TABLE OF DISCONTENTS
It's perhaps fitting
that I write this introduction in jail- that graduate school of survival.
Here you learn how to use toothpaste as glue, fashion a shiv out of a spoon
and build intricate communication networks. Here too, you learn the only rehabilitation
possible-hatred of oppression.
Steal This Book is,
in a way, a manual of survival in the prison that is Amerika. It preaches
jailbreak. It shows you where exactly how to place the dynamite that will
destroy the walls. The first section-SURVIVE!-lays out a potential action
program for our new Nation. The chapter headings spell out the demands for
a free society. A community where the technology produces goods and services
for whoever needs them, come who may. It calls on the Robin Hoods of Santa
Barbara Forest to steal from the robber barons who own the castles of capitalism.
It implies that the reader already is "ideologically set," in that he understands
corporate feudalism as the only robbery worthy of being called "crime," for
it is committed against the people as a whole. Whether the ways it describes
to rip-off shit are legal or illegal is irrelevant. The dictionary of law
is written by the bosses of order. Our moral dictionary says no heisting from
each other. To steal from a brother or sister is evil. To not steal from the
institutions that are the pillars of the Pig Empire is equally immoral.
Community within our
Nation, chaos in theirs; that is the message of SURVIVE!
We cannot survive without
learning to fight and that is the lesson in the second section. FIGHT! separates
revolutionaries from outlaws. The purpose of part two is not to fuck the system,
but destroy it. The weapons are carefully chosen. They are "home-made," in
that they are designed for use in our unique electronic jungle. Here the uptown
reviewer will find ample proof of our "violent" nature. But again, the dictionary
of law fails us. Murder in a uniform is heroic, in a costume it is a crime.
False advertisements win awards, forgers end up in jail. Inflated prices guarantee
large profits while shoplifters are punished. Politicians conspire to create
police riots and the victims are convicted in the courts. Students are gunned
down and then indicted by suburban grand juries as the trouble-makers. A modern,
highly mechanized army travels 9,000 miles to commit genocide against a small
nation of great vision and then accuses its people of aggression. Slumlords
allow rats to maim children and then complain of violence in the streets.
Everything is topsy-turvy. If we internalize the language and imagery of the
pigs, we will forever be fucked. Let me illustrate the point. Amerika was
built on the slaughter of a people. That is its history. For years we watched
movie after movie that demonstrated the white man's benevolence. Jimmy Stewart,
the epitome of fairness, puts his arm around Cochise and tells how the Indians
and the whites can live in peace if only both sides will be reasonable, responsible
and rational (the three R's imperialists always teach the "natives"). "You
will find good grazing land on the other side of the mountain," drawls the
public relations man. "Take your people and go in peace." Cochise as well
as millions of youngsters in the balcony of learning, were being dealt off
the bottom of the deck. The Indians should have offed Jimmy Stewart in every
picture and we should have cheered ourselves hoarse. Until we understand the
nature of institutional violence and how it manipulates values and mores to
maintain the power of the few, we will forever be imprisoned in the caves
of ignorance. When we conclude that bank robbers rather than bankers should
be the trustees of the universities, then we begin to think clearly. When
we see the Army Mathematics Research and Development Center and the Bank of
Amerika as cesspools of violence, filling the minds of our young with hatred,
turning one against another, then we begin to think revolutionary.
Be clever using section
two; clever as a snake. Dig the spirit of the struggle. Don't get hung up
on a sacrifice trip. Revolution is not about suicide, it is about life. With
your fingers probe the holiness of your body and see that it was meant to
live. Your body is just one in a mass of cuddly humanity. Become an internationalist
and learn to respect all life. Make war on machines, and in particular the
sterile machines of corporate death and the robots that guard them. The duty
of a revolutionary is to make love and that means staying alive and free.
That doesn't allow for cop-outs. Smoking dope and hanging up Che's picture
is no more a commitment than drinking milk and collecting postage stamps.
A revolution in consciousness is an empty high without a revolution in the
distribution of power. We are not interested in the greening of Amerika except
for the grass that will cover its grave.
Section three - LIBERATE!
- concerns itself with efforts to free stuff (or at least make it cheap) in
four cities. Sort of a quick U.S. on no dollars a day. It begins to scratch
the potential for a national effort in this area. Since we are a nation of
gypsies, dope on how to move around and dig in anywhere is always needed.
Together we can expand this section. It is far from complete, as is the entire
project. Incomplete chapters on how to identify police agents, steal a car,
run day-care centers, conduct your own trial, organize a G.I. coffee house,
start a rock and roll band and make neat clothes, are scattered all over the
floor of the cell. The book as it now stands was completed in the late summer
of 1970. For three months manuscripts made the rounds of every major publisher.
In all, over 30 rejections occurred before the decision to publish the book
ourselves was made, or rather made for us. Perhaps no other book in modern
times presented such a dilemma. Everyone agreed the book would be a commercial
success. But even greed had its limits, and the IRS and FBI following the
manuscript with their little jive rap had a telling effect. Thirty "yeses"
become thirty "noes" after "thinking it over." Liberals, who supposedly led
the fight against censorship, talked of how the book "will end free speech."
Finally the day we were
bringing the proofs to the printer, Grove consented to act as distributor.
To pull a total solo trip, including distribution, would have been neat, but
such an effort would be doomed from the start. We had tried it before and
blew it. In fact, if anyone is interested in 4,000 1969 Yippie calendars,
they've got a deal. Even with a distributor joining the fight, the battle
will only begin when the books come off the press. There is a saying that
"Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one." In past eras, this was
probably the case, but now, high speed methods of typesetting, offset printing
and a host of other developments have made substantial reductions in printing
costs. Literally anyone is free to print their own works. In even the most
repressive society imaginable, you can get away with some form of private
publishing. Because Amerika allows this, does not make it the democracy Jefferson
envisioned. Repressive tolerance is a real phenomenon. To talk of true freedom
of the press, we must talk of the availability of the channels of communication
that are designed to reach the entire population, or at least that segment
of the population that might participate in such a dialogue. Freedom of the
press belongs to those that own the distribution system. Perhaps that has
always been the case, but in a mass society where nearly everyone is instantaneously
plugged into a variety of national communications systems, wide-spread dissemination
of the information is the crux of the matter. To make the claim that the right
to print your own book means freedom of the press is to completely misunderstand
the nature of a mass society. It is like making the claim that anyone with
a pushcart can challenge Safeway supermarkets, or that any child can grow
up to be president.
State legislators, librarians,
PTA members, FBI agents, church-goers, and parents: a veritable legion of
decency and order already is on the march. To get the book to you might be
the biggest challenge we face. The next few months should prove really exciting.
Obviously such a project
as Steal This Book could not have been carried out alone. Izak Haber shared
the vision from the beginning. He did months of valuable research and contributed
many of the survival techniques. Carole Ramer and Gus Reichbach of the New
York Law Commune guided the book through its many stages. Anna Kaufman Moon
did almost all the photographs. The cartoonists who have made contributions
include Ski Williamson and Gilbert Sheldon. Tom Forcade, of the UPS, patiently
did the editing. Bert Cohen of Concert Hall did the book's graphic design.
Amber and John Wilcox set the type. Anita Hoffman and Lynn Borman helped me
rewrite a number of sections. There are others who participated in the testing
of many of the techniques demonstrated in the following pages and for obvious
reasons have to remain anonymous. There were perhaps over 50 brothers and
sisters who played particularly vital roles in the grand conspiracy. Some
of the many others are listed on the following page. We hope to keep the information
up to date. If you have comments, law suits, suggestions or death threats,
please send them to: Dear Abbie P.0. Box 213, Cooper Station, New York, NY
10003. Many of the tips might not work in your area, some might be obsolete
by the time you get to try them out, and many addresses and phone numbers
might be changed. If the reader becomes a participating researcher then we
will have achieved our purpose.
Watch for a special
edition called Steal This White House, complete with blueprints of underground
passages, methods of jamming the communications network and a detailed map
of the celebrated room where according to Tricia Nixon, "Daddy loves to listen
to Mantovanni records, turn up the air conditioner full blast, sit by the
fireplace, gaze out the window to the Washington Monument and meditate on
those difficult problems that face all the peoples of this world."
Cook County Jail
"FREE SPEECH IS THE RIGHT TO SHOUT
'THEATER' IN A CROWDED FIRE."
- A YIPPIE PROVERB
AIDING AND ABETTING
Tim Leary, Tom, Geronimo,
Pearl Paperhanger, Sonny, Pat Solomon, Allan Katzman, Jacob Kohn, Nguyen Van
Troi, Susan, Marty, Andy, Ami, Marshall Bloom, Viva, Ben, Oanh, Robin Palmer,
Mom and Dad, Janie Fonda, Jerry, Denis, LNS, Bernadine Dohrn, a wall in Harvard
Square, Nancy, an anonymous stewardess, Shirley Wonderful, Roz, Gumbo, Janis,
Jimi, Dylan Liberation Front, Jeannie, God Slick, John, David, Rusty, Barney,
Richard, Denny, Ron Cobb, the entire Viet Cong, Sam Shephard, Ma Bell, Eric,
David, Joe, Kim Agnew, the Partridge Family, Carol, Alan Ginsburg, Woman's
Lib, Julius Lester, Lenny Bruce, Hack, Billy, Paul, Willy, Colleen, Sid, Johnny
Appleseed, the Rat, Craig, Che, Willie Sutton, Wanda, EVO, Jeff, Crazy Horse,
Huey, Casey, Bobby, Alice, Mao, Rip, Ed, Bob, Gay Liberation Front, WPAX,
Frank Dudock, Manny, Mungo, Lottie, Rosemary, Marshall, Rennie, Judy, Jennifer,
Mr. Martin, Keith, Madame Binh, Mike, Eleanor, Dr. Spock, Afeni, Candice,
the Tupamaros, Berkeley Tribe, Gilbert Sheldon, Stanley Kubrick, Sam, Anna,
Skip Williamson, UPS, Andy Stapp, the Yippies, Richard Brautigan, Jano, Carlos
Marighella, the Weathermen, Julius Jennings Hoffman, Quentin, the inmates
of TIER A-l Cook County Jail, Houdini, 37, Rosa Luxemberg, the Kent 25, the
Chicago 15, the New York 21, the Motor City 3, the Indianapolis 500, Jack,
Joan, Malcolm X, Mayakovsky, Dotson, R. Crumb, Daniel Clyne, Justin, The FBI
Top 10 (now 16), Unis, Dana, Jim Morrison, Brian, John, Gus, Ruth, Nancy Unger,
Pun, Jomo, Peter, Mark Rudd, Billy Kunstler, Genie, Ken, the Law Commune,
Paula, Robby, Terry, Dianna, Angela, Ted, Phil, Jefferson Airplane, Len, Tricky
Prickers, the Berrigans, Stu, Rayanne, J.B., Jonathan Jackson, the Armstrong
Brothers, Homer, Sharon, Fred Hampton, Jean Jacques Lebel, A. H. Maslow, Hanoi
Rose, Sylvia, Fellini, Amaru, Ann Fettamen, Artaud, Bert, Merrill, Lynne,
and last but not least to Spiro what's his name who provided the incentive.
In a country such as
Amerika, there is bound to be a hell-of-a-lot food lying around just waiting
to be ripped off. If you want to live high off the hog without having to do
the dishes, restaurants are easy pickings. In general, many of these targets
are easier marks if you are wearing the correct uniform. You should always
have one suit or fashionable dress outfit hanging in the closet for the proper
heists. Specialized uniforms, such as nun and priest garb, can be most helpful.
Check out your local uniform store for a wide range of clothes that will get
you in, and especially out, of all kinds of stores. Every movement organization
should have a prop and costume department.
In every major city
there are usually bars that cater to the New Generation type riff-raff, trying
to hustle their way up the escalator of Big Business. Many of these bars have
a buffet or hors-d'oeuvres served free as a come-on to drink more mindless
booze. Take a half-empty glass from a table and use it as a prop to ward off
the anxious waitress. Walk around sampling the free food until you've had
enough. Often, there are five or six such bars in close proximity, so moving
around can produce a delightful "street smorgasbord." Dinner usually begins
at 5:00 PM.
If you are really hungry,
you can go into a self-service cafeteria and finish the meal of someone who
left a lot on the plate. Self-service restaurants are usually good places
to cop things like mustard, ketchup, salt, sugar, toilet paper, silverware
and cups for home use. Bring an empty school bag and load up after you've
cased the joint. Also, if you can stomach the food, you can use slugs at the
automat. Finishing leftovers can be worked in even the fanciest of restaurants.
When you are seated at a place where the dishes still remain, chow-down real
quick. Then after the waitress hands you the menu, say you have to meet someone
outside first, and leave.
There are still some
places where you can get all you can eat for a fixed price. The best of these
places are in Las Vegas. Sew a plastic bag onto your tee-shirt or belt and
wear a loose-fitting jacket or coat to cover any noticeable bulge. Fried chicken
is the best and the easiest to pocket, or should we say bag. Another trick
is to pour your second free cup of hot coffee into the plastic bag sewed inside
your pocket and take it with you.
At large take-out stands
you can say you or your brother just picked up an order of fifteen hamburgers
or a bucket of chicken, and got shorted. We have never seen or heard of anybody
getting turned down using this method. If you want to get into a grand food
heist from take-out stands, you can work the following nervy bit: from a pay
phone, place an order from a large delivery restaurant. Have the order sent
to a nearby apartment house. Wait a few minutes in the booth after you've
hung up, as they sometimes call back to confirm the order. When the delivery
man goes into the apartment house to deliver the order, you can swipe the
remaining orders that are still in his truck.
In fancy sit-down restaurants,
you can order a large meal and halfway through the main course, take a little
dead cockroach or a piece of glass out of your pocket and place it deftly
on the plate. Jump up astonished and summon the headwaiter. "Never have I
been so insulted. I could have been poisoned" you scream slapping down the
napkin. You can refuse to pay and leave, or let the waiter talk you into having
a brand new meal on the house for this terrible inconvenience.
In restaurants where
you pay at the door just before leaving, there are a number of free-loading
tricks that can be utilized. After you've eaten a full meal and gotten the
check, go into the restroom. When you come out go to the counter or another
section of the restaurant and order coffee and pie. Now you have two bills.
Simply pay the cheaper one when you leave the place. This can be worked with
a friend in the following way. Sit next to each other at the counter. He should
order a big meal and you a cup of coffee. Pretend you don't know each other.
When he leaves, he takes your check and leaves the one for the large meal
on the counter. After he has paid the cashier and left the restaurant, you
pick up the large check, and then go into the astonishment routine, complaining
that somebody took the wrong check. You end up only paying for your coffee.
Later, meet your partner and reverse the roles in another place.
In all these methods,
you should leave a good tip for the waiter or waitress, especially with the
roach-in-the-plate gambit. You should try to avoid getting the employees in
trouble or screwing them out of a tip.
One fantastic method
of not only getting free food but getting the best available is the following
technique that can be used in metropolitan areas. Look in a large magazine
shop for gourmet digests and tourist manuals. Swipe one or two and copy down
a good name from the masthead inside the cover. Making up a name can also
work. Next invest $5.00 to print business cards with the name of the magazine
and the new "associate editor." Call or simply drop into a fancy restaurant,
show a copy of the magazine and present the manager with your card. They will
insist that the meal be on the house.
Great places to get
fantastic meals are weddings, bar-mitzvahs, testimonials and the like. The
newspaper society sections have lists of weddings and locations. If your city
has a large Jewish population, subscribe to the newspaper that services the
Jewish community. There are extensive lists in these papers of family occasions
where tons of good food is served. Show up at the back of the synagogue a
few hours after the affair has begun with a story of how you'd like to bring
some leftovers of "good Jewish food" back to your fraternity or sorority.
If you want to get the food served to you out front, you naturally have to
disguise yourself to look straight. Remarks such as, "I'm Marvin's cousin,"
or learning the bride's name, "Gee, Dorothy looks marvelous" are great. Lines
like "Betty doesn't look pregnant" are frowned upon. A man and woman team
can work this free-load much better than a single person as they can chatter
back and forth while stuffing themselves.
If you're really into
a classy free meal, and you are in a city with a large harbor, check out the
passenger ship section in the back pages of the newspaper. There you find
the schedule of departures for ocean cruises. Most trips (these kind, anyway)
begin with a fantastic bon voyage party on board ship. Just walk on a few
hours before departure time and start swinging. Champagne, caviar, lobster,
shrimp and more, all as free as the open seas. If you get really bombed and
miss getting off, you can also wiggle a ride across the ocean. You get sent
back as soon as you hit the other side, but it's a free ocean cruise. You
should have a pretty good story ready to go, or you might end up rowing in
for getting a free meal is to go down to the docks and get friendly with a
sailor. He can often invite you for dinner on board ship. Foreign sailors
are more than glad to meet friends and you can get great foreign dinners this
In Amerika, there is
a national food stamp program that unfortunately is controlled by the states.
Many states, for racist reasons, do not want to make it too available or to
publicize the fact that it even exists. It is a much better deal than the
food program connected with welfare, because you can use the stamps to buy
any kind of food. The only items excluded are tobacco products and alcoholic
beverages. In general, you can qualify if you earn less than $165 per month;
the less you earn, the more stamps you can receive. There is minimal hassle
involved once you get by the first hurdle. Show up at your local food stamp
office, which can be found by calling the Welfare Department in our city.
Make an appointment to see a representative for your area. They will tell
you to bring all sorts of receipts, but the only thing you need are a few
rent stubs for the most recent months. An array of various receipt books is
a nice supplement to one's prop room. If the receipts are for a high rent,
tell them you rent a room from a group of people and eat separately. They
really only want to prove that you have cooking facilities. Once you get the
stamps, you can pick them up regularly. Some states even mail them to your
pad. You can get up to a hundred dollars worth of free purchases a month per
person in the most liberal states.
Large amounts of highly
nutritional food can be gotten for as little as three cents per meal from
a non-profit organization called Multi-Purpose Food for Millions Foundation,
Inc., 1800 Olympic Ave., Santa Monica, California. Write and they will send
Talking about food in
Amerika means talking about supermarkets-mammoth neon lighted streets of food
packaged to hoodwink the consumers. Many a Yippie can be found in the aisles,
stuffing his pockets with assorted delicacies. We have been shoplifting from
supermarkets on a regular basis without raising the slightest suspicion, ever
since they began.
We are not alone, and
the fact that so much stealing goes on and the supermarkets still bring in
huge profits shows exactly how much overcharging has occurred in the first
place. Supermarkets, like other businesses, refer to shoplifting as "inventory
shrinkage." It's as if we thieves were helping Big Business reduce weight.
So let's view our efforts as methods designed to trim the economy and push
forward with a positive attitude.
Women should never go
shopping without a large handbag. In those crowded aisles, especially the
ones with piles of cases, all sorts of goodies can be transferred from shopping
cart to handbag. A drop bag can be sewn inside a trench coat, for more efficient
thievery. Don't worry about the mirrors; attendants never look at them. Become
a discriminating shopper and don't stuff any of the cheap shit in your pockets.
Small bottles and jars
often have the same size cap as the larger expensive sizes. If they have the
price stamped on the cap, switch caps, getting the larger size for the cheaper
price. You can empty a pound box of margarine and fill it with sticks of butter.
Small narrow items can be hidden in the middle of rolls of toilet paper. Larger
supermarkets sell records. You can sneak two good LP's into one of those large
frozen pizza boxes. In the produce department, there are bags for fruit and
vegetables. Slip a few steaks or some lamb chops into the bottom of a large
brown bag and pile some potatoes on top. Have a little man in the white coat
weigh the bag, staple it and mark the price. With a black crayon you can mark
your own prices, or bring your own adhesive price tags.
It's best to work shoplifting
in the supermarket with a partner who can act as look-out and shield you from
the eyes of nosy employees, shoppers and other crooks trying to pick up some
pointers. Work out a prearranged set of signals with your partner. Diversions,
like knocking over displays, getting into fist fights with the manager, breaking
plate glass windows and such are effective and even if you don't get anything
they're fun. Haven't you always wanted to knock over those carefully constructed
nine-foot pyramids of garbage?
You can walk into a
supermarket, get a few items from the shelves, and walk around eating food
in the aisles. Pick up some cherries and eat them. Have a spoon in your pocket
and open some yogurt. Open a pickle or olive jar. Get some sliced meat or
cheese from the delicatessen counter and eat it up, making sure to ditch the
wrapper. The cart full of items, used as a decoy, can just be left in an aisle
before you leave the store.
Case the joint before
pulling a big rip-off. Know the least crowded hours, learn the best aisles
to be busy in, and check out the store's security system. Once you get into
shoplifting in supermarkets, you'll really dig it. You'll be surprised to
learn that the food tastes better.
Large scale thievery
can best be carried out with the help of an employee. Two ways we know of
work best. A woman can get a job as a cashier and ring up a small bill as
her brothers and sisters bring home tons of stuff.
The method for men involves
getting a job loading and unloading trucks in the receiving department. Some
accomplices dressed right can just pull in and, with your help, load up on
a few cases. Infiltrating an employee into a store is probably the best way
to steal. Cashiers, sales clerks, shippers, and the like are readily available
jobs with such high turnover and low pay that little checking on your background
goes on. Also, you can learn what you have to do in a few days. The rest of
the week, you can work out ways to clean out the store. After a month or so
of action you might want to move on to another store before things get heavy.
We know one woman working as a cashier who swiped over $500 worth of food
a week. She had to leave after a month because her boss thought she was such
an efficient cashier that he insisted on promoting her to a job that didn't
have as many fringe benefits for her and her friends.
Large chain stores like
Safeway throw away day-old vegetables, the outer leaves of lettuce, celery
and the like. This stuff is usually found in crates outside the back of the
building. Tell them you're working with animals at the college labs, or that
you raise guinea pigs. They might even get into saving them for you, but if
they don't just show up before the garbage is collected, (generally early
in the morning), and they'll let you cart away what you want.
Dented cans and fruit
can often be gotten free, but certainly at a reduced rate. They are still
as good as the undamaged ones. So be sure to dent all your cans before you
go to the cashier.
Look up catering services
and businesses that service factories and office buildings with ready-made
sandwiches. Showing up at these places at the right times (catering services
on late Sunday night and sandwich dealers at 5:00 PM on weekdays) will produce
loads of good food. Legally, they have to dispose of the food that's left
over. They would be more than happy to give it to you if you spin a good story.
Butchers can be hustled
for meat scraps with meat scraps with a "for my dog" story, and bakeries can
be asked for day-old rolls and bread.
Large cities all have
a wholesale fruit and vegetable area where often the workers will give you
tons of free food just for the asking. Get a good story together. Get some
church stationery and type a letter introducing yourself "to whom it may concern,"
or better still, wear some clerical garb. Orchards also make good pickings
just after the harvest has been completed.
Factories often will
give you a case or two of free merchandise for a "charitable" reason. Make
some calls around town and then go pick up the stuff at the end of the week.
A great idea is to get a good list of a few hundred large corporations around
the country by looking up their addresses at the library. Poor's Register
of Companies, Directors and Executives has the most complete list. Send them
all letters complaining about how the last box of cereal was only half full,
or you found a dead fly in the can of peaches. They often will send you an
ample supply of items just to keep you from complaining to your friends or
worse, taking them to court. Often you can get stuff sent to you by just telling
them how good their product is compared to the trash you see nowadays. You
know the type of letter - "Rice Krispies have had a fantastic effect on my
sexual prowess," or "Your frozen asparagus has given a whole new meaning to
my life." In general though, the nasties get the best results.
have meat they will give away. They are anxious to give to church children's
programs and things like that. In most states, there is a law that if the
slab of meat touches the ground, they have to throw it away. Drop around meat
houses late in the day and trip a few trucks.
Fishermen always have
hundreds of pounds of fish that have to be thrown out. You can have as much
as you can cart away, generally just for the asking. Boats come in late in
the afternoon and they'll give you some of the catch, or you can go to the
markets early in the morning when the fishing is best.
These methods of getting
food in large quantities can only be appreciated by those who have tried it.
