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That’s pretty darn patriotic, if you ask us. Now, if we could just get them to do it all over again, these 45 years later.
btw, the “Message from Eldridge” is quite interesting, as well; amazingly succinct and surprisingly ‘current’. If you would like to see it, too, (or a past piece on any subject, individual, or topic) simply send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject Line: ARCHIVE Request for [this].
Late last night, our LA FP Archive Research Service received yet another request; it’s a free service so, as you can imagine, it was only one of many. Nevertheless, we’re always interested in why a particular item is wanted, in this case it was for an article. And it seems to be one that offers a new thought – Is Charlie Manson an American Terrorist Icon?
Yes, we’ve seen him in the reports of Dylann Roof, but they’re all about a similar embodiment of evil, and of motive. Mr. DeMeo’s presentation, however, marks Charlie as the progenitor of our homeland terrorists; someone who – as ISIS and others do now, but on foreign soil – turns young and presumably moral youngsters into cold-blooded killers.
After all, it wasn’t because Manson was a murderer that America was terrified by him. Remember, he was NOT convicted of personally killing ANYbody. It was his ability to create murderers, terrorists, in act and deed… and that he created them from America’s very own children.
Here are the first pages of the LA FP Archive Item that influenced that new article. It may provide you with some insight, as well, as to Charlie’s thinking.
(An historic note: While Manson’s testimony was public record, it was the Los Angeles Free Press that published it ALONG with his letters to us so that the public could, actually, have an understanding of his point of view, not just that of the prosecution. The LA FP, in fact, contains more than 50 pieces on Manson – personal letters, poetry, OUR jailhouse interview with him, and more. If you would like the balance of this article, please send an Archive Request per the directions on the website.)
As promised, here is the 1967 LA Free Press article that gives the details about the Gay bar raids that began on New Year’s Eve. These were the basis for the city-wide protest, the following month, against the police harassment of the Gay community.
Of particular importance, historically, is that that protest was in Los Angeles (NOT New York), thus making it the FIRST-EVER city-wide protest.
In fact, that protest was more than TWO years BEFORE the June, 1969, riot at the Stonewall Inn.
Here is what was happening in February, 1967, more than 2 years before the Stonewall riot that is often thought of as the beginning of the Gay Movement…
According to this LA Free Press article of 2/17/1967, the event on the previous Saturday evening, February 11th, was when the city’s homosexual community staged its FIRST major protest in history against police harassment. Clearly, as the pictured placard shows, this is about an attack on that community’s Civil Rights; this is an important, historical step in the 1960′s Civil Rights Movement that is rarely mentioned… and was not even noted by the local mainstream media.
Likewise, the reasons for the sudden and large increase of Gay bar raids that began on New Year’s Eve – and was the impetus for this protest – were not given their due in that press, either. It was only Don Slater, Editor of the homophile magazine ‘Tangents’ who’s opinion was reported (and ONLY in the LA Free Press). He said then that these were “…the most violent raids which we have seen in many years”and that they may be due to Ronald Reagan’s election and a police commander’s intent to become Police Chief.
We will be reprinting that article, in full, here, tomorrow.