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As we understand it, the premise of Long Island journalist Daniel Simone and co-author Heidi Ley’s new book is that there wasn’t really enough evidence to charge Charlie, as a co-conspirator, for the 7 brutal murders his ‘family’ committed back in 1969. And, that with the guidance of a good lawyer, he could have gone free.
Of course, for us here at the Los Angeles Free Press, that is really very, very old news. How old, exactly? Well, take a look for yourself…
The Second World War ended in 1945 after both the Japanese Empire and Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allied Forces. Of course, many of the American service men returned to the States, but only to find that another enemy lurked on their own home front. It was the beast of racial prejudice. Well-known for its rampage against African Americans, it is lesser-known for its massive attack on Mexican Americans.
In fact, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s, a turning point in American history against legal and institutionalized discrimination, is first remembered, sometimes solely and only, as a victory for Black Americans. It was a time when the nightly news broadcast the speeches of their charismatic leader, Martin Luther King, and watched as he led them, on march after march – not turning their cameras away as they endured the brutal backlash of a Southern culture built upon their backs.
These are images burnt into our brains, along with the pictures of more than a quarter million standing in Washington, D.C. to listen to a speech, in 1963, by Dr. King about his ‘dream’. Shortly after that, in 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law. Nevertheless, prejudice did not fade away, and 4 years later, still leading that fight, King was constantly on the road.
In 1968, he arrived in Memphis to support a march of 1300 black sanitation workers who were protesting years of discrimination and dangerous working conditions; two workers had recently been crushed to death as city rules permitted black employees only the back of their compressor trucks, with the garbage, as shelter from the rain. Dr. King was assassinated, by a shot to the head, on the evening before that march was to begin.
For many, the Civil Rights Movement ended that day. Yes, the fight was not over but, no doubt, discrimination had been exposed. Unless you were a Mexican American.
In fact, unless you are a Mexican-American – and, maybe, only an older one at that – this July 4th story may open up, for you, an entirely new window on the era’s Civil Rights Movement.
It was a peaceful March for Rights and Respect… that the LA PD brutalized and, some say, assassinated its leader. Here is a story of him and the 30,000 people hardly ever mentioned in discussions of the Civil Rights era, but who may soon be seen as the pioneers of what now appears to be upon us:
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(And, yes, that IS the Los Angeles Free Press Front Page featured in this trailer for the PBS Documentary, Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle. The entire documentary – excellent, btw – is also available via YouTube, free of charge.)
A final note ~ For more about the Chicano Movement (or any past piece on any subject, individual, or topic in the LA FP) simply send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject Line: ARCHIVE Request for [this].
Here’s something that mainstream media didn’t much follow, but the LA Free Press did: the Chicano Civil Rights Movement.
This is the original LA FP article about the July 4th Rally (45 years ago today!!) at which they declared their Independence, stood up for their Rights and demanded Respect.
A 30,000 person march ensued.
Now, because of recent events, we may all, once again, see that history doesn’t like to be forgotten.
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: email@example.com 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.)