You will be totally baffled by the unbelievable quantities of food that will
be laid on you and with the ease of panhandling.
Investing in a freezer
will allow you to bi-weekly or even monthly trips to the wholesale markets
and you'll get the freshest foods to boot. Nothing can beat getting it wholesale
for free. Or is it free for wholesale? In any event, "bon appetit."
Forming a food cooperative
is one of the best ways to promote solidarity and get every kind of food you
need to survive real cheap. It also provides a ready-made bridge for developing
alliances with blacks, Puerto Ricans, chicanos and other groups fighting our
common oppressor on a community level.
Call a meeting of about
20 communes, collectives or community organizations. Set up the ground rules.
There should be a hard-core of really good hustlers that serve as the shopping
or hunting party and another group of people who have their heads together
enough to keep records and run the central distribution center. Two or three
in each group should do it. They can get their food free for the effort. Another
method is to rotate the activity among all members of the conspiracy. The
method you choose depends upon your politics and whether you favor a division
of labor or using the food conspiracy as a training for collective living.
Probably a blend of the two is best, but you'll have to hassle that out for
yourself. The next thing to agree upon is how the operation and all the shit
you get will be paid for. This is dependent on a number of variables, so we'll
map out one scheme and you can modify it to suit your particular situation.
Each member of every commune could be assessed a fee for joining. You want
to get together about $2,000, so at 200 members, this is ten bucks a piece.
After the joining fee, each person or group has to pay only for the low budget
food they order, but some loot is needed to get things rolling. The money
goes to getting a store front or garage, a cheap truck, some scales, freezers,
bags, shelving, chopping blocks, slicer and whatever else you need. You can
get great deals by looking in the classified ads of the local overground newspaper
and checking for restaurants or markets going out of business. Remember the
idea of a conspiracy is to get tons of stuff at real low prices or free into
a store front, and then break it down into smaller units for each group and
eventually each member. The freezers allow you to store perishables for a
The hunting party should
be well acquainted with how to rip off shit totally free and where all the
best deals are to be found. They should know what food is seasonal and about
nutritional diets. There is a lot to learn, such as where to get raw grains
in 100 pounds lots and how to cut up a side of beef. A good idea is to get
a diet freak to give weekly talks in the store front. There can also be cooking
lessons taught, especially to men, so women can get out of the kitchen.
Organizing a community
around a basic issue of survival, such as food, makes a lot of nitty gritty
sense. After your conspiracy gets off the ground and looks permanent, you
should seek to expand it to include more members and an emergency food fund
should be set up in case something happens in the community. There should
also be a fund whereby the conspiracy can sponsor free community dinners tied
into celebrations. Get it together and join the fight for a world-wide food
conspiracy. Seize the steak!
There are hundreds of
good paperback cook books with nutritional cheap recipes available in any
bookstore. Cooking is a vastly overrated skill. The following are a few all-purpose
dishes that are easy to make, nutritional and cheap as mud pies. You can add
or subtract many of the ingredients for variety.
Hog Farm Granola Breakfast (Road Hog Crispies)
½ c millet 2 c raw oats
½ c cracked wheat 1 c rye flakes
½ c buckwheat groats 1 c wheat flakes
½ c wheat germ 1 c dried fruits and/or nuts
½ c sunflower seeds 3 tbs soy oil
¼ c sesame seeds 1 c honey
2 tbs cornmeal
Boil the millet in a
double boiler for 1/2 hour. Mix in a large bowl all the ingredients including
the millet. The soy oil and honey should be heated in a saucepan over a low
flame until bubbles form. Spread the cereal in a baking pan and cover with
the honey syrup. Toast in oven until brown. Stir once or twice so that all
the cereal will be toasted. Serve plain or with milk. Refrigerate portion
not used in a covered container. Enough for ten to twenty people. Make lots
and store for later meals. All these ingredients can be purchased at any health
store in a variety of quantities. You can also get natural sugar if you need
a sweetener. If bought and made in quantity, this fantastically healthy breakfast
food will be cheaper than the brand name cellophane that passes for cereal.
Whole Earth Bread
1 c oats, corn meal, or wheat germ 2 tsp salt
1½ c water (warm) 2 egg yolks
¼ c sugar (raw is best) 4 c flour
1 pkg active dry yeast _ c corn oil
1 c dry milk or butter
Stir lightly in a large
bowl the oats, cornmeal or wheat germ (depending on the flavor bread you desire),
the water and sugar. Sprinkle in the yeast and wait 10 minutes for the yeast
to do its thing. Add salt, egg yolks, corn oil and dry milk. Mix with a fork.
Blend in the flour. The dough should be dry and a little lumpy. Cover with
a towel and leave in a warm place for a half hour. Now mash, punch, blend
and kick the dough and return it covered to its warm place. The dough will
double in size. When this happens, separate the dough into two even masses
and mash each one into a greased bread (loaf) pan. Cover the pans and let
sit until the dough rises to the top of the pans. Bake for 40-45 minutes in
a 350 degree oven that has not been pre-heated. A shallow tray of water in
the bottom of the oven will keep the bread nice and moist. When you remove
the pans from the oven, turn out the bread into a rack and let it cool off.
Once you get the hang of it, you'll never touch ready-made bread, and it's
a gas seeing yeast work.
Salad can be made by
chopping up almost any variety of vegetables, nuts and fruits including the
stuff you panhandled at the back of supermarkets; dandelions, shav, and other
wild vegetables; and goods you ripped off inside stores or from large farms.
A neat fresh dressing consists of one part of oil, two parts wine vinegar,
finely chopped garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Mix up the ingredients in a
bottle and add to the salad as you serve it. Russian dressing is simply mayonnaise
and ketchup mixed.
Yogurt is one of the
most nutritional foods in the world. The stuff you buy in stores has preservatives
added to it reducing its health properties and increasing the cost. Yogurt
is a bacteria that spreads throughout a suitable culture at the correct temperature.
Begin by going to a Turkish or Syrian restaurant and buying some yogurt to
go. Some restaurants boast of yogurt that goes back over a hundred years.
Put it in the refrigerator.
Now prepare the culture
in which the yogurt will multiply. The consistency you want will determine
what you use. A milk culture will produce thin yogurt, while sweet cream will
make a thicker batch. It's the butter fat content that determines the consistency
and also the number of calories. Half milk and half cream combines the best
of both worlds. Heat a quart of half and half on a low flame until just before
the boiling point and remove from the stove. This knocks out other bacteria
that will compete with the yogurt. Now take a tablespoon of the yogurt you
got from the restaurant and place it in the bottom of a bowl (not metal).
Now add the warm liquid. Cover the bowl with a lid and wrap tightly with a
heavy towel. Place the bowl in a warm spot such as on top of a radiator or
in a sunny window. A turned-off oven with a tray of boiling water placed in
it will do well. Just let the bowl sit for about 8 hours (overnight). The
yogurt simply grows until the whole bowl is yogurt. Yippie! It will keep in
the refrigerator for about two weeks before turning sour, but even then, the
bacteria will produce a fresh batch of top quality. Remember when eating it
to leave a little to start the next batch. For a neat treat add some honey
and cinnamon and mix into the yogurt before serving. Chopped fruit and nuts
are also good.
Rice and Cong Sauce
1 c brown rice vegetables
2 c water 2½ tbs soy sauce
Bring the water to a
boil in a pot and add the salt and rice. Cover and reduce flame. Cooking time
is about 40 minutes or until rice has absorbed all the water. Meanwhile, in
a well-greased frying pan, saute a variety of chopped vegetables you enjoy.
When they become soft and brownish, add salt and 2 cups of water. Cover with
a lid and lower flame. Simmer for about 40 minutes, peeking to stir every
once in a while. Then add 2 1/2 tbs of soy sauce, stir and cook another 10
minutes. The rice should be just cooling off now, so add the sauce to the
top of it and serve. Great for those long guerrilla hikes. This literally
makes up almost the entire diet of the National Liberation Front fighter.
1 lb red kidney beans 2 tbs parsley (chopped)
2 quarts water ½ lb pork, smoked sausage
1 onion (chopped) or ham hock
1 tbs celery (chopped) 1 lg bay leaf
1 tsp garlic (minced) salt to season
Rinse the beans, then
place in covered pot and add water and salt. Cook over low flame. While cooking,
chop up meat and brown in a frying pan. Add onion, celery, garlic and parsley
and continue sauteing over low flame. Add the pieces of meat, vegetables and
bay leaf to the beans and cook covered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. It may be necessary
to add more water if the beans get too dry. Fifteen minutes before beans are
done, mash about a half cup of the stuff against the side of the pan to thicken
the liquid. Pour the beans and liquid over some steaming rice that you've
made by following the directions above. This should provide a cheap nutritional
meal for about 6 people.
2 lobsters 2 qts water
seaweed ¼ lb butter
Steal two lobsters,
watching out for the claw thingies. Beg some seaweed from any fish market.
Cop the butter using the switcheroo method described in the Supermarket section
above. When you get home, boil the water in a large covered pot and drop in
the seaweed and then the lobsters. Put the cover back on and cook for about
20 minutes. Melt the butter in a sauce pan and dip the lobster pieces in it
as you eat. With a booster box, described later you'll be able to rip off
a bottle of vintage Pouilly-Fuisse in a fancy liquor store. Really, rice is
FREE CLOTHING & FURNITURE
If shoplifting food
seems easy, it's nothing compared to the snatching of clothing. Shop only
the better stores. Try thing on in those neat secluded stalls. The less bulky
items such as shirts, vests, belts and socks can be tied around your waist
or leg with large rubber bands if needed. Just take a number of items in and
come out with a few less.
In some cities there
are still free stores left over from the flower power days. Churches often
have give-away clothing programs. You can impersonate a clergyman and call
one of the large clothing manufacturers in your area. They are usually willing
to donate a case or two of shirts, trousers or underwear to your church raffle
or drive to dress up skid row. Be sure to get your sizes. Tell them "your
boy" will pick up the blessed donation and you'll mention his company in the
If you notice people
moving from an apartment or house, ask them if they'll be leaving behind clothing.
They usually abandon all sorts of items including food, furniture and books.
Offer to help them carry out stuff if you can keep what they won't be taking.
Make the rounds of a
fancy neighborhood with a truck and some friends. Ring doorbells and tell
the person who answers that you are collecting wearable clothing for the "poor
homeless victims of the recent tidal wave in Quianto a small village in Saudi
Arabia." You get the pitch. Make it food and clothing, and say you're with
a group called Heartline for Decency. A phony letter from a church might help
The Salvation Army does
this, and you can pick up clothes from them at very cheap prices. You can
get a pair of snappy casual shoes for 25 cents in many bowling alleys by walking
out with them on your feet. If you have to leave your shoes as a deposit,
leave the most beat-up pair you can find.
Notice if your friends
have lost or gained weight. A big change means a lot of clothes doing nothing
but taking up closet space. Show up at dormitories when college is over for
the summer or winter season. Go to the train or bus stations and tell them
you left your raincoat, gloves or umbrella when you came into town. They'll
take you to a room with thousands of unclaimed items. Pick out what you like.
While there, notice a neat suitcase or trunk and memorize the markings. Later
a friend can claim the item. There will be loads of surprises in any suitcase.
We have a close friend who inherited ten kilos of grass this way.
Large laundry and dry
cleaning chains usually have thousands of items that have gone unclaimed.
Manufacturers also have shirts, dresses and suits for rockbottom prices because
of a crooked seam or other fuck-up. Stores have reduced rates on display models:
Mannequins are mostly all size 40 for men and 10 for women. Size 7 1/2 is
the standard display size for men's shoes. If you are these sizes, you can
get top styles for less than half price.
The Vietnamese and people
throughout the Third World make a fantastically durable and comfortable pair
of sandals out of rubber tires. They cut out a section of the outer tire (trace
around the outside of the foot with a piece of chalk) which when trimmed forms
the sole. Next 6 slits re made in the sole so the rubber straps can be criss-crossed
and slid through the slits. The straps are made out of inner tubing. No nails
are needed. If you have wide feet, use the new wide tread low profiles. For
hard going, try radials. For best satisfaction and quality, steal the tires
off a pig car or a government limousine.
Let's face it, if you
really are into beating the clothing problem, move to a warm climate and run
around naked. Skin is absolutely free, and will always be in style. Speaking
of style, the midi and the maxi have obvious advantages when it comes to shoplifting
and transporting weapons or bombs.
Apartment lobbies are
good for all kinds of neat furniture. If you want to get fancy about it, rent
a truck (not one that says U-HAUL-IT or other rental markings) and make the
pick-up with moving-man-type uniforms. When schools are on strike and students
hold seminars and debate into the night, Yippies can be found going through
the dorm lobbies and storage closets hauling off couches, desks, printing
supplies, typewriters, mimeos, etc. to store in secret underground nests.
A nervy group of Yippies in the Midwest tried to swipe a giant IBM 360 computer
while a school was in turmoil. All power to those that bring a wheelbarrow
Check into a high-class
hotel or motel remembering to dress like the wallpaper. Carry a large dummy
suitcase with you and register under a phony name. Make sure you and not the
bellboy carry this bag. Use others as a decoy. When you get inside the room,
grab everything you can stuff in the suitcase: radio, T.V. sets (even if it
has a special plug you can cut it with a knife and replace the cord), blankets,
toilet paper, glasses, towels, sheets, lamps, (forget the imitation Winslow
Homer on the wall) a Bible, soap and toss rugs. Before you leave (odd hours
are best) hang the DO NOT DISTURB sign on your doorknob. This will give you
an extra few hours to beat it across the border or check into a new hotel.
buildings throw out stoves, tables, lamps, refrigerators and carpeting. In
most cities, each area has a day designated for discarding bulk objects. Call
the Sanitation Department and say you live in that part of town which would
be putting out the most expensive shit and find out the pick-up day. Fantastic
buys can be found cruising the streets late at night. Check out the backs
of large department stores for floor models, window displays and slightly
damaged furniture being discarded.
Construction sites are
a good source for building materials to construct furniture. (Not to mention
explosives.) The large wooden cable spools make great tables. Cinderblocks,
bricks and boards can quickly be turned into a sharp looking bookcase. Doors
make tables. Nail kegs convert into stools or chairs. You can also always
find a number of other supplies hanging around like wiring, pipes, lighting
fixtures and hard hats. And don't forget those blinking signs and the red
lanterns for your own light show. Those black oil-fed burners are O.K. for
cooking, although smoky, and highway flares are swell for making fake dynamite
Certainly one of the
neatest ways of getting where you want to go for nothing is to hitch. In the
city it's a real snap. Just position yourself at a busy intersection and ask
the drivers for a lift when they stop for the red light. If you're hitching
on a road where the traffic zooms by pretty fast, be sure to stand where the
car will have room to safely pull off the road. Traveling long distances,
even cross-country, can be easy if you have some sense of what you are doing.
A lone hitch-hiker will
do much better than two or more. A man and woman will do very well together.
Single women are certain to get propositioned and possibly worse. Amerikan
males have endless sexual fantasies about picking up a poor lonesome damsel
in distress. Unless your karate and head are in top form, women should avoid
hitching alone. Telling men you have V.D. might help in difficult situations.
New England and the
entire West Coast are the best sections for easy hitches. The South and Midwest
can sometimes be a real hassle. Easy Rider and all that. The best season to
hitch is in the summer. Daytime is much better than night. If you have to
hitch at night, get under some type of illumination where you'll be seen.
Hitch-hiking is legal
in most states, but remember you always can get a "say-so" bust. A "say-so"
arrest is to police what Catch-22 is to the Army. When you ask why you're
under arrest, the pig answers, "cause I say-so." If you stand on the shoulder
of the road, the pigs won't give you too bad a time. If you've got long hair,
cops will often stop to play games. You can wear a hat with your hair tucked
under to avoid hassles. However this might hurt your ability to get rides,
since many straights will pick up hippies out of curiosity who would not pick
up a straight scruffy looking kid. Freak drivers usually only pick up other
Once in a while you
hear stories of fines levied or even a few arrests for hitching (Flagstaff,
Arizona is notorious), but even in the states where it is illegal, the law
is rarely enforced. If you're stopped by the pigs, play dumb and they'll just
tell you to move along. You can wait until they leave and then let your thumb
hang out again.
Hitchin on super highways
is really far out. It's illegal but you won't get hassled if you hitch at
the entrances. On a fucked-up exit, take your chances hitching right on the
road, but keep a sharp eye out for porkers. When you get a ride be discriminating.
Find out where the driver is headed. If you are at a good spot, don't take
a ride under a hundred miles that won't end up in a location just as good.
When the driver is headed to an out-of-the-way place, ask him to let you off
where you can get the best rides. If he's going to a particularly small town,
ask him to drive you to the other side of thy town line. It's usually only
a mile or two. Small towns often enforce all sorts of "say-so" ordinances.
If you get stuck on the wrong side of town, it would be wise to even hoof
it through the place. Getting to a point on the road where the cars are inter-city
rather than local traffic is always preferable.
When you hit the road
you should have a good idea of how to get where you are going. You can pick
up a free map at any gas station. Long distance routes, road conditions, weather
and all sorts of information can be gotten free by calling the American Automobile
Association in any city. Say that you are a member driving to Phoenix, Arizona
or wherever your destination is, and find out what you want to know. Always
carry a sign indicating where you are going. If you get stranded on the road
without one, ask in a diner or gas station for a piece of cardboard and a
magic marker. Make the letters bold and fill them in so they can be seen by
drivers from a distance. If your destination is a small town, the sign should
indicate the state. For really long distances, EAST or WEST is best. Unless,
of course, you're going north or south. A phony foreign flag sewed on your
pack also helps.
Carrying dope is not
advisable, and although searching you is illegal, few pigs can read the Constitution.
If you are carrying when the patrol car pulls up, tell them you are Kanadian
and hitching through Amerika. Highway patrols are very uptight about promoting
incidents with foreigners. The foreign bit goes over especially well with
small-town types, and is also amazingly good for avoiding hassles with greasers.
If you can't hack this one, tell them you are a reporter for a newspaper writing
a feature story on hitching around the country. This story has averted many
Don't be shy when you
hitch. Go into diners and gas stations and ask people if they're heading East
or to Texas. Sometimes gas station attendants will help. When in the car be
friendly as hell. Offer to share the driving if you've got a license. If you're
broke, you can usually bum a meal or a few bucks, maybe even a free night's
lodging. Never be intimidated into giving money for a ride.
As for what to carry
when hitching, the advice is to travel light. The rule is to make up a pack
of the absolute minimum, then cut that in half. Hitching is an art form as
is all survival. Master it and you'll travel on a free trip forever.
There is a way to hitch
long distances that has certain advantages over letting your thumb hang out
for hours on some two-laner. Learn about riding the trains and you'll always
have that alternative. Hitchhiking at night can be impossible, but hopping
a is easier at night than by day. By hitchhiking days and hopping freights
and sleeping on them at night, you can cover incredible distances rapidly
and stay well rested. Every city and most large towns have a freight yard.
You can find it by following the tracks or asking where the freight yard is
When you get to the
yard, ask the workmen when the next train leaving in your direction will be
pulling out. Unlike the phony Hollywood image, railroad men are nice to folks
who drop by to grab a ride. Most yards don't have a guard or a "bull" as they
are called. Even if they do, he is generally not around. If there is a bull
around, the most he's going to do is tell you it's private property and ask
you to leave. There are exceptions to this rule, such as the notorious Lincoln,
Nebraska, and Las Vegas, Nevada, but by asking you can find out. Even if he
asks you to leave or throws you out, sneak back when your train is pulling
out and jump aboard.
After you've located
the right train for your trip, hunt for an empty boxcar to ride. The men in
the yards will generally point one out if you ask. Pig-sties, flat cars and
coal cars are definitely third class due to exposure to the elements. Boxcars
are by far the best. They are clean and the roof over your head helps in bad
weather and cuts down the wind. Boxcars with a hydro-cushion suspension system
used for carrying fragile cargo make for the smoothest ride. Unless you get
one, you should be prepared for a pretty bumpy and noisy voyage.
You should avoid cars
with only one door open, because the pin may break, locking you in. A car
with both doors open gives you one free chance. Pig-backs (trailers on flatcars)
are generally considered unsafe. Most trains make a number of short hops,
so if time is an important factor try to get on a "hot shot" express. A hot
shot travels faster and has priority over other trains in crowded yards. You
should favor a hot shot even if you have to wait an extra hour or two or more
to get one going your way.
If you're traveling
at night, be sure to dress warmly. You can freeze your ass off. Trains might
not offer the most comfortable ride, but they go through beautiful countryside
that you'd never see from the highway or airway. There are no billboards,
road signs, cops, Jack-in-the-Boxes, gas stations or other artifacts of honky
culture. You'll get dirty on the trains so wear old clothes. Don't pass up
this great way to travel cause some bullshit western scared you out of it.
If you know how to drive
and want to travel long distances, the auto transportation agencies are a
good deal. Look in the Yellow Pages under Automobile Transportation and Trucking
or Driveway. Rules vary, but normally you must be over 21 and have a valid
license. Call up and tell them when and where you want to go and they will
let you know if they have a car available. They give you the car and a tank
of gas free. You pay the rest. Go to pick up the car alone, then get some
people to ride along and help with the driving and expenses. You can make
New York to San Francisco for about eighty dollars in tolls and gas in four
days without pushing. Usually you have the car for longer and can make a whole
thing out of it. You must look straight when you go to the agency. This can
be simply be done by wetting down your hair and shoving it under a cap.
Another good way to
travel cheaply is to find somebody who has a car and is going your way. Usually
underground newspapers list people who either want rides or riders. Another
excellent place to find information is your local campus. Every campus has
a bulletin board for rides. Head shops and other community-minded stores have
notices up on the wall.
If you have a car and
need some gas late at night you can get a quart and then some by emptying
the hoses from the pumps into your tank. There is always a fair amount of
surplus gas left when the pumps are shut off.
If your traveling in
a car and don't have enough money for gas and tolls, stop at the bus station
and see if anybody wants a lift. If you find someone, explain your money situation
and make a deal with him. Hitch-hikers also can be asked to chip in on the
You can carry a piece
of tubing in the trunk of your car and when the gas indicator gets low, pull
up to a nice looking Cadillac on some dark street and syphon off some of his
gas. Just park your car so the gas tank is next to the Caddy's, or use a large
can. Stick the hose into his tank, suck up enough to get things flowing, and
stick the other end into your tank. Having a lower level of liquid, you tank
will draw gas until you and the Caddy are equal. "To each according to his
need, from each according to his ability," wrote Marx. Bet you hadn't realized
until now that the law of gravity affects economics.
Another way is to park
in a service station over their filler hole. Lift off one lid (like a small
manhole cover), run down twenty feet of rubber tubing thru the hole you've
cut in your floorboard, then turn on the electric pump which you have installed
to feed into your gas tank. All they ever see is a parked car. This technique
is especially rewarding when you have a bus.
If you'd rather leave
the driving and the paying to them, try swiping a ride on the bus. Here's
a method that has worked well. Get a rough idea of where the bus has stopped
before it arrived at your station. If you are not at the beginning or final
stop on the route, wait until the bus you want pulls in and then out of the
station. Make like the bus just pulled off without you while you went to the
bathroom. If there is a station master, complain like crazy to him. Tell him
you're going to sue the company if your luggage gets stolen. He'll put you
on the next bus for free. If there is no station master, lay your sad tale
on the next driver that comes along. If you know when the last bus left, just
tell the driver you've been stranded there for eight hours and you left your
kid sleeping on the other bus. Tell him you called ahead to the company and
they said to grab the next bus and they would take care of it.
The next method isn't
totally free but close enough. It's called the hopper-bopper. Find a bus that
makes a few stops before it gets to where you want to go. The more stops with
people getting in our out the better. Buy a ticket for the short hop and stay
on the bus until you end up at your destination. You must develop a whole
style in order to pull this off because the driver has to forget you are connected
with the ticket you gave him. Dress unobtrusively or make sure the driver
hasn't seen your face. Pretend to be asleep when the short hop station is
reached. If you get questioned, just act upset about sleeping through the
stop you "really" want and ask if it's possible to get a ride back.
