With his shaved head, goatee, solemn brow and a wardrobe of dark garments with many pockets, 37-year-old Glenn Spagnuolo looks the part of a revolutionary. He is articulate, quick-witted and can make great, impassioned speeches about injustice, racism and corporate greed without sounding like some mumbling hippie or foam-spitting radical.
A quote from Spags: "[S]ometimes we don't choose history, history chooses us." Two-bucket piece, definitely.
Update: Spagnuolo was kicked out of the Woodbine project, but somehow Westword never says why. Very strange.
The ANSWER Coalition will carry out a full-scale mobilization for the DNC protests, says national coordinator Brian Becker, with bus transportation and car caravans from the West Coast, East Coast and Midwest chapters. The group has been in contact with R-68, he adds, but ANSWER is holding off on deciding whether it will join up.A tough spot. Should we go against every principle we profess to believe in? Don't rush us. . .
The Troops Out Now Coalition and the Rainforest Action Network have signed on, says Hales. But other large national groups have been reluctant, partly because the R-68 leadership has declined to issue a statement of non-violence, leaving peace and pacifist groups in a tough spot.
Update III: "A modified nonviolence statement."
Update IV: So sad:
Woodbine was not a commune, or a compound. If you called it either, you were quickly corrected. Woodbine Ranch was a summer camp and conference center based on a "non-colonialist model" — or it would be one day.Update V:
[Mayor's convention coordinator] Archuleta and representatives of the DNC host committee have been meeting with R-68 and the ACLU for the past five months, and will step up their discussions as the convention nears. "The mayor is committedOne hopes that means they're just yackety-yacking while the city emplaces the necessary pillboxes and machine-gun nests.
to First Amendment rights, but also the safety of citizens and protesters," Archuleta says. "I think the dialogue is the most important thing that can happen, so that we're all aware of what to expect."
Update: The story has been reprinted in full at Portland Indymedia and the Friends of Leonard Peltier blog, but, strangely, not at National Review.