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Tag: Art Kunkin (page 1 of 3)


Per Art Kunkin… “On this page the Free Press publishes the official Santa Monica High School policy on speakers, printed material & demonstrations, as revised in September 1969. It is obvious that this is a document which the educational authorities would (wrongly) like to keep from the eyes of the public because, through the pretense of dealing with disruptive elements, a policy is declared which deprives high school students of any constitutional or moral right to have a say in their own lives. .
The adults responsible for this document cleverly give lip service to-the concept of education. However, no one who reads their own words can fail to understand that these ‘adults: are basically concerned about preventing the high school student from having that meaningful student self-govern­ment and vigorous campus discussion which is central to education today. And these authorities smugly and foolishly try to maintain this totalita­rianism over a student population which has absorbed many lessons about dictatorship and democracy, evolution and counter-revolution, war and peace through the compelling school of mass communications. ·
Several weeks ago the Free Press bannered, ‘The Liberals are Next’ in connection with the current repression of black people. This week we are bannering, ‘High Schools are Next.’ There is no contradiction. The first headline dealt with the developing counter-revolution, the current headline with the developing freedom revolution – and in our time revolution and counter-revolution are·closely intertwined. It is precisely because of the anti-democratic policy revealed on this page that the high school student is bound to revolt in the name of freedom even while the counter-revolution strives to stifle freedom elsewhere.
Unfortunately, the limitations of space have demanded that we edit this document. The editing has consisted of deleting quotations cited from the Santa Monica and State Educational Codes which gives the school authorities the right to use ‘physical control’ over students, to have a parent arrested who ‘insults’ a teacher in the presence of a student, etc. Even with these deletions, the official policy is monstrous.”
This last page of the article on the compromising of Student Rights carries two reports of which you should take note. One is a soldier’s frank admission that his mission is not to further the mission of the armed services, the other is on the Honeywell Project, an effort to put the brakes on one of the prime producers of munitions in that continuing war that that soldier does not want any part of.
Because of the regularity of these types of reports, they are now part of our regular feature, ‘Military Affairs’. In essence, it’s a validation of what we have shown was bubbling up from the underground; that while much of the public is focused on the peace and love mantra of the Hippies – love them as we do – it is the “Hell, we won’t go.” mantra of those who must kill or be killed that will surely bring the military command to their knees.
I’ll finish today’s summation of this week’s Issue by adding yet one more page to this display. It’s Page 9 where, dead center, you can see hard numbers of just how true it is that the armed forces, notwithstanding the Hippie Mantra, is, most definitely, imploding. Yes, it should have been in Military Affairs, we’ll get better at that even as we hope that the war will end before we fully master that skill.
p.s. I suggest that you try to catch LOVE, and on Monday, I’ll post both the beginning of the story on the UC Reagents (the ending is up there in the top left of Page 9), and the balance of Lennon’s thoughts (begun up there in the top right). See you then.

Top Secret Warfare Plan – USA Defense vs Soviet Bloc Aggression

This is the 1st publication of a page of the Plan by a newspaper (to wit, the LA Free Press) in these United States. It’s a scoop, as they say in this business, over those other papers you may have heard of – the NYT, the LAT, the WashPo and the others that somehow seem tied into corporate interests and whose readers seldom look down into the underground (us, again) for their daily briefing.
However, with due transparency, please take note that we’re not claiming any deep dive into the worldwide secret spydom to say that we are the paper that brought this into the light. No… that was done by (not, just one, but) several European newspapers, even “Der Stern”, a West German magazine.
I’ll also tell that this wasn’t a new report, the article says it was at least 6 years old, so you may wonder why we made it a Front Page story back then in 1969. More to the point, why am I making it a Front Page story again… 50 years later?
Well, actually, the reasoning back then is very much the same as the reasoning now: Aren’t we (once again) talking about an opposing government that’s developing nuclear bombs and intercontinental missiles? (In fact, at this point, we’re facing nuclear missiles!)
So, in our usual manner of bringing together the LAFP of the day (in 1969) with the news of today… The hesitancy then, even in showing the public an antiquated plan, was as foolish as hardly saying a word now that there’s any plan at all.
There had best be one, right? Especially as the Treaty that was going to keep things from flying our way… just like that original article… is history!

