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Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:17 AM

The Gainesville 8 and a Nixonized World

by David Swanson

A 40-year reunion is being planned for the end of this month in Gainesville, Fla., of the Gainesville 8. Sadly, Richard Nixon won’t be able to join them, although his presidential library has just released more audio recordings of his descent into madness — or what we like to call today: standard government practice.

The Gainesville 8 were eight men, seven of them members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), who planned to nonviolently demonstrate at the 1972 Republican National Convention in Miami. They were wrongfully prosecuted for planning violence, and they were all acquitted by a jury on August 31, 1973, in a highly publicized trial.

Under the shadow of the chaos that surrounded the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968, VVAW took extra steps to avoid violence at the ’72 RNC, meeting with the Miami police and with right-wing groups in an effort to prevent conflicts. And yet, prior to the convention, President Nixon’s FBI began preemptively arresting VVAW leaders, accusing them of plotting murder and mayhem, and attempting to prevent them from taking part in what they were really plotting: a nonviolent march to the convention, where they would request to meet with the president.

Many VVAW members managed to pull off the march, during the course of which they came upon an activist carrying weapons; they turned him in to the police. Three vets, including Ron Kovic, made it into the convention to pose some uncomfortable questions to some long-distance, stay-at-home war supporters.

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Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:41 AM

1. Tell ya what...

... I'm glad Milhous isn't alive to see his belated triumph.

-- Mal

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Sat Aug 24, 2013, 05:08 AM

2. Hometown boys. I worked on attorney Larry Turner's lakehouse


In the summer of '77. Glad Scot Camil is as unreconstructed as ever. In the words of another homeboy, "I won't back down." (Tom Petty)

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