[mgj-discuss] suit seeks Seattle `99 arrestees
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From: "Christine From: Joe Carr < joecarr at riseup.net> Date: Aug 13,
2007 5:31 PM Subject: [joeupdates] File claim in 99 WTO protest lawsuit!
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We need to find ~ 175 individuals who were in Seattle during the WTO
protests in 1999.
We won an important lawsuit against the city of Seattle which
violated our rights and these folks need to contact the attorneys by
AUGUST 28, 2007 if they want their portion of the settlement $$ (see
below to download claim forms.)
Sooo.... WHO DO YOU KNOW who might have been in Seattle at the WTO
protests in 1999? Please pass this along to them and to others who
might have some connections to those events. (Consider sending to
your lists or specific people, adding info to your blog, website or
announcement lists, and especially, talking to folks.)
Westlake, Dec 1, 1999? Nov 30, 1999: Nov 30 1999:
We're specifically trying to be sure all 175 people who were arrested
at Westlake on December 1, 1999 get this info IMMEDIATELY since they
have only two weeks left to return their claim (due August 28th, 2007.)
We settled with the city of Seattle for $1,000,000 and each person
arrested at that location is entitled to a portion of those funds.
(Hopefully it's clear that ONLY folks arrested at this particular
time and place are part of this suit and eligible to make these claims.)
A jury found that our 4th amendment rights were violated. See press
release about the case:
http://www.witheylaw.com/TLPJ-WTOVerdictNewsRelease.pdf and some news
about the settlement: www.witheylaw.com/WTO%20Trial.htm and
The problem is that after nearly 8 years (and not knowing who was
actually arrested there), almost everyone has moved or gotten a new
phone or email. We need to use our networks to reach folks so PLEASE
HELP get this to them by forwarding on to reduce those degrees of separation.
Again, apologies to folks who may not understand why I'm sending this
to you or who get this multiple times. Mostly I tried to think of
people who might have some connection to the issues, the tactics or
the regions that brought people to Seattle in 1999. The hope is that
you will know how to reach folks that were involved so we can use our
networks to reach these ~175 people.
As an aside, let me note that many of the 175 folks we've already
found are still committed to their activism and are planning to put
the funds they receive BACK INTO their respective MOVEMENTS. Many of
us recognize that though ~175 of us will receive a portion of this
settlement, the victory of this case is a victory for us all. The
work happening in the streets in 1999 is ongoing...and I personally
hope to support that work by funneling my portion of the settlement
money into groups still doing that work. Though these arrests
violated our rights, many of us of are people of relative privilege
which is another reason to give collectively with these funds. That
said, most activists I know rarely have large financial means so this
will be a rare opportunity for some of us to support financially the
causes we work so hard on with our other resources. (My personal
view of the money I'll be receiving is that it isn't really mine...it
belongs to all the people (~50,000) who were in the streets in 1999
opposing the WTO and, even more, to all the people affected by the
WTO's policies. In 1999, I was arrested (wrongly, the jury decided)
speaking out for what I believed in and trying to create change. In
2007, I hope to see the funds I'll be getting used to continue that work.)
Thanks and solidarity,
Jane WTO #890
can at drizzle.com
(still in Seattle)
P.S. You may have heard that director Stuart Townsend has made a movie
about the protests called "The Battle in Seattle." It's supposed to be
based on true events...but we'll see how true it really is...
Taken in Seattle12-09-07 during the filming of the film:
I just saw that it will premiere at the Toronto International Film
Festival (Sept. 6-15) and I've heard that it will be released broadly
around....November 30th, 2007. Many folks recognize that this means our
little piece of history will be spotlighted again for a brief moment in
time, depending on how well the film does. I've heard of some great plans
to reclaim the voices of those actually here to tell the true history of
those days and to bring the multitude of globalization issues back into
our discussions. Hopefully the arrestees will be announcing our
collective donations at about the same time.
INFO for ARRESTEES
(those arrested mid-morning on December 1, 1999 at Seattle's Westlake Park)
If you are one of the 175 arrested in this situation and you haven't
already turned in your forms, please download the two files below and send
the claim form in by AUGUST 28th, 2007.
Notice of the lawsuit: www.zoopla.net/viewFile.php?fid=4044
Claim form: www.zoopla.net/viewFile.php?fid=4045
DO NOT DELAY!
ALSO, let me make a pitch to Westlake arrestees: Let's join together
and put some or all of our settlement money back into our movements.
A small group of arrestees has put together a preliminary proposal
that we'd like you to consider about how we can magnify the impact of
our giving (including hooking up some matching funds.) From
conversations with other arrestees, I know many of us do plan to
donate most or all of our settlement money (after taxes) to our
communities and to further the work we that brought us to Seattle in
the first place in 1999. This proposal provides a forum for us to
figure out how to collaborate on that. I invite those who receive
settlement funds to consider participating.
We'll try to send the proposal to anyone who makes a valid claim to
the settlement dough but, in case we miss you, please email me
(can at drizzle.com) or wtosettlement at gmail.com if you are interested
in this initiative. Look for this in your email soon. (If you got
this first email from someone besides me, we probably don't have your
email so be sure to drop us your current email address so we can include you.)
Again, let's use these funds to continue the work we began in
1999! Even if you don't plan to pool your funds with us, we'd love
to know what other initiatives you use the settlement to support.
In solidarity, Erica Jane WTO #890 can at drizzle.com 206-568-7110
PS. WESTLAKE ARRESTEES: DON'T FORGET to DOWNLOAD and FILL OUT the
PAPERWORK by August 28th!!!!
FYI: Sent by attorney Tyler Weaver on May 30, 2007 to a listserve of
arrestees (but only a few folks are still on it after 8 years):
Only Westlake arrestees have access to this list. If forwarding this
to others in the community, please make sure the message contains no
sensitive legal communications.
Attention all --
I am pleased to finally be able to send you the official,
court-approved notice of the settlement and the claim form for the
recent settlement on behalf of those arrested on December 1, 1999, in
Westlake Park. These documents are being sent to every person for
whom we have a street address, and are also attached in .pdf format.
[see download links above]
The notice describes in detail the settlement, the process for any
objections and submitting claims, and the various
deadlines. Hopefully all of your questions are answered there. If
not, there are several avenues, as listed in the notice of the
settlement, for you to ask questions and receive answers. If you
were arrested at Westlake Park on December 1, 1999, the deadline for
returning your claim form is August 28, 2007. There's no reason to
wait that long, however.
I should also note that the settlement does not provide for any
funding of non-profits or future protest or educational
activities. However, if anyone wants to pool all or a portion of
their settlement funds for a collective action, you can email either
wtosettlement at gmail.com, or can at drizzle.net for more information, and
to express your interest and/or participate in the planning
process. This is completely and totally voluntary and is not part of
the settlement, nor a condition to anyone's participation in the
settlement. I merely include this information in the event anyone is
interested in banding together.
If you know of anyone else who was arrested at Westlake Park, please
forward this message and the attachments to them as soon as possible.
Tyler Weaver Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP.
Kansas Mutual Aid
joecarr at riseup.net
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