I’ll leave you with that thought and move on as there are 4 other items in this Issue that also deserve reviews in light of the contemporary news- 3 articles, and 1 very interesting advert. In one way or another, they all are remarkably prescient.

Here’s the first one –
It’s about doctors that are either self-abusing narcotics or enabling others to abuse them. I know you’ll recognize the similarity to our present situation.  Had this old story been in mind as the opioid Wave of Death began, perhaps there would have been a review of doctors’ prescription practices and we would not have reached the point where there are now more than 100 deaths each and every day from drug habits that in many, many cases were begun by an over prescribing practitioner.

Fortunately, tho just yesterday, a decision was handed down by a Court… not against the doctors who dug the graves in this graveyard, but against those who brought the graveyard, itself, to life – the drug companies.

Once again, because the LA Free Press was publishing what corporations didn’t want to see in print, there was a head’s up about what might be coming down the road. Would the mainstream press rather forfeit its ad space than turn away a fellow corporation?  Apparently not as it’s a successful formula: today it’s addictive drugs, tomorrow it’s re-hab services… and so on.

Here’s the second one on this list of articles: In January of ‘this’ year (1969) – yes, I know, the article says ’68 but, hey, I wasn’t the Editor back then – all hell broke loose at Valley State College. Why? Seemingly, it’s was precipitated by a program which integrated the all-white student body with a couple of hundred black and brown bodies. When they held a peaceful assembly, the administration declared it an unlawful assembly, and almost the entire group was arrested!
[Ed.’s Note: As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve some personal experience in matters of this kind having once been arrested for unlawful assembly in California myself. That said, here are some things generally unknown:
1. What the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States actually says is “that congress shall make no law abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble”.
2. That most people, even our Reporter, believe the adjective describing such an ‘assembly’ is ‘peaceful’ rather than ‘peaceably’ and, hence used the former rather than the latter. (“peaceful” can be applied to a person or an object “at peace”, whereas “peaceable” can only be applied to a person, and means “Inclined to keep the peace”.)
3. – and this is an important distinction – The California Constitution does not provide such a Right but, conversely, in its Criminal Code, Statute 407 defines an “unlawful assembly” as two (yes, just 2) or more people assembled together “to do an unlawful act, or do a lawful act in a violent, boisterous, or tumultuous manner.”
So… back to those ‘unlawfully assembled’ students… Though made clear to the Court that they, themselves, were not violent – only the arresting Officers were violent – it was not until several years later, when other cases were defended, did a court rule that the assembly must, in fact, “be violent or pose an immediate threat of violence”. In other words, an assembly that was only “boisterous or tumultuous” would, more rightfully, not be regarded as a violation of the statute.
So, at this early date, in this instance, upon the arrest of just the second person – per the Statute – eventually 286 students were arrested, convicted, and penalties meted out.
Let me clear about this, other than the students, damn few folks were shouting about this being a 1st Amendment violation. In fact, in spite of the 1st Amendment’s declaration that ‘Congress shall make no law abridging the Right to assemble”, IT ALREADY HAD… by restricting the promotion of the assembly and the travel to it!
This was done almost immediately after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on April 4, 1968 via the passage of  the Civil Rights Act on the 11th of April – in the wake of the riots that had broken out country-wide. Among the many who celebrated this step forward, few voiced concern of the prohibitions within it against inciting additional riots. After all, it seemed as if the battle had been won for this issue… and what other liberal issues were there to be fought for? But, aha, here were these students, short on resources (i.e. money, lawyers… and, maybe, needing to get back into school to go any further, they were short on time, too). And so no real challenge was made, in their trials, to that Section of the Act – which reads as: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2101

Coincidentally, though, these trials were coming to this conclusion almost exactly on the anniversary date of another assembly. But that one was a truly large, truly violent (violence again supplied courtesy of the police) riot – it was at the Democratic Convention in Chicago.