Up and away, junior
outlaws! If you really want to get where you're going in a hurry, don't forget
skyjacker's paradise. Don't forget the airlines. They make an unbelievable
amount of bread on their inflated prices, ruin the land with incredible amounts
of polluting wastes and noise, and deliberately hold back aviation advances
that would reduce prices and time of flight. We know two foolproof methods
to fly free, but unfortunately we feel publishing them would cause the airlines
to change their policy. The following methods have been talked about enough,
so the time seems right to make them known to a larger circle of friends.
A word should be said
right off about stolen tickets. Literally millions of dollars worth of airline
tickets are stolen each year. If you have good underworld contacts, you can
get a ticket to anywhere you want at one-fourth the regular price. If you
are charged more, you are getting a slight rooking. In any case, you can get
a ticket for any flight or date and just trade it in. They are actually as
good as cash, except that it takes 30 days to get a refund, and by then they
might have traced the stolen tickets. If you can get a stolen ticket, exchange
or use it as soon as possible, and always fly under a phony name. A stolen
ticket for a trip around the world currently goes for one hundred and fifty
dollars in New York.
One successful scheme
requires access to the mailbox of a person listed in the local phone book.
Let's use the name Ron Davis as an example. A woman calls one of the airlines
with a very efficient sounding rap such as: "Hello, this is Mr. Davis' secretary
at Allied Chemical. He and his wife would like to fly to Chicago on Friday.
Could you mail two first-class tickets to his home and bill us here at Allied?"
Every major corporation probably has a Ron Davis, and the airlines rarely
bother checking anyway. Order your tickets two days before you wish to travel,
and pick them up at the mailbox or address you had them sent to. If you are
uptight in the airport about the tickets, just go up to another airline and
have the tickets exchanged.
One gutsy way to hitch
a free ride is to board the plane without a ticket. This is how it works.
Locate the flight you want and rummage through a wastebasket until you find
an envelope for that particular airline. Shuffle by the counter men (which
is fairly easy if it's busy). When the boarding call is made, stand in line
and get on the plane. Flash the empty envelope at the stewardess as you board
the plane. Carry a number of packages as a decoy, so the stewardess won t
ask you to open the envelope. If she does, which is rare, and sees you have
no ticket, act surprised. "Oh my gosh, it must have fallen out in the wash
room," will do fine. Run back down the ramp as if you're going to retrieve
the ticket. Disappear and try later on a different airline. Nine out of ten
revolutionaries say it's the only way to fly. This trick works only on airlines
that don't use the boarding pass system.
If you want to be covered
completely, use the hopper-bopper method described in the section on Buses,
with this added security precaution. Buy two tickets from different cashiers,
or better still, one from an agent in town. Both will be on the same flight.
Only one ticket will be under a phony name and for the short hop, white the
ticket under your real name will be for your actual destination. At the boarding
counter, present the short hop ticket. You will be given an envelope with
a white receipt in it. Actually, the white receipt is the last leaf in your
ticket. Once you are securely seated and aloft, take out the ticket with your
name and final destination. Gently peel away everything but the white receipt.
Place the still valid ticket back in your pocket. Now remove from the envelope
and destroy the short hop receipt. In its place, put the receipt for the ticket
you have in your pocket.
When you land at the
short hop airport, stay on the plane. Usually the stewardesses just ask you
if you are remaining on the flight. If you have to, you can actually show
her your authentic receipt. When you get to your destination, you merely put
the receipt back on the bonafide ticket that you still have in your pocket.
It isn't necessary that they be glued together. Present the ticket for a refund
or exchange it for another ticket. This method works well even in foreign
countries. You can actually fly around the world for $88.00 using the hopper-bopper
method and switching receipts.
If you can't hack these
shucks you should at least get a Youth Card and travel for half fare. If you
are over twenty-two but still in your twenties, you can easily pass. Get a
card from a friend who has similar color hair and eyes. Your friend can easily
get one from another airline. You can master your friend's signature and get
a supporting piece of identification from him to back up your youth card if
you find it necessary. If you have a friend who works for an airline or travel
agency, just get a card under your own name and an age below the limit. Your
friend can validate the card. Flying youth fare is on stand-by, so it's always
a good idea to call ahead and book a number of reservations under fictitious
names on the flight you'll be taking. This will fuck up the booking of regular
passengers and insure you a seat.
By the way, if you fly
cross-country a number of times, swipe one of the plug-in head sets. Always
remember to pack it in your traveling bag. This way you'll save a two dollar
fee charged for the in-flight movie. The headsets are interchangeable on all
One way to fly free
is to actually hitch a ride. Look for the private plane area located at every
airport, usually in some remote part of the field. You can find it by noticing
where the small planes without airline markings take off and land. Go over
to the runways and ask around. Often the mechanics will let you know when
someone is leaving for your destination and point out a pilot. Tell him you
lost your ticket and have to get back to school. Single pilots often like
to have a passenger along and it's a real gas flying in a small plane.
Some foreign countries
have special arrangements for free air travel to visiting writers, artists
or reporters. Brazil and Argentina are two we know of for sure. Call or write
the embassy of the country you wish to visit in Washington or their mission
to the United Nations in New York. Writing works best, especially if you can
cop some stationery from a newspaper or publishing house. Tell them you will
be writing a feature story for some magazine on the tourist spots or handcrafts
of the country. The embassy will arrange for you to travel gratis aboard one
of their air force planes. The planes leave only from Washington and New York
at unscheduled times. Once you have the O.K. letter from the embassy you're
all set. This is definitely worth checking out if you want to vacation in
a foreign country with all sorts of free bonuses thrown in.
A one-way ride is easy
if you want to get into skyjacking. Keep the piece or knife in your shoe to
avoid possible detection with the "metal scanner," a long black tube that
acts like a geiger counter. Or use a plastic knife or bomb. It's also advisable
to wrap your dope in a non-metallic material. Avoid tinfoil.
The crews have instructions
to take you wherever you want to go even if they have to refuel, but watch
out for air marshals. To avoid air marshals and searches pick an airline which
flies short domestic hops. You should plan to end up in a country hostile
to the United States or you'll end up right back where you came from in some
sturdy handcuffs. One dude wanted to travel in style so he demanded $100,000
as a going-away gift. The airlines quickly paid off. The guy then got greedy
and demanded a hundred million dollars. When he returned to pick up the extra
pocket money, he got nabbed. None the less, skyjacking appears to be the cheapest,
fastest way to get away from it all.
IN CITY TRAVEL
Any of the public means
of transportation can be ripped off easily. Get on the bus with a large bill
and present it after the bus has left the stop. If the bus is crowded, slip
in the back door when it opens to dispatch passengers.
Two people can easily
get through the turnstile in a subway on one token by doubling up. In some
subway systems cards are given out to high school kids or senior citizens
or employees of the city. The next time you are in a subway station notice
people flashing cards to the man in the booth and entering through the "exit"
door. Notice the color of the card used by people in your age group. Get a
piece of colored paper in a stationery store or find some card of the same
color you need. Put this "card" in a plastic window of your wallet and flash
it in the same way those with a bona fide pass do.
Before entering a turnstile,
always test the swing bar. If someone during the day put in an extra token,
it's still in the machine waiting for you to enter free.
For every token and
coin deposited in an automatic turnstile, there is a foreign coin the same
size for much less that will work in the machine. (See the Yippie Currency
Exchange, following, for more info.) Buy a cheap bag of assorted foreign coins
from a dealer that you can locate in the Yellow Pages. Size up the coins with
a token from your subway system. You can get any of these coins in bulk from
a large dealer. Generally they are about l,000 for five dollars. Tell him
you make jewelry out of them if he gets suspicious. Giving what almost amounts
to free subway rides away is a communal act of love. The best outlaws in the
world rip-off shit for a lot more people than just themselves. Robin Hood
Despite what you may
have heard, there is still some rural land left in Amerika. The only really
free land is available in Alaska and remote barren areas of the western states.
The latest information in this area is found in a periodic publication called
Our Public Lands, available from the Superintendent of Documents, Washington,
D.C. 20402. It costs $1.00 for a subscription. Also contact the U.S. Department
of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Washington, D.C. 20240 and ask
for information on "homesteading." By the time this book is out though, the
Secretary of the Interior's friends in the oil companies might have stolen
all the available free land. Being an oil company is about the easiest way
to steal millions. Never call it stealing though, always refer to it as "research
Continental United States
has no good free land that we know of, but there are some very low prices
in areas suited for country communities. Write to School of Living, Freeland,
Maryland, for their newspaper Green Revolution with the latest information
in this area. Canada has free land available, and the Canadian government
will send you a free list if you write to the Department of Land and Forests,
Parliament Building, Quebec City, Canada. Also write to the Geographical Branch,
Department of Mines and Technical Surveys, Parliament Building, Quebec City,
Canada. Correspondence can be carried out with the Communications Group, 2630
Point Grey Road, Vancouver 8, British Columbia, Canada, for advice on establishing
a community in Canada. The islands off the coast of British Columbia, its
western region and the area along the Kootenai River are among the best locations.
If you just want to
rip off some land, there are two ways to do it; openly or secretly. If you
are going to do it out front, look around for a piece of land that's in dispute,
which has its sovereignty in question-islands and deltas between the U.S.
and Canada, or between the U.S. and Mexico, or any number of other borderline
lands. You might even consider one of the abandoned oil-drilling platforms,
which are fair game under high seas salvage laws. The possibilities are endless.
If you intend to do
it quietly, you will want a completely different type of location. Find a
rugged area with lots of elbow room and plenty of places to hide, like the
Rocky Mountains, Florida swamps, Death Valley, or New York City. Put together
a tight band of guerrillas and do your thing. With luck you will last forever.
If you just want to
camp out or try some hermit living in the plushest surroundings available,
you'll do best to head for one of the national parks. Since the parks are
federal property, there's very little the local fuzz can do about you, and
the forest rangers are generally the live-and-let-live types, although there
have been increasing reports of long-hairs being vamped on by Smokey the Pig,
as in Yosemite. You can get a complete list from National Park Service, Department
of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240. The following is a list of some good
- ALABAMA-Russell Cave National
Monument, Bridgeport 35740
- ARIZONA-Grand Canyon National
Park, Box 129, Grand Canyon 86023
- ARKANSAS-Hot Springs National
Park, Box 1219, Hot Springs 71901
- CALIFORNIA-Yosemite National
Park, Box 577, Yosemite 95389*
- COLORADO-Rocky Mountain National
Park, Estes Park, 80517
- FLORIDA-Everglades National
Park, Box 279, Homestead 33030
- IDAHO-Boise National Forest,
413 Idaho Street, Boise 83702
- ILLINOIS-Shawnee National Forest,Harrisburg
National Bank Building, Harrisburg 62946
- KENTUCKY-Mammoth Cave National
Park, Mammoth Cave 42259
- LOUISIANA-Kisatchie National
Forest, 2500 Shreveport Hwy., Pineville 71360
- MAINE-Acadia National Park,
Box 338, Bar Harbor 04609
- MARYLAND-Assateague Island National
Seashore, Rte. 2 Box 111, Berlin 21811
- MASSACHUSETTS-Cape Cod National
Seashore, South Wellfleet 02663
- MICHIGAN-Hiawatha National Forest,
Post Office Building, Escanaba 49829
- MISSOURI-Mark Twain National
Forest, 304 Pershing St., Springfield 65806
- NEVADA-Lake Mead National Recreation
Area, 601 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City 89005
- NEW MEXICO-Aztec Ruins National
Monument, Route 1, Box 101, Aztec 87410
- NEW YORK-Fire Island National
Seashore c/o New York City National Park Service Group, 28 E. 20th St.,
New York, NY 10003
- NORTH CAROLINA-Wright Brothers
National Memorial Box 457, Manteo 27954
- OKLAHOMA-Platt National Park,
Box 201, Sulphur 73086
- OREGON-Crater Lake National
Park, Box 7, Crater Lake 97604
- UTAH-Bryce Canyon National Park,
Bryce Canyon 84717
- WYOMING-Yellowstone National
Park, Yellowstone Park 83020
*This summer Yosemite
forest rangers tried to evict a group of Yippies from their encampment. The
Yippies rioted in the valley, spooked the tourists, burned cars and fought
for their right to stay.
Earth People's Park
is an endeavor to purchase land and allow people to come and live for free.
They function as a clearing house for people that want to donate land and
those who wish to settle. They own 600 acres in northern Vermont and are trying
to raise money to buy more. Write to Earth People's Park, P.0. Box 313, 1230
Grant Ave., San Francisco, California 94133.
People's Parks are sprouting
up all over as people reclaim the land being ripped off by universities, factories,
and corrupt city planning agencies. The model is the People's Park struggle
in Berkeley during the spring of 1969. The people fought to defend a barren
parking lot they had turned into a community center with grass, swings, free-form
sculpture and gardens. The University of California, with the aid of Ronald
Reagan and the Berkeley storm troopers, fought with guns, clubs and tear gas
to regain the land from the outlaw people. The pigs killed James Rector and
won an empty victory. For now the park is fenced off, tarred over and converted
into unused basketball courts and unused parking lots. Not one person has
violated the oath never to set foot on the site. It stands, cold and empty,
two blocks north of crowded Telegraph Avenue. If the revolution does not survive,
all the land will perish under the steam roller of imperialism. People's Death
Valley will happen in our lifetime.
If you are in a city
without a place to stay, ask the first group of hip-looking folks where you
can crash. You might try the office of the local underground newspaper. In
any hip community, the underground newspaper is generally the source of the
best up-to-the-moment information. But remember that they are very busy, and
don't impose on them. Many churches now have runaway houses. If you are under
sixteen and can hack some bullshit jive about "adjusting," "opening a dialogue,"
and "things aren't that bad," then these are the best deals for free room
and board. Check out the ground rules first, i.e., length of stay allowed,
if they inform your parents or police, facilities and services available.
Almost always they can be accepted at their word, which is something very
sacred to missionaries. If they became known as double-crossers, the programs
would be finished.
Some hip communities
have crash pads set up, but these rarely last more than a few months. To give
out the addresses we have would be quite impractical. We have never run across
a crash pad that lasted more than a month or so. If in a cit, try hustling
a room at a college dorm. This is especially good in summer or on week-ends.
If you have a sleeping bag, the parks are always good, as is "tar jungle"
or sleeping on the roofs of tall buildings. Local folks will give you some
good advice on what to watch out for and information on vagrancy laws which
might help you avoid getting busted.
For more permanent needs,
squatting is not only free, it's a revolutionary act. If you stay quiet you
can stay indefinitely. If you have community support you may last forever.
In the city or in the
country, communes can be a cheap and enjoyable way of living. Although urban
and rural communes face different physical environments, they share common
group problems. The most important element in communal living is the people,
for the commune will only make it if everyone is fairly compatible. A nucleus
of 4 to 7 people is best and it is necessary that no member feels extremely
hostile to any other member when the commune gets started. The idea that things
will work out later is pig swill. More communes have busted up over incompatibility
than any other single factor. People of similar interests and political philosophies
should live together. One speed freak can wreck almost any group. There are
just too many day-to-day hassles involved living in a commune to not start
off compatible in as many ways as possible. The ideal arrangement is for the
people to have known each other before they move in together.
Once you have made the
opening moves, evening meetings will occasionally be necessary to divide up
the responsibilities and work out the unique problems of a communal family.
Basically, there are two areas that have to be pretty well agreed upon if
the commune is to survive. People's attitudes toward Politics, Sex, Drugs
and Decision-making have to be in fairly close agreement. Then the even most
important decisions about raising the rent, cleaning, cooking and maintenance
will have to be made. Ground rules for inviting non-members should be worked
out before the first time it happens, as this is a common cause for friction.
Another increasingly important issue involves defense. Communes have continually
been targets of attack by the more Neanderthal elements of the surrounding
community. In Minneapolis for example, "headhunts" as they are called are
commonplace. You should have full knowledge of the local gun laws and a collective
defense should be worked out.
Physical attacks are
just one way of making war on communes and, hence, our Free Nation. Laws,
cops, and courts are there to protect the power and the property of those
that already got the shit. Police harassment, strict enforcement of health
codes and fire regulations and the specially designed anti-commune laws being
passed by town elders, should all be known and understood by the members of
a commune before they even buy or rent property. On all these matters, you
should seek out experienced members of communes already established in the
vicinity you wish to settle. Work out mutual defense arrangements with nearby
families-both legal and extralegal. Remember, not only do you have the right
to self-defense, but it is your duty to our new Nation to erase the "Easy-Rider-take-any-shit"
image which invites attack. Let them know you are willing to defend your way
of living and your chances of survival will increase.
If you're headed for
city living, the first thing you'll have to do is locate an apartment or loft,
an increasingly difficult task. At certain times of the year, notably June
and September, the competition is fierce because of students leaving or entering
school. If you can avoid these two months, you'll have a better selection.
A knowledge of your plans in advance can aid a great deal in finding an apartment,
for the area can be scouted before you move in. Often, if you know of people
leaving a desirable apartment, you can make arrangements with the landlord,
and a deposit will hold the place. If you let them know you're willing to
buy their furniture, people will be more willing to give you information about
when they plan to move. Watch out for getting screwed on exorbitant furniture
swindles by the previous tenants and excessive demands on the part of the
landlords. In most cities, the landlord is not legally allowed to ask for
more than one month's rent as security. Often the monthly rent itself is regulated
by a city agency. A little checking on the local laws and a visit to the housing
agency might prove well worth it.
Don't go to a rental
agency unless you are willing to pay an extra month's rent as a fee. Wanted
ads in newspapers and bulletin boards located in community centers and supermarkets
have some leads. Large universities have a service for finding good apartments
for administrators, faculty and students, in that order. Call the university,
say you have just been appointed to such-and-such position and you need housing
in the area. They will want to know all your requirements and rent limitations,
but often they have very good deals available, especially if you've appointed
yourself to a high enough position.
Aside from these, the
best way is to scout a desired area and inquire about future apartments. Often
landlords or rental agencies have control over a number of buildings in a
given area. You can generally find a nameplate inside the hall of the building.
Calling them directly will let you know of any apartments available.
When you get an apartment,
furnishing will be the next step. You can double your sleeping space by building
bunk beds. Nail two by fours securely from ceiling to floor, about three feet
from the walls, where the beds are desired. Then build a frame out of two
by fours at a convenient height. Make sure you use nails or screws strong
enough to support the weight of people sleeping or balling. Nail a sheet of
3/4 inch plywood on the frame. Mattresses and almost all furniture needed
for your pal can be gotten free (see section on Free Furniture). Silverware
can be copped at any self-service restaurant.
If you are considering
moving to the country, especially as a group, you are talking about farms
and farmland. There are some farms for rent, and occasionally a family that
has to be away for a year or two will let you live on their farm if you keep
the place in repair. These can be found advertised in the back of various
farming magazines and in the classified sections of newspapers, especially
the Sunday editions. Generally speaking, however, if you're interested in
a farm, you should be considering an outright purchase.
First, you have to determine
in what part of the country you want to live in terms of the climate you prefer
and how far away from the major cities you wish to locate. The least populated
states, such as Utah, Idaho, the Dakotas, Montana and the like, have the cheapest
prices and the lowest tax rates. The more populated a state, and in turn,
the closer to a city, the higher the commercial value of the land.
There are hundreds of
different types of farms, so the next set of questions you'll have to raise
concerns the type of farm activity you'll want to engage in. Cattle farms
are different than vegetable farms or orchards. Farms come in sizes: from
half an acre to ranches larger than the state of Connecticut. They will run
in price from $30 to $3000 an acre, with the most expensive being prime farmland
in fertile river valleys located close to an urban area. The further away
from the city and the further up a hill, the cheaper the land gets. It also
gets woodier, rockier and steeper, which means less tillable land.
If you are talking of
living in a farm house and maybe having a small garden and some livestock
for your own use, with perhaps a pond on the property, you are looking for
what is called a recreational farm. When you buy a recreational farm, naturally
you are interested in the house, barn, well, fences, chicken-coop, corrals,
woodsheds and other physical structures on the property. Unless these are
in unusually good condition or unique, they do not enter into the sale price
as major factors. It is the land itself that is bought and sold.
Farmland is measured
in acreage; an acre being slightly more than 43,560 square feet. The total
area is measured in 40-acre plots. Thus, if a farmer or a real estate agent
says he has a plot of land down the road, he means a 40-acre farm. Farms are
generally measured this way, with an average recreational farm being 160 acres
in size or an area covering about 1/2 square mile. A reasonable rate for recreational
farmland 100 miles from a major city with good water and a livable house would
be about $50 per acre. For a 160-acre farm, it would be $8,000, which is not
an awful lot considering what you are getting. For an overall view, get the
free catalogues and brochures provided by the United Farm Agency, 612 W. 47th
St., Kansas City, Mo. 64112.
Now that you have a
rough idea of where and what type of farm you want, you can begin to get more
specific. Check out the classified section in the Sunday newspaper of the
largest city near your desired location. Get the phone book and call or write
to real estate agencies in the vicinity. Unlike the city, where there is a
sellers' market, rural estate agents collect their fee from the seller of
the property, so you won't have to worry about the agent's fee.
When you have narrowed
down the choices, the next thing you'll want to look at is the plot book for
the county. The plot book has all the farms in each township mapped out. lt
also shows terrain variations, type of housing on the land, location of rivers,
roads and a host of other pertinent information. Road accessibility, especially
in the winter, is an important factor. If the farms bordering the one you
have selected are abandoned or not in full use, then for all intents and purposes,
you have more land than you are buying.
After doing all this,
you are prepared to go look at the farm itself. Notice the condition of the
auxiliary roads leading to the house. You'll want an idea of what sections
of the land are tillable. Make note of how many boulders you'll have to clear
to do some planting. Also note how many trees there are and to what extent
the brush has to be cut down. Be sure and have a good idea of the insect problems
you can expect. Mosquitoes or flies can bug the shit out of you. Feel the
soil where you plan to have a garden and see how rich it is. If there are
fruit trees, check their condition. Taste the water. Find out if hunters or
tourists come through the land. Examine the house. The most important things
are the basement and the roof. In the basement examine the beams for dry rot
and termites. See how long it will be before the roof must be replaced. Next
check the heating system, the electrical wiring and the plumbing. Then you'll
want to know about services such as schools, snow plowing, telephones, fire
department and finally about your neighbors. If the house is beyond repair,
you might still want the farm, especially if you are good at carpentry. Cabins,
A-Frames, domes and tepees are all cheaply constructed with little experience.
Get the materials from your nearest military installation.
Finally, check out the
secondary structures on the land to see how usable they are. If there is a
pond, you'll want to see how deep it is for swimming. If there are streams,
you'll want to know about the fishing possibilities; and if large wooded areas,
In negotiating the final
sales agreement, you should employ a lawyer. You'll also want to check out
the possibility of negotiating a bank loan for the farm. Don't forget that
you have to pay taxes on the land, so inquire from the previous owner or agent
as to the tax bill. Usually, you can count on paying about $50 annually per
Finally, check out the
federal programs available in the area. If you can learn the ins and outs
of the government programs, you can rip off plenty. The Feed-Grain Program
of the Department of Agriculture pays you not to grow grain. The Cotton Subsidy
Program pays you not to grow cotton. Also look into the Soil Bank Program
of the United States Development Association and various Department of Forestry
programs which pay you to plant trees. Between not planting cotton and planting
trees, you should be able to manage.
LIST OF COMMUNES
The most complete list
of city and country communes is available for $1.00 from Alternatives Foundation,
Modern Utopian, 1526 Gravensteur Highway North, Sebastopol, California 95427.
The phone is (707) 823-6168. The list is kept up to date. For all communes,
you must write in advance if you plan to visit. Almost every commune will
give you information about the local conditions and the problems they face
if you write them a letter. Here is a list of some you might like to write
to for more information. Avoid becoming a free-loader on your sisters and
- ALTERNATIVES FOUNDATION-Box
1264, Berkeley, California 94709. (Dick Fairfield) Communal living,
total sexuality, peak experience training centers. Dedicated to the
- BHODAN CENTER OF INQUIRY-Sierra
Route, Oakhurst, California 93644. Phone (209) 683-4976.. (Charles Davis)
Seminars on Human Community, IC development on the land, founded 1934,
13 members. Trial period for new members. Visitors check in advance.
