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Police Riot Extra-See Pages 9-15
Vol. 4, #26 (Issue # 154) OL 4-7100
THE LOS ANGELES FREE PRESS
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The position of the Los Angeles Police Department is: We gave the anti-Johnson demonstrators at Century City fair and legal warning last Friday. We ordered them to disperse. When they did not move, and when they did not move fast enough, we did what was necessary: we cleared the streets. If we had to use billy clubs, well, that is why we have them. We have the duty to protect the President, oui government, property, and the private citizen against unlawful, unruly mobs.
Fact: The Los Angeles police are trained in crowd control and crowd psychology. Fact: The demonstrators had every legal right to be where they were. Didn’t the police perceive that the demonstrators strongly believed in their constitutional right to assemble in protest against the policies of the American government?
Didn’t the police anticipate that the demonstrators would be unwilling to disperse, would consider the order to disperse itself an unlawful act when (Fact) there was no violence or disorder of any type before the police moved in with drawn billy clubs; when (Fact) there was no movement of the demonstrators toward the hotel in violation of private property or the conditions of the parade permit; when (Fact) the President was never endangered by a single demonstrator; when (Fact) the march monitors had the situatipn in hand and could have moved the crowd past the hotel in an orderly fashion if the police had not interfered.
Everyone concerned with the preservation of orderly and democratic government in the United States must therefore ask: Do police have the right to aggressively attack and bloodily disperse a peaceful group of demonstrators? Do police have an unquestioned* right to pursue riotous policies
(Continued on page 12)
COMING NEXT WEEK
Antonioni in Los Angeles, by Bruce Henstell; An interview with Buffy Saint-Marie, by DonStra- chan; More on the June 23 Peace March with an article by a police officer and comments on the reaction throughout the city; Nat Freedland resumes his series on San Francisco; H. Lawrence Lack on the troubles of the Community Alert Patrol; Plus Liza Williams, Lawrence Lipton, Jerry Hopkins, Elliot Mintz and many more.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR FOOD STAMPS?
About a year ago, manna from heaven began raining on the heads of the poor here in Los Angeles County — but not many of them knew about it. In the summer of 1966 the Federal Government began a trial run of what could become one of the biggest handouts in modern times — the distribution of food stamps.
But mystery still surrounds the program because publicity has been practically non-existent. i he ins and outs of how to qualify are hard to come by, but dont’t be too sure you’re not eligible.
The economics of this handout are fascinating. Unlike Blue Chip Stamps, which return about a penny for every dollar you spend, the government’s variety AVERAGES a return of 30 cents. But that’s only the average —if
you’re poor enough, you can get back as much as six or seven dollars for every dollar spent.
For example, four flower children living together with a total monthly income of less than $20 can lay down $8 and receive food stamps worth $52 each and every month. With stamps in hand, they can go to their local grocery store and spend them like money for almost anything they can eat.
The Food Stamp Program is not considered charity or public assistance. It was set up by the Department of Agriculture to improve the nation’s diet by moving more agriculture products through normal trade channels to low-income consumers.
The difference between food stamps and relief is important to those who have “dropped out”
in the Tim Leary sense: on relief, if you refuse to work when it’s offered to you, you’re ineligible, but you can always get food stamps if your income is low enough.
Here are some of the rules for qualifying:
1. You must live in Los Angeles County. Even if you just arrived last week, you’re eligible if you’re living here now.
2. You must apply as a “household.” A household is any group of persons sharing cooking facilities for whom food is purchased in common. A single person preparing his own food can also be a household.
3. You must not have any “liquid assets” (money or securities) over $1000 for a single person
JUNE 23 MOVEMENT CRITICIZES MONITORING OF PEACE PARADE
An evaluation of last Friday’s climactic events and a consequent re-evaluation of the local peace movement has resulted in the formation of a new coalition aptly entitled The June 23 Movement.
The group ‘sprang full blown’ at a Sunday meeting in Venice of 50-60 determined veterans of the melee, several of whom bore
battle scars and/or notices to appear for arraignment. Although diverse, often divergent political views were represented, a consensus was reached on several points of theory.
