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Tag: Yippies

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.

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