- DROP CITY-Rt. 1, Box 125,
Trinidad, Colorado 81082. Founded 1965. New members must meet specific
criteria. Anarchist, artist, dome houses.
- New Mexico
- LAMA FOUNDATION-Box 444,
San Cristobal, N.M.
- New York
- CITY ISLAND COMMUNE-284
City Island Avenue, Bronx, NY. Visitors check in advance. Revolutionary.
- ATLANTIS I-RFD 5, Box 22A,
Saugerties, NY 12477. Visitors and new members welcome.
- FAMILY OF MYSTIC ARTS--Box
546, Sunny Valley, Oregon
- TANGUY HOMESTEADS-West Chester,
Pennsylvania. Suburban, non-sectarian, co-op housing and community fellowship.
- MAGIC MOUNTAIN-52nd and
19th Streets, Seattle, Washington. (c/o Miriam Roder).
Usually when you ask
somebody in college why they are there, they'll tell you it's to get an education.
The truth of it is, they are there to get the degree so that they can get
ahead in the rat race. Too many college radicals are two-timing punks. The
only reason you should be in college is to destroy it. If there is stuff that
you want to learn though, there is a way to get a college education absolutely
free. Simply send away for the schedule of courses at the college of your
choice. Make up the schedule you want and audit the classes. In smaller classes
this might be a problem, but even then, if, the teacher is worth anything
at all, he'll let you stay. In large classes, no one will ever object.
If you need books for
a course, write to the publisher claiming you are a lecturer at some school
and considering using their book in your course. They will always send you
There are Free Universities
springing up all over our new Nation. Anybody can teach any course. People
sign up for the courses and sometimes pay a token registration fee. This money
is used to publish a catalogue and pay the rent. If you're on welfare you
don't have to pay. You can take as many or as few courses as you want. Classes
are held everywhere: in the instructor's house, in the park, on the beach,
at one of the student's houses or in liberated buildings. Free Universities
offer courses ranging from Astrology to the Use of Firearms. The teaching
is usually of excellent quality and you'll learn in a community-type atmosphere.
LIST OF FREE UNIVERSITIES
- Alternative University-69 W.
14th St., New York, NY 10011 (catalogue on request)
- Baltimore Free U-c/o Harry,
233 E. 25th St., Baltimore, Maryland 21218
- Berkeley Free U-1703 Grove St.,
Berkeley, California 94709
- Bowling Green Free U-c/o Student
Council, University of Bowling Green, Bowling Green Ohio 43402
- Colorado State Free U-Box 12-Fraisen,
Colorado State College, Greeley, Colorado 80631
- Detroit Area Free U-Student
Union, 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, Michigan 48221
- Detroit Area Free U-343 University
Center, Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.
- Georgetown Free U-Loyola Bldg.,
28, Georgetown University Washington D.C. 20007
- Golden Gate Free U-2120 Market
St., Rm. 206, San Francisco, California 94114
- Heliotrope-2201 Filbert, San
Francisco, California 94118
- Illinois Free U-298A Illini
Union, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois 61820
- Kansas Free U-107 W. 7th St.,
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
- Knox College Free U-Galesbury,
- Madison Free U-c/o P. Carroll,
1205 Shorewood Blvd., Madison, Wisconsin 53705
- Metropolitan State Free U-Associated
Students, 1345 Banrock St., Denver, Colorado 80204
- Michigan State Free U-Associated
Students, Student Service Bldg., Michigan State College, East Lansing, Michigan
- Mid-Peninsula Free U-1060 El
Camino Real, Menlo Park, California 94015
- Minnesota Free U-1817 S. 3rd
St., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
- Monterey Peninsula Free U-2120
Etna Place, Monterey, California New Free U-Box ALL 303, Santa Barbara,
- Northwest Free U-Box 1255, Bellingham,
- Ohio-Wesleyan Free U-Box 47-Welsh
Hall, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delevan, Ohio 43015
- Pittsburgh Free U-4401 Fifth
Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213 Rutgers Free U-Rutgers College, Student
Center, 1 Lincoln Ave., Newark, NJ 07102
- St. Louis Free U-c/o Student
Congress, 3rd floor BMC, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri 63103
- San Luis Obispo Free U-Box 1305,
San Luis Obispo, California 94301
- Santa Cruz Free U-604 River
St., Santa Cruz, California 95060
- Seattle Free U-4144½ University
Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105
- Southern Illinois Free U-Carbondale,
- Valley Free U-2045 N. Wishon
Ave., Fresno, California 93704
- Washington Area Free U-5519
Prospect Place, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20015 and 1854 Park Rd. NW, Washington,
- Wayne-Locke Free U-Student Congress,
University of Texas, Arlington, Texas 76010
And a complete list
of experimental schools, free universities, free schools, can be obtained
by sending one dollar to ALTERNATIVES! 1526 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol,
California 97452, and requesting the Directory of Free Schools.
7. FREE MEDICAL CARE
Due to the efforts of
the Medical Committee for Human Rights, the Student Health Organization and
other progressive elements among younger doctors and nurses. Free People's
Clinics have been happening in every major city. They usually operate out
of store fronts and are staffed with volunteer help. An average clinic can
handle fifty patients a day.
If you've had an accident
or have an acute illness, even a bad cold, check into the emergency room of
any hospital. Given them a sob story complete with phony name and address.
After treatment they present you with a slip and direct you to the cashier.
Just walk on by, as the song suggests. A good decoy is to ask for the washroom.
After waiting there a few moments, split. If you're caught sneaking out, tell
them you ran out of the house without your wallet. Ask them to bill you at
your phony address. This billing procedure works in both hospital emergency
rooms and clinics. You can keep going back for repeated visits up to three
months before the cashier's office tells the doctor about your fractured payments.
You can get speedy medical
advice and avoid emergency room delays by calling the hospital, asking for
the emergency unit and speaking directly to the doctor over the phone. Older
doctors frown on this procedure since they cannot extort their usual exorbitant
fee over the phone. Younger ones generally do not share this hang-up.
Cities usually have
free clinics for a variety of special ailments. Tuberculosis Clinics, Venereal
Disease Clinics, and Free Shot Clinics (yellow fever, polio, tetanus, etc.)
are some of the more common. A directory of these clinics and other free health
services the local community provides can be obtained by writing your Chamber
of Commerce or local Health Department.
Most universities have
clinics connected with their dental, optometry or other specialized medical
schools. If not for free, then certainly for very low rates, you can get dental
work repaired, eyeglasses fitted and treatment of other specific health needs.
Free psychiatric treatment
can often be gotten at the out-patient department of any mental hospital.
Admission into these hospitals is free, but a real bummer. Use them as a last
resort only. Some cities have a suicide prevention center and if you are desperate
and need help, call them. Your best choice in a psychiatric emergency is to
go to a large general hospital, find the emergency unit and ask to see the
psychiatrist on duty.
BIRTH CONTROL CLINICS
Planned Parenthood and
the Family Planning Association staff numerous free birth control clinics
throughout the country. They provide such services as sex education, examinations,
Pap smear and birth control information and devices. The devices include pills,
a diaphragm, or IUD (intra-uterine device) which they will insert. If you
are unmarried and under 18, you might have to talk to a social worker, but
it's no sweat because anybody gets contraceptive devices that wants them.
Call up and ask them to send you their booklets on the different methods of
birth control available.
If you would rather
go to a private doctor, try to find out from a friend the name of a hip gynecologist,
who is sympathetic to the fact that you're low on bread. Otherwise one visit
could cost $25.00 or more.
Before deciding on a
contraceptive, you should be hip to some general information. There has been
much research on the pill, and during the past 10 years it has proven its
effectiveness, if not is safety. The two most famous name brands are Ortho-Novum
and Envoid. They all require a doctor's prescription. Different type pills
are accompanied by slightly different instructions, so read the directions
carefully. In many women, the pills produce side effects such as weight increase,
dizziness or nausea. Sometimes the pill affects your vision and more often
your mood. Some women with specialized blood diseases are advised not to use
them, but in general, women have little or no trouble. Different brand names
have different hormonal balances (progesterone-estrogen). If you get uncomfortable
side effects, insist that your doctor switch your brand. If you stop the pill
method for any reason and don't want to get pregnant, be very careful to use
another means right away.
device becoming more popular is the IUD, or the loop. It is a small plastic
or stainless steel irregularly-shaped spring that the doctor inserts inside
the opening of the uterus. The insertion is not without pain, but it's safe
if done by a physician, and it's second only to the pill in prevention of
pregnancy. Once it's in place, you can forget about it for a few years or
until you wish to get pregnant. Doctors are reluctant to prescribe them for
women who have not borne children or had an abortion, because of the intense
pain that accompanies insertion. But if you can stand the pain associated
with three to four uterine contractions, you should push the doctor for this
method. Inserting it during the last day of your period will make it easier.
The diaphragm is a round
piece of flexible rubber about 2 inches in diameter with a hard rubber rim
on the outside. It used to be inserted just before the sex act, but hip doctors
now recommend that it be worn continuously and taken out every few days for
washing and also during the menstrual period. It is most effective when used
with a sperm-killing jelly or cream. A doctor will fit you for a proper size
The next best method
is the foams that you insert twenty minutes before fucking. The best foams
available are Delfen and Emko. They have the advantage of being nonprescription
items so you can rush into any drug store and pick up a dispenser when the
spirit moves you. Follow the directions carefully. Unfortunately, these foams
taste terrible and are not available in flavors. It just shows you how far
science has to go.
Another device is the
prophylactic, or rubber as it is called. This is the only device available
to men. It is a thin rubber sheath that fits over the penis. Because they
are subject to breaking and sliding off, their effectiveness is not super
great. If you are forced to use them, the best available are lubricated sheepskins
with a reservoir tip.
The rhythm method or
Vatican roulette as it is called by hip Catholics, is a waste unless you are
ready to surround yourself with thermometers, graphs and charts. You also
have to limit your fucking to prescribed days. Even with all these precautions,
women have often gotten pregnant using the rhythm method.
The oldest and least
effective method is simply for the male to pull out just before he comes.
There are billions of sperm cells in each ejaculation and only one is needed
to fertilize the woman's egg and cause a pregnancy. Most of the sperm is in
the first squirt, so you had better be quick if you employ this technique.
If the woman misses
her period she shouldn't panic. It might be delayed because of emotional reasons.
Just wait two weeks before going to a doctor or clinic for a pregnancy test.
When you go, be sure to bring your first morning urine specimen.
The best way to find
out about abortions is to contact your local woman's liberation organization
through your underground newspaper or radio station. Some Family Planning
Clinics and even some liberal churches set up abortions, but these might run
as high as $700. Underground newspapers often have ads that read "Any girl
in trouble call - -," or something similar. The usual rate for an abortion
is about $500 and it's awful hard to bargain when you need one badly. Only
go to a physician who is practicing or might have just lost his license. Forget
the stereotype image of these doctors as they are performing a vital service.
Friends who have had an abortion can usually recommend a good doctor and fill
you in on what's going to happen.
Abortions are very minor
operations if done correctly. They can be done almost any time, but after
three months, it's no longer so casual and more surgical skill is required.
Start making plans as soon as you find out. The sooner the better, in terms
of the operation.
Get a pregnancy test
at a clinic. If it is positive and you want an abortion, start that day to
make plans. If you get negative results from the test and still miss your
period, have a gynecologist perform an examination if you are still worried.
If you cannot arrange
an abortion through woman's liberation, Family Planning, a sympathetic clergyman
or a friend who has had one, search out a liberal hospital and talk to one
of their social workers. Almost all hospitals perform "therapeutic" abortions.
Tell a sob story about the desertion of your boy friend or that you take LSD
every day or that defects run in your family. Act mentally disturbed. If you
qualify, you can get an abortion that will be free under Medicaid or other
welfare medical plans. The safest form of abortion is the vacuum-curettage
method, but not all doctors are hip to it. It is safer and quicker with less
chance of complications than the old-fashioned scrape method.
Many states have recently
passed liberalized abortion laws, such as New York* (by far the most extensive),
Hawaii and Maryland, due to the continuing pressure of radical women. The
battle for abortion and certainly for free abortion is far from over even
in the states with liberal laws. They are far too expensive for the ten to
twenty minute minor operation involved and the red tape is horrendous. Free
abortions must be look-on as a fundamental right, not a sneaky, messy trauma.
*There is a residence
requirement for New York but using a friend's New York address at the hospital
will be good enough. The procedure takes only a few days and costs between
$200 and $500, depending on the place. The best advice is to call one of the
New York Abortion Referral Services or Birth Control Groups listed in the
New York Directory section.
DISEASES TREATED FREE
Syph and Clap (syphilis
and gonorrhea) are two diseases that they are easy to pick up. They come from
balling. Anyone who claims they got it from sitting on a toilet seat must
have a fondness for weird positions.
Both men and women are
subject to the diseases. Using a prophylactic usually will prevent the spreading
of venereal disease, but you should really seek to have it cured. Syphilis
usually begins with an infection which may look like a cold sore or pimple
around the sex organ. There is no pain associated with the lesions. Soon the
sore disappears even without treatment. This is often followed by a period
of rashes on the body (especially the palms of the hands) and inflammation
of the mouth and throat. These symptoms also disappear without treatment.
It must be understood, however, that even if these symptoms disappear, the
disease still remains if left untreated. It can cause serious trouble such
as heart disease, blindness, insanity and paralysis. Also, it can fuck up
any kids you might produce and is easily passed on to anyone you ball.
Gonorrhea (clap) is
more common than syphilis. Its first signs are a discharge from your sex organ
that is painful. Like syphilis, it affects both men and women, but is often
unnoticed in women. There is usually itching and burning associated with the
affected area. It can leave you sterile if left untreated.
Both these venereal
diseases can be treated in a short time with attention. Avail yourself of
the free V.D. clinics in every town. Follow the doctor's instructions to the
letter and try to let the other people you've had sexual contact with know
you had VD.
There are other fungus
diseases that resemble syphilis or gonorrhea, but are relatively harmless.
Check out every infection in your crotch area, especially those with open
sores or an unusual discharge and you'll be safe.
Crabs are not harmful,
but they can make you scratch your crotch for hours on end. They are also
highly transmittable by balling. Actually they are a form of body lice and
easy to cure. Go to your local druggist and ask him for the best remedy available.
He'll give you one of several lotions and instructions for proper use. We
A common disease in
the hip community is hepatitis. There are two kinds. One you get from sticking
dirty needles in your arm (serum hepatitis) and the other more common strain
from eating infected food or having intimate contact with an infected carrier
(infectious hepatitis). The symptoms for both are identical; yellowish skin
and eyes, dark piss and light crap, loss of appetite and total listlessness.
Hep is a very dangerous disease that can cause a number of permanent conditions,
including death, which is extremely permanent. It should be treated by a doctor,
often in a hospital.
If you don't like the
news, why not go out and make your own? Creating free media depends to a large
extent on your imagination and ability to follow through on ideas. The average
Amerikan is exposed to over 1,600 commercials each day. Billboards, glossy
ads and television spots make up much of the word environment they live in.
To crack through the word mush means creating new forms of free communication.
Advertisements for revolution are important in helping to educate and mold
the milieu of people you wish to win over.
Guerrilla theater events
are always good news items and if done right, people will remember them forever.
Throwing out money at the Stock Exchange or dumping soot on executives at
Con Edison or blowing up the policeman statue in Chicago immediately conveys
an easily understood message by using the technique of creative disruption.
Recently to dramatize the illegal invasion of Cambodia, 400 Yippies stormed
across the Canadian border in an invasion of the United States. They threw
paint on store windows and physically attacked residents of Blair, Washington.
A group of Vietnam veterans marched in battle gear from Trenton to Valley
Forge. Along the way they performed mock attacks on civilians the way they
were trained to do in Southeast Asia.
Dying all the outdoor
fountains red and then sending a message to the newspaper explaining why you
did it, dramatizes the idea that blood is being shed needlessly in imperialist
wars. A special metallic bonding glue available from Eastman-Kodak will form
a permanent bond in only 45 seconds. Gluing up locks of all the office buildings
in your town is a great way to dramatize the fact that our brothers and sisters
are being jailed all the time. Then, of course, there are always explosives
which dramatically make your point and then some.
Another way of using
the news to advertise the revolution and make propaganda is to call a press,
conference. Get an appropriate place that has some relationship to the content
of your message. Send out announcements to as many members of the press as
you can. If you do not have a press list, you can make one up by looking through
the Yellow Pages under Newspapers, Radio Stations, Television Stations, Magazines
and Wire Services. Check out your list with other groups and pick up names
of reporters who attend movement press conferences. Address a special invitation
to them as well as one to their newspaper. Address the announcements to "City
Desk" or "'News Department." Schedule the press conference for about 11:00
A.M. as this allows the reporters to file the story in time for the evening
newscast or papers. On the day of the scheduled conference, call the important
city desks or reporters about 9:00 A.M. and remind them to come.
Everything about a successful
press conference must be dramatic, from the announcements and phone calls
to the statements themselves. Nothing creates a worse image than four or five
men in business suits sitting behind a table and talking in a calm manner
at a fashionable hotel. Constantly seek to have every detail of the press
conference differ in style as well as content from the conferences of people
in power. Make use of music and visual effects. Don't stiffen up before the
press. Make the statement as short and to the point as possible. Don't read
from notes, look directly into the camera. The usual television spot is one
minute and twenty seconds. The cameras start buzzing on your opening statement
and often run out of film before you finish. So make it brief and action packed.
The question period should be even more dramatic. Use the questioner's first
name when answering a question. This adds an air of informality and networks
are more apt to use an answer directed personally to one of their newsmen.
Express your emotional feelings. Be funny, get angry, be sad or ecstatic.
If you cannot convey that you are deeply excited or troubled or outraged about
what you are saying, how do you expect it of others who are watching a little
image box in their living room? Remember, you are advertising a new way of
life to people. Watch TV commercials. See how they are able to convey everything
they need to be effective in such a short time and limited space. At the same
tune you're mocking the shit they are pushing, steal their techniques.
At rock concerts, during
intermission or at the end of the performance, fight your way to the stage.
Announce that if the
electricity is cut off the walls will be torn down. This galvanizes the audience
and makes the owners of the hall the villains if they fuck around. Lay out
a short exciting rap on what's coming down. Focus on a call around one action.
Sometimes it might be good to engage rock groups in dialogues about their
commitment to the revolution. Interrupting the concert is frowned upon since
it is only spitting in the faces of the people you are trying to reach. Use
the Culture as ocean to swim in. Treat it with care.
Sandwich boards and
hand-carried signs are effective advertisements. You can stand on a busy corner
and hold up a sign saying "Apartment Needed," "Free Angela," "Smash the State"
or other slogans. They can be written on dollar bills, envelopes that are
being mailed and other items that are passed from person to person.
Take a flashlight with
a large face to movie theaters and other dark public gathering places. Cut
the word "STRIKE" or "REVOLT" or "YIPPIE" out of dark cellophane. Paste the
stencil over the flashlight, thus allowing you to project the word on a distant
There are a number of
all night call-in shows that have a huge audience. If you call with what the
moderator considers "exciting controversy," he may give you a special number
so you won't have to compete in the switchboard roller-derby. It often can
take hours before you get through to these shows. Here's a trick that will
help you out if the switchboard is jammed. The call-in shows have a series
of hones so that when one is busy the next will take the call. Usually the
numbers run in sequence. Say a station gives out PL 5-8640, as the number
to call. That means it also uses PL 5-8641, PL 5-8642 and so on. If you get
a busy signal, hang up and try calling PL S-8647 say. This trick works in
a variety of situations where you want to get a call through a busy switchboard.
Remember it for airline and bus information.
One of the best forms
of free communication is painting messages on a blank wall. The message must
be short and bold. You want to be able to paint it on before the pigs come
and yet have it large enough so that people can see it at a distance. Cans
of spray paint that you can pick up at any hardware store work best. Pick
spots that have lot of traffic. Exclamation points are good for emphasis.
If you are writing the same message, make a stencil. You can make a stencil
that says WAR and spray it on with white paint under the word "STOP" on stop
signs. You can stencil a five-pointed star and using yellow paint, spray it
on the dividing line between the red and blue on all post office boxes. This
simulates the flag of the National Liberation Front of Vietnam. You can stencil
a marijuana leaf and using green paint, spray it over cigarette and whisky
billboards on buses and subways. The women's liberation sign with red paint
is good for sexist ads. Sometimes you will wish to exhibit great daring in
your choice of locations. When the Vietnamese hero Nguyen Van Troi was executed,
the Viet Cong put up a poster the next day on the exact spot inside the highest
security prison in the country.
Wall postering allows
you to get more information before the public than a quickly scribbled slogan.
Make sure the surface is smooth or finely porous. Smear the back of the poster
with condensed milk, spread on with a brush, sponge, rag or your hands. Condensed
milk dries very fast and hard. Also smear some on the front once the poster
is up to give protection against the weather and busy fingers that like to
pull at corners. Wallpaper pastes also work quickly and efficiently. It's
best to work both painting and postering at night with a look-out. This way
you can work the best spots without being harassed by the pig patrol, which
is usually unappreciative of Great Art.
USE OF THE FLAG
The generally agreed
upon flag of our nation is black with a red, five pointed star behind a green
marijuana leaf in the center. It is used by groups that understand the correct
use of culture and symbolism in a revolutionary struggle. When displayed,
it immediately increases the feelings of solidarity between our brothers and
sisters. High school kids have had great fights over which flag to salute
in school. A sign of any liberated zone is the flag being flown. Rock concerts
and festivals have their generally apolitical character instantly changed
when the flag is displayed. The political theoreticians who do not recognize
the flag and the importance of the culture it represents are ostriches who
are ignorant of basic human nature. Throughout history people have fought
for religion, life-style, land, a flag (nation), because they were ordered
to, for fortune, because they were attacked or for the hell of it. If you
don't think the flag is important, ask the hardhats.
Want to construct your
own neighborhood radio station? You can get a carrier-current transmitter
designed by a group of brothers and sisters called Radio Free People. No FCC
license is required for the range is less than 1/2 mile. The small transistorized
units plug into any wall outlet. Write Radio Free People, 133 Mercer St.,
New York, New York 10012 for more details. For further information see the
chapter on Guerrilla Broadcasting later in the book.
Ripping off the phone
company is so common that Bell Telephone has a special security division that
tries to stay just a little ahead of the average free-loader. Many great devices
like the coat hanger release switch have been scrapped because of changes
in the phone box. Even the credit card fake-out is doomed to oblivion as the
company switches to more computerized techniques. ln our opinion, as long
as there is a phone company, and as long as there are outlaws, nobody need
ever pay for a call. In 1969 alone the phone company estimated that over 10
million dollars worth of free calls were placed from New York City. Nothing,
however, compares with the rip-off of the people by the phone company. In
that same year, American Telephone and Telegraph made a profit of 8.6 billion
dollars! AT&T, like all public utilities, passes itself off as a service
owned by the people, while in actuality nothing could be further from the
truth. Only a small percentage of the public owns stock in these companies
and a tiny elite clique makes all the policy decisions. Ripping-off the phone
company is an act of revolutionary love, so help spread the word.
You can make a local
10 cent call for 2 cents by spitting on the pennies and dropping them in the
nickel slot. As soon as they are about to hit the trigger mechanism, bang
the coin-return button. Another way is to spin the pennies counter-clockwise
into the nickel slot. Hold the penny in the slot with your finger and snap
it spinning with a key or other flat object. Both systems take a certain knack,
but once you've perfected the technique, you'll always have it in your survival
If two cents is too
much, how about a call for 1 penny? Cut a 1/4 strip off the telephone book
cover. Insert the cardboard strip into the dime slot as far as it will go.
Drop a penny in the nickel slot until it catches in the mechanism (spinning
will help). Then slowly pull the strip out until you hear the dial tone.
A number 14 brass washer
with a small piece of scotch tape over one side of the hole will not only
get a free call, but works in about any vending machine that takes dimes.