First, they affirmed the irrevocable right of each individual to protest the war according to his own conscience, regardless of the factions which may exist
within the movement. They further declared solidarity with those beaten and injured in Friday’s demonstration as well as future victims.
These resolutions were prompted by a general feeling that the monitors, brought together by Peace Action Council, did by many of their actions unwittingly impose upon the crowd
— which consisted of 14 separate “demonstrations” as well as a vast number of unaffiliated people
— the protest concept of a single minority group.
This, some claimed, compounded the confusion, thus lessening the chances for spontaneous, unified action. Men complained that monitors forcibly restrained them from aiding defenseless women and children under attack by the police.
Such actions, they felt, amounted to indirect complicity with the aggressors.
Some of the monitors at the meeting reported that they were unware that by carrying out their instructions, they were preventing others from coming to the aid of fellow marchers and in some cases causing situations which attracted the police.
They placed the blame for this on inadequate briefing and inaccurate on-the-spot communication, shortcomings which could never have been completely overcome.
Despite the apparent differences in approach which Friday revealed, people at the meeting expressed eagerness to keep a meaningful dialogue open with the PAC and other peace groups.
The general effect of Friday’s experience, entirely new to most white Americans, was a broadening of committment to include hitherto less radical whites, the opening of new action alternatives, and a radicalization of the peace movement. Possibly indicative of the latter is a resolution passed by a 2-1 majority at a Saturday meeting at the Orange County Peace Center which called for self-defense in future demonstrations.
Following the general discussion, the group defined its goals as follows: to aid those arrested and injured, to widen the scope of the trials to include the issues of the war itself as well as police brutality, to collect and compile accounts of the events thereby clarifying the facts for the general public, and to prolong the impact of Johnson’s visit through constant publicity and increased action, such as public meetings, and demonstrations.
To implement the above, the Movement founded functional committees. Dozens of suggestions were put forth. Supporters are encouraged to write letters to newspapers, congressmen, and officials; to report their experiences on talk shows and at formal and informal meetings in their respective areas; to donate funds if possible, and to attend the trials of those arrested.
The June 23 Movement is temporarily headquartered at 36 Sunset, Venice. See their number elsewhere in the Free Press for registering witness complaints.
Monday evening is traditionally the night for gallery hopping on La Cienega Blvd. and so the Los Angeles Committee for the Angry Arts chose this time to stage a “Peace Walk” to symbolize their opposition to the War in VietNam.
The walk began at eight o’clock and for an hour and a half more than two thousand artists and sympathizers, each wearing a black armband marked with the American flag, circled Gallery Row carrying lighted candles.
From Melrose Avenue the long line of lights stretched north along the sidewalk to Santa Monica Blvd., more than four blocks away, then crossed La Cienega and returned on the other side of the street. Because of
the number of the walkers, the circle became endless and as more and more joined, the spaces between the walkers shortened until finally the entire eight blocks of sidewalk was solidly occupied.
Since the composition of the marchers was similar to that of Friday’s demonstration, with many straight or even square appearing people, many children and few hippies, the news media had to content themselves with waiting in line to photograph the few bizarre types who did exhibit themselves.
Due to the absence of outside agitators, such as the President of the United States or the Los Angeles Police, the march was orderly at all times.
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or $1500 for a group. However, there are special rules for college students, who can have greater assets if these are needed to carry them over an entire semester.
4. Your “net monthly income” cannot exceed that shown in the foUowing table.
probably want to see proof of incbme. If your’re working regularly, this could be your last few payroll stubs. If you’re existing on part-time jobs, try to get your employer to write a little note, such as “On June 27, 1967, I paid Joe Doaks$5.40 as commission for selling the
FOOD STAMPS-PERMONTH Must Pay Receive Profit
2 college students living off savings of $2100 for 9 months Rent: $125/mo.
Dental expenses: $40/mo.
Tuition & fees: $3 5/mo.
Man, wife, and 2 children
Medical expenses: $40/mo.
Rent & utilities: $100/mo.
9 hippies in a tribal pad
Income: $160/mo for the group Rent & utilities: $70/mo.
Dental expenses: $30/mo.
4 hippies in one pad
Income: $100/mo total
Rent & utilities: 140,/mo.