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In Cold Blood – James Rector – 1944 – 1969


Thursday, May 15th, James Rector was shot to death.

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.

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 🙂

https://www.desertsun.com/story/life/entertainment/people/brucefessierentertainment/2018/08/22/yippie-co-founder-paul-krassner-1968-chicago-democratic-national-convention/891235002/

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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