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June 06, 2008 06:27 PM UTC

"Re-Create '68" Coalition Fracturing

  • by: Colorado Pols

This is either good news for all of us who would prefer to avoid the teargas, arson and broken windows part of major political conventions, or it isn’t. As the Denver Post reports:

Activists who plan to protest at the Democratic National Convention this summer are splitting with the umbrella organization, Re-create 68, because of concerns over its rhetoric and tactics.

The new coalition, called Alliance for Real Democracy, is a network of local and national groups, including Code Pink, United for Peace and Justice, the American Friends Service Committee, the Green Party of Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Colorado Street Medics, and Students for Peace and Justice.

“We’ve separated ourselves; we’re not part of Re-create 68,” said Claire Ryder, chairwoman of the Denver Green Party.

Ryder said many activists had attended Re-create 68 meetings and were not comfortable with its organizational techniques.

Nevertheless, she said, “This has all been very difficult because a lot of them are our friends. We’ve worked together on a lot of other issues over time.”

Glenn Spagnuolo, an organizer with Re-create 68, said he doesn’t mind the new structure.

“More power to them,” he said.

Spagnuolo characterizes the groups that are splitting with his as liberal Democrats who are largely white and middle-to-upper class and want their party to guide the country out of the war in Iraq.

He described Re-create 68 as representing minorities, anarchists, communists, socialists and “radicals” who don’t support Democrats or Republicans. [Pols emphasis]

Both his organization and the Alliance oppose the war, he said, and neither one advocates violence.

However, the statement of nonviolent principles listed on the Re-create 68 website includes the right to self-defense, which has raised questions within the moderate flank of the local activist community…

Like we said, it’s either good news for the convention — a clear split between peaceful protest groups and marginalization of potentially violent fringe elements, or it isn’t — a militant pack of vandals now freed of any moderating influence.

It’s safe to say everyone except Rush Limbaugh would prefer the former. The unpredictably bad situation the convention committee finds itself in financially doesn’t need to be made any worse, and we like our flammable downtown Denver structures just the way they are.

Where’s that commie agit-prop style poster of Barack Obama? You’d think it would chill these Che Guevara lefties out.


18 thoughts on ““Re-Create ’68” Coalition Fracturing

  1. a moderating influence in a mob, do you?  If that’s what it turns into, doesn’t the crowd usually go with the flow, and the few people who actually stand up against it get trampled?

    I think this basically means that a violent group would be smaller.  Any other viewpoints?

  2. and speaking of morons

    don’t these dipshits know that the only thing that keeps me from beating the shit out of the guys in recreate-68 is that there are laws against it.

    I welcome the legitimate peaceful gathering and speech of people that are looking to be heard and I reject those in recreate 68 who seek to disrupt the right of others (the DNC) to gather and speak.

    1. Fight the power…or, something.  

      Glenn Spagnuolo needs to go to a country where the stakes of protesting are rather high, say, China.  Then I’d respect him – otherwise it’s just childish rants.

  3. The anarchist’s meeting will be next Friday June 13, at 13:00 same place as the last meeting.  

    This meeting we will be discussing some bylaws changes.  I would also like to point out that some of our members are not adhering to the rules of our charter and I think we should discuss ways to deal with them.

    See you there.

  4. He’s the Alvertis Simmons of white radicals: lots of bloviating and little to show for it.

    I love it that he’s an “organizer” of anarchists. That way, when everything goes to hell in a handbasket he doesn’t have to take the blame: “hey, they’re all a bunch of anarchists, whaddaya want ME to do about it?”

    1. However, we recognize the right of the people to self-defense and community defense.

      Community defense? no such legal concept.  More like community violence.

      To be conscious that if violence or property destruction does occur, we will do what we can to help prevent it from being blown out of proportion and dominating the media coverage.

      violence or property destruction do not “occur”: people engage in violence or property damage.  People like those promoting recreate ’68.

      I know these people. 20 years ago I “got the newsletter” as we used to say.  

      These idiots want to recreate ’68?  ’68 was the end of hope.  MLK, RFK, Humphrey goes wobbly, rubin/hoffman delegitimizes the anti war feeling in america giving us Nixon, cynicism and eventually Reagan.  Get your head out of your ass.

      I like Rage Against the Machine as much as anybody, but it is not a political philosophy.

      Stop trying to destroy and start trying to build.

      1. their attempts to create a huge drama starring themselves is fizzling.  My guess is Recreate-68 isn’t going to amount to all that much at the convention.

  5. To say that it is violent to destroy the machinery of a slaughterhouse

    or to break windows belonging to a party that promotes war is to

    prioritize property over human and animal life. This objection subtly

    validates violence against living creatures by focusing all attention on

    property rights and away from more fundamental issues.

    1. Glenn Spagnuolo only believes in his first amendment rights.  And if any other group’s first amendment rights differ with his, then they must be wrong and punished…

      now that is some f’ed up logic.

    2. That first sentence tells you all you need to know. To use a certain word is to not hold the proper values, eh, Glenn?  Wrong, because as a matter of fact smashing windows is violent, even if you own the windows, dude.

      And it does no such thing as you say in the second sentence either.  Know why?  Because we might call violence against people violent too.  So stop pigeonholing users of traditional English as immoral and backward.  The fact is, you, sir, are out of touch!

      Glenn really does not think very clearly.  He is rather vain.  I have met him.  

      But the more important point is that when an organizer is doing the talking for a group, the group is mismanaged or very small or both.  

      Get a local voice, Glenn, a local who will be your surrogate and speak for you.  The more we hear the organizer talk, the less reason we have to believe that you have any people backing you at all.  

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