Monthly Archives: March 1972

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1972.03.17: Reaction to Red Tide (Uni High Warrior)

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1972.03.16: Clash at Unihi Raises Student Rights Issues (L.A. Times)

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1972.03.13: Red Tide Emergency Issue [#1][Staffers Suspended]

Red Tide Emergency Issue

 

 

 

 

 

[March 13, 1972]

RED TIDE
HI SCHOOL COMMUNITY NEWS SERVICE

***EMERGENCY ISSUE***EMERGENCY ISSUE***EMERGENCY ISSUE***

On Wednesday, March 8, 1972, during the passing period between first and second periods, Robin Prentiss and Michael Letwin were suspended from Uni Hi by Homer Gansz for distributing the second issue of TDD TIDE. There were no valid legal grounds for these suspensions. In response to these irresponsible actions, the staff of the RED TIDE has informed the administration, in the form of a letter, that unless our Constitutional rights to distribute the RED TIDE are recognized, we will take whatever legal action is appropriate.

ALL POWER TO THE PAPER!!!

The following is the full text of the letter that we sent to the administration:

March 10th, 1972

TO: WARREN JUHNKE, PRINCIPAL and HOMER GANSZ, BOY’S VICE PRINCIPAL
UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL, LOS ANGELES

We the staff of the RED TIDE, in response to the illegal and unconstitutional harassment and suspensions of Sister Robin Prentiss and Brother Michael Letwin for distribution of our paper, the RED TIDE, on March 8th, 1972, hereby demand that:

1.) You recognize all students’ rights to distribute material on campus as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, and by State Law, Chapter 47 of the Education Code, which repeals Sections 9012 & 9013, and adds Section 10611, which was passed and signed on October 8th., 1971 and went into effect March 4th, 1972, which reads as follows:

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS

Section One: section 9012 of the Education Code is repealed.

Section Two: Section 9013 (9013 was previously Education Code Section 8454, the very section you are relying on, and which has been renumbered in 1968) of the Education Code, is repealed.

Section Three: Section 10611 is added to the Education Code, to read 10611:

Students of the public schools have the right to exercise free expression including, but not limited to, the use of bulletin boards, the distribution of printed materials or petitions, and the wearing of buttons, badges, and other insignias, except that expression which is obscene, libelous, or s1anderous according to the current legal standards, or which so insights students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises or the violation of the lawful school regu1atiofls or the ubstanti4 disruption of the orderly operation of the school,” shall be prohibited.

Each governing board of a school district and each county superintendent of schools shall adopt rules and regulations relating to the exercise of free expression by students upon the premises of each school within their respective jurisdictions, which shall include reasonable provisions for the time, place, and manner of conducting such activities.

2.) A return of all illegally confiscated RED TIDES to the staff of the paper.

3.) All records of the illegal suspensions be erased from the files of the suspended students.

4.) That Homer Gansz formally and publicly acknowledge his error to the suspended students.

5.) That Dr. Juhnke, Homer Gansz, and any other members of the administration and/or faculty cease violating the rights of any Students ad guaranteed by the constitution of the United States of America, and the California State Law, chapter 947, section 10611 allowing free distribution of material on campus.

Since you are in the clear violation of the law we are informing you that if you do not indicate acceptance of these demands by Tuesday morning, March 14th. at 10:20 on the graduation terrace of the Women’s Field, we will have no alternative but to take appropriate legal action. Because you publicly took illegal action against: us on the basis of a law which is no longer in existence, we feel that it is appropriate that you acknowledge our demands before the student body. ****IGNORANCE OF THF LAW IS NO EXCUSE*****

Justice to us all:
STAFF OF THE RED TIDE

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[To Students:] IT WOULD BE VERY EFFECTIVE IF ON TUESDAY AT 10:20, MANY STUDENTS COME TO THE WOMEN’S FIELD TO OBSERVE WHAT TAKES PLACE. THE ADMINISTRATION IS MORE LIKELY TO AGREE TO THE DEMANDS SET OUT IN THE LETTER IF THERE IS STUDENT SUPPORT FOR THESE DEMANDS. DEFEND OUR RIGHT TO FREE ACCESS TO INFORMATION. DEMONSTRATE OUR POWER BY BEING THERE!!!

PLEASE DEMONSTRATE YOUR SUPPORT NON-VIOLENTLY.

1972.03.01: Busted! (Red Tide)

[Historical Note: The Red Tide was a revolutionary high school underground newspaper and youth organization that existed from 1971-1981. See: http://theredtide.wordpress.com/]

Red Tide, Vol. 1, No. 2 [Issue #2]
March 1972

Busted!
[By Michael Letwin]

On Nov. 1, 1971, the first issue of the Red Tide was distributed at Uni. Before and during school donations of 10 cents each was asked to cover printing costs. Of the 1000 copies printed, approx. 700 were sold the first day.

However an incident arose at lunch in which the Boy’s V.P., Homer Ganz, confiscated about 50 copies of the paper and some [Vietnam antiwar] moratorium leaflets also being passed out. As a result of this, Ganz suspended 4 people for possession and distribution of the paper and the leaflets.

When one student intervened on behalf of the offenders, he was told to report to Ganz’s office, which he did. When up there, however, the student had the surprise of not being received by Ganz to talk about the paper, but rather was met by about 11 plainclothes pigs who had been working as undercover narcotics agents at Uni. The pigs put him under arrest and charged him with “sale of narcotics”, and took him away. People who were suspended were later allowed back into school, but the confiscated material was not returned.

Meanwhile, behind the music bungalow several narcs tried to bust people. But a student who had previously witnessed his friend being arrested disobeyed Ganz’s order to remain in his office, and ran down to the bungalow to warn people of the coming danger. The people behind the bungalow chased the pigs out of the school when they went back there. Our modern Paul Revere however was expelled from Uni and is now going to Hamilton.

The issue of free speech and that of the pigs on campus are related. Ganz and the administration could not allow the paper to be freely distributed on campus as it denounced school and the Amerikan government. He knew that people would read those 1000 copies and think.

To think about the oppression we are subjected to in school. To think about women becoming human beings, instead of the plastic stereotypes that are portrayed on TV and in the media. To think about Angela Davis and all the other things that we are not told about in school. True education leads to the overthrowing of oppressors and they know that means them.

To show how little reforms can do, look at the new directive sent out by the Board of Education, allowing materials to be passed out on campus. Ganz knew of this directive yet he ignored it.

The pigs on campus create more an air of repression. The pigs infiltrated the Uni student body and now have pages of bustable students. They did it by having a few pigs grow 2 week old beards and dress in worn out Levis. They usually worked in pairs. They have Black ones and women too. In fact, one of these pigs was enrolled in Uni last year!

After these busts (there have been several other busts in the past 20 weeks) the pigs pull out the old narcs and slowly plant new ones. There are plenty of pigs on campus right this minute that look just like us. Beware!

The administration believes that by trying to intimidate students, people won’t exercise their Constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of the press. However the printing and distributing of this second issue of the Red Tide proves that we will not be scared into submission. We must show that we can fight against the oppression of our school and our society, and we must change them, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

1972.03.00: Red Tide #2

1972.03.00- RT02 — 03.72

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1972.03.00: Co-Optation at Uni (Red Tide #2)

1972.03.00 -- Co-optation at Uni -- ML article -- Red Tide-001

1972.03.00: Why the Red Tide (Red Tide #2)

1972.03.00 — Why the Red Tide — ML article — Red Tide