Monthly Archives: May 1972

1972.05.19: Undercover cops pose as picketers, finger activists (LA Free Press) – OCR

1972.05.19 – Undercover cops pose as picketers, finger activists (LA Free Press) – OCR

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Page 6 May 19, 1972 Part One Los Angeles Free Press

Undercover cops pose as picketers, finger activists

Two young blonde-haired “surfer” appearing “demonstrators” turn out to

be undercover police agents. Man in back of taller infiltrator wears Andrew

Pulley button. Pulley is Socialist Worker’s party candidate for vice-

President and is a black former Gl. The two men are seen here picketing in

front of Nixon’s headquarters. Next day they had Joan Andersson arrested.

Cop carrying sign bruised Andersson’s face and legs. (Photo by Ron


Undercover police agent known as “Bob Burns” often fingers

demonstrators to uniformed policemen. He has been on the scene for a

number of years. A loner, he often speaks with activists in a friendly

manner. On May 10, Burns had reporter Ron Ridenour busted while taking

pictures of Ron Kovic being beaten by fellow undercover agents. (Photo by

Ron Ridenour) “

Undercover police photog who refuses to identify himself. He initially

surfaced at the first significant women’s liberation demonstration on

Mother’s Day, 1969, when women demonstrated at the County Museum of

Art. He acted in an aggressive manner when photographing women by

taking many shots of each woman, often shooting inches from their faces.

Hejiow limits himself to photographing people from atop buildings. (Photo

by Ron Ridenour)

Police lineup of undercover agents. These men have been seen at most recent antiwar activities. Fat guy with

dark glasses in the background and his partner with hands resting on his waist to his right fingered Steve Orel

at the Nixon headquarters on May 11. (Photo by Jay Timbrell)

Demonstrator Mike Arnoldy shown here being strangled by police agent

Joe Robinson. (Photo by Al Zak)

Lie-in at Nixon headquarters on the day after he increased escalation. May 9. In doorway are two well-known

LAPD photographers blocking the entrance in anticipation of arrests which never came. In foreground are

Mike Miranda (1) and Joe Robinson, two undercover agents who jumped and beat Ron Kovic next day. Both

men were seen pointing out activists and “provoking incidents,” according to observers. (Photo by Pat


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of anti-war actions across the land

last week was OUT NOW.

‘Regardless of political differences

everyone is for immediate

withdrawal in the anti-war

movement, and many Americans

agree. The fact that the war is not

winding down is also obvious after a

two to three year “snow job” put on

Americans by the President.

Indisputable statistics show that

Nixon has bombed and killed more

than anyone before him in this war

and that more destruction has

occurred during this dozen-year

conflict than in any other war.

During World War II, two million

tons of bombs were dropped. In this

war, over seven million tons (14

billion pounds) have been dropped;

over 4 million tons since Nixon took


That amounts to some 400 pounds

per person in Indochina and 25 tons

per square mile of territory in the

small three-nation area. There are

120,000,000 bomb craters in South

Vietnam alone. Their size 45 feet

deep and 45 feet in diameter

encompasses ten percent of the

once arable land.

Such devastation only forces the

Vietnamese people to fight back all

the harder. And many Americans

have pledged themselves to

demonstrate at home until the US

finally decides to admit it was wrong

or, at least, to get out.

Actions planned in the LA area


May 18 (Thursday): Women’s

march along the “Boulevard of the

Corporations,” starting at Wilshire

and Oxford and ending at Wilshire

and Commonwealth; 11:00 A.M.-1:00

P.M. Sponsored by Women and the

War and Women of the Echo Park-

Si Iverlake Food Conspiracy (487-


May 19 (Friday): An educational

and entertaining evening with

Vietnamese students studying here.

Guests will include Jane Fonda,

Unitarian Church, 2936 W. 8th St., at

8:00 P.M.Sponsored by many groups

including Vietnam Veterans Against

the War and Peace Action Council


May 20 (Sat.) March from

McArthur Park (assemble at 7th and

Alvarado at 10:00 A.M.) down

sidewalk on Hoover to Exposition

Park. Rally at 1:00 P.M. Sponsored

by National Peace Action Coalition


May 20; Gl’s and Long Beach

residents will demonstrate on Armed

Forces day near Naval Station at

Lincoln Park on Ocean Blvd. in Long

Beach. Sponsored by Movement for

Democratic Military and Student

Mobilization Committee (487-3535).

May 20: Rally Against Racism,

War, and Repression in San Jose, at

William St. Park. 1:00 P.M. This

action centers around Angela Davis’

triak but incorporates a number of

other struggles. Sponsored by many

groups including the People

Coalition for Peace and Justice.

Local offices include Peace Action

Council (734-4540) and Valley Peace

Center (787-6925). Transportation is

being arranged for Los Angelinos.


1972.05.17: 1972.05.17 — Senior and Junior High School Rally Against the War Flyer

1972.05.17 — Senior and Junior High School Rally Against the War Flyer 1972.05.17 -- Senior and Junior High School Rally Against the War

1972.05.09: War Protests Flare in Southland Cities (L.A. Times)

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1972.05.04: Moratorium May 4th: Stop the Bombing!

Moratorium May 4th Red Tide



The war in Southeast Asia is continuing.

We have dropped 30 tons of bombs for every man, woman and child in Viet Nam, and spent billions of dollars so that now our own economy is being destroyed. In the U.S. repression is coming down on anyone who dares question the policies of the government.

