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Let Castro Teach American Government, Again

Two stories on our Front Page – the 3,000+ marching in one certainly outnumber the ‘about 50’ sit-down protesters in the other. Nevertheless, we’ve headlined the cause of the smaller group as it seems as important now as it did then. And, besides, (we just happen to know) that their protest succeeded.
As to the reason for the marching in the first article – the conviction of one Huey Newton just about a month before – it’s reversed more than a year later. Remarkably, both articles are continued onto the same page, herewith re-published.

In the second article, the Sal Castro Interview, you’ll find the genesis of its protest – educational inequality. The result, back in March, were walk-outs from 7 East L.A. high schools by more than 15,000 students and faculty members at the effect or sympathetic to the disrespectful fashion in which the schools treated their Chicano students.
Known as the Eastside Blowouts, they were the culmination of policies that had overcrowded classrooms, dropped reading scored, and raised dropout rates – to almost 60%! – within the School District.
Subsequently, there was a meeting of the Los Angeles Board of Education at which all of the students’ 39 demands were rejected. Then, 13 of the walkout’s organizers were jailed; Sal Castro, with the most charges pending, was finally released on bail in June. However, the arrest cost him his teaching position.
What you are reading about here is the beginning of a protest… one that became a round-the-clock sit-in at the LA Board office and 2,000 protesters surrounding the police station. All for good cause, protesting social injustice isn’t a crime. Eventually, the School Board yielded, and Let Castro Teach American Government, Again!
But there’s more to do, 50 years later educational inequality still exists.

Now onto ‘this’ year’s Presidential Race. Here are 2 more of the candidates and again, there are some surprises…
One is a candidate that you probably don’t know: the first-ever she before anyone was ‘with her’ – who was expecting to lose for a reason you might still remember. The other was a he who won… except for 297 votes.
First up is another youngster – but at 38 she does qualify for the Office – where as Mr. Cleaver does not. She, too, is an activist, though, and Black – providing her with 2 historical credits. And there a whole lot more Charlene Mitchell…

Eugene McCarthy was the ‘winner’ we allude to above – and a surprise of how close he came to besting the incumbent in the New Hampshire primary.

Peace & Freedom Party Presidential Candidate Says No Freedom No Peace

I’ve often thought that one of the best features of this 50-year Throwback Thursday column is how closely articles from our Issues back then – week-by-week, year-by-year – often tracked right along with the contemporary news.
Examples abound: ecology concerns vs. the cry against climate change, Gay parades and now legalized same-partner marriages, protesting Dow Chemical and winning suits against Monsanto, Union Oil spills and BP’s cleanup, smog reduction and fighting for fuel efficiency, water scarcity and… water scarcity, skid row and homelessness, the War on Drugs and today’s losing battle against opioids, topless to braless, considering bi to turning trans, whispering socialism to shouting “Why not?”, Women’s Lib to the Million Woman March, and so many more.

Each one is an evolution from then to now – their past somehow right in step with headlines 50-years later – even Jane Fonda is right on cue! But, of course, we pointed out these ‘remarkable coincidences’ purposefully.
In fact, a main objective of our ‘re-incarnation’ was to show that while the ideology of the 60’s was on target, the process of turning it into reality was amiss; for gosh sakes! we’re still striving for the same goals 50 years later!! The hope was that you would would see where we went wrong and would add to the conversation of how we could set it aright.

But I digress 🙂 … what I need to say is this: while it has been a pleasure to lay the parallel tracks of old news and new news before you, we’ve reached an inconvenient crossing; ‘this year’s’ Presidential election (in 1968) has no parallel in our current year.
And, surely, we want to put, what turned out to be, one of the most dynamic races of all time up as a history lesson. So here is what we’ll be doing just to keep somewhat to that side-by-side format ~ we’re going to compact those candidates’ yearlong run into the very short period between now and what will be our mid-terms. Let’s see if it, too, will be a neck-to-neck race!
***An Important Note: 6 Candidates later – with the oddities of them and their campaigns discussed – you’ll have an unexpected epiphany… of how you can change the course of history come 2020. So…

Presidential Candidate #1 (we aim to get your interest right from the start) – Black, Independent, a progressive (convicted) serial rapist, self-educated to the point that he could – and did – write a best-seller on the gist of a revolution (a classic, actually). He’s lectured at some of our Nation’s finest universities (he, still, is quotable), was key to the development of the first Party to truly promote the dictum that BlackLivesMatter and, eventually, became a conservative with letters behind his name (GOP).
Here’s the viewpoint, and the reasons that compelled the candidacy of Mr. Leroy Eldridge Cleaver.

p.s. Our Front Page story was of our continuing struggle to compete – legally – in the forum of the Establishment (read as ‘the mainstream press’). Graciously, Mr. Cleaver gives us kudos for that effort.