At the upcoming trial for leaders of that protest, this very law will be key. So much so that a ‘campaign’ was begun against it! Here, from the LA FP is one of the campaign’s ads. Then it was just 1 year and 1 day from the actual riot. Now, even though it’s 50 years old (today!!) remarkably, you will instantly recognize it… as the very same law being used at this very point in time. (i.e. by the liberal left against the alt-right in Charlottesville, and by the Trump administration against the liberal-left everywhere.)

Finally, we bring you this last article from this Issue – for 2 good reasons:
1. It is an excellent re-telling of the rise of the Feminist Movement, AND
2. because of the somewhat surprising support its reasoning gets from this current article in Salon
(The balance of ‘Don’t Count Chicks Before They Hatch’ is on the ‘A Unique Perspective’ Tab. Go to ‘Topics’, CLICK right arrow til you reach Women’s Rights & Wrongs.)

If you would like any additional Items from our Archive, please let me know through the ‘ARCHIVE Request’ Box at the top right of this page.

There Should Be No Secret Police (But there were, there are, and there may still be.)

Written by Art Kunkin, it was a Statement of a High Ideal, but one that any American should have felt sure of. His was a concern that, in practice, it just wasn’t so and, particularly, that it was impacting many of those in our community. So he took, as he said he would, that step beyond The Statement and did publish that List of Narcotic Agents (Narcs, as we knew them in ‘our’ community)- the Secret Police.
And – in less than a week – it was as if an earthquake of a terribly large magnitude struck the LA Free Press, opening fissures that went deep, their damage devastating.

‘Today’, though, is August 8th, 1969 and, as this paper sits before you, neither you nor Art know what’s coming. At best, you might suspect a mere repercussion, and so you would just read on.
But next week? It’s the beginning of the end.

Till then, here are some of the more important, more unusual items in ‘today’s’ Issue – items that offer insights to a future in which we now sit:
*A “Cheery Leary” talks about pardons and – here your ears should perk up – how he might be running for Governor as a Republican. Think about that for a moment (in present time)… Would a progressive Republican split the Independent vote, and also pull the vote of Republicans embarrassed by political stagnation and anti-American actions?  And this…

*Beyond our usual reports on anti-war demonstrations, here’s why they don’t – and can’t – stop. This article is a reminder that when you hear the word ‘war’ (today) it’s as bad as it ever was. (Sadly, we’ve not out grown it, likely we are gearing up, once again, for it.)

*But, you say, we war to ensure that American principles prevail. Here, though, in a war on our very own shores (at Chicago’s Democratic Convention) is a reminder that there, and in this trial, those principles are not always paramount. Will they be even more suppressed 50 years hence, in 2019?  (Are they?)
And do those 3 Amendments (RIGHT THERE in the very middle of this article) still hold sway – CAN ALL fights for our Rights put us – as in ‘us’ Americans – in the pokey?

[Ed.’s Note: Long story made short – from personal experience – YES, They Can put us in the pokey!  And that’s no matter what you believe the Federal Constitution guarantees.  So… best to take a moment to read this one if you are, or were thinking of becoming, an Activist.]

*Now, finally, to that LA FP 50 year-old story that always shows up… the one that seems to have been written just yesterday as it’s addressing an issue we are dealing with today. And what would that be… what’s in the news right now? Here in California , it’s the new bill that the Governor just signed into law –
Assembly Bill 392:  use of deadly force must be a policeperson’s last resort. Specifically, Officers may pull their trigger only when “necessary,” meaning when NO alternatives are available to prevent serious injury or death to themselves or others.

While a step up from the current standard of being able to pull that trigger  when such use of deadly force is “reasonable”, the distinction in making the decision to shoot is still the officer’s call.

Ideally, Officers will stay safe and, now, the number of ‘suspects’ shot will be less.  Very simply, this is a needed change in the law as (we all know) too many people are killed by them, seemingly without adequate reason.

HOWEVER – the devil remains in the details… when that shot was fired was it absolutely necessary?  This is, usually, sorted out in court, the decision based on testimony by officers (who surely have a biased view) and other experts.

