1999 Seattle WTO Protest - The Human Experience
Raw Footage Interactive Documentary
Take a Walk with Those of us That were Really there.
D4 Jail Action
DATE: December 4, 1999
WHERE: King County Jail, 5th + James, Downtown Seattle, WA
VIDEOGRAPHER CREDIT: Jen Domeier
Interview with housing activist. There was building takeover at the same time as the protests in order to open an impromptu shelter. Negotiations are being had over letting the local Tent City use it for a shelter. He is also an anarchist and has some things to say about how anarchists are being portrayed in the media. You get a little bit of Seattle Housing actives history here, talking about the many building takeovers that have resulted in low-income housing.
After the interview there is a beautiful window into the kind of community that was happening there. Art. Song. Strangers dropping off food. And yes, consensus decision making.
There is a street food for the homeless a few blocks away and then as I make my way north, I tape the rubber bullets, strewn in the streets. It may seem silly to include these shots of the city returning to normalcy but to someone still in shock of the past week, the normalcy brings deep and mixed emotions.
Finally, a rare shot of the inside of the Independent Media Center, birthed for the WTO protests and spawned all over the world afterward. The walls of the IMC reflect the massive organization and effort it took to resist the WTO in Seattle.