You can get a box of thousands for about a dollar at any hardware store. You
should always have a box around for phones, laundromats, parking meters and
Bend a bobby pin after
removing the plastic from the tips and jab it down into the transmitter (mouthpiece).
When it presses against the metal diaphragm, rub it on a metal wall or pipe
to ground it. When you've made contact you'll hear the dial tone. If the phone
uses old-fashioned rubber black tubing to enclose the wires running from the
headset to the box, you can insert a metal tack through the tubing, wiggle
it around a little until it makes contact with the bare wires and touch the
tack to a nearby metal object for grounding.
Put a dime in the phone,
dial the operator and tell her you have ten cents credit. She'll return your
dime and get your call for free. If she asks why, say you made a call on another
pay phone, lost the money, and the operator told you to switch phones and
call the credit operator.
This same method works
for long distance calls. Call the operator and find out the rate for your
call. Hang up and call another operator telling her you just dialed San Francisco
direct, got a wrong number and lost $.95 or whatever it is. She will get your
call free of charge.
If there are two pay
phones next to each other, you can call long distance on one and put the coins
in the other. When the operator cuts in and asks you to deposit money, drop
the coins into the one you are not using, but hold the receiver up to the
slots so the operator can hear the bells ring. When you've finished, you can
simply press the return button on the phone with the coins in it and out they
come. If you have a good tape recorder you can record the sounds of a quarter,
dime and nickel going into a pay phone and play them for the operator in various
combinations when she asks for the money. Turn the volume up as loud as you
can get it.
You can make a long
distance call and charge it to a phone number. Simply tell the operator you
want to bill the call to your home phone because you don't have the correct
change. Tell her there is no one there now to verify the call, but you will
be home in an hour and she can call you then if there is any question. Make
sure the exchange goes with the area you say it does.
Always have a number
of made-up credit card numbers. The code letter for 1970 is S, then seven
digits of the phone number and a three digit district number (not the same
as area code). The district number should be under 599. Example: S-573-2100-421
or S-537-3402-035. Look up the phone numbers for your area by simply requesting
a credit card for your home phone which is very easy to get and then using
the last three numbers with another phone number. Usually making up exotic
numbers from far away places will work quite well as it would be impossible
for an operator to spot a phony number in the short time she has to check
We advise against making
phony credit card calls on a home phone. We have seen a gadget that you install
between the wall socket and the cord which not only allows you to receive
all the calls you want for free, but eliminates the most common form of electronic
bugging. They are being manufactured and sold for fifty dollars by a disgruntled
telephone engineer in Massachusetts. Unfortunately you are going to have to
find him on your own or duplicate his efforts, for he has sworn us to secrecy.
If someone does, however, offer you such a device, it probably does work.
Test it by installing it and having someone call you from a pay phone. If
it's working, the person should get their dime back at the end of the call.
Actually if you know
the slightest information about wiring, you can have your present phone disconnected
on the excuse that you'll be leaving town for a few months and then connect
the wires into the main trunk lines on your own. Extensions can easily be
attached to your main line without the phone company knowing about it.
You can make all the
free long distance calls you want by calling your party collect at a pay phone.
Just have your friend go to a prearranged phone booth at a prearranged time.
This can be done on the spot by having the friend call you person to person.
Say you're not in, but ask for the number calling you since you'll be "back"
in five minutes. Once you get the number simply hang up, wait a moment and
call back your friend collect. The call has to be out of the state to work,
since operators are familiar with the special extension numbers assigned to
pay phones for her area and possibly for nearby areas as well. If she asks
you if it is a pay phone say no. If she finds out during the call (which rarely
happens) and informs you of this, simply say you didn't expect the party to
have a pay phone in his house and accept the charges. We have never heard
of this happening though. The trick of calling person-to-person collect should
always be used when calling long distance on home-to-home phones also. You
can hear the voice of your friend saying that he'll be back in a few minutes.
Simply hang up, wait a moment and call station to station, thereby getting
a person-to-person call without the extra charges which can be considerable
on a long call during business hours.
If you plan to stay
at your present address for only a few more months, stop paying the bill and
call like crazy. After a month you get the regular bill which you avoid paying.
Another month goes by and the next bill comes with last month's balance added
to it. Shortly thereafter you get a note advising you that your service will
be terminated in ten days if you don't pay the bill. Wait a few days and send
them a five or ten dollar money order with a note saying you've had an accident
and are pressed for funds because of large medical bills, but you'll send
them the balance as soon as you are up and around again. That will hold them
for another month. In all, you can stretch it out for four or five months
with a variety of excuses and small payments. This also works with the gas
and electric companies and with any department stores you conned into letting
You can get the service
deposit reduced to half of the normal rate if you are a student or have other
special qualifications. Surprisingly, these rates and discounts vary from
area to area, so check around before you go into the business office for your
phone. There is an incredible 50 cents charge per month for not having your
phone listed. If you want an unlisted phone, you can avoid this fee by having
the phone listed in a fictitious name, even if the bill is sent to you. Just
say you want your roommate's name listed instead of your own.
MOVIES AND CONCERTS
There are many ways
to sneak into theaters, concerts, stadiums and other entertainment houses.
All these places have numerous fire exits with push-bar doors that open easily
from the inside. Arrive early with a group of friends, after casing the joint
and selecting the most convenient exit. Pay for one person to get in. When
he does he simply opens the designated exit door when the ushers are out of
the area and everyone rushes inside.
For theatrical chains
in large cities, call their home office and ask to speak to the vice-president
in charge of publicity, sales, or personnel. Ask what his name is so you'll
know who you're talking to. When you get the information you want, hang up.
Now you have the name of a high official in the company. Compile a short list
of officials in the various film, theater and sporting event companies. Next
all the various theaters and do the same thing for the theater managers. Once
you have the two lists you are ready to proceed. Call the theater you want
to attend. When someone answers say you're Mr. __________ from the home office
calling Mr. __________ (manager's name) and you'd like to have two passes
O.K'd for two important people from out of town. Invariably she'll just ask
their names or tell them to mention your name at the box office. Not only
will you get in free, but you can avoid waiting in line with this fake-out.
In Los Angeles and New
York, the studios hold pre-release screenings for all movies. If you know
roughly when a movie is about to come out, call the publicity department of
the studio producing the film and say you're the critic for a newspaper or
magazine (give the name) and ask them when you can screen the film. They'll
give you the time and place of various screenings. When you go, ask them to
put you on their list and you'll get notices of all future screenings.
One of our favorite
ways to sneak into a theater with continuously running shows is the following.
Arrive just as the show is emptying out and join the line leaving the theater.
Exclaiming, "Oh, my gosh!" you slap your forehead, turn around and return,
tell the usher you left your hat, pocketbook, etc. inside. Once you're inside
the theater, just swipe some popcorn and wait for the next show.
RECORDS AND BOOKS
If you have access to
a few addresses, you can get all kinds of records and books from clubs on
introductory offers. Since the cards you mail back are not signed there is
no legal way you can be held for the bill. You get all sorts of threatening
mail, which, by the way, also comes free.
If you have a friend
who is a member of a record club, ask him to submit your name as a free member.
He gets 4 free records for getting you signed up. A soon as you get the letter
saying how lucky you are to be a member, quit. Your friend's free records
have already been shipped. We used to have at least 10 different names and
addresses working on all the record and book companies. Every other day we
would ride around collecting the big packages. To cap it off, we opened a
credit account at a large department store and used to return most of the
records and books to the store saying that they were gifts and we wanted something
else. Since we had an account at the store, they always took the merchandise
and gave credit for future purchases.
You can always use the
public libraries. Find out when they do their yearly housecleaning. Every
library discards thousands of books on this day. Just show up and ask if you
can take some.
Almost anything you
might want to know from plans for constructing a sundial to a complete blueprint
for building a house may be obtained free from the Government Printing Office.
Write: to Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington
D.C. 20402. Most publication are free. Those that are not are dirt cheap.
Ask to be put on the list to receive the free biweekly list of Selected U.S.
One of the best ways
to receive records and books free is to invest twenty dollars and print up
some stationery with an artistic logo for some non-existent publication. Write
to all the public relations departments of record companies, publishing houses,
and movie studios. Say you are a newspaper with a large youth readership and
have regular reviews of books, or records, or movies, and would like to be
placed on their mailing list. Say that you would be glad to send them any
reviews of their records that appear in the paper. That adds a note of authenticity
to the letter. After a month or so you'll be receiving more records and books
than you can use.
If you really want a
book badly enough, follow the title of this one-Dig!
No book on survival
should fail to give you some good tips on how to rip-off bread. Really horning
in on this chapter will put you on Free-loader Street life, 'cause with all
the money in Amerika, the only thing you'll have trouble getting is poor.
It's easy to get on
welfare that anyone who is broke and doesn't have a regular relief check coming
in is nothing but a goddamn lazy bum! Each state has a different set up. The
racist penny-pinchers of Mississippi dole out only $8.00 a month. New York
dishes ont the most with monthly payments up to $120.00. The Amerikan Public
Welfare Association publishes a book called The Public Welfare Directory with
information on exactly what each welfare agency provides and how you go about
qualifying. You can read the directory at any public library to find out all
you can about how your local office operates.
When you've discovered
everything you need to know, head on down to the Welfare Department in your
grubbiest clothes. Not sleeping the night before helps. The receptionist will
assign an "intaker" to interview you. After a long wait, you'll be directed
to a desk. The intaker raps to you for a while, generally showing sympathy
for your plight and turns you over to the caseworker who will make the final
and ultimate assessment.
Have your heaviest story
ready to ooze out. If you have no physical disabilities, lay down a "mentally
deranged" rap. Getting medical papers saying you have any long-term illness
or defect helps a lot. Tell the caseworker you get dizzy spells on the job
and faint in the street. Keep bobbing your head, yawning, or scratching. Tell
him that you have tried to commit suicide recently because you just can't
make it in a world that has forgotten how to love. Don't lay it on too obviously.
Wait till he "pries" some of the details from you. This makes the story even
more convincing. Many welfare workers are young and hip. The image you are
working on is that of a warm, sensitive kid victimized by brutal parents and
a cold ruthless society. Tell them you held off coming for months because
you wanted to maintain some self-respect even though have been walking the
streets broke and hungry. If you are a woman tell him you were recently raped.
In sexist Amerika, this will probably be true.
After about an hour
or so of this soap-opera stuff, you'll be ready to get your first check. From
then on it's a monthly check, complete medical care for free and all sorts
of other outasight benefits. Occasionally the caseworker will drop by your
pad or ask you down to the office to see how you're coming along, but with
your condition, things don't look so good. Don't abandon hope though. Hope
always helps fill in a caseworker's report.
The real trick is to
parlay welfare payments in a few different states. Work out an exchange system
with a buddy and mail each other the checks when they come in. If the caseworker
comes by, your roommate can say you went to find a job or enrolled in a class.
We know cats who have parlayed welfare payments up to six hundred dollars
Every outlaw should
learn everything there is to know about the rules governing unemployment insurance.
As in the case of welfare rules, eligibility, and the size of payments differ
from state to state. In New York, you are eligible for payments equivalent
to half your weekly salary before taxes up to $65 per week, on the condition
that you have worked for a minimum of twenty weeks during the year. Payments
are somewhat lower in most other states. In order to collect, you must show
you are actively searching for a job and keep a record of employers you contact.
This can easily be fudged. Every time you're questioned about it, mention
one or two companies. If your hair is long, you'll have no problem. Just say
they won't hire you until you get a haircut. When this is the case, the unemployment
office cannot cut off your payments or your hair. They also cannot make you
accept a job you do not want. Tell them any job offer you get is not challenging
enough for your talents. Unemployment can be collected for six months before
payments are terminated. Twenty more weeks of slavery and you can go back
to maintaining your dignity in the unemployment line. These job insurance
payments cannot be taxed and since you are working so few weeks out of each
year, your taxable income is at a minimum. Read all the fine print for tax
form 1040 and discover all the deductible loopholes available to you. You
should wind up paying no taxes at all or having all the taxes that were deducted
from your pay reimbursed. Never turn over to the pig government any funds
you can rip off. Remember, it isn't your government, so why submit to its
taxation if you feel you do not have representation.
The practice of going
up to folks and bumming money is a basic hustling art. If you are successful
at panhandling, you'll be able to master all the skills in the book and then
some. To be good at it requires a complete knowledge of what motivates people.
Even if we don't need the bread, we panhandle on the streets in the same way
doctors go back to medical school. It helps us stay in shape. Panhandling
is illegal throughout Pig Empire, but it's one of those laws that is rarely
enforced unless they want to "clean the area" of hippies. If you're in a strange
locale, ask a fellow panhandler what the best places to work are without risking
a bust. Do it in front of supermarkets, theaters, sporting events, hip dress
shops and restaurants. College cafeterias are very good hunting grounds.
When you're hustling,
be assertive. Don't lean against the wall with your palm out mumbling "Spare
some change?" Go up to people and stand directly in front of them so they
have to look you in the eye and say no. Bum from guys with dates. Bum from
motherly looking types. After a while you'll get a sense of the type of people
you get results with.
Theater can be real
handy. The best actors get the most bread. Devising a street theater skit
can help. A good prop is a charity canister. You can get them by going to
the offices of a mainstream charity and signing up as a collector. Don't feel
bad about ripping them off. Charities are the biggest swindle around. 80%
or more of the funds raised by honky charities go to the organization itself.
New fancy cars for the Red Cross, inflated salaries for the executives of
the Cancer Fund, tax write-offs for Jerry Lewis. You get the picture. A good
way to work this and keep your karma in shape is to turn over half to a revolutionary
groups such as your local underground. Remember, fugitives from injustice
depend on you to survive. Be a responsible member of our nation. Support the
only war we have going!
If you are closing out
your checking account, overdraw your account by $10.00. The bank won't bother
chasing you down for a lousy 10 bucks.
Call the telephone operator
from time to time and tell her you lost some change in a pay phone. They will
mail you the cash.
You can get $150 to
$600 in advance by willing your body to a University medical school. They
have you sign a lot of papers and put a tattoo on your foot. You can get the
tattoo removed and sell your body to the folks across the street. The universities
can be ripped off by enrolling, applying for a loan and bugging out after
the loan comes through. This is a lot easier than you might imagine and you
can hit them for up to $2,500 with a good enough story.
Put a number 14 brass
washer in a newspaper vending machine and take out all the papers. Stand around
the corner or go into the local bar and sell them. You often get tipped. Don't
do this with underground papers. Remember they're your brothers and sisters.
The airlines will give
you $250 for each piece of luggage you lose when flying. The following is
a good way to lose your luggage. When you get off a plane, have a friend meet
you at the gate. Give him your luggage claim stubs and arrange to meet at
a washroom or restaurant. Your friend picks up the bags and takes them out
of the baggage room. Before he leaves the airport, he turns over the stubs
to you at your prearranged rendezvous. You casually wander over to the baggage
department and search for your elusive luggage. When all the baggage has been
claimed, file a complaint with the lost and found department. They'll have
you fill out a form, explain that it probably got misplaced on another carrier
and promise to send it to you as soon as it is located. In a month you'll
receive a check for $250 per bag. Enjoy your flight.
THE INTERNATIONAL YIPPIE CURRENCY
Every time you drop
a coin into a slot, you are losing money needlessly. There is at least one
foreign coin that is the same size or close enough that will do the trick
for less than a penny. The following are some of the foreign currencies that
will get you that Coke, call or subway ride.
Quarter Size Coins
Dime Size Coins
- URUGUAYAN 10 CENTISIMO PIECE
- works in many soda and candy
machines, older telephones (3 slot types), toll machines, laundromats,
parking meters, stamp machines, and restroom novelty machines. Works
also in some electric cancerette machines but not most mechanical machines.
- DANISH 5 ORE PIECE
- works in 3 slot telephones,
toll machines, laundromats, automats, some stamp machines, most novelty
machines, and the Boston Subway. Does not work in soda or cancerette
- PERUVIAN 20 CENTAVO PIECES
- works in new (one slot)
telephone and some electric cancerette machines, but does not work as
many places in the Uruguay, Danish and Peruvian coins.
- ICELANDIC 5 AURAN PIECE
- most effective quarter in
the world, even works in change machines. Unfortunately, this coin is
practically impossible to get outside of Iceland and even there, it
is becoming difficult since the government is attempting to remove it
New York Subway Tokens
- MALAYSIAN PENNY
- generally works in all dime
slots, including old and new telephones, candy machines, soda machines,
electric machines, stamp machines, parking meters, photocopy machines,
and pay toilets. Does not work in some newer stamp dispensers, and some
mechanical cancerette machines.
- TRINIDAD PENNY
- generally works the same
as Malaysian Penny.
- DANISH 25 ORE PIECE
- works in 95% of all subway
turnstiles. A very safe coin to use since it will not jam the turnstile.
It is 5/l000th of an inch bigger than a token.
- PORTUGUESE 50 CENTAVO PIECE
- the average Portuguese Centavo
Piece is 2/1000th of an inch smaller than a token.
- JAMAICAN HALF PENNY, BAHAMA
PENNY and AUSTRALIAN SCHILLING
- these coins are 12/l000th
to 15/1000th of an inch smaller than token. They work in about 80% of
all turnstiles. We have also had good success with FRENCH l FRANC PIECE
(WWII issue), SPANISH l0 CENTAVO PIECE NICARAGUAN 25 CENTAVO PIECE.
All of the coins listed
have a currency value of a few cents, with most less than one penny. Foreign
coins work more regularly than slugs and are non-magnetic, hence cannot be
detected by "slug detector machines." Also unlike slugs, although they are
illegal to use in machines, they are perfectly legal to possess and exchange.
Large coin dealers and
currency exchanges are generally uptight about handling cheap foreign coins
in quantity since they don't make much profit and are subject to certain pressures
in selling coins that are the same size as Amerikan coins or tokens.
People planning trips
to European or South American countries should bring back rolls of coins as
souvenirs or for use in "coin jewelry."
If you do not plan to
travel, a small coin store which is cool about selling to the public is located
on the Lower East Side at 191 East Third Street, New York City. When their
phone works, the number is 475-9897.
Washers are the most
popular types of slugs. You can go to any hardware store and match them up
with various coins. Sometimes you might have to put a small piece of scotch
tape over one side of the hole to make it more effective. Each washer is identified
by its material and number, i.e. No. 14 brass washer with scotch tape on one
side is a perfect dime. When you get the ones you want, you can buy thousands
for next to nothing (especially at industrial supply stores) and pass them
out to our friends.
Xerox copies of both
sides of a dollar bill, carefully glued together, work in most machines that
give you change for a dollar. Excuse us, there is a knock at the door. . .Fancy
that! It's the Treasury Department. Wonder what they want?
BUYING, SELLING AND GIVING IT
As you probably know,
most dope is illegal, therefore some risks are always involved in buying and
selling. "Eternal vigilance and constant mobility are the passwords of survival,"
said Che Guevara, and nowhere do they apply more than in the world of dope.
If you ever have the slightest doubt about the person with whom you're dealing-DON'T.
In the purchasing of
dope, arrests are not a problem unless you're the fall guy for a bust on the
dealer. The major hazard is getting burned. Buy from a friend or a reputable
dealer. If you have to do business with a stranger, be extra careful. Never
front money. One of the burn artist's tricks is to take your money, tell you
to wait and split with your dough. There are various side show gimmicks each
burn artist works. The most common is to ask you to walk with them a few blocks
and then stop in front of an apartment building. He then tells you the dope
is upstairs and asks you to hand over the money in advance. He explains that
his partner is the real uptight 'cause they were raided once and won't let
anybody in the pad. He takes your dough and disappears inside the building.
Out the back door or up to the roof and into his getaway helicopter. You are
left on the sidewalk with anxious eyes and that "can this really be happening
to me" feeling.
Another burn method
is to substitute oregano, parsley or catnip for pot, camel shit for hash,
saccharin or plain pills for acid. If you got burned for heroin or speed,
you're better off being taken, because these are body-fuck drugs that can
mess you up badly. The people that deal them are total pigs and should be
regarded as such. When you're buying from strangers, you have a right to sample
the merchandise free unless it's coke. Check the weight of grass with a small
pocket scale. Feel the texture and check out how well it has been cleaned
of seeds and twigs. Smoke a joint that is rolled from the stuff you get. Don't
accept the dealer's sample that he pulled out of his pocket. When you are
buying a large amount of acid, pick a sample. You should never buy acid from
a stranger as it is too easy a burn.
If you buy cocaine,
bring along a black light. Only the imparities glow under its fluorescence,
thus giving you an idea of the quality of the coke. Make sure it's the real
thing. Sniffing coke can perforate your nasal passages, so be super moderate.
Too much will kill you. A little bit goes a long way.
Dealing, although dangerous,
is a tax-free way of surviving even though it borders on work. The best way
to start is to save up a little bread and buy a larger quantity than you usually
get. Then deal out smaller amounts to your friends. The fewer strangers you
deal with, the safer you are. The price of dope varies with the amount of
stuff on the market in your area, the heat the narks are bringing down and
the connections you have. A rough scale, say, for pot is $20 an ounce, $125
a pound and $230 a kilo (2.2 pounds). The price per ounce decreases depending
on the amount you get. It's true you make more profit selling by the ounces,
but the hassle is greater and the more contacts you must make increases the
risk. Screwing your customers will prove to be bad karma (unless you consider
dying groovy), so stick to honest dealing. Never deal from your pad and avoid
keeping your stash there. Get into searching out the best markets which are
generally in California, given its close proximity to good ol' Mexico. Kansas
is a big distribution center for Mexican grass, too. You can ship the stuff
(safer than carrying) via air freight anywhere in the country for about $30
a trunk. Keep the sending and receiving end looking straight. We have one
friend who wears a priest's outfit to ship and receive dope. In fact, every
time we see nuns or priests on the street, we assume they're outlaws just
on their way to the next deal or bombing. For all we know, the church actually
is nothing but a huge dope ring in drag. Anybody gotten high off communion
When you talk about
deals on the phone, be cool. Make references to theater tickets or subscriptions.
Don't keep extensive notes on your activities and contacts. Use code names
where you can. Never deal with two other people present. Only you and the
buyer should be in the immediate vicinity. Narks make busts in pairs so one
can be the arresting officer and the other can be a court witness. Dealing
is a paradox of unloading a good amount of shit but not trying to move too
fast; of making ne contacts but being careful of strangers; of dealing high
quality and low prices; and of being simultaneously bold and cautious. If
you get nabbed, get the best lawyer who specializes in dope busts. First offenders
rarely end up serving time, but it's a different story for repeaters. Know
how punitive the courts are and which judges and prosecutors can be bought
off. Never deal in the month before an election. For complete information
on how to avoid getting busted and what to do if busted, read The Drug Bust
(listed in appendix).
Giving It Away
Giving dope away can
be a real mind-blower. Every dealer should submit to voluntary taxation by
the new Nation. If you are a conscientious dealer, you should be willing and
eager to give a good hunk of your stash away at special events or to groups
into free distribution. You should also be able to give bread to bust trusts
set up to bail out heads unable to get up the ransom money the whisky lush
courts demand. Many groups have done huge mailings of joints to all sorts
of people. A group in New York mailed 30,000 to people in the phone book on
one Valentine's Day. A group in Los Angeles placed over 2,000 joints in library
books and then advised kids to smoke a book during National Library Week.
Be cool about even giving stuff away since that counts as dealing in most
states. John Sinclair, Chairman of the White Panther Party, is serving 9½
to 10 years for giving away two joints.
GROW YOUR OWN
Pot is a weed and as
such grows in all climates under every kind of soil condition. We have seen
acres and acres of grass growing in Kansas, Iowa and New Jersey. If you're
not located next door to a large pot field growing in the wild, maybe you
would have some success in growing your own. It's well worth it to try your
The first thing is to
start with a bunch of good-quality seeds from grass that you really dig. Select
the largest seeds and place them between two heavy-duty napkins or ink blotters
in a pan. Soak the napkins with water until completely saturated. Cover the
top of the pan or place it in a dark closet for three days or until a sprout
about a half inch long appears from most of the seeds.
