While it may be easy for some armchair activists to criticize Tre's judgement by getting caught shoplifting, nobody should question his committment to fighting for what was right.
In many ways, Tre provided a living example of someone who fought within the construct of the system as well as outside of it. Which in my opinion is what we should all be doing!
Tre showed the entire Portland community that the "revolution versus reform" arguements were nothing more than the manifestations of lazy frustrated psuedo-intellectual anarchists who would rather talk about dumpster diving than do the hard work that is necessary to bring about public power, or to stop GMO foods, or to make sure that our city councils, school boards, and water boards don't get filled up by free market neo-cons.
But Tre didn't stop there.
He then went about putting his personal safety and liberty on the line working outside this perverted out of control monster (otherwise known as American capitalism) to act as the last line of defense, once all attempts at reform had failed.
He rejected the idea that we have to choose between working within the construct of our current system or working only outside of it.
He provided a much needed compassionate articulate voice for "what is right" to our entire community (that was not being offered in the same way by anyone from the mainstream.)
He must now pay the price for his actions, whatever they were.
A price Tre has always known existed, but was willing to risk.
But make no mistake, Portland must stand in solidarity with Tre and Jeff Luers and others who put their personal liberty on the line and are now in prison for paying the price that we should all be thankful for.
The lesson that we must take from Tre is that we must abandon the nonsensical false dichotomy presented by liberals and anarchists pertaining to "revolution versus reform".
We must work toward reform while at the same time working outside the system to bring down this out of control empire.