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Author: Steven M. Finger (page 1 of 19)

Black Nationalists Attempt Seizure of Spring Mobilization Peace March

Had you thought that the tactics of Black Lives Matter were new to this century?
Or did you really think that they were from way back in the last one (meaning the 1900’s)?

Well, here’s a tactical play in 1967… which splits the difference at a mid-century, 50-year mark.

See any similarity between this and jumping up on stage when Bernie was about to speak, or as other kinds of rallies were to begin? We didn’t see it in the newspapers… unless we pulled out these old editions of the LA Free Press.

While this was on ‘Page 6’… another reminder of the last-century, there is another article in the issue about this event. Here are some quick take-aways from that …
*It, too, speaks of the San Francisco scene, but to be clear, the main ‘staging area’ of the event was in New York City. When its 300,000 anti-war protestors gathered there, they became the largest demonstration ever in U.S. history! Surprisingly(?), though, the ‘national wire services’ reported a cross-country crowd of less than 150,000 (hmmm…was that more or less than the turnout for the last inauguration?).
*So, in San Fran, Quicksilver Messenger Service band was the band, hippie fashions were the fashion.
But then…for the March… people were ‘categorized’ (who knew then from the word ‘profiled’?) into ‘black people, ‘religious organizers’, ‘business and professionals’…really?
*The kezar Stadium over-flowed, meaning that more than 62,000 seats were occupied (vs. mainstream reports of only 20,000 folks in the ‘parade’).
*SF’s finest… the Longshoremen… were locked and loaded.
*And… the whole affair, according to our Reporter, was a… “complete failure”. Why? Because 3 hours of ‘motivation’ deoes not make for ‘mobilization’.
***It’s a lesson not to be forgotten at this new point in time… when war is, once again, in the air of Spring.

(Ya know what? I should probably add that you can see part of that article when you look at out other special ’50-year Throwback’ – our LAFPMusic’ Facebook Page. We’ve posted it there ’cause, right below the article, an advert for the dance ‘this’ weekend featuring, what was then, up-and-coming bands – LOVE, the Chambers Brothers, and Iron Butterfly.

Zen Someone (Joan Baez) Did Something Right

Sure, on this 50-Year Throwback the Zen comes first… as it’s the Front Page story.

And, too, it’s done by our good friend Peter Bergman.

Peter was not just the guy doing Radio Free Oz, not just the guy in Firesign Theatre.

PETER was the guy who coined the term ‘Love-In’ (and we, the LA Free Press, were the guys who put that first event together!)

Was THAT a Birthday, or what?

Stuck on that last question? Then it’s time you took a moment to read the article.

And what about our headline today – Zen Someone (Joan Baez) Did Something Right? Well, as it ‘just happens’, when you flip to the second page of the first article… there’s a date-appropriate Tax Day Surprise! Actually, a heroic act of Joan’s… you’ll see the small article on that, which, eventually, had large consequences.

Now, talking about surprises, you’ll want to check out our LAFPMusic page tomorrow (Elliot) for that Canned Heat, Grateful Dead and, yes, Jefferson Airplane gig that I mentioned was coming up. And, for you, Douglas, not only did I, indeed, find one for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (with all bandmates pictured!), but they’re on ‘tonight’!! (So I posted it today… you can see it right now at that LAFPMusic FB Page.)

And, as always, all requests over there are welcome 🙂

Hennacy Not Lunacy

Translation? Peace Not War.

This LA FP Front Page presents principles and actions that helped us stop the war that seemed never to end.
But, as we know, there’s always another one beginning. And always a reason to participate.
Syria, North Korea? Here they are, here we go.

How could we not join The War to End All Wars, how can we not stop the deadly gassing of children, or the megalomania of a leader armed with a nuclear bomb? Philosophy meets facts… and comes away wanting practical solutions.
Look to the past, which, at this point is from today (our time, 2017) to ‘today’ (1967) and, do you see, that when we chose our leaders, our job is still far from done? When our choice is good, step up and make things better. And when we choose poorly, or find we have not had a choice, with good forethought, resist courageously.
And, decide, too, who else needs our help.

50 Years Ago, there was some lovin and some vice…

Oh, wait… it’s not just some lovin’, it’s A Love-In. Right there on our Front Page. And, inside, there’s yet another Vice Squad story. As you may have seen, we some saw something we weren’t supposed to… and you can read all about it, right here…

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