The latest episode of the Labor Archives of Washington’s regular segment on the KSVR radio show We Do the Work will air May 30 and stream online via KSVR and Public Radio International’s Exchange thereafter.
This “Learn Yourself” will be about the World Trade Organization Protests in Seattle in 1999. The so-called “Battle of Seattle” formed new coalitions between labor, environmental, and social justice activists protesting the lack of transparency or oversight in multilateral trade institutions like the WTO. Planned protests erupted into police overreactio to a minority of protesters who damaged private property, while many activists and Seattle citizens were caught in the middle.
The regular segment, called “Learn Yourself”, features Labor Archivist Conor Casey (Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections) being interviewed about a history topic by host Mike Dumovich with an emphasis on archival collections and secondary sources related to the topic in the hopes that it will inspire people to learn more about labor history on their own. Links to Other Episodes in the Series: Full list: https://tinyurl.com/loff3l:
- Labor Archives of Washington Overview
- Everett Massacre, also called Bloody Sunday, where a confrontation caused 7 to 12 people to be murdered on November 5, 1916.
- SeaTac Seattle Minimum Wage Campaign and History Project
- Filipino American Cannery Workers’ Unionism and the Murder of Domingo and Viernes
- Farmworkers’ History: The Chateau St. Michelle Grape Boycott and the Labor Archives of Washington’s second annual event Preserving Solidarity Forever: Washington State Farmworkers’ Struggles.
- Images of Labor and Social Justice: The Life and Art of Richard V. Correll
- Author, Poet, Worker: Carlos Bulosan’s Collections at the Labor Archives of Washington and Eva Urcia’s Quest to Uncover and Preserve Bulosan Family History
- The Everett Massacre Centennial Commemoration
- The 1934 Pacific Coast Maritime Strike
- Former LAW intern Senteara Orwig on the collections she worked on in the Labor Archives of Washington “The Songbird and the Martyr: Katie Phar, Joe Hill, and the Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World”
For more information, go to the following sites and links:
“1999 Seattle WTO protests” Wikipedia.org <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_Seattle_WTO_protests>
“WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION PROTESTS IN SEATTLE” Seattle Municipal Archives <https://www.seattle.gov/cityarchives/exhibits-and-education/digital-document-libraries/world-trade-organization-protests-in-seattle>
Barker, Debi, and Jerry Mander. 1999. Invisible government: the World Trade Organization : global government for the new millennium? : a primer. San Francisco, CA: International Forum on Globalization.
WTO History Collection <http://content.lib.washington.edu/wtoweb/>
Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
WTO History Project <https://depts.washington.edu/wtohist>
30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle
This is What Democracy Looks Like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBUZH2vCD_k
- Aaronson, Susan A. Taking trade to the streets: The lost history of public efforts to shape globalization. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press; 2001
- Anderson, SarahViews from the South: The Effects of Globalization and the WTO on Third World countries. Oakland, Calif., Chicago: Co-published by Food First Books and the International Forum on Globalization. Distributed by LPC Group; 2000
- Barker, Debi, and Jerry Mander. 1999. Invisible government: the World Trade Organization : global government for the new millennium? : a primer. San Francisco, CA: International Forum on Globalization.
- Danaher, Kevin and Burbach, RogerGlobalize This! The Battle Against the World Trade Organization and corporate rule. Monroe, Me: Common Courage Press; 2000.
- Guilloud, Stephanie, ed.Voices from the WTO: An anthology of writings from the people who shut down the World Trade Organization: Stories & photos from November 30–December 3, 1999. Olympia, WA: The Evergreen State College Bookstore distributor; 2000
- Wallach, Lori and Sforza, MichelleWhose trade organization? Corporate globalization and the erosion of democracy : An assessment of the World Trade Organization. Washington, D.C: Public Citizen; 1999.
- Thomas, JanetThe Battle in Seattle: The Story Behind and Beyond the WTO Demonstrations. Golden, CO; Fulcrum Publishing; 2000.
Primary Source Collections:
- Cindy Domingo papers
- International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union, Local 9 records
- Independent Media Center materials regarding the WTO 1999 Seattle Ministerial Conference protests
- Jonathan Rosenblum papers
- George Starkovich ephemera collection
- Robert F. Stern papers
- World Trade Organization 1999 Seattle Ministerial Conference Protest collection
- King County Labor Council records
- Washington State Labor Council
- AFL-CIO, Washington State Labor Council audiovisual collection
- United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 81 records
- American Civil Liberties Union of Washington records
- David E. Ortman papers
- Norman L. Winn papers
- Seattle Women Act for Peace photograph collection
- Seattle Women Act for Peace records
- University of Washington Office of the President records
- Velma Veloria papers
Seattle Municipal Archives
- City of Seattle WTO Archive 1999 WTO (World Trade Organization Conference) WTO Accountability Review Committee Web Site
- Jim Compton Records
- Richard Conlin Records
- Jan Drago Records
- Judy Nicastro Records
- Margaret Pageler Records
- Peter Steinbrueck Records
- Seattle Department of Finance Director’s Records
- Seattle Human Services Department Director’s Records
- Seattle Citizens Service Bureau Records
- Heidi Wills Records