Friday, July 9, 1999

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  • Thousands of Journalists of Color Gather for the Unity 99 Conference in Seattle

    Around 6,000 journalists of color have gathered here in Seattle for Unity 99–a conference held every five years that looks at diversity in the newsroom. Unity was founded by journalists Juan Gonzalez, co-host of Democracy Now!, and Will Sutton, and it is a gathering of journalists from four associations: the Association of Native American Journalists, the Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association and the National Association of Black Journalists.

  • Activists in Seattle Prepare to Host the World Trade Organization Summit

    In the last few years, the World Trade Organization has developed corporate power above the sovereign power of all nation states. The WTO panels composed of non-elected trade specialists have dismantled US Federal environmental law, and have significantly lowered air pollution standards in the US. Abroad, WTO panels have forced the European Union to import US hormone treated beef even though the European Parliament voted unanimously to ban the product. The panels have also ruled against small Caribbean farmers and on behalf of large banana corporations such as Chiquita.

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