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"they were central to the series of annual national convergences..."
hilarious. that's not how i remember things at all. they were present, sure, but "central"? what does that even mean in a context where most of the organization and logistics were accomplished by locals? you know, people who actually knew the situation in those cities, knew where to draw on community resources, which places and people to avoid, etc. seems a little self-important to call the Vermont folks "central," and perhaps a little gross due to the academic career-path of the author. makes me wonder if Beswick interviewed any of the non-Vermont folks who were involved in setting up the '86-'89 gatherings... (but i'm pretty sure i already know the answer)