Movement of the People
The representative smiles at me. "Well, I think it is best that you stay behind," he says, "as this is a business meeting and if you come it will then change zee nature, yes?"
Bob Smith, a Vietnam War resister who spent more than seven months in jail in 1970 for refusing to register for the draft, is one of the four who goes upstairs.
A member of the Brandywine Peace Community, he's been working with Payday for the last 10 years.
"I thought it was very cordial and friendly," he says afterward. "It was actually the counsel general who brought up the issue of Canada's history of openness to refugee asylum. Frankly I wasn't necessarily planning on talking about my own contacts or experience in Canada."
Huh. Is this how things can get done? How understanding can be reached? With a handful of poets and vets and markers and a megaphone?
Later that day, Canada's federal court says Glass can stay while it decides whether to hear his case.
Was it internal pressure or the combined impact of small, civil global protests, like the one outside Liberty Place?
Maybe it's only another extension of the inevitable, but Glass, now a funeral director in Canada, is reportedly happy just to buy the time.