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Oil Men Kill Smog Bill Even as Repressed Women Rise Up. What Happens Next?

The answer is here. But first… a word from our Editor:
“Hello, dear friends.
Today marks the first day of a radical change to our 50-Year Throwback Thursday feature. As you know, for years now, each week, from the LA Free Press Archive we’ve pulled our Issue from 50 years back and compared its articles to the contemporary news – and the parallels have been amazing!
And, of course, you also know it wasn’t that we were just trying to amaze you. We were also trying to forewarn you: What was, is also what is, though the names may have changed.
Here are but two examples… The Ecology Movement, which morphed into Climate Change, and Women’s Lib as a forerunning title of the Feminist Movement.
Our point, all along, has been that the Movements remained because the injustices persisted. And our hope was, in recognizing that, those that read the Free Press would ensure that the Tipping Point would not be reached, the bounds of good governance and a equitable society and, surely, of survival, would not be breached.
But, dang, we’re awfully close, aren’t we? Just in these two… Climate Change is at the mark of Climate Crises, and the Feminist Movement’s component, Metoo#, is more obvious every day. The simple truth is that on its grand go-around in the 60’s, the counterculture didn’t win. And this time around, it can’t afford to lose.

Hence, we’ve arrived to the reason for the format change: At this point in the 60’s – far past 1967’s springboard into The Summer of Love where Hippie Ideals flourished, and heading quickly into the Chicago 8 Conspiracy Trial – it begins about two weeks from now (in 1969 time) – wherein some of those Ideals seemed to be convicted, we’ll then move into and through the Nixonian Government, a challenge to higher ideals if ever there was one. Kinda like now, if you see where this is going… but, if not, let me put it this way – it’s not just that there will be a lot of news, it’s that a lot of that news will be about causes like ours being set against by forces like theirs. (Again – kinda like now.).

Simply put, there are, from this point forward, too many articles and, particularly, too many that deserve to be put under a magnifying glass, to squeeze them all into a single Thursday.  To be extra clear, if we’re to win this time around – when the stakes seem infinitely greater (we’re carbon’d upto our limit), as so, too, seem our opportunities (to avoid war(s) vs trying to stop those in motion) – we need to look at these articles closely to see what was, and what was needed to come out ahead.

Therefore, the new format will accommodate that.  As in this first ‘edition, rather than including 4 or 5 articles as we usually do, we are only discussing 2. Taking a closer look, because the format can now support that. And, as it’s true that this and each successive Issue has so many articles in it, this new format does not just consist of a Thursday, it draws out and discusses articles on the following Wednesday, as well. Together, will see how this works.

For the moment, though, let’s just consider these two articles… which as you might have suspected are in accordance with the examples given above.  And for good reason. Please, if you wish, take them both for a read, and return tomorrow if your curious if our thoughts about them – published then – agree with yours.

Yes, Oil Men Kill Smog Bill is the ‘Screamer’ Headline but the one that is right on the money is the article headline itself – Lobbyists Suffocate Bill to End Pollution.  Here the article continues…

And (tomorrow) our thinking is this….



Our second article is this one. As it mentions, it concludes an earlier published interview (which can be found in our 50 Year Throwback of this year’s August 29th Throwback). Even taken together they are a concise statement of (yes, our thoughts on this one will also be here for you upon your return 🙂 )

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.)

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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.

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