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Author: Steven M. Finger, Publisher & Editor, Los Angeles Free Press (page 1 of 50)

L.A. Cop CIA ‘Hit’ Man


This screaming Headline leads to our ‘inside’ scoop on  Page  3… it gives an explanation of why the  LAPD was brutal then, is it a clue as to why so many police departments are brutal now?

Once you’ve puzzled that out, here’s another question, one for which you already have the answer… with a hop back to our Front Page… “6 Chicano deaths… in jail?” “Yes”, sadly. But, quite probably, with a continuing toll for more than 50 years, the reason that the Black Lives Movement (the BLM) has found support from people of all colors. Here is the balance of that article.

Now, please let me treat you to just one more Page. This one, though, does not ask a question, instead, it provides you with answers. And, remarkably, as is often the case with these decades-old LA FP Issues, the answers it provides are to questions that we find asked by our present situation.
Interesting, too,  is that before there was the BLM of today, there was the BLM of our day…the Black Liberation Movement. A Movement that, ironically, due to today’s turn of the times has gone from segregation to integration to realization.

This update… virtually ‘breaking news’… is that a group that sought to increase its standing – and did so – by drawing focus to the positivity of its own identity has made its greatest stride toward its goal in an entirely different fashion. Of course, and as always, we welcome the discussion of our opinion. We’ll add that we think it would be particularly interesting if the gentleman who provided the Review would take us up on this offer as he, himself, has gone through quite a remarkable evolution. (From one of our own to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Ofari_Hutchinson.)

In The Month of Art: Your Introduction


Certainly, it’s no ordinary month – it began on March 28th of this year (2020) and concludes 34 days later on April 30th. Both dates are significant – just days ago, we celebrated his 92nd Birthday with a Virtual (Online) Party, Art was there in spirit, having passed away on the 30th of last April.
The Party was ‘@’ the Beatnik Lounge in Joshua Tree, as it has been for many, many years. This time, tho, it was a Surprise! Party. Not a Surprise! to him, as he surely knew about it – but for all who ‘tuned-in’, each of whom, as always, was a Special Friend.
And their Surprise? FREE Access to this special Series: a unique collection of his own articles, all published in his 1960’s Counter-Culture Icon, the Los Angeles Free Press. Each article is a remark on a remarkable history AS that history is being made – it is truly, and uniquely, ‘of the moment’.
And there is more to this Gift- access not just to his Collection, but to the entire website! So that you can have a 50-year look-back at every year of the LAFreep: The Headlines, the people, the events, the bands…
AND… even more… the Right to Share That – ALL of that – with your OWN Special Friends.
To see the 1st article in ‘The Series of Art Kunkin’, designed especially for ‘The Month of Art’ CLICK HERE.

Charlie Manson: First-Ever Jail House Interview


HIGH SCHOOLS ARE NEXT! Part 2


This is the second Part of last week’s 50-Year Throwback Thursday. In that post, we called your attention to a new weekly feature – Military Affairs.  It reports on the growing resistance to the war within the military itself!  We also mentioned that Military Affairs should have included another article – a very small one in the very center of another one of our pages.  It included a statement from the Wall Street Journal that “an average of 500 GIs desert the  army each week.”

The LA Free Press had already reported on this growing trend  – up 300% from just two years before.  However, when the mainstream press finally published this ‘new revelation’ it was proof-positive that the war was, indeed, coming to an end; it could no longer be hidden, the military itself was imploding.

Yes, the Hippies’ had protested the government’s war, but it was their anti-war mantra that had pushed the better-self of the soldiers to put an end to the carnage.  Please consider how important this lesson is – for, once again, right now – right now – we are again asking our government to put an end to endless war and to start no more.  We are on the brink of an election wherein candidates are asked, on a daily basis, if they will make that promise and, with fingers crossed, our vote for them rests on their affirmative answer.   Instead, wouldn’t we be more certain of peace if we were to revive the chant of “Hell no, we won’t go!”?

The best answer must be informed by the outcome of previous decisions and an honest recounting of history. We welcome your request for our pages from the past.

In the meantime,  let’s just tie up some loose ends from last week.  On the aforementioned page – the one with the article on the rate of desertion – there was both the end of an article  on a fight just begun, and one that begins with a plea for peace.  The pending battle with the UC Board of Regents was, in retrospect, a beginning event to today’s tuition situation, while the interview with John Lennon speaks of a festival that never happened… but now may be an idea that’s time has come.

This is the article concerning the Regents or, more precisely, their intended demise! The very first paragraph sets forth the governing principle, and the balance of the page names names and gets to the crux of the matter – their corporate associations.
In a subsequent article, several Issues from ‘today’, you’ll see exactly how insidious these connections were, converting the institution’s higher-self into a mundane money-magnet, transforming the philosophy of education into the preparation of the corporate worker of the people, by the people, and for the people… who own those corporations.

This second page tells you how that scenario was going to be put to rest. And several Issues from ‘now’ you’ll see how we went from no or low tuition, to the albatross it is today! Perhaps here you will find the real rational to reforming the cost of educating our present generations.

And here’s the wrap up to John Carpenter’s interview of John and… Yoko. In essence, once upon a time there was a plan for a Peace Bag Festival. Not done then, should we do it now?

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