During this incubation
period, you can prepare the seedling bed. Use a low wooden box such as a tomato
flat and fill it with an inch of gravel. Fill the rest of the box with some
soil mixed with a small amount of fertilizer. Moisten the soil until water
seeps out the bottom of the box, then level the soil making a flat surface.
With a pencil, punch holes two inches apart in straight rows. You can get
about 2 dozen in a tomato flat.
When the incubation
period is over, take those seeds that have an adequate sprout and plant one
in each hole. The sprout goes down and the seed part should be a little above
ground. Tamp the soil firmly (do not pack) around each plant as you insert
The seedlings should
remain in their boxes in a sunny window until about mid-May. They should receive
enough water during this period to keep the soil moist. By the time they are
ready to go into the ground, the green plants should be about six to eight
If it is late winter
or early spring and you have a plot of land that gets enough sun and is sheltered
from nosy neighbors, you should definitely grow grass in the great outdoors.
One idea is to plant
sunflowers in your garden as these grow taller than the pot plants and camouflage
them from view. The best idea is to find some little-used field and plant
a section of it.
Prepare the land the
way you would for any garden vegetable. Dig up the ground with a pitchfork
or heavy duty rake, removing rocks. Rake the plot level and punch holes in
the soil about three inches deep and about two feet apart in the same way
you did in the seedling boxes. Remove the young plants from the box, being
careful not to disturb the roots and keeping as much soil intact as possible.
Transplant each plant into one of the punched-out holes and firmly press the
soil to hold it in place. When all the plants are in the ground, water the
entire area. Tend them the way you would any other garden. They should reach
a height of about six feet by the end of the summer and be ready to harvest.
If you don't have access
to a field, you can grow good stuff right in your own closet or garage using
artificial lighting. Transplant the plants into larger wooden boxes or flower
boxes. Be sure and cover the bottom of each box with a few inches of pebbles
or broken pottery before you add the soil. This will insure proper drainage.
Fertilize the soil according to the instructions on the box and punch out
holes in much the same way you would do if you were growing outside. After
the young plants have been transplanted and watered thoroughly, you will have
to rig up a lighting system. Use blue light bulbs, which are available at
hardware stores for the first thirty days. These insure a shorter, sturdier
stalk. Leave the lights on 24 hours a day and place them about a foot above
the tops of the plants. If the plants begin to feel brittle or turn yellow
at the edges, then the temperature is too hot. Use less illumination or raise
the height of the lamp if this occurs.
After the first thirty
days, change to red bulbs and cut down the lighting time to 16 hours a day.
After a week, reduce the time to 14 hours and then on the third week to 12
hours. Maintain this lighting period until the plants flower. The female plants
have a larger and heavier flower structure and the males are somewhat skimpy.
The female plant produces the stronger grass and the choicest parts are the
top leaves including the flowers.
Inside or outside, the
plants will be best if allowed to reach maturity, although they are smokeable
at any point along the way. When you want to harvest the crop, wet the soil
and pull out the entire plant. If you want to separate the top leaves from
the rest, you can do so and make two qualities of grass. In any event, let
the plants dry in the sun for two weeks until they are thoroughly dried out.
If you want to hurry the drying process, you can do it in an oven using a
very low heat for about twenty minutes. After you've completed the drying,
you can "cure'" the grass by putting the plants in plastic bags and sprinkling
drops of wine, rum or plain booze on them. This greatly increases the potency.
There are two other
ways that we know work to increase the potency of grass you grow or buy. One
consists of digging a hole and burying a stash of grass wrapped in a plastic
bag. A few months in the ground will produce a mouldy grass that is far fuckin'
out. A quick method is to get a hunk of dry ice, put it in a metal container
or box with a tight lid (taping the lid airtight helps), and sprinkling the
grass on top. Allow it to sit tightly covered for about three days until all
the dry ice evaporates.
Wait in a laundromat.
Tell someone with a light load that you'll watch the machine for them if you
can stick your clothes in with theirs.
Your local ASPCA will
give you a free dog, cat, bird or other pet. Have them inspect and inoculate
the animal which they will do free of charge. You can get free or very cheap
medical care for your pet at a school for veterinary medicine.
often carry a free-pets column in the back pages. Snakes can be caught in
any wooded area and they make great pets. You can collect insects pretty easy.
Ants are unbelievable to watch. You can make a simple 3/4 inch wide glass
case about a foot high, fill it with sand and start an ant colony. A library
book will tell you how to care for them.
Every year the National
Park Service gives away surplus elks in order to keep the herds under its
jurisdiction from outgrowing the amount of available land for grazing. Write
to: Superintendent, Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone, Wyoming 83020.
You must be prepared to pay the freight charges for shipping the animal and
guarantee that you can provide enough grazing land to keep the big fellow
Under the same arrangement
the government will send you a Free Buffalo. Write to: Office of Information,
Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20420. So many people have written
them recently demanding their Free Buffalo, that they called a press conference
to publicly attack the Yippies for creating chaos in the government. Don't
take any buffalo shit from these petty bureaucrats, demand the real thing.
Demand your Free Buffalo.
You can get a free l6mm
movie about parakeets called "More Fun with Parakeets," by writing to: R.T.
French Co., 9068 Mustard St., Rochester, New York 14609. This great film won
an Academy Award for best picture of 1793.
Beautiful wall posters
are available by writing to the National Tourist Agencies of various countries.
Most are located between 42nd and 59th Streets on Fifth Ave. in New York City.
You can find their addresses in the New York Yellow Pages under both National
Tourist Agencies and Travel Agencies. There are over fifty of them. Prepare
a form letter saying you are a high school geography teacher and would like
some posters of the country to decorate your classroom. In a month you will
be flooded with them. Airline companies also have colorful wall posters they
send out free.
For this trick you need
some money to begin with. Deposit it in a bank and return in a few weeks telling
them you lost your bank book. They give you a card to fill out and sign and
in a week you will receive another book. Now withdraw your money, leaving
you with original money and a bank book showing a balance. You can use this
as identification to prevent vagrancy busts when traveling, as collateral
for bail, or for opening a charge account at a store.
Another trick is to
buy some American Travelers Checks. Wait a week and report your checks lost.
They'll give you new ones to replace the missing ones. You spend your new
checks and keep the ones you reported lost as security. This security is great
for international travel especially at border crossings. If you want, you
can spend the Travelers Checks by giving them to a friend to forge your name.
Before you call the office to report the loss, call the police station and
say you were mugged and your wallet was stolen. The agency always asks if
you have reported the lost checks to the police, so you can safely answer
yes. Never do this for more than five hundred dollars and never more than
once with any one company.
When mailing to the
same city, address the envelope or package to yourself and put the name of
the person you are sending it to where the return address generally goes.
Mail it without postage and it will be "returned" to the sender. Because almost
all letters are machine processed, any stamp that is the correct size will
pass. Easter Seals and a variety of other type stamps usually get by the electronic
scanner. If you put the stamp on a spot other than the far upper right corner,
it will not be cancelled and can be used again by the person who gets your
letter. If you have a friend working in a large corporation, you can run your
organization's mail through their postage meter.
Those ridiculous free
introductory or subscription type letters that you get in the mail often have
a postage-guaranteed return postcard for your convenience. The next one you
get, paste it on a brick and drop it in the mailbox. The company is required
by law to pay the postage. You can also get rid of all your garbage this way.
You can get a free full-color
World Atlas by writing to Hammond Inc. Maplewood, New Jersey 07040.
Unquestionably one of
the best deals going is becoming a minister in the Universal Life Church.
They will send you absolutely free, bona fide ordination papers. These entitle
you to all sorts of discounts and tax exemptions. Right now, sit down and
write to Universal Life Church Inc., 601 3rd St., Modesto, California 95351.
Try cutting out the card on the following page and laminate it. Let us know
how it works out.
Join the Army!
Write to the Veteran's
Administration Information Service, Washington, D.C. 20420 asking them for
the free services they provide for veterans. Send fifteen cents to the Government
Printing Office for their booklet Federal Benefits Available to Veterans and
A $330 Bulova sport
timer accurate to 1/10 of a second will be lent free to judges and referees
to time any amateur sporting event. Call your local authorized Bulova dealer
and get one lent to you under a phony name. Tell them you want to time an
There are many ways
to take a free vacation, but here's one you might not have considered. It's
an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas for absolutely nothing. Call a travel
agent and request information about Las Vegas gambling junkets (you'll probably
have to hunt around because this practice is being curtailed). Different hotels
have different deals, but the average one runs something like this: If you
agree to buy $500 worth of chips that can only be spent on gambling tables
of the host hotel, they will fly you round trip, pay all hotel and food bills
and provide you with a rented car. Go with a close friend and check into the
hotel. Once at the roulette or craps table, you and your friend bet the same
amount of chips against each other on even-paying chances. For example, he
would bet on red and you on black. When either of you wins, you keep the house
chips; when you lose, turn in the specially marked chips that cannot be cashed
in. What you are doing is simply exchanging the chips you came with for house
chips that you can cash in for real dough. Theoretically your two vacations
should cost $23.00 if you do the betting at the crap table and $52.00 if you
bet even chances at roulette. That is because the house wins if 0 or 00 comes
up in roulette and if 12 comes up on the first roll of the dice, but it sure
is a hell of a vacation for two for $23.00, and you get free champagne on
You can get half a vacation
free by going to the Amerikan Embassy or Consulate in the country you find
yourself in and claim that you're destitute. There is a law on the books that
says they have to send you away, but be persistent. Make up a story about
how your parents are away from home traveling. Say you got mugged or something
and you are about to go to the newspapers with your story. Eventually they'll
get you a free plane ticket. They stamp your passport invalid though, and
you have to pay the government back before you can use it again.
When hitching, it's
a good idea to carry a bottle opener and a straw. You take the caps off soda
bottles while they're still in the machine and drink them dry without ever
touching the bottle.
For ways to avoid the
high cost of dying in Amerika, write to: Continental Association, 39 East
Van Buren St., Chicago, Ill. 60605. Send them $1.00 for the Manual of Simple
Burial and 25¢ for a list of Memorial Associates.
Don't you just have
to have a huge, glossy color photo of Houston's famed Astrodome to show all
your friends? Use the teacher bit and write to: Greater Houston Convention
and Visitors Council, 1600 Main St., Houston, Texas 77002.
Above the paper towel
dispenser in a service station restroom was written: "San Francisco State
Diplomas." If you really need a college or a high school diploma, send $2.00
to Glenco, Box 834, Warren, Michigan 48090. They send you one that looks real
authentic. It ain't Harvard, but it looks good enough to frame and put on
Tell It All, Brothers and Sisters
STARTING A PRINTING WORKSHOP
Leaflets, posters, newsletters,
pamphlets and other printed matter are important to any revolution. A printing
workshop is a definite need in all communities, regardless of size. It can
vary from a garage with a mimeograph machine to a mammoth operation complete
with printing presses and fancy photo equipment. With less than a hundred
dollars and some space, you can begin this vital service. It'll take a while
before you get into printing greenbacks, phony identification papers and credit
cards like the big boys, but to walk a mile you must start with one step as
Gutenberg once said.
The standard size for
paper is 8½" x 11". It comes 500 sheets to a "ream" and 10 reams to a case.
You want a 16-20 bond weight sheet. The higher weights are better if you are
printing on both sides. You can purchase what are termed "odd lots" from most
paper companies. This means that the colors will be assorted and some sheets
will be frayed at the edges or wrinkled. Odd lots can be purchased at great
discounts. Some places sell paper this way for 10% of the original price and
for leaflets, different colors help. Check this out with paper suppliers in
Inks come in pastes
and liquids and are available in stationary stores and office supply houses.
Each machine requires its own type ink, so learn what works best with the
one you have. Colored ink is slightly more expensive but available for most
Each machine uses a
particular size and style stencil. If you get stuck with the wrong kind and
can't get out to correct the mistake, you can punch extra holes in the top,
trim them with a scissors if they are too big or add strips of tape to the
sides if too narrow.
Be sure and use only
the area that will fit on the paper you are using. Most stencils can be used
for paper larger than standard size. Stencils will "cut" a lot neater if an
electric typewriter is used. If you only have access to e manual machine,
remove the ribbon so the keys will strike the stencil directly. A plastic
sheet, provided by the supplier, can be inserted between the stencil and its
backing to provide sharper cuts by the keys. If you hold the stencil up to
a light, you should be able to clearly see the typing. If you can't, you'll
have to apply more pressure.
Sketches can be done
with a ball point pen or special stylus directly on the stencil. If you're
really rushed, or there isn't that much info to get on the leaflet, you can
hand-print the text using these instruments. Take care not to tear the stencil.
The price of a new mimeograph
runs from $200 to $1200, depending on how sophisticated a machine you need
and can afford. A.B. Dick and Gestetner are the most popular brands. Many
supply houses have used machines for sale. Check the classified section for
bargains. See if any large corporations are moving, going out of business
or have just had a fire. Chances are they'll be unloading printing equipment
at cheap prices. Campaign offices of losing candidates often have mimeos to
unload in November. Many supply houses have renting and leasing terms that
you might be interested in considering. Have an idea of the work load and
type of printing you'll be handling before you go hunting. Talk to someone
who knows what they're doing before you lay down a lot of cash on a machine.
We prefer duplicators
to mimeos even though the price is a little higher. They work faster, are
easier to operate and print clearer leaflets. The Gestener Silk Screen Duplicator
is the best bet. It turns out stuff almost as good as offset printing. You
can do 10 thousand sheets an hour in an assortment of colors.
If you use electronic
stencils you can do solid lettering, line drawings, cartoons and black and
white pictures with good contrast. To make an electronic stencil, you map
out on a sheet of paper everything you want printed. This is a photo process,
so make sure only what you want printed shows up on the sheet. You can use
a light blue pencil for guide lines as it won't photograph, but be neat anyway.
Printing shops will cut a stencil on a special machine for about $3.00.
The Gestefax Electronic
Stencil Cutter can be leased or rented in the same way as the duplicator.
If you are doing a lot of printing for a number of different groups, this
machine will eliminate plenty of hassle. The stencils cost about 20¢ each
and take about fifteen minutes to make.
If you have an electronic
stencil cutter, duplicator, electric typewriter and a cheap source of paper,
you can do almost any printing job imaginable. Have a dual rate system: one
for community groups and another for regular business orders. You can use
the profits to go towards the purchasing of more equipment and to build toward
the day when you can get your own offset press.
Posters banners and
shirts that are unbelievable can be printed by this exciting method. The process
is easy to learn and teach. You'll need a fairly large area to work in since
the posters have to be hung up to dry. Pick up any inexpensive paperback book
on silk screening. The equipment costs less than $50.00 to begin. Once you
get good at it, you can print complicated designs in a number of different
colors, including portraits.
Food conspiracies, bust
trusts, people's clinics and demonstrations are all part of the new Nation,
but if asked to name the most important institution in our lives, one would
have to say the underground newspaper. It keeps tuned in on what's going on
in the community and around the world. Values, myths, symbols, and all the
trappings of our culture are determined to a large extent by the underground
press. Each office serves as a welcome mat for strangers, a meeting place
for community organizers and a rallying force to fight pig repression. There
are probably over 500 regularly publishing with readerships running from a
few hundred to over 500,000. Most were started in the last three years. If
your scene doesn't have a paper, you probably don't have a scene together.
A firmly established paper can be started on about $2,500. Plan to begin with
eight pages in black and white with a 5,000 copy run. Each such issue will
cost about $300 to print. You should have six issues covered when you start.
Another $700 will do for equipment. Offset printing is what you'll want to
get from a commercial printing establishment.
You need some space
to start, but don't rush into setting up a storefront office until you feel
the paper's going to be successful. A garage, barn or spare apartment room
will do just fine. Good overhead fluorescent lighting, a few long tables,
a bookcase, desk, chairs, possibly a phone and you are ready to start.
Any typewriter will
work, but you can rent an IBM Selectric typewriter with a deposit of $120.00
and payments of $20.00 per month. Leasing costs twice as much, but you'll
own the machine when the payments are finished. The Selectric has interchangeable
type that works on a ball system rather than the old-fashion keys. Each ball
costs $18.00, so by getting a few you can vary the type the way a printer
A light-table can make
things a lot easier when it comes to layout. Simply build a box (3' x 4' is
a good size, but the larger the better) out of ½" plywood. The back should
be higher than the front to provide a sloping effect. The top should consist
of a shelf of frosted glass. Get one strong enough to lean on. Inside the
box, attach two fluorescent light fixtures to the walls or base. The whole
light table should cost less than $25.00. That really is about all you need,
except someone with a camera, a few good writers who will serve as reporters,
an artistic person to take care of layout, and someone to hassle printing
deals, advertising and distribution. Most people start by having everyone
A tabloid size paper
is 9 7/8" x 14 5/8" with an inch left over on each side for margins. Columns
typically are 3 1/4" allowing for three per page. Experience has found that
this size is easy to lay out and more importantly, easy to read. There is
an indirect ratio between readability and academic snobbishness. Avoid the
textbook look. Remember, the New York Times in its low form represents the
Start off with a huge
collection of old magazines and newspapers. You can cut up all sorts of letters,
borders, designs and sketches and paste them together to make eye-catching
headlines. Sheets of headline type are available in different styles from
art stores for $1.25 a sheet. Buy one of each type and then photograph several
copies of each, bringing the price way down. The basic content in the prescribed
column size should be banged out on the IBM. The columns can be clipped together
with a clothespin to avoid confusion. Use a good heavy bond white opaque paper.
All black and white
photographs from newspapers and magazines can be used directly. Color pictures
can also be used but it's tricky and you'll have to experiment a little to
get an understanding of what colors photograph poorly. Glossy black and white
photographs must be shot in half tones to keep the grey areas. You can have
them processed at any photo lab. You might also need the photo lab for enlargements
or reductions, so make contact and establish a good working relationship.
An Exacto knife is available
for 29¢ and you can get a package of 100 blades for $10.00. A few metal rulers,
a good pair of scissors, some spray adhesive or rubber cement and you're ready
to paste the pages that will make up the "dummy" that goes to the printer.
Each page is laid out on special layout sheets with faint blue guide lines
that don't photograph. Any large art supply store sells these sheets and all
the other supplies.
By working over a light-table,
the paste-up can be done more professionally. Experiment with many different
layouts for each page before finally pasting up the paper. Don't have a picture
in the corner and the rest solid columns. Print can be run over pictures and
sketches by preparing two sheets for that page and shooting background in
half-tones. The columns don't have to be run straight up and down, but can
run at different angles. The most newsworthy articles should be towards the
front of the paper. The centerfold can be treated in an exciting manner. A
good idea is to do the centerfold so that it can be used as a poster to put
on a wall after the paper is read. If you have ads, they should be kept near
the back. The masthead, which gives the staff, mailing address, and similar
info, goes near the front. Your focus should be the local activities. A section
should be reserved for a directly of local services and events. People giving
things away should have a section. The rest really depends on the life style
and politics of the staff.
National stories can
be supplied by one or more of the news services. Nothing in the underground
press is copyrighted, so you can reprint an interesting article from another
paper. It's customary to indicate what paper printed it first, or news service
it was sent out by. Any underground paper has permission to reprint hunks
of this book.
Most papers find it
necessary to get some advertising to help defray the production costs. Some
rely totally on subscription; some are outgrowths of organizations and still
others are printed up and just handed out free. The ones with ads seem to
have the longest life. Make up an ad rate before you put out the first issue.
Ads are measured in inches of length. The width is understood by everyone
to be the width of the column. If you use the 3¼" column, however, you'll
want to let potential advertisers know you have wide columns.
The way to arrive at
a reasonable rate is to estimate the total budget for each issue (adding some
for overhead and labor), then each page and finally each column inch. After
a little arithmetic you can get a good estimate of your printing cost per
inch. Using our figures throughout this section, it should come to about $2.00
per inch. Double this figure and you'll arrive at the correct rate per advertising
inch-$4.00. There should be special lower rates for large ads, such as half
or full pages. There should also be a special arrangement for a continuous
subscriber. If you have a classified section, another rate based on number
of words or lines is constructed. A service charge is fixed if you make up
the ad layout rather than the advertiser. The whole formula should be worked
out and printed up before you lay out the first issue.
The best place to get
advertising is locally. Theaters, hip clothing stores, ice cream parlors,
and record stores are among the type of advertisers you should approach. After
you build up a circulation, you might want to seek out national advertisers.
The Underground Press Syndicate, Box 26, Village Station, New York, NY 10014,
can be joined for $25.00, no dues thereafter. They try to get national ads
for you in addition to sending out a newsletter, a news service, and making
sure you get free subscriptions to the other underground papers. The U.P.S.
can also do many other things for you, like list you in their directory, obtain
legal advice, and bring you together with other underground papers for mutual
benefit and defense. Another way to get national advertising is to see who
tends to advertise in other underground papers. Send the publicity department
of these companies letters and samples of your paper. Never let ads make up
more than half the paper.
At the beginning you
should aim for a bi-weekly paper with a gradual increase in the number of
pages. The price should be about 25¢. Check out the local laws about selling
papers on the street. It's probably allowed and is a neat way to get the paper
around. Give half to the street hawkers. Representatives at high schools and
colleges should be sought out. Bookstores and newsstands are good places to
distribute. After your paper gets going well, you might try for national distribution.
The Cosmep Newsletter is put out by the Committee of Small Magazines, Editors
and Publishers, PO Box 1425, Buffalo, NY 14214. In addition to good tips if
you want to start a small literary magazine or publish your own book, they
provide an up-to-date list of small stores around the country that would be
likely to carry your paper. Subscriptions should be sought in the paper itself.
If you get a lot, check out second class mailing privileges. UPS can help
with out-of-city distribution.
If you're in a smaller
town, you might have to shop around or go to another city to get printing
done. Many printers print only pig swill, which brings up the point of getting
busted for obscenity which can be pretty common. You probably should incorporate,
but contact a sympathetic lawyer before you put out your first issue. During
the summer there are usually a few alternative media conferences organized
by one group or another. You can pick up valuable information and exchange
ideas at these gatherings. UPS and the news services will keep you posted.
Good luck and write on!
HIGH SCHOOL PAPERS
The usual high school
paper is run by puppet lackeys of the administration. It avoids controversy,
naughty language, and a host of other things foreign to the 4-H Club members
the school is determined to mass produce. The only thing the staff is good
at is kissing the principal's ass. Let's face it, the aim of a good high school
newspaper should be to destroy the high school. Publishing and distributing
a heavy paper isn't going to earn you the Junior Chamber of Commerce good
citizenship award. You might have to be a little mysterious about who the
staff is until you understand the ground rules and who controls the ballpark¾the
people or the principal.
Many schools do not
allow papers to be handed out on the school premises. These cases are generally
won by the newspapers that take the school to court. You can challenge the
rule and make the administration look like the dinosaurs they are by distributing
sheets of paper with only your logo and the school rule printed. By gaining
outside publicity for the first distribution of the paper, you might put the
administration up tight about clamping down on you. It might be difficult
to explain in civics class when they get to the freedom of the press stuff.
Your paper should have one purpose in mind¾to piss off the principal and radicalize
the students. If you run into problems, seek out a sympathetic lawyer. You
can get a helpful pamphlet from the ACLU, 156 5th Ave., New York, NY 10010,
called Academic Freedom in the Secondary Schools" for 25¢.
Tell your lawyer about
the most recent (July 10, 1970) decision of the United States District Court
in Connecticut which ruled that the high school students of Rippowan High
School in Stanford can publish independent newspapers without having the contents
screened in advance by school officials.
The same info for underground
papers applies to high school rags, only the price should be much less if
not free. To begin with, you might just mimeograph the first few issues before
trying photo-offset printing. It is very important to get the readers behind
you in case you have to go to war with the administration in order to survive.
Maintain friendships with above ground reporters, the local underground paper
and radical community groups for alliances.
A heavier scene than
even the high schools exists in No-No Land of the military. None-the-less,
against incredible odds, courageous G.I.'s both here and overseas have managed
to put out a number of underground newspapers. If you are a G.I. interested
in starting a paper, the first thing to do is seek out a few buddies who share
your views on the military and arrange a meeting, preferably off the base.
