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ON A RAINY DAY in late November 1999, environmentalists dressed like turtles marched arm-in-arm with teamsters down the city streets in what has become known as the Battle of Seattle, an extraordinary event that deadlocked WTO negotiators and brought that powerful agency’s momentum to a standstill. These unlikely partners were joined by tens of thousands of others—students, religious activists, women’s rights activists, family farmers, health activists, indigenous people, and economic justice organizers from many countries—in what was baptized the Seattle Coalition.

In sifting through the thousands of pieces of literature produced by these formerly disparate groups, we found that a fascinating ...

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