[The 10-year anniversary of the WTO conference and mass protest that shook Seattle and the world is a week from today. To understand the significance of those historic days in Seattle, PubliCola asked current UW history PhD student (and frequent PubliCola commenter) Trevor Griffey, who participated in the protests as a 24-year-old who was temping for Muzak at the time, to share his thoughts.Trevor Griffey is a PhD Candidate in U.S. History at the University of Washington and the Project Coordinator for the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project. He wrote for the Independent Media Center’s street zine, Blind Spot, during the WTO protests in 1999, and worked on a similar publication for the Washington DC IMC during the April, 2000 protests against the World Bank/ IMF.
In August, 2001, he was pushed and pepper sprayed by a Seattle police lieutenant while covering Reclaim the Streets in Seattle, which resulted in his filing a complaint with the City of Seattle’s Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), which later rejected his complaint. He subsequently sued the City for violating his civil rights and settled out-of-court.
He wrote about police accountability and racial profiling issues for the Seattle Weekly and South Seattle Star from 2002-3
Monday, November 23, 2009
Seattle Ten Years Later: "The WTO Effect"
Trevor Griffey (Publicola):