It's not easy interviewing Alli Starr. The signal on her cell phone wavers radically as she careens through the Malibu Hills, on her way to ruckus camp. At this weeklong training session, young activists learn about everything from talking to the media in positive sound bites to dealing nonviolently with the hard rain of pepper spray. Alli, who is 32, teaches them how to use music and dance to defuse a violent vibe. "When we sing 'amazing grace,' it has this profound effect," she says, recalling the moment in Seattle when police closed in on the crowd occupying an intersection. "We did a slow-motion dance in unisona prayerand the whole energy changed. People started singing, the police stopped spraying, and the sun broke... More >>>
By photo: Dang Ngo
November 29, 1999: five activists unfurl a 2000-square-foot banner in Seattle to protest World Trade Organization policies.