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WTO Seattle riots

The “Battle in Seattle” street protests around the 1999 meeting here of the World Trade Organization left much of the rest of the world with the impression that Seattle is chock full of subversive people, would-be revolutionaries who want to change the world.

And it is, still, even though I bet half the people on the street these days don’t even know what WTO stands for.

Today’s Seattle subversives are much more low-key, superficially boring even — smiling at you in their wrinkled clothing, offering tea and cookies, mumbling quietly about equity and justice and gently nudging you toward whatever might be their most ambitious goal.

Take the iLEAP program, for example. Continue reading