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Author: Steven M. Finger (page 1 of 44)

What!? What Happened to The LA Free Press Press Passes?!

With all that ruckus going on about some start-up (that would be CNN) getting their press passes snatched away, you might be thinking…”hmmm… and how is it that that other start-up (yeah, that would be us – when we ‘arguably’ started the Free Press Movement more than half a century ago), got to keep theirs?

Well, folks, the answer to that question is pretty simple – we didn’t have no stinkin’ press passes for them to take away! And that, by the way, was pretty irksome – so we took the City to Court because of their refusal to issue them to us.

While the story of our 3 days in court – represented by the ACLU, no less – is told on these 3 pages, the verdict isn’t. The wheels of justice do, indeed, take time to turn.
In the meantime, take a read to hear, as the Court did, the City’s circular logic. Then take a moment to figure out if the Court should break that circle and give us press passes… or not.

ACLU to Fight for The LA Free Press!

‘TODAY’ (but exactly 50 years ago), the ACLU will be fighting for the LA Free Press’ Right to be issued press credentials.

The court battle is a necessary step in that – (and all these years later, doesn’t this sound familiar?) – the Sheriff believes that our “journalistic style” is detrimental to the “young and impressionables in our society.”

His words have made an impact, because the Establishment has duly noted the danger – young minds might give birth to ideas that would rock their boat – and He and the City and the County aim to keep it altright.

And so… we’re calling in the big guns -not just the ACLU, but the very words of our Constitution – to say to them all that just as it provides that ‘Congress shall make no law’ to abridge “the freedom of speech, or of the press”, neither shall They.
Stay tuned, the LA FREE PRESS will surely keep you posted… together, let’s see how this turns out. In the meantime, let’s take a look of who – way back then – comprised that ‘Establishment.’ You might be a bit surprised with how familiar you are with Them.

But here’s something that’s different – as is our style – we’re providing that intro via a Book Review. The book is ALL about Them, and its review is by two members of our staff, the very same people whose Right to speak freely They are trying to deny. In other words, we’re starting out by pitching irony, and working our way up. 🙂

Oh, and about that promise to keep you posted… we will and, just like last week when we told you that there would be more to that standoff at Valley State College, you can find the most recent development right now, at the following link. And when you go to it, you can write up your own thoughts (it’s that free speech thing again) and your articulate response might even be featured  right here, in the LA Free Press!
And the link is – – https://losangelesfreepress.com/gym-crow-at-valley-state/

All that reading… now what to do? Slip on out and catch the Velvet Underground, and have a very merry thought-provoking evening. Here (on just a snippet of that ‘Gym Crow’ Valley State College story) is where they are…

And I can’t help but to mention this, too – those ‘young and impressionable minds’ are even against the Communist Establishment (per the article above the one on Gym Crow)! It must be the fault (and we say this with quite a bit of pride) of that mind-joggling, true-news journalistic style of ours.

Obscene Elections?

Well… it was just last week that we took you to a place we hadn’t taken you to before – – our Section 2. And this week, that’s exactly where you can find the answer to our Headline question: Who Rules The Country?
Spoiler Alert ~ ~ Back when that question was asked, the concept was concise, but the details were many. So many, in fact, that book after book was written to include them all. The good news is… our Lawrence Lipton read and reviewed quite a few of them FOR you(!).

Lipton’s discussion/comparison/analysis is, actually, so complete (or as others might say – lengthy) by way of its inclusion of so many aspects that it is unique. Therefore, while material relative to the week’s Issue is usually found in this blog, I am, instead, placing it in another Section of this website; the totally appropriate one of ‘A Unique Perspective’. Check for its Tab up top, then head toward the ‘Topic’ Revolutionary Vibes – as it’s thinking like what’s in this article that leads to structural change.

Again, past a concept, there are details aplenty to make its case – you’re in for a long read, and an enlightening ride. Keep in mind that it’s a summation of 50-year old views. If you find it relevant – or even if it only strikes you as a compilation of surpassed premises, you will have an extended view that may very well provide a handy insight to our political future.

Not ready to go that deep so soon? Then turn to page 3 – it’s re-published right here – for an instant tally of just ‘this’ year’s power-building turmoil and, too, a peek into the trouble ‘abrewin’ (that Valley State thing… that you’ll see quite a bit more of in the next few months – so says my crystal ball).

I’ll wrap up with this:  It’s your opportunity to see a group that you’ve probably heard, one that you might of heard of, and… who’s The Floating Bridge?
This ad will be posted on our FB LAFPMusic Page today – the 8th – and you’ll want to check there tomorrow, too – for a concert ya don’t wanna miss 🙂

To Vote or Not To Vote

Here’s something that you’ve not seen before… no, not this conundrum… the direction to our ‘Second Section’.
Hadn’t really thought about ever mentioning it, but back in May this year, when the Issue again expanded to 48 pages, we made that split. In fact, with the exception of just 2 Issues, all of ‘this’ year’s issues are 2-parters. And (spoiler alert!) ‘next year’ (1969), when the Issue makes it to 72 pages(!), we add a 3rd Section.
Of course, we try to keep a theme for the additional Sections. And this time around the theme is, of course, ‘voting’. But we’re not just a twirl the mind kind of paper, asking only if you should stand up or ‘just’ cop out. Therefore, and naturally, we included the low down on the amendments, propositions, and candidates so you could be moved to vote. AND, TOO, just as naturally for us (the LA Free Press), we included the thoughts of two activists – with demonstrated smarts and street creds – who had the long-awaited ‘plan’ to get past “the choosing of the lesser of two evils.”
There is no explicit mention of that intention by the writers – for back then, they knew, and they knew we knew, what all the Readers of our original Issues also knew – that the cause of the puzzlement posed by the Front Page headline was but the result of manipulated campaigns that out-paced those of principled politicians.
And isn’t it true that now (50 years later!) that those who are heading to the polls (you, for instance) know that there is still the very same dilemma?
Hence, once again, remarkably, an old 60’s article that espoused over-the-top idealism, seemingly as counter-intuitive as it was impractical, may also be the answer for these new times. And just so that it gets the fairest reading, before you go forward, I’ll add these few thoughts:
*Yes, ‘the war’ is over, but larger battles loom – causes that are worth fighting for, instead of protesting against – i.e. climate change, women’s rights and, now, compassion for refugees.
*LBJ DID cave under the pressure of the peaceniks – so, too, may those now holding positions in opposition to the majority of us, providing a way for change even after the election. (A real Party Problem.)
*The young authors went on to even bigger achievements – though both were defendants among the Chicago 7, Tom (a good friend of the LA FP) to both the California House and Senate, Rennie, from radical to advising some of the largest companies in the Nation, and met again at a panel to discuss “a progressive counterbalance to the religious right”. (Sounds timely, doesn’t it?)
*Finally, just its rhyming title earns it a break – Join the election strike: Vote with your feet – vote in the street.
So, whether you vote or not, follow the plan – there’s hope in high ideals and persistence.

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