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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.

Grape Boycott Grows


Yikes! Will Hippies Become Yippies? And What About Those Grapes?



This week’s 50-Year Throwback is a double-header… one story just beginning, and (?) the other one nearing its end. We choose the first of the two to feature as, without it, you’ll not have context for the BIG story about to unfold (it hits our Front Page 2 Issues from now). So… here it is – the coming of age of
The Youth International Party, the Yippies… and their plan to gather at the up-coming Democratic Convention in Chicago.
They were a youth-oriented counter-cultural group of anti-authoritarian anarchists heading toward a revolution; they were opposed to the Vietnam War and the politicians who advocated fighting till its finish. Like a small number of other protest groups, they used street theater to make fun of the status-quo and, too, pranks. These tactics were generally dis-respected (in today’s parlance – dissed) by the sit-down and march protesters of the day. No doubt, this was to the delight of at least one of the Party’s Founding Members, Paul Krassner, as they were once referred to as the ‘Groucho Marxists’.” {Note to self – Better Call Paul to confirm.]
‘Today’s’ articles – posted below – give you a better idea of who The Yippies were and how they might figure into the Big Bang that was heard in the streets of Chicago, an explosion so loud it reverberated right over to the Republican Convention!

As to that other story – it is significant. While the California Table Grape Boycott had already taken large steps forward, a Federal Court ruling broke its back by halting its efforts to take the strike nationwide. We’ve placed the article in another section for your perusal.. it can be found here:

Grape Boycott Grows

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