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Swinging Nuns… or Feminists Out of Habit?

Probably not a story you’ve heard, but one which now seems to be at the beginning of several catch·phrases with which you’re familiar. For instance… does “Speak your truth.” ring a bell? In fact, when you read the snippet of the Convocation Address of Sister Kelly – right there at botttom of the first column of the Swinging Nuns article, continuing to the top of the second column – and you’ll find a viewpoint (in this LA Free Press 50-Year Throwback) that sounds pretty much like the one that many of us have now arrived at today.
We, here, wonder if – had Cardinal McIntyre not sought to put the Nuns’ back on the Church’s proscribed path – if today’s catch-phrases would be nothing more than re-statements of its catechisms.
Take a read, give it some thought, that’s what this re-visit of the era is all about.

Then let’s move on to that story at the bottom of the page – the one on ‘The Beard’.  And reflect on how indignation of the policing of morality has now been replaced by our outright cry to tamp down the Alt-right point of view.  Just Good for the Left, bad for the Right… or a threat to the Rights of all?

LA Free Press Helps Push Peace & Freedom Party onto Ballot

It’s ‘now’ 1968(!) and there is no denying that true political change is upon us!!

Fortunately – in this first week – the downturning and disappointing news that the American Independent Party ‘qualified’ George Wallace as a Presidential Candidate here in California has been upset with the news that the Peace & Freedom Party has also garnered enough signatures for ballot status. And, we say proudly, with the largest total of new signatures of any city in the state, the endorsement of Art Kunkin, our Publisher, surely had something to do with that!

The P&FP was the beginning of many things that you might not remember nor heard of in the time since, but now, remarkably, you are hearing about once more. For instance, Merriam-Webster’s ‘new’ word for 2017 was feminism, due the search for its definition. It was first included back in 1841, rose to the Top Ten Lists in 2014 and 2015, and finally reached #1 with the push of events that closed out 2017.
Originally, the word was very simply defined as ‘the qualities of females’ but now known as an entire range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social equality of sexes. This includes seeking to establish educational and professional opportunities for women that are equal to those for men. The P&FP was, to a significant degree, made up of those who had thoughts closer to our present understanding of this term along with the specificity of (and it may be coming back)… socialism.

As the Party is just getting into gear, here, at this point in time (in 1968), we’ve much more to talk about as it further incorporates and promotes progressive cultutral values to prospective voters.

If only we could turn the clock ahead 50 years to, say, 2018 to see how it all unfolds… now that would be something, wouldn’t it? I’ll place my bet that when that time comes, the LA Free Press will again be among the first to make that report.

A Personal Statement by The Editor

…the Orginal Editor and Publisher, Art Kunkin(50 years ago, today!) herewith employed his rarely invoked “right to speak to the community as any other Free Press writer might do…”.
And what moved him to that unusual action?

As you can read here, it was his dismay of the success that the American Independent Party had in registering voters in California. Which, in turn, qualified George Wallace to have his name on its ballot for President of the United States.

Surely that was appalling… especially if those registrations were, indeed, an endorsement of the man. However, there was a real draw to that Party’s name. Even today people check it off on the Registration Form… and it’s likely, then like now, the thought is simply that it allows an ‘Independent’ vote, one for candidates of any of the Parties.

And while it may seem like it was a ruse only to place him there so anyone – of any party – could vote for him in the general election, there’s little doubt that there was a core who supported his ‘anti-political norm’ policy, and outright discrimination against the Rights of the minorities. Again, just like those who supported a similar candidate, intentionally, in the last presidential election.

Remarkably, they both had a similar plan to take a devoted minority to bypass an other-minded voting majority. Hadn’t heard of that?  Well, back then, neither had Art…  but he did publish it when Wallace revealed it about a year later.  And we re-published it in our A Unique Perspective section so that you could see how that almost 50-year old plan actually worked! Here’ that article:  http://losangelesfreepress.com/how-wallace-trump-canwill-be-elected-president/

It’s a validation of Art’s concern.  And, too, of his recommendation of supporting a Party that was willing to listen to the views of a wider public. Had Wallace deployed that plan, either we would know right now how our present President is likely to change history… or we may have been forwarned not to have elected him at all.

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James Garrison’s First Reports on the JFK Assassination

Who’s James Garrison… and why should you listen to him?

A New Orleans D.A., he came across a local connection to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Eventually, as improbable as it may still seem now – and against much contemporary criticism then – he postulated that not only had that plan been hatched right there in his home town, but that it was authored by the CIA and involved the Dallas city government and its police department. And that fascism was a key component. Then he took it all to court.

Known by the name of a local that Garrison had arrested as a suspected participant, the Clay Shaw Trial put all of his gathered evidence on display, including the Zapruder film that Garrison wrested from Life magazine.  All in all, the trial was two years in the making.   The draw, at that point was, for the most part, the very same revelations that he makes in his speech printed in this Issue of the Los Angeles Free Press.  Particularly,  they were the magnitude of the other players and his very public challenge of the Warren Commission’s Report.

We (the Los Angeles Free Press) had been interested in this story early on – as you can see – presenting it without the filter of the mainstream press.  And when the trial came about in 1969, so that we could again do that for our readers, our Publisher, then Art Kunkin, actually went to New Orleans and reported, week after week, directly from the courthouse. And when you read his direct reports in the LA FP Issues of that year, you can see that there was surely more to it than the government-controlled media would print.

Art’s reports and, of course, the three books Garrison subsequentally wrote on the Kennedy assassination (1970, 1976, and the best-seller, On the Trail of the Assassins, in 1988), along with Oliver Stone’s 1991 film, JFK, based on Garrison’s work is a good answer to the earlier question of why you should listen to him. But, too, there is this statement by Murray Rothbard, Libertarian theorist: “Garrison, one of the most viciously smeared figures in modern political history, was simply a district attorney trying to do his job in the most important criminal case of our time.”  And, finally, now that our government has released the JFK Assassination File – nearly 50 years since the President was murdered – but shot thru and thru with redactions and without comment on the Warren Commission’s omissions, the complete text of his speech is even more interesting – and important.

Please take advantage of this rare opportunity to read through it.

There are, though, 3 additonal pages – ‘Were Oswald and Ruby Friends?’, ‘President Johnson Profited Most from the Assassination’, and ‘Oswald Framed with U.S. Help’ – which include a separate section of Garrison’s answers to the audience’s questions. They’re not placed here because of space and downloading considerations, but are available for free to Subscribers.
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