Thursday, December 22, 2011

Occupy Seattle vs. Jamie Dimon of Chase

Anatomy of a protest
December 20, 2011 - What happens when the captain of the financial industry is brought to Seattle to celebrate business leadership in the middle of a populist revolt aimed directly at the wealthy and financial companies?

Pepper spray. Arrests. Speeches. And a very nervous Seattle business school, caught in the crossfire, whose gala event of the year could be wrecked. What follows is a close look at the events and decisions leading up to the Nov. 2 clash in downtown Seattle gleaned from emails and documents obtained by KPLU.

On Nov. 2, the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business held an event for roughly 900 of the region’s top business leaders, students and faculty.

Nearly 18 months prior to the event, the school’s leaders pulled all the strings they could to get Jamie Dimon, head of JPMorgan Chase and the highest-paid chief executive officer among the heads of the six biggest U.S. banks, as their keynote speaker.

No better target could have been designed as a foil for the Seattle version of the “anti-greed” protests that began in New York City on Sept. 17 and quickly spread across the country, and then internationally. read more>>>

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