Thus two wars are going on at the same time: the war in Indochina and the war at home. People’s bodies are destroyed in Viet Nam and people’s minds are destroyed in the schools here. Schools are the factories where we get molded to kill those who we have nothing against.

It is time for we hi school students to show that we do not accept these wars. We must not allow the genocide of the Indochinese people to continue. Two years ago students at Jackson State and Kent State universities were murdered by police and National Guard. In commemoration of those students and in response to the escalated bombing of Viet Nam, May 4th has been declared a national moratorium. All over the country demonstrations are taking place.

What we should do is use our schools to end the war and repression at home. Educate in your classes, get speakers, hold teach-ins and strikes. Let’s end the murder of people by the American government, around the world and at home.

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If you would like to work with the High School Indochina [Crisis] Coalition, clip this and send it to:

P.O. Box 24-354
Los Angeles Calif. 90024





1972.05.01: Red Tide Member Reviews Revolutionary Movement (The Warrior)

Red Tide Member Reviews

The Warrior, May 1972

Red Tide Member Reviews Revolutionary Movement
by John M. Hillman

“Revolution is not just something which is ‘over there,’ that is, something which you go out and pursue as if it was only a hobby.”

These are the words of Cindi (last name withheld by request), a junior at Uni and an active member of the local underground paper, the Red Tide. In a recent interview, Cindi gave her views on the March 8 demonstration in the administration building, and spoke of the upcoming issues of the Red Tide.

The Red Tide, which advocates a Communist revolution, was declared illegal last March when it violated several Los Angeles City Board of Education guidelines concerning distribution of outside material on school campuses.

Marxist Theory

Among the first questions posed to Cindi was why the Red Tide staff was relating to the Vietnam war, for instance, with what the Red Tide feels is the struggle for free speech on campus. During the sit-in, many people were confused with such analogies. Cindi replied that looking retrospectively, the staff went too far the first day in attempting to explain how such things are related, but emphasized that “repression in high schools is directly related to oppression around the world.”

Cindi explained that this follows in line with the Marxist theory of dialectical materialism. Cindi gave assurance that future issues of the Red Tide will concern itself more with explaining this theory.

IPS Criticism

A somewhat surprising opinion [held] by the Red Tide is its strong criticism of the IPS program. Cindi says that the IPS students and faculty had a productive meeting at the mid-term, in which the students were taking over direction of the program. But now Cindi asserts that “it’s still teacher oriented” and the IPS is “definitely a pacifying thing because too many people just go on intellectual trips.”

Cindi gives an example of this when she described how students will sit around all day and talk about the conflict in Northern Ireland, but fail to take any action on the problem. Cindi adds that she felt IPS divides one part of school from the other. She claims that many students in the program look down at students in the other part of school. In turn, she says, many of these students are envious of the IPS people “because they can leave school whenever they want to.”

Another topic discussed was the Red Tide’s criticism of the Warrior, which Cindi sees as a part of the propaganda in our society. “The Warrior,” says Cindi, “concerns itself too much with things that are not relevant to our lives, like the Cultural Fair and speech contests.”

Outside Help?

A suspicion on the part of some people at Uni is whether the Red Tide is receiving outside editorial or financial help. Cindi gave a firm “no” to this question, despite the fact that it costs $150 to put out each edition of the Red Tide. Cindi explains that there was some confusion over the mailing address of an individual given in each of the first two editions. That person was not connected in any way to the paper other than being a friend of the staff.

“We just wanted to use that person’s address to prevent us from being hassled,” recalls Cindi.

And examination of the media in this country will display a typical revolutionary as being in the like of Jerry Rubin or Abbie Hoffman. This is very disturbing to Cindi because she does not want that type of image to be placed on members of the Red Tide staff.

It’s a middle class thing for them (Hoffman and Rubin),” says Cindi. “Only rich people can go around all day and smoke dope, but a poor black person, for example, has to face the realities of life and go to work. It is the working class that is being exploited the most — they’re the ones who will be the biggest factor in the revolution.”

Mike Letwin

Quite often in a movement of any type, a dominant leader emerges. In the case of the March 8 demonstration at Uni sophomore Mike Letwin was perhaps the most vocal of the students in the administration building that day. Largely because of this and because he is a Red Tide staff member Mike appears to many as the leader of the revolutionary movement at Uni. According to Cindi this acknowledgement of leadership “has been very detrimental to us.”

Cindi emphasized that when a movement looks to one leader for direction, it is in danger of falling apart. She points out that when Mike was suspended following the demonstration, the “energy level” went down. While Cindi says that Mike is a very articulate speaker, she claims that you can’t depend on one leader to hold an entire movement together.

Working Within System

But Cindi cites an even more serious problem which is holding down the revolutionary movement at Uni. She feels that people who work for change solely within the system are pacified into not achieving any meaningful change. The reformation of the dress code, for example, while very  necessary and welcome, just becomes a concession which prevents people from working for more reform, concludes Cindi.

Yet Cindi claims it is not hypocritical to quote the Constitution one minute, and then proceed to break the law the next. “By any means necessary” has been a prominent slogan of the Red Tide.

ASB President Mark Harris is considered close in political thoughts to the Red Tide, [and] an alternative to student government is being planned. At the moment, the structure of this proposed student union is vague, but the major difference between the union and student government will be the fact that all students who wish to be involved will be permitted to do so.

Why a Revolutionary?

What led Cindi to become revolutionary? Cindi cites the alienation from her parents and school as the factor leading her to her political awareness. She feels that capitalism is the cause of this alienation.