This brings us all the way around and back to our very first article, the one regarding secret police.  Why, exactly, is it that we are calling them ‘secret police’?   Afterall, we all knew of them. So was it, instead, that they didn’t self identify (especially by not showing either a badge nor uniform) before they began their ‘investigation’ (or, sometimes, their encouraged incorporation) of our behavior into our pending arrest?   Yes, of course… but that’s only the most obvious aspect of the secret police – their ‘masked’ identity as just another among us.

And it’s the easiest to rectify.  All that’s needed is to ‘un-mask’ them – Put a name to their face.  But the consequences are dire.  In fact, by doing the first, Art Kunkin found out all too much about the second… as the Front Page headline of next week’s Issue screams out.

So… what to do? Clearly and fully understand what actually makes the Secret Police secret. And nip it in the bud. As usual, and as remarkable as always, it’s a look back – to these early Issues of the LA FP – that tells us how to move forward.

To wit, this last presented article from this ‘current’ Issue tells why neither the motivation nor the operation of a police force should ever be hidden (kept secret) from the public.  As importantly, it shows you how such a thing came to be.  And, perhaps most importantly, it gives you not only a reason as to why we have arrived to where we are today – yes, 50 years later in 2019 –  but a good reason as to – even with the new law – why we might wind up back in the same old place.


Actually – and Coincidentally – It’s All About Fascism

Yes, I do see the ‘screamer’ headline “Cops Prepare For New Watts Riot”. But that’s only the bouncing ball that’s caught your eye. It’s the lyrics that count… and they’re written down under that second and smaller headline, the one that tops the article by Art Kunkin. It’s not just some song, it’s a major clanger – all about the opening bell in a fight against the insidious growth of fascism.
For, just like now, it suddenly became apparent that fascism – here in America – wasn’t a passing fancy, an isolated incident, nor a movement without a leader.  In fact, it was everywhere you looked – the result of small seeds planted, nurtured, and now blooming in the very movements that should, instead, lead us to a greater and more beneficial society.
To be certain that you did not miss their corruption, his loud and urgent announcement leads to the following 2 articles, both of which are examples of where fascism has gained a foothold.  Most importantly, though, he is saying that while the identity of The Leadership of this all-important and truly revolutionary counter-movement may be a surprise to you – DO NOT DOUBT IT.

Instead, use his references – or those as easily obtainable in this new day and age – to understand from whence that leadership developed – and recognize that, historically, most revolutionaries seem to appear from nowhere.  But in retrospect, as is here also the case, they were – were – there, perhaps as bothersome or seemingly un-necessarily concerned individuals.  And, too, the skills they had demonstrated, those very same skills that had earned our ire, we newly see as necessary – perhaps more perfect than any others – to rectify the very situation in which we suddenly find ourselves.

How true is this, that revolutionaries rise in our midst, seemingly known but then suddenly revealed? On this Throwback Thursday to our publication of the LA FP exactly 50 years ago, the veracity of that reality was confirmed with the revelation (via the next articles from that Issue) that  it might very well be that “The Black Panthers will be our Saviors”.   What a surprise that was to a bunch of white folks!  50 long years ago.  Were they ready for it?  Could they, would they, follow the leaders that voiced the truth that had to be heard?

As you consider those questions in your read of our past pages, I’ll add in to the mix our usual reminder that it is absolutely remarkable that those times and these times often seem to be on the very same track… and ask, too, if you’ve yet noticed 4 ladies of color?
(Finally, a Spoiler Alert:  Way down at the bottom, as the mainstream news is distracting you once again (in yet another remarkable coincidence) with it’s outta this world feature story, we’ve added in a 5th re-printed page; our original Readers’ take on that moon landing now again in the news.  Then, too, perhaps the best-ever job application 🙂

Read these – Page 1 above, Pages 2, 3, 4  below on the presence of Fascism in 1969, and how it might -Then and Now – be brought to a halt.  Page 6 is on that now-fabled moon landing, but back then it was a de-rided effort (the page includes that here’s-how-to-get-a job app).  And what of the missing Page 5?  It’s a full-page proposal for Timothy Leary’s Third Party.  If you would like to see it – OR ANY OTHER Page (fer Free!) – go to the Home Page on this site, and pop-in an ARCHIVE Request for that Page!

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