And one last note… John Mayall is the big name, CTA is the big band (yup, it’s Chicago), and the Mug-Wumps will bring Monday to mind. You can catch them all 3 nights if you hurry.

FBI Chief (Of Course) Writes to the LA Free Press. McCarthy to go on Ballot.

So… what’s new about today’s 50-Year-Old Thursday Throwback? Well, it’s more about what it isn’t than what it is.
For instance, it isn’t complete. Generally, we post the balance of the Front Page articles that flow onto a next page. Not this time. Instead, we’ll be giving you some links as there is just too darn much happening in this – and coming – 1968 Issues to place everything in this one section.
As an example, the important speeches given at the ‘Alt Convention’ (vs the Democratic National Convention) by Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, and Sidney Peck. We’ll be giving them space elsewhere, and links to them, to you, shortly. (We’re thinking that we’ll have that all organized by the time you get back to this feature next Thursday. K?)
In the meantime, what we’ve chosen for today’s space is an article of an idea that surely should be more feasible than when little more than the LAFreep was around to help it succeed: Putting a candidate on the ballot.
So, while it should not be forgotten the we did have a success in a similar effort – ‘legitimitizing’ the Peace and Freedom Party (and this article, itself, notes that that was likely tougher to accomplish than this) – undoubtedly, today’s ‘new’ social platforms can power-push such concepts into reality much faster than most folks ever imagined ‘back in the day’.
Now you may be wondering if I am advocating for a write-in candidate. The simple answer to that is “No, not yet.” Therefore, I want to plant this seed of an idea – now – so that it has some time to sprout, and so that you have enough time to consider how big you might want it to grow.
To begin… What if, when the next election cycle comes, you don’t like any of the dozen or more Presidential candidates? What if, in fact, you’re not keen on selecting a salesperson with the hope that they can- or will – convert to a competent administrator when elected?
Or what if you believe that, for real, totally eliminating big contributors IS a good thing? And how bad would it be if you were able to wait till the very last months to, just then, pick the right person for the job… better suited to the most current national situation, maybe both in temperament and training, than the ‘Winner’ who got into the race when all was well?
Give it a moment… then picture a plurality in every state going down to the polls knowing a single name well enough that they can spell it correctly on the ballot. Could happen, hey?
Or…maybe not if you don’t help put the pieces in place by then. Here’s what a test run looked like – 50 years ago:

Big concepts with large implications – better to take note, and a break, for the concert in that small ad? Box seats, $6.50? Maybe this is just 2 no-brainers on the same page??

The Last Hurrah for American Politics: Yippie!

Published exactly 50 years-ago (and, hence, most appropriately titled the LA FP 50-Year Thursday Throwback) is… The Last Hurrah for American Politics: Yippie!
Not a hippie that knew a Yippie? You can find out more about the members of the (Y)outh (I)nternational (P)arty at our last Throwback. AND, as a Special Bonus, you can also find a brand-new (yes, written right now, in 2018) article about Paul Krassner, one of its Founding Fathers by Bruce Fessier in the Desert Sun.
The link to Bruce’ss article is provided at the bottom. Not just an age before beauty thing… once you know the intent of the Paul’s Party, you’ll understand why we all have so much respect for Mr. Krassner. And, too, you’ll gain an important perspective: it’s a look from the point of the good intentions of bringing the Democrats around, to the result of pushing the conservative majority right into the Republican camp – and the election of a Republican President. Certainly something to think about nowadays, isn’t it?.
(And the good news? You’ve got another 5 days to get to that Who concert 🙂


And, just so happens… this Issue has a special interview in it, particularly remarkable in that the subject of the interview – Huey P. Newton – is murdered ‘just a few days ago’ (though nearly 30 later in 1989). It is in his honor that we re-print it today – for his role in the formation of the Black Panthers – a group that is especially remarkable as it was – in comparison to one of the most radical groups of today – INclusive. In fact, we think that if the Alt-Right is kept in mind, and the Black Panthers’ ideals, actions, and oppression were remembered, the issue of white-racism would be more fully understood.
Here, from 50 years-ago, is the lead upto the trial at which Huey, himself, was convicted of murder. (He was later set free; racism has lead us down a long path of trial and error and, apparently, a final judgement has not yet been made.)
(Just so you know, the ‘Venice busts’ article begins as ‘Troops Invade Venice’ – the LAPD’s “major effort to crush the Black Panthers…” – available upon request.)

Note: – ‘Tonight’ you might have to skip Eric and the Animals to catch the Smothers Brothers at the Forum, but then it’s clear sailing to The Turtles, 3 Dog Night and the rest.

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