Once you have your group together, getting the paper published will be no
problem. Keeping your staff secret, you can have one member contact with someone
from a G.I. coffee house, anti-war organization or nearby underground newspaper.
This civilian contact person will be in a position to raise the bread and
arrange the printing and distribution of the paper. You can write one of the
national G.I. newspaper organizations listed at the end of this section if
you are unable to find help locally. The paper should be printed off the base.
Government equipment should be avoided.
Correspondence and subscriptions
can be solicited through the use of a post office box. Such a box is inexpensive
and secret (at least that's what the G.I. papers now publishing report) from
military snoopers up tight about bad publicity if they get caught spying.
If you are mailing the paper to other G.I.'s use first class mail and a plain
envelope. This is advice to anybody sending stuff to a G.I. The mail is handled
by "lifers" who will report troublemakers to their C.O. (Commanding Officer)
if they notice anti-war slogans on envelopes or dirty commie rags coming their
You'll want to publish
stuff relevant to the lives of the G:I.'s on your base. News of demonstrations,
articles on the war, racism, counter-culture and vital info on how to bug
the higher-ups and get out of the military service are all good. Get samples
of other newspapers already in operation to get the flavor of writing that
has become popular.
Distributing the paper
is really more of a problem than the publishing. Here you run smack into Catch
22, which says, "no printed matter may be distributed on a military base without
prior written permission of the commanding officer." No such permit has been
granted in military history. A few court battles have had limited success
and you should go through the formality of obtaining a permit. Send the first
issue of the paper to your C.O. with a cover letter stating where and when
you intend to distribute the paper on the base. In no part of the application
should you list your names. Have a civilian, preferably a civil liberties
lawyer, sign the declaration of intent. If more info is requested, go over
it with the lawyer before responding, Natch, they're going to want to know
who you are and where you get your bread, but fuck 'em. Whether or not you
get a permit or have a successful court battle is pretty academic. If the
military pigs catch you handing out an underground paper on the base, you're
headed for trouble. Use civilian volunteers from your local peace group in
as many public roles as possible. They'll be glad to help out.
Print and distribute
as many copies as you can rather than concentrating on an expensively printed
paper with numerous pages. The very existence of the paper around the base
is the most important info the paper can offer. Leave some in mess halls,
theaters, benches, washrooms, and other suitable spots. Off base get the paper
to sympathetic reporters, coffee houses, colleges and the like. Outside U.S.O.
centers and bus terminals are a good place to get the paper out. Rely on donations,
so you can make the paper free. Get it together. Demand the right to join
the army of your choice. The People's Army! As Joe Hill said in one of his
songs, "Yes, I'll pick up a gun but I won't guarantee which way I'll point
Aside from UPS, which
is the association of papers, there are five news services that we know of
that you might be interested in subscribing to for national stories, photos,
production ideas, news of other papers and general movement dope. LNS is the
best known. It sends out packets once a week that include about thirty pages
with original articles, eye-witness reports, reprints from foreign papers
and photographs. They tend to be heavily political rather than cultural and
view themselves as molders of ideology rather than strictly a service organization
of the underground papers. A subscription costs $15.00 per month, but if you're
just starting out they are good about slow payments and such.
You should get in the
habit of sending special articles, in particular eye-witness accounts of events
that other papers might use, to one or more of the news services for distribution.
If you hear of an important event that you would like to cover in your newspaper,
call the paper in that area for a quick report. They might send you photos
if you agree to reciprocate.
- LIBERATION NEWS SERVICE-160
Claremont Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027 (212) 749-2200
- COLLEGE PRESS SERVICE-1779 Church
St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 387-7575
- CHICANO PRESS ASSOCIATION-La
Raza, Box 31004, Los Angeles, California 90031
- G.I. PRESS SERVICE-Rm 907, 1029
Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
- FREE RANGER INTERTRIBAL NEWS
SERVICE-Box 26, Village Station, N.Y., N.Y. 10014 (212) 691-6973
A complete and up-to-date
list of G.I. underground papers can be obtained by writing to G.I. Press Service,
1029 Vermont Ave., NW, Rm 907, Washington, D.C. 20005. G.I. Alliance provides
excellent national newsletters with all sorts of ways to fuck up the Army.
Write G.I. Alliance, PO Box 9087, Washington, D.C. 20003. The phone is (202)
544-1654. American Serviceman's Union, 156 5th Avenue, New York, N.Y., 10010
will also help, as well as provide legal and medical aid to G.I.'s.
A complete and up to
date list of Chicano underground papers can be obtained by writing to Chicano
Press Association, La Raza, Box 31004, Los Angeles, California 90031.
The Young Lords Organization
paper Palante can be obtained by writing to Young Lords Party, Ministry of
Finance, 1678 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10029. It's $5.75 for 24 issues.
The Black Panther Party
paper can be obtained by writing to Black Panther Party, Ministry of Information,
Box 2967, Custom House, San Francisco, Calif. 94126. It's $7.50 for 52 issues.
THE UNDERGROUND PRESS
USA/UPS ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
- ALBION'S VOICE, Box 9033, Savannah,
Ga. 31401 $4/yr.
- AMAZING GRACE, 212 W. College
Ave. Tallahassee, Fla. $6/26 issues.
- ANGRY CITY PRESS, 14016 Orinoco
Ave., E. Cleveland, Ohio 44112
- ANN ARBOR ARGUS, 708 Arch St.,
Ann Arbor, Mich. 48104 $3/yr.
- AQUARIAN ORACLE, 8003 Santa
Monica Blvd., L.A., Calif. .50/iss.
- AQUARIAN TIMES, 331 Forest Acres
Shipping Ctr., Easley, S.C. 29640
- AQUARIAN WEEKLY, 292 Main St.,
- ASTRAL PROJECTION, Box 4383,
Albuquerque, N. Mex. 87106
- AUGUR, 207 Ransom Bldg., 115
E. 11th Ave., Eugene, Ore. 97401
- BARD OBSERVER, Box 76, Bard
College, Annandale-on-the Hudson, N.Y. 12504
- BERKELEY BARB, Box 1247, Berkeley,
Calif. 94715 $6/yr.
- BERKELEY TRIBE, Box 9049, Berkeley,
Calif. 94709 $8/
- BOTH SIDES NOW, 10370 St. Augustine
Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. 32217 $2/12 iss.
- BROADSIDE/FREE PRESS, Box 65,
Cambridge, Mass. 02139 $4.50/yr.
- BURNING RIVER NEWS, 12027 Euclid
Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44112 $5/yr.
- CHINOOK, 1452 Pennsylvania St.,
Denver, Col., 80203 $6/50 iss.
- THE CLAM COMMUNITY LIBERATOR,
Box 13101, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33733
- COME OUT, Box 92, Village Station,
New York, N.Y. 10014, $6.50/12 iss.
- COUNTRY SENSES, Box 465, Woodbury,
Conn. 06798 $5/yr.
- CREEM, 3729 Cass Ave., Detroit,
Mich. 48201 $5/24 iss.
- DAILEY PLANET, Suite 2-3514
S. Dixie Hwy., Coconut Grove, Fla. 33133 $5/yr.
- DALLAS NOTES, Box 7140, Dallas,
Texas 75209 $5/yr.
- DIFFERENT DRUMMER, Box 2638,
Little Rock, Ark. 72203 $2/14 iss.
- DISTANT DRUMMER, 420 South St.,
Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 $7/yr.
- DOOR TO LIBERATION, Box 2022,
San Diego, Calif. 92112 $4/26 iss.
- DWARFF, Box 26, Village Station,
N.Y., N.Y. 10014
- EAST VILlAGE OTHER, 20 E. 12
St., N.Y., N.Y. 10003 $6/yr.
- EL GRITO DEL NORTE, Box 466,
Fairview Station, Espanola, N.M. $4/yr.
- EYE OF THE BEAST, Box 9218,
Tampa, Fla. 33604
- FERAFERIA, Box 691, Altadena,
Calif. 91001 $4/13 iss.
- FIFTH ESTATE, 1107 W. Warren,
Detroit, Mich. 48201 $3.75/yr.
- FILMMAKERS NEWSLETTER, 80 Wooster
St., N.Y., N.Y. 10012
- FREEDOM NEWS, Box 1087, Richmond,
Calif. 94801 $2.50/12 iss.
- FREE SPAGHETTI DINNER, Box 984,
Santa Cruz, Calif. 95060 $4/yr.
- FREE YOU, 117 University Ave.,
Palo Alto, Calif. 94301 $6/yr.
- FUSION, 909 Beacon St., Boston,
Mass. 02215 $5/yr.
- GEST, Box 1079, Northland Center,
Southfield, Mich. 48075 $2/yr.
- GREAT SPECKLED BIRD, Box 54495,
Atlanta, Ga. 30308 $6/yr.
- GREENFEEL, Jms Madison Law Inst.,
4 Patchin Pl., N.Y., N.Y. 10011
- GUARDIAN, 32 W. 22 St., N.Y.
- HAIGHT-ASHBURY TRIBUNE, 1778
Haight St., San Francisco, Calif. 94117 $10/yr.
- HARRY, 233 East 25th St., Baltimore,
Md., 21218 $4/yr.
- INDIANAPOLIS FREE PRESS, Box
225, Indianapolis, Ind. 46206 $5/26 iss.
- INQUISITION, Box 3882, Charlotte,
N.C. 28203 $2/6 iss.
- KALEIDOSCOPE, Box 5457, Milwaukee,
Wisc. 53211 $5/26 iss.
- KUDZU, Box 22502, Jackson, Miss.
- LAS VEGAS FREE PRESS, Box 14096,
Las Vegas, Nev. 89114 $7/yr.
- LEFT FACE, Box 1595, Anniston,
- LIBERATION, 339 Lafayette St.,
- LIBERATION NEWS SERVICE, 160
Claremont Ave., N.Y. 10027 $15/mth.
- LIBERATOR, Box 1147, Morgantown,
W. Virginia 26505
- LONGBEACH FREE PRESS, 1255 E.
10, Long Beach, Ca. 90813 $6/25 iss.
- LOS ANGELES FREE PRESS, 7813
Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca. 90036 $6/yr.
- MADISON KALEIDOSCOPE, Box 881,
Madison, Wisc. 53701 $5/yr.
- MARIJUANA REVIEW, Calif. Instit.
of Arts, 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, Calif. 91504
- MEMPHIS ROOT, Box 4747, Memphis,
Tenn. 38104 $3.50/yr.
- METRO, 906 W. Forest, Detroit,
Mich. 48202 $4/yr.
- MODERN UTOPIAN, P.0. Drawer
A; Diamond Hts. Sta., S.F., Ca. 94131 $4/yr.
- MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Box 38 Madison,
Ohio 44057 $5/yr
- NEWS FROM NOWHERE, Box 501,
Dekalb, Ill. 60115 $5/yr.
- NEW PRAIRIE PRIMER, Box 726,
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613 $4/20 iss.
- NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, 110
St. Marks Place, N.Y. $5/lifetime
- NOLA EXPRESS, Box 2342, New
Orleans, La. 70116 $3/yr.
- NORTH CAROLINA ANVIL, Box 1148,
Durham, N.C. 27702 $7.50/yr.
- NORTHWEST PASSAGE, Box 105,
Fairhaven Sta., Bellingham, Wash. 98225 $5/yr.
- OLD MOLE, 2 Brookline St., Cambridge,
Mass. 02139 $5/20 iss.
- ORACLE OF SAN FRANCISCO, 1764
Haight St., San Francisco, Ca. 94117
- OTHER SCENES, Box B, Village
Station, N.Y. 10014 $6/yr.
- OTHER VOICE, c/o Why Not Inc.,
Box 3175, Shreveport, La. 71103 $5/yr.
- PAPER WORKSHOP, 6 Helena Ave.,
Larchmont, N.Y. 10538 $4/yr.
- PEOPLES DREADNAUGHT, Box 1071,
- PHILADELPHIA FREE PRESS, Box
1986, Philadelphia, Pa. 19105
- PROTEAN RADISH, Box 202, Chapel
Hill, N.C. 27514 $8/yr.
- PROVINCIAL PRESS, Madala Print
Shop, Box 1276, Spokane, Wash. 99210 $5/yr.
- QUICKSILVER TIMES, 1736 R St.,
N.W. Wash., D.C. 20009 $8/yr.
- RAG, 2330 Guadalupe, Austin,
Tex. 78705 $7.50/yr.
- RAT, 241 E. 14 St., N.Y. 10009
- REBIRTH, Box 729, Phoenix, Ariz.
- RISING UP ANGRY, Box 3746, Merchandise
Mart, Chicago, Ill. 60654 $5/yr.
- ROOSEVELT TORCH, 430 S. Michigan
Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60605
- SAN DIEGO STREET JOURNAL, Box
1332, San Diego, Calif. 92112
- SECOND CITY, c/o The Guild,
2136 N. Halsted, Chicago, Ill. 60614 $6/26 iss.
- SECOND COMING, Box 491 Ypsilanti,
- SEED, 950 W. Wrightwood, Chicago,
Ill. 60614 $6/yr.
- SPACE CITY, 1217 Wichita, Houston,
- SPECTATOR, c/o S. Indiana Media
Corp., Box 1216, Bloomington, Ind. 47401
- SUNDANCE, 1520 Hill, Ann Arbor,
mich. 48104 $3.50/yr.
- UPROAR, 44 Wimbleton Lane, Great
Neck, N.Y. 11023
- VIEW FROM THE BOTTOM, 632 State
St., New Haven, Conn. 06510 $5/20 iss.
- VORTEX, 706 Mass St., Lawrence,
Kansas 66044 $5/24 iss.
- WALRUS, Box 2307, Sta. A, Champaign,
- WATER TUNNEL, Box 136, State
College, Pa. 16801 $3/Yr.
- WILLIAMETTE BRIDGE, 6 SW 6th,
Portland, Ore. 97209 $5/26 iss.
- WIN, 339 Lafayette St., N.Y.
- WORKER'S POWER, 14131 Woodward
Ave., Highland Park, Mich. 48203 $3.50/yr.
- AKWESASNE NOTES, Roosevelton,
N.Y. 13683 .50/iss.
- ALESTLE, c/o Paul Gorden, 7404
Tower Lake, Apt. 1D, Edwardsville, Ill. 62025
- ALLIANCE MAGAZINE, Box 229,
Athens, Ohio 45701
- ALL YOU CAN EAT, R.P.O. 4949,
New Brunswick, N.J. 08903 $3/yr.
- ALLTOGETHER, 44208 Montgomery-33
Palm Desert, Calif. $10/yr.
- ALBION'S VOICE, P.0. Box 9033,
Savannah, Ga. 31401 $4/yr.
- AQUARIAN HERALD, Box 83, Virginia
Beach, Va. 23458
- ATLANTIS, 204 Oxford, Dayton,
- BOTH SIDES NOW, 10370 St. Augustine
Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. 33217 $3.50/12 iss.
- COLLECTIVE, 614 Clark St., Evanston,
- COME TOGETHER, P.O. Box 163,
Encino, Calif. 91316
- CROSSROADS, Hill School, Pottstown,
- DALLAS NEWS (CORP), P.0. Box
7013, Dallas, Texas 75209 $/24 iss.
- THE D.C. GAZETTE, 109 8th N.E.,
Washington, D.C. 20002 $5/yr.
- EDGE CITY, 116 Standart St.,
Syracuse, N.Y. 13201 $3/yr.
- EVERYWOMAN, 6516 W. 83 St.,
Los Angeles, Calif. 90045 $2.50/iss.
- FAIR WITNESS, P.0. Box 7165,
0akland Sta., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213
- FOX VALLEY KALEIDOSCOPE, Box
252, Oshkosh, Wisc. 54901
- FREE PRESS OF LOUISVILLE, 1438
S. First St., Louisville, Ky. 40208 $6/yr.
- HIGH GAUGE, Box 4491, University,
Ala. 35486 $5/Yr.
- THE HIPS VOICE, P.O. Box 5132,
Santa Fe, N. Mexico 87501 $5/24 iss.
- HOME NEWS CO., P.O. Box 5263,
Grand Central Station, N.Y. 10017
- HUNDRED FLOWERS, Box 7152, Minneapolis,
Minn. 55407 $9/yr.
- IT AIN'T ME BABE, c/o W.L. Office
Box 6323, Albany, Calif. 94706 $6/yr.
- LIBERATED GUARDIAN, 14 Cooper
Sq., New York, N.Y. 10003 $10/yr.
- THE LONG ISLAND FREE PRESS,
P.O. Box 162, Westbury, N.Y. 11590 $6/2 yr.
- NEW TIMES, Box J, Temple, Ariz.
85281 $10/52 iss.
- NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND, P.O.
Box 15081, San Francisco, Calif. 94115
- OUR TOWN (COLLECTIVE), Box 611,
Eau Claire, Wisc.
- PALANTE YLP, 1678 Madison Ave.,
New York, N.Y.
- PROTOS, 1110 N. Edgemont St.,
Los Angeles, Calif. 90029 $3/yr.
- PURPLE BERRIES, 449 West Seventh
Ave., Columbus Ohio
- REARGUARD, P.O. Box 8115, Mobile,
Ala. 36608 $4/yr.
- THE S.S. PENTANGLE, Box 4429,
New Orleans, La. 70118 $4/20 iss.
- ST. LOUIS OUTLAW, Box 9501,
Cabanne Sta., St. Louis, Mo. 63161
- SUSQUEHANNA BUGLER, 700 Market
St., Williamsport, Pa. 17701 .25/iss.
- TASTY COMIX, Box 21101, Wash.,
- THE TIMES NOW, Box 676, Coconut
Grove, Fla. 33133
- TUSCON FREE PRESS, Box 3403,
College Sta., Tuscon, Ariz. 85716
- ALTERNATE SOCIETY, 10 Thomas
St., St. Catharines, Ont. $3.50/12 iss.
- CARILLON, Univ. of Sask. Regina
Campus, Regina, Saskatchewan
- CHEVRON, University of Waterloo,
Waterloo, Ontario $8/yr.
- DIME BAG, 3592 University St.,
Montreal 130, Que.
- FOURTH ESTATE, 24 Brighton Ct.,
- GEORGIA STRAIGHT, 56A Powell
St., Vancouver, 4, B.C. $9/52 iss.
- HARBINGER, Box 751, Stn F, Toronto
285, Ontario $4/26 iss.
- OCTOPUS, Box 1259, Station B,
Ottawa, 4 $4.50/26 iss.
- OMPHALOS, 279½ Fort St. No.
4, Winnipeg 1, Manitoba $5/26 iss.
- PRAIRIE FIRE; FOURTH ESTATE,
Regina Community Media Project, 210 Northern Crown Bldg. Regina, Sask.
- SWEENEY, 119 Thomas St., Oakville,
Ontario $2.50/12 iss.
EUROPEAN ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
- Europe/UPS, Box 304, 8025, Zurich,
- FIFTH COLUMN, 100 New Cavendish
Street, London W1, England
- FRIENDS, 305 Portobello Rd.,
London W10, England
- HAPT, Flat L, 42 Moore Ave.,
W. Howe, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England
- HOLLAND HAPT, Keigersstraat
2a, Amsterdam, Holland
- HOTCHAI, Postfach 304-CH 8025,
Zurich 25, Switz. $5/yr.
- INTERNATIONAL TIMES, 27 Endell
St., London, WC2, Eng. $5/yr.
- KARGADOOR, Oude Gracht 36 bis.
- OEUF, 14 Ch de la Mogeonne,
1293 Bellevue, Geneva Switzerland
- OM, Kaizerstraat 2A, 11et, Amsterdam,
- OPS VEDA, 16 Woodholm Rd., Sheffield
- OZ, 52 Princedale Rd., London
W11, England $6/yr.
- PEACE NEWS, 5 Celedonian Rd.,
Kings Cross, London W1, Eng. $8.50/yr.
- PIANETA FRESCA, 14 Vie Manzoni,
Milano, Italy 20121 $1/iss.
- QUINTO LICEO, c/o Tommsaco Bruccoleri,
3, Meadow Place, London, England
- REAL FREE PRESS, Runstraat 31,
Amsterdam, Netherlands $1/2 iss.
- RED MOLE, 182 Pentonville Rd.,
London N1 Eng. $5.50/yr.
- ROTTEN, Huset, Readhusstraede
13, 1466 Copenhagen K. Denmark
- CYCLOPS, 32. St. Petersburg
Place, London, W2, Eng. (Comix)
- GRASS EYE, 71 Osbourne Rd.,
Levenshulme, Manchester 19, Eng.
- MOLE EXPRESS, 19 New Brown St.,
Manchester 4, Eng.
- PANGGG, Upn-Sippenpresse, d-8500,
Nurnberg Kopernikusstr. 4, Germany
- PARIA, c/o Poretti Viavalle
Maggia 41, 6600 Locarno, Switz.
- ZIGZAG, Yeoman Cottage, N. Marston,
- ECO CONTEMPORANEO, C. Correo
Central 1933, Buenos Aires, Argentina ...Membership list temporarily unavailable.
A good way to quickly
communicate what's coming down in the community is to build a telephone tree.
It works on a pyramid system. A small core of people are responsible for placing
five calls each. Each person on the line in turn calls five people and so
on. If the system is prearranged correctly with adjustments made if some people
don't answer the phone, you can have info transmitted to about a thousand
people in less than an hour. A slower but more permanent method is to start
a Switchboard. Basically, a Switchboard is a central telephone number or numbers
that anybody can call night or day to get information. It can be as sophisticated
as the community can support. The people that agree to answer the phone should
have a complete knowledge of places, services and events happening in the
community. Keep a complete updated file. The San Francisco Switchboard (see
below) puts out an operator's manual explaining the organization and operation
of a successful switchboard. They will send it out for 12¢ postage. San Francisco
has the longest and most extensive Switchboard operation. From time to time
there are national conferences with local switchboards sending a rep.
- THE SWITCHBOARD - 1830 Fell
St., San Francisco, Calif. 94117 (415) 387-3575
- MUSIC SWITCHBOARD - 1826 Fell
St., San Francisco, Calif. 94117 (415) 387-8008
- MISSION SWITCHBOARD - 848 14th
St., San Francisco, Calif. 94110 (415) 863-3040
- CHINATOWN EXCHANGE - 1042 Grant
Ave., San Francisco, Calif. 94108 (415) 421-0943
- THE HELP UNIT - 86 3rd St.,
San Francisco, Calif. 94103 (415) 421-9850
- WESTERN ADDITION SWITCHBOARD
- Fell & Fillmore, San Francisco, Calif. (415) 626-8524
Other Western States
- CHICO SWITCHBOARD - 120 W. 2nd
St., Chico, Calif. (916) 342-7546
- EAST OAKLAND SWITCHBOARD - 2812
73rd Ave., Oakland, Calif. (415)569-6369
- MARIN MUSIC SWITCHBOARD - 1017
"D" St., San Rafael, Calif. (415) 457-2104
- WEST OAKLAND LEGAL SWITCHBOARD
- 2713 San Pablo, Oakland, Calif. (415) 836-3013
- SWITCHBOARD OF MARIN - 1017
"D" St., San Rafael, Calif. (415) 456-5300
- BERKELEY SWITCHBOARD - 2389
Oregon, Berkeley, Calif. (415) 549-0649
- SANTA CRUZ SWITCHBOARD - 604
River St., Santa Cruz, Calif. (408) 426-8500
- PALO ALTO XCHANGE - 457 Kingsley
Ave., Palo Alto, Calif. (415) 327-9008
- SAN JOSE SWITCHBOARD - 50 S.
4th St., San Jose, Calif. (408) 295-2938
- SANTA BARBARA SWITCHBOARD -
6575 Seville, Isla Vista, Calif. (805) 968-3564
- EUREKA SWITCHBOARD - 1427 California,
Eureka, Calif. (707) 443-8901 & 443-8311
- UC DAVIS SWITCHBOARD - (on campus),
UC Davis, Calif. (916) 752-3495
- TURNSTILE - 1900 Emerson, Denver,
Colorado (303) 623-3445
- BLACKHAWK INFORMATION CENTER
- 628 Walnut St., Waterloo, Iowa (319) 234-9965
- TAOS SWITCHBOARD - c/o Gen.
