10 years ago this week, bassist/blogger Krist Novoselic joined a few of his like-minded brethren (Jello Biafra, Kim Thayil, Gina Mainwal) for a concert at The Showbox at the Market during the WTO meetings/rallies/etc.
In his post, Novoselic says:
Too bad the Battle in Seattle is known more for the riots and damage. Regardless, you can't blow up a social relationship. I say the civil protests were mostly a success. It was great to see all the groups marching together as a single voice. To me, their message was "Human rights, fair trade, and a healthy environment are important to our world."
It was a time that promised much change. No matter how cheap the word "change" has become, change does come, and come it did. George W. Bush lost the popular vote but won the presidency, and the September 11, 2001 attacks resulted in a nation gripped by anxiety and an administration that knew how to exploit this powerful sentiment.
Things have even changed in the eight years since then. Regardless, when people come together in a punk band, a political group, or a march with tens of thousands of like-minded others, you can be heard. It may be for only a day, a week, or a year. What's important is for the individual to hold onto what was said at that moment, because things will change again one way or another. If human rights, fair trade, and a healthy environment are important, they will endure.
Check out his post on Reverb for a full report.