumbled across a film through the Netflix instant view browser. The movie is called “Battle in Seattle,” which ¬†depicts the mass protests that occurred in the winter of 1999 in Seattle. The protests were against the¬†World Trade Organizations Ministerial Meeting, and the film includes real footage from the actual event. In this film I observed the tactics the police use to control the peaceful masses, such as using pepper spray, tear gas, and beating up protesters and unlucky bystanders. The film demonstrates what America looks like under a police state, much like the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989 or the Soviet Union under Stalin. It’s truly eye opening, and makes one question how the people are supposed to uphold their constitutional rights while the police that are supposed to be there to protect them are the ones spraying them and locking them up. Perhaps the Freedom of Assembly is a lost cause, but many citizens will not go down without a fight.

Details of the film can be found here:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0850253/

 

Alex

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One Response to Battle in Seattle- worth watching!

  1. I haven’t seen the film, but I am aware of those protests. Tomorrow, there will be an online mass movement event, led by Oakland’s Van Jones, that is long overdue–an effort to mobilize awareness and action about the deepening economic divide that separates the most affluent Americans from the rest of us. I recently received the following heads up from MoveOn.org:
    Dear MoveOn member,

    This Thursday night at 8:15 ET, we’re hosting a one-of-a-kind online
    event, and you’re invited!

    It’s the launch of a new organization called Rebuild the Dream, which is
    dedicated to creating an economy that works for ALL of us and to stopping
    the attacks on the middle class and working Americans.

    The launch event will be An Inconvenient Truth for our economy–on
    steroids. It’s equal parts tent revival, dance party, and gripping story
    about what’s happened to our economy and how we turn it around.

    It will be led by green jobs visionary and former White House advisor Van
    Jones. And while he lays out the truth about our economy, hip-hop
    megastars The Roots and world-renowned visual artist and DJ Shepard Fairey
    will back him up with some amazing music. I’ve seen the rehearsals, and
    it’s simply astounding.

    We’d love to have you join us for the live stream, in HD. And because a
    mass movement requires mass bandwidth, please RSVP to let us know you’ll
    be watching!

    Click here to RSVP and make sure you’re logged on and tuned in at 8:15
    p.m. ET this Thursday.

    Rebuild the Dream is an organization dedicated to building the American
    Dream movement–the answer to the question: Will we fight alone and lose,
    or will we stand together and win?

    Young graduates and returning veterans who can’t find a job shouldn’t
    stand alone. Families losing their homes to the banks that they bailed out
    shouldn’t stand alone. Seniors having their Medicare slashed and the poor
    and disabled having their Medicaid gutted shouldn’t stand alone.

    This is not a coalition–it’s a movement of people standing together. It’s
    a banner under which we can all be proud to march. It’s a movement
    dedicated to the enduring values and principles that we share, not the
    election of any individual.

    Those values and principles will be enshrined in a Contract for the
    American Dream, which we’ll build together from the ground up. That starts
    in July with house meetings in every congressional district across the
    country.

    And this Thursday night it all starts with the truth–live streamed into
    your home.

    Click here to RSVP and make sure you’re logged on and tuned in at 8:15
    p.m. ET this Thursday.

    Thanks for all you do,

    –Justin, Peter, Marika, Stephen, and the rest of the team

    P.S. Over the past several weeks we’ve been spreading the “we are being
    lied to” message with creative and confrontational on-the-ground action.
    It’s taken off quickly and generated a lot of attention. Click here to see
    the video that’s creating all the buzz.

    References

    Visible links
    .. http://www.moveon.org/r?r=209545&id=28241-6103776-m_pN0bx&t=6
    .. http://www.moveon.org/r?r=209545&id=28241-6103776-m_pN0bx&t=7
    .. http://civic.moveon.org/Rebuild_Buzz.html?id=28241-6103776-m_pN0bx&t=8

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