Revisiting “Battle in Seattle”: A Personal Reflection on the Pros and Cons of Protest

Do you remember Battle in Seattle? Don’t worry. It made no lasting mark at the 2007 box office, and reviews were (deservedly) mixed. I’ve finally seen it — seven years later, two months from the fifteenth anniversary of Seattle’s historic WTO protests. And (surprise!) it held my attention throughout. It was a timely viewing choice, here in this season of protests. While late-summer wildfires darkened my Eastern Washington horizon last month, another blaze scarred my social networks: “#Ferguson,” “#MikeBrown,” “#HandsUpDontShoot.” Links! Lectures! Laments! It seems everyone is upset about what happened when an unarmed black man in Missouri, hands...

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