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Screening of The Battle for Seattle

WHAT: Screening of: The Battle For Seattle (http://www.battleinse...)
WHERE: 866 Park Pl, Garden Apt., Brooklyn, NY 11216 (Call:[masked])
WHEN: Sunday, Nov 22. 4 pm - ??
* movie will start no later than 4:45 pm (runtime 98 min., not including bonus disc with archival footage and new features)

* Potluck: food, snacks, or other refreshments encouraged (RSVP re: what you plan to bring.)
* Greg is generously putting on a pot of soup and some light refreshments. It's not a full-on dinner unless folks bring more. There will be an option to go out for food together after the movie. Co-hosted by Greg Todd and Alice Lo. DIRECTIONS: Take the #3 train to Nostrand. Walk down Nostrand toward the Banco Popular four blocks to Park Place, turn right. (Or call for driving directions) WHY and WHY NOW:
November 30, 1999 - 50,000+ people filled the streets of Seattle to halt a round of World Trade Organization negotiations that would have expanded trade agreements that undermine human health, social justice, and ecological responsibility around the world. In advance of the coming WTO meetings in Geneva, Switzerland (Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2009) - the non-profit group Public Citizen and their Global Trade Watch division are promoting screenings of the film the Battle of Seattle all over the country in conjunction with a postcard writing campaign. They are sending 50,000+ postcards to the White House in advance of the meetings to remind the Obama administration that the world is still watching and that WTO meetings are the place for him to make good on fair trade campaign promises. FOR PERMIES --
How does an understanding of the patterns of international trade clarify what the ethics and whole-systems solutions encouraged by permaculture have to offer? - Alice

p.s. This is the hollywood production released in 2008. There are several other independent and documentary style movies about Seattle N30 events. If there's interest, we can perhaps screen some of the others in the future.

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  • Alice U.

    It was great to meet new folks and hear their experiences with and perspectives on permaculture and globalization. The space was wonderful (Thanks, Greg!) and the potluck was nice. A lot of people showed up! (It would be great if folks could RSVP so we can prepare properly). The group discussion was interesting and we may try smaller group discussions to facilitate participation and not stifle more informal conversations between individual. Also - I would be interested in inviting folks who have a good handle on some of the history re: international trade and finance, so they could be a resource for others who are not familiar with the nuts-and-bolts. The movie was a good starting point though, because there were a lot of different ways to engage with the story and the issues.

    December 5, 2009

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