Del., Taos, New Mexico (505) 758-4288
- PORTLAND SWITCHBOARD - 1216
SW Salmon, Portland, Oregon (503) 224-0313
- HOUSTON SWITCHBOARD - 108 San
Jacinto, Houston, Texas (713) 228-6072
- YOUTH EMERGENCY SERVICE - 623
Cedar Ave. So., Minneapolis, Minn. (612) 338-7588
- POWELTON TROUBLE CENTER - 222
N. 35th St., Phila., Penna.. (215) 382-6472
- WASHINGTON D.C. SWITCHBOARD
- 2201 P St. NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 667-4684
- MIAMI CENTER FOR DIALOG - 2175
NW 26th St., Miami, Fla. (305) 634-7741
- CANTERBURY HOUSE - 330 Maynard
S, Ann Arbor, Michigan (313) 665-0606
- THE LISTENING EAR - 547 E. Grand
River, East Lansing, Michigan (517) 337-1717
- THE ECSTATIC UMBRELLA - 3800
McGee Kansas City, Missouri (816) 561-4524
- OPEN CITY - 4726 3rd St., Detroit,
Michigan (313) 831-2770
- SWITCHBOARD INC. - 1722 Summit
St., Number 6, Columbus, Ohio (614) 294-6378
- HELP - c/o Marby Beil, 1708
E. Lafayette, Number 5, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (414) 273-5959
- UNITED CHURCH PRESBYTERIAN -
181 Mount Horeb Rd., Warren, N.J. (201) 469-5044
- BOSTON SWITCHBOARD - 45 Bowdoin
St., Boston, Mass. (617) 246-4255
- PROJECT PLACE - 37 Rutland St.,
- BEVERLY SWITCHBOARD - Beverly
Hospital, Beverly, Mass. (617) 922-0000
- FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
OF ACTON - 8 Concord Rd., Acton, Mass. (617) 263-3940
- HALF WAY HOUSE - 20 Linwood
Sq., Roxbury, Mass. (617) 442-7591
- ACID - 13 Linden Ave., Malden,
Mass. (617) 342-2218
- PROJECT ASSIST - 945 Great Plain
Ave., Needham, Mass. (617) 444-1902& 3
- LEXINGTON - ARLINGTON HOT LINE
- 1912 Mass. Ave., Lexington, Mass. (617) 862-8130&1
- COMMUNITY YOUTH COMMISSION -
945 Great Plain Ave., Needham, Mass. (617) 444-1795
- HOT LINE - 429 Cherry St., West
Newton, Mass. (617) 969-5906
- BINARY INFORMATION TRANSFER
- 141 Westbourne Park Rd., London W2, England. Ask overseas operator for
- CANADIAN SWITCHBOARD - 282 Rue
Ste. Catherine, West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (514) 866-2672
For a complete and up-to-date
list of switchboards and similar projects around the country, write to San
Francisco Switchboard. They need 25 cents to cover postage costs.
Under FCC Low Power
Transmission Regulations, it is legal to broadcast on the AM band without
even obtaining a license, if you transmit with 100 milliwatts of power or
less on a free band space that doesn't interfere with a licensed station.
You are further allowed up to a 12-foot antenna or the use of carrier-current
transmission (regular electric wall outlets). Using this legal set-up, you
can broadcast from a 2 to 20 block radius depending on how high up you can
locate your antenna and the density of tall buildings in the area.
consists of plugging the transmitter into a regular wall socket. It draws
power in the same way as any other electrical appliance, and feeds its signal
into the power line allowing the broadcast to be heard on any AM radio tuned
into the operating frequency. The transmitter can be adjusted to different
frequencies until a clear band is located. The signal will travel over the
electrical wiring until it hits a transformer where it will be erased. The
trouble with this method is that in large cities, almost every large office
or apartment building has a transformer. You should experiment with this method
first, but if you are in a city, chances are you'll need an antenna rigged
up on the roof. Anything over twelve feet is illegal, but practice has shown
that the FCC won't hassle you if you don't have commercials and refrain from
interfering with licensed broadcasts. There are some cats in Connecticut broadcasting
illegally with a 100-foot antenna over a thirty mile radius for hours on end
and nobody gives them any trouble. Naturally if you insist upon using dirty
language, issuing calls to revolution, broadcasting bombing information, interfering
with above ground stations and becoming too well known, the FCC is going to
try and knock you out. There are penalties that have never been handed out
of up to a year in jail. It's possible you could get hit with a conspiracy
rap, which could make it a felony, but the opinion of movement lawyers now
is a warning if you're caught once, and a possible fine with stiffer penalties
possible for repeaters that are caught.
If it gets really heavy,
you could still broadcast for up to 15 minutes without being pin-pointed by
the FCC sleuths. By locating your equipment in a panel truck and broadcasting
from a fixed roof antenna, you can make it almost impossible for them to catch
you by changing positions.
There has been a variety
of transmitting equipment used, and the most effective has been found to be
an AM transmitter manufactured by Low Power Broadcasting Co., 520 Lincoln
Highway, Frazer, Penn. 19355. Call Dick Crompton at (215 NI 4-4096. The right
transmitter will run about $200. If you plan to use carrier-current transmission
you'll also need a capacitor that sells for $30. An antenna can be made out
of aluminum tubing and antenna wiring available at any TV radio supply store
(see diagram). You'll also need a good microphone that you can get for about
$10. Naturally, equipment for heavier broadcasting is available if a member
of your group has a license or good connections with someone who works in
a large electronics supply house. Also with a good knowledge in the area you
can build a transmitter for a fraction of the purchase price. You can always
employ tape recorders, turntables and other broadcasting hardware depending
on how much bread you have, how much stuff you have to hide (i.e., how legal
your operation is) and the type of broadcasting you want to do.
It is possible to extend
your range by sending a signal over the telephone lines to other transmitters
which will immediately rebroadcast. Several areas in a city could be linked
together and even from one city to another. Theoretically, if enough people
rig up transmitters and antennas at proper locations and everyone operates
on the same band, it is possible to build a nation-wide people's network that
is equally theoretically legal.
Broadcasting, it should
be remembered, is a one-way transmission of information. Communications which
allow you to transmit and receive are illegal without a license (ham radio).
There are a number of
outlaw radio projects going on around the country. Less frequent, but just
as feasible, is a people's television network. Presently there are three basic
types of TV systems: Broadcast, which is the sending of signals directly from
a station's transmitter to home receiver sets; Cable, where the cable company
employees extremely sensitive antenna to pick up broadcast transmissions and
relay them and/or they originate and send them; and thirdly, Closed Circuit
TV, such as the surveillance cameras in supermarkets, banks and apartment
The third system as
used by the pigs is of little concern, unless we are interested in not being
photographed. The cameras can be temporarily knocked out of commission by
flashing a bright light (flashbulb, cigarette lighter, etc.) directly in front
of its lens. For our own purposes, closed-circuit TV can be employed for broadcasting
rallies, rock concerts or teach-ins to other locations. The equipment is not
that expensive to rent and easy to operate. Just contact the largest television
or electronics store in your area and ask about it. There are also closed-circuit
and cable systems that work in harmony to broadcast special shows to campuses
and other institutions. Many new systems are being developed and will be in
Cable systems as such
are in use only in a relatively few areas. They can be tapped either at the
source or at any point along the cable by an engineer freak who knows what
to do. The source is the best spot, since all the amplification and distribution
equipment of the system is available at that point. Tapping along the cable
itself can be a lot hairier, but more frustrating for the company when they
try to trace you down.
that is received on almost all living room sets works on an RF (radio frequency)
signal sent out on various frequencies which correspond to the channels on
the tuner. In no area of the country are all these channels used. This raises
important political questions as to why people do not have the right to broadcast
on unused channels. By getting hold of a TV camera (Sony and Panasonic are
the best for the price) that has an RF output, you can send pictures to a
TV set simply by placing the camera cable on or near the antenna of the receiver
set. When the set is operating on the same channel as the camera, it will
show what the camera sees. Used video tape recorders such as the Sony CV series
that record and play back audio and video information are becoming more available.
These too can be easily adapted to send RF signals the same as a live camera.
Whether or not the program
to be broadcasted is live or on tape, there are three steps to be taken in
order to establish a people's TV network. First, you must convert the video
and audio signals to an RF frequency modulated (FM) signal corresponding to
the desired broadcast channel. We suggest for political and technical reasons
that you pick one of the unused channels in your area to begin experimenting.
The commercial stations have an extremely powerful signal and can usually
override your small output. Given time and experience you might want to go
into direct competition with the big boys on their own channel. It is entirely
possible, say in a 10 to 20 block radius, to interrupt a presidential press-conference
with more important news. Electronic companies, such as Jerrold Electronics
Corp., 4th and Walnut Sts., Philadelphia, Pa., make equipment that can RF
both video and audio information onto specific channels. The device you'd
be interested in is called a cable driver or RF modulator.
When the signal is in
the RF state, it is already possible to broadcast very short distances. The
second step is to amplify the signal so it will reach as far as possible.
A linear amplifier of the proper frequency is required for this job. The stronger
the amplifier the farther and more powerful the signal. A 10-watt job will
cover approximately 5 miles (line of sight) in area. Linear amplifiers are
not that easily available, but they can be constructed with some electrical
The third step is the
antenna, which if the whole system is to be mobile to avoid detection, is
going to involve some experimentation and possible camouflage. Two things
to keep in mind about an antenna are that it should be what is technically
referred to as a "di-pole" antenna (see diagram) and since TV signals travel
on line of sight, it is important to place the antenna as high as possible.
Although it hasn't been done in practice, it certainly is possible to reflect
pirate signals off an make equipment that can RF both video and audio existing
antenna of a commercial network. This requires a full knowledge of broadcasting;
however, any amateur can rig up an antenna, attach it to a helium balloon
and get it plenty high. For most, the roof of a tall building will suffice.
If you're really uptight about your operation, the antenna can be hidden with
a fake cardboard chimney.
We realize becoming TV
guerrillas is not everyone's trip, but a small band with a few grand can indeed
pull it off. There are a lot of technical freaks hanging around recording
studios, guitar shops, hi-fi stores and engineering schools that can be turned
on to the project. By showing them the guidelines laid out here, they can
help you assemble and build various components that are difficult to purchase
(i.e., the linear amplifier). Naturally, by building some of the components,
the cost of the operation is kept way down. Equipment can be purchased in
selective electronics stores. You'll need a camera, VTR, RF modulator, linear
amplifier and antenna. Also a generator, voltage regulator and an alternator
if you want the station to be mobile. One of the best sources of information
on both television and radio broadcasting is the Radio Amateur's Handbook
published by the American Radio Relay League, Newington, Conn. 06611 and available
for $4.50. The handbook gives a complete course in electronics and the latest
information on all techniques and equipment related to broadcasting. Back
issues have easy to read do-it-yourself TV transmitter diagrams and instructions.
Also available is a publication called Radical Software, put out by Raindance
Corp., 24 E. 22nd St., New York, N.Y., with the latest info on all types of
Guerrilla TV is the
vanguard of the communications revolution, rather than the avant-garde cellophane
light shows and the weekend conferences. One pirate picture on the sets in
Amerika's living rooms is worth a thousand wasted words.
With the fundamentals
in this field mastered, you can rig up all sorts of shit. Cheap twenty-dollar
tape recorders can be purchased and outfitted with a series of small loud-speakers.
Concealed in a school auditorium or other large hall, such a system can blast
out any message or music you wish to play. The administration will go insane
trying to locate the operation if it is well hidden. We know two cats who
rigged a church with this type of setup and a timing device. Right in the
middle of the sermon, on came Radio Heaven and said stuff like "Come on preacher,
this is God, you don't believe all that crap now, do you?" It made for an
exciting Sunday service, all right. You can build a miniature transmitter
and with a small magnet attach it to the underbelly of a police car to keep
track of where it's going. This would only be practical in a small town or
on a campus where there are only a few security guards or patrol vehicles.
If you rigged a small tape recorder to the transmitter and tuned it to a popular
AM band, the patrol car as it rode around could actually broadcast the guerrilla
message you prerecorded. Wouldn't they be surprised when they found out how
you did it? You can get a "Bumper Beeper" and receiver that are constructed
by professionals for use by private detectives. The dual unit costs close
to $400. If you've got that kind of bread, you can write John Bomar, 6838
No. 3rd Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85013 for a catalogue and literature.
Even though there are
laws governing the area of sneaky surveillance, telephone taps, tracking devices
and the like, a number of enterprising firms produce an unbelievable array
of electronic hardware that allows you to match Big Brother's ears and eyes.
Sugar cube transmitters, tie clasp microphones, phone taps, tape recorders
that work in a hollowed-out book and other Brave New World equipment is available
from the following places. Send for their catalogues just to marvel at the
level of technology. R. B. Clifton, 1150 NW 7th Ave., Miami, Fla. 33168; Electrolab
Corp., Bank of Stateboro Building, Stateboro, Ga. 30458; or Tracer Investigative
Products, Inc., 256 Worth. Ave., Palm, Beach, Fla. 33482.
By the way, you can
pick up Radio Hanoi on a short wave radio every day from 3:00 to 3:30 PM at
15013 kilocycles on the 19 meter band.
will be an important form of protest. The structure can vary from a rally
or teach-in to a massive civil disobedience such as the confronting of the
warmakers at the Pentagon or a smoke-in. A demonstration is different from
other forms of warfare because it invites people other than those planning
the action via publicity to participate. It also is basically non-violent
in nature. A complete understanding of the use of media is necessary to create
the publicity needed to get the word out. Numbers of people are only one of
the many factors in an effective demonstration. The timing, choice of target
and tactics to be employed are equally important. There have been demonstrations
of 400,000 that are hardly remembered and demonstrations of a few dozen that
were remarkably effective. Often the critical element involved is the theater.
Those who say a demonstration should be concerned with education rather than
theater don't understand either and will never organize a successful demonstration,
or for that matter, a successful revolution. Publicity includes everything
from buttons and leaflets to press conferences. You should be in touch with
the best artists you can locate to design the visual props. Posters can be
silk screened very cheaply and people can be taught to do it in a very short
time. Buttons have to be purchased. The cheapest are those printed directly
on the metal. The paint rubs off after a while, but they are ideal for mass
demonstrations. You can print 10,000 for about $250.00. Leaflets, like posters,
should be well designed.
One way of getting publicity
is to negotiate with the city for permits. Again, this raises political questions,
but there is not doubt one reason for engaging in permit discussions is for
The date, time and place
of the demonstration all have to be chosen with skill. Know the projected
weather reports. Pick a time and day of the week that are convenient to most
people. Make sure the place itself adds some meaning to the message. Don't
have a demonstration just because that's the way it's always been done. It
is only one type of weapon and should be used as such. On the other hand,
don't dismiss demonstrations because they have always turned out boring. You
and your group can plan a demonstration within the demonstration more accurately.
Also don't tend to dismiss demonstrations outright because the repression
is too great. During World War II the Danes held street demonstrations against
the Nazis who occupied their country. Even today there are public demonstrations
against the Vietnam War in downtown Saigon. Repression is there, but overestimating
it is more a tactical blunder than the reverse. None the less, it's wise to
go to all demonstrations prepared for a vamping by the pigs.
Most vamping is accompanied
by clubbing, rough shoving and dragging, gassing and occasional buckshot or
rifle fire. The clothing you wear should offer you the best protection possible,
yet be light weight enough to allow you to be highly mobile. CS and CN are
by far the most commonly employed tear gas dispersibles. Occasionally they
are combined with pepper gas to give better results. Pepper gas is a nerve
irritant that affects exposed areas of the skin. Clothing that is tight fitting
and covers as much of the body surface as possible is advisable. This also
offers some protection if you are dragged along the ground. Gloves come in
handy as protection and if you want to pick up gas canisters and throw them
back at the pigs or chuck them through a store window.
Your shoes should be
high sneakers for running or boots for kicking. Hiking boots sold in army
surplus stores serve both purposes and are your best selection for street
action. Men should wear a jock strap or protective cup. Rib guards can be
purchased for about $6.00 at any sporting goods store. Shoulder pads and leg
pads are also available, but unless you expect heavy fighting and are used
to wearing this clumsy street armor, you'll be better off without it.
Everyone should have
a helmet. Your head sticks out above the swarming crowd and dents like a tin
can. Protect it! The type of helmet you get depends on what you can afford
and how often you'll be using it. The cheapest helmet available is a heavy
steel tank model. This one is good because it offers ear protection and has
a built-in suspension system to absorb the blow. It is also bullet proof.
It's disadvantages are that it only comes in large sizes and is the heaviest
thing you'll ever have on your head. It costs about $3.00. For $5.00 you can
get a Civil Defense helmet made for officers. It's much lighter, but doesn't
offer protection for the ears. It has a good suspension system. If you get
this model, paint it a dark color before using it and you'll be less conspicuous.
Our fashion consultants suggest anarchy black.
or "hard hats" run between $8.00 and $10.00, depending on the type of suspension
system and material used. They are good for women because they are extremely
lightweight. The aluminum ones dent if struck repeatedly and the fiberglass
type can crack. Also they offer no ear protection. If you prefer one of these
you should find a way to attach a chin or neck strap so you won't lose it
while you run. If you get a hard hat, make sure you remove the hard head before
you take it home.
Probably the all-around
good deal for the money is the standard M-1 Army issue helmet. These vary
in quality and price, depending on age and condition. They run from $2.00
to $10.00. Make sure the one you get has a liner with webbing that fits well
or is adjustable and has a chin strap. Their main disadvantage is that they
are bulky and heavy.
The snappiest demonstrators
use the familiar motorcycle crash helmet. They are the highest in price, running
from $10.00 to as high as $40.00. Being made of fiberglass, they are extremely
lightweight. They have a heavy-duty strap built in and they can be gotten
to fit quite snugly around the head. They offer excellent ear protection.
The foam rubber insulation is better than a webbing system, and will certainly
cushion most blows. Being made of fiberglass, a few have been known to crack
under repeated blows, but that is extremely rare. Most come with plastic face
guards that offer a little added protection. Get only those with removable
ones since you might want to make use of a gas mask.
Ski goggles or the face
visor on a crash helmet will protect against Mace but will offer no protection
against the chemical warfare gasses being increasingly used by pigs to dispose
crowds. For this protection you'll need a gasmask. All the masks discussed
give ideal protection against the gasses mentioned in the chart if used properly.
If you do not have a gas mask, you should at least get a supply of surgical
masks from a hospital supply store and a plastic bag filled with water and
The familiar World War
II Army gas mask with the filter in a long nose unit sells new (which is the
only way gas masks can be sold) for about $5.00. Its disadvantages are that
it doesn't cover the whole face, is easy to grab and pull off and the awkwardly
placed filter makes running difficult. The Officer Civil Defense unit sells
for the same price and overcomes the disadvantages of the World War II Army
model. Most National Guard units use this type of mask. It offers full face
protection, is lightweight and the filter canister is conveniently located.
Also the adjustable straps make for a nice tight fit. The U.S.A. Protective
Field Combat Mask M9A1 offers the same type protection as the OCD, but costs
twice as much. Its advantage is that you can get new filter canisters when
the chemicals in the one you are using becomes ineffective. New filters cost
about $1.50. When you buy a mask, be sure and inquire if the filter has replacements.
To get maximum efficiency out of a mask it needs an active chemical filter.
The U.S. Navy ND Mark
IV Mask is the most effective gas mask available. It has replaceable filter
canisters and fits snugly to the head. It costs about $12.00. Its disadvantage
is its dual tube filter system, which is somewhat bulky. Fix it so the canister
rests on the back of your needs. It's more difficult to grab and easier to
When you get your gas
mask home, try it out to get the feeling of using it. Make sure the fit is
good and snug. Purchase an anti-fog cloth for 25 cents where you got the mask.
Wipe the inside of the eye pieces before wearing to prevent the glasses from
clouding. Another good reason for wearing a mask is that it offers anonymity.
Helmets, gas masks and a host of other valuable equipment are available at
any large Army-Navy surplus store. Kaufman's Surplus and Arms, Inc., 623 Broadway,
New York, N.Y. 10012 is very well stocked. For 75 cents you can get their
catalogue and order through the mail. It's in New York though and probably
more expensive than a store in your locale. The surplus stores buy from wholesale
distributors themselves, who in turn buy directly from the military. If you
know a soldier or someone who is married to a soldier, they have access to
the Post Dispensary or PX and can get all sorts of stuff at nothing prices.
For 20 cents you can get an invaluable pamphlet from the Government Printing
Office called How to Buy Surplus Personal Property. It has a complete list
of regional surplus wholesalers. The closest one in the Northeast is the Naval
Supply Center, Building 652, U.S. Naval Base, Philadelphia, Pa. and in Northern
California, the Naval Supply Center, Building 502, Oakland, California. You
can order by mail or in person and the prices are very low, even though it
isn't as good as the stuff our brothers and sisters in the Viet Cong rip-off.
You should always go
to a demonstration in a small group that stays in contact with each other
until the demonstration is over. One way to keep in touch is to use walkie-talkies.
No matter how heavy the vamping gets or how spread out are the crowds, you'll
be able to communicate with these lightweight effective portable devices.
The only disadvantage is cost. A half decent unit costs at least $18.00. It
should have a minimum of 9 transistors and 100 milliwatts, although walkie-talkies
can go as high as 5 watts and broadcast over 2 miles. Anything under 1 watt
will not broadcast over ½ mile and considerably less in an area with tall
buildings. The best unit you can buy runs about $300.00. If you ever deck
a pig, steal his walkie-talkie even before you take his gun. A good rule is
to avoid the bargain gyp-joints and go to a place that deals in electronic
The important thing
to realize about all walkie-talkie networks is that if anyone can talk, anyone
else can listen and vice versa. This applies to pigs as well as us. All walkie-talkies
work on the Civilian Band which has 23 channels. The cheaper units are preset
to channel 9 or 11. The pigs broadcast on higher channels, usually channel
22. More expensive sets can operate on alternative channels. By removing the
front of the set, you can adjust the transmitter and receiver to pick up and
receive police communications. Don't screw around with the inside though,
unless you know what you are doing. Allied Radio, 100 N. Western Ave., Chicago,
Illinois 60680, will send you a good free catalogue, as will most large electronic
stores. Consider buying a number of sets and ask about group discounts. Practice
a number of times before you actually use walkie-talkies in real action. Develop
code names and words just like the pigs do. Once you get acquainted with this
method of communications in the streets, you'll never get cut off from the
action. Watch out in close combat though. The pigs always try to smash any
A sign can be used to
ward off blows. Staple it to a good strong pole that you can use as a weapon
if need be. Chains make good belts, as do garrisons with the buckles sharpened.
A tightly rolled-up magazine or newspaper also can be used as a defensive
Someone in your group
should carry a first aid kit. A Medical Emergency Aeronautic Kit, which costs
about $5.00 has a perfect carrying bag for street action.
Ideally you should visit
the proposed site of the demonstration before it actually takes place. This
way you'll have an idea of the terrain and the type of containment the police
will be using. Someone in your group should mimeograph a map of the immediate
vicinity which each person should carry. Alternative actions and a rendezvous
point should be worked out. Everyone should have two numbers written on their
arm, a coordination center number and the number of a local lawyer or legal
defense committee. You should not take your personal phone books to demonstrations.
If you get busted, pigs can get mighty Nosy when it comes to phone books.
Any sharp objects can be construed as weapons. Women should not wear earrings
or other jewelry and should tie their hair up to tuck it under a helmet. Wear
a belt that you can use as a tourniquet. False teeth and contact lenses should
be left at home if possible. You can choke on false teeth if you receive a
sharp blow while running. Contact lenses can complicate eye damage if gas
or Mace is used.
If it really looks heavy,
you might want to pick up on a lightweight adjustable bullet-proof vest, available
for $14.95 from Surplus Distributors, Inc., 6279 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys,
California 91401. Remember what the Boy Scouts say when they go camping: "