Jenelene Schaffer

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Jenelene Schaffer first moved to Tucson in 1997. She became active with Earth First!, and later became involved with Food Not Bombs and the anti-war movement. Getting tear-gassed, pepper sprayed, manhandled and arrested, both here and across the country, was routine. And planned for.

Never did I go into the fray of a rally or protest without a plan and friends who worked with me as support. The folks who were not planning to get arrested were also aware of our intent and made appropriate space for us. At the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, this approach worked beautifully, and we were able to shut down the trade talks.
It takes a lot of planning and cooperation to pull off effective protests. [1]

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