David Solnit

David Solnit

David Solnit is the North American Arts Organizer for 350.org and is the co-author of The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle.

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People take over the intersection in front of the WA State Convention Center on the 20 year anniversary of the WTO Shutdown. (Photo: Elliot Stoller) Views
Saturday, December 07, 2019
Celebrating WTO+20 and Looking Forward in Seattle
WTO Shutdown 20-Year Anniversary Series: The Shutdown WTO Organizers History Project and Common Dreams have produced this series of ten people's history accounts and forward-looking lessons from organizers who were in the streets of Seattle in 1999—at the very end of last century. Articles in the...
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We were part of the People’s Global Action network, which came out of a series of Zapatista-initiated “Encuentro” gatherings. We used the phrase, “Our resistance will be as transnational as capital.” (Photo: David Solnit) Views
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
WTO Shutdown: A Few Things From the WTO Shutdown I Carry Into the Future
WTO Shutdown 20-Year Anniversary Series: The Shutdown WTO Organizers History Project and Common Dreams have produced this series of ten people's history accounts and forward-looking lessons from organizers who were in the streets of Seattle in 1999—at the very end of last century. Articles in the...
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Friday, November 15, 2019
Remembering the Battle for Seattle: Organizers Launch Project to Reflect on 20 Years of Lessons
It is imperative that we remember what happened in Seattle 20 years ago. We are living in a moment of mass uprisings around the world. Today’s political moment traces back to many turning points in political, economic, and social movement history. In order to face the crises of today and chart our...
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Saturday, September 28, 2019
San Francisco Climate Strike Street Murals Take Over Wall Street West
“Yesterday was so fulfilling! Waking up before dawn & spending the day shutting down the SF Financial District with my friends, painting two full city blocks with 11 #ClimateChange murals in creative civil disobedience. 36 affinity groups did blockades which shut down Bank Of America, Citibank...
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IHP Climate Change Program Students volunteer, making art for Climate Strikes.  (Photo: Peter Menchini) Views
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Climate Strikes to the Green New Deal: Arts Organizing to Protect the Planet
We are a few days from the Global Climate Strike —the largest climate action ever (this is our time to step up—find your local action and ways to be involved here ). We are also witnessing a rising long-term movement for a Green New Deal in the U.S., and similar solutionary initiatives around the...
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Thursday, February 21, 2019
Arts Organizing Lifts Oakland Teachers Strike
"The Power of Youth. The Power of Educators. The Power of Labor. The Power of Community. The Power of The Art Build." —Keith Brown, President, Oakland Education Association "Culture is a space where we can introduce ideas, attach emotions to concrete change and win enthusiasm for our values. Art is...
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
How Do We Stop Trump and Win Gains in Justice and Equality?
As mass demonstrations against President Donald Trump's Muslim ban rocked airports across the United States last weekend and after a week of mass demonstrations against Trump's memo pushing for the Dakota Access and Keystone Pipelines, I asked George Lakey, an author and organizer with six decades...
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Using the “Public Trust” to Frame “Break Free From Fossil Fuels” Actions
Thousands of us in the climate movement will engage in civil disobedience for “Break Free from Fossil Fuels” and other climate actions. We may be arrested and face legal consequences. What if we defined ourselves – to the movement, the public, and the courts – not as law-breakers but as law-...
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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Seattle WTO Collapsed 14 Years Ago: Lessons For Today
December 3, 2013 – Today government officials and corporate lobbyists will meet for the 9th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial.
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Friday, December 09, 2011
Seattle WTO Shutdown ’99 to Occupy: Organizing to Win 12 Years Later
It’s 3 a.m. on Nov. 30 in San Francisco. Riot cops just raided Occupy Philly and Occupy Los Angeles tonight and the live streams are running on my laptop. We are preparing for a possible raid of Occupy San Francisco tonight or tomorrow. I’m talking back and forth with other occupiers and labor, community and faith allies, deciding whether to call for a mass mobilization tonight and to prepare for mass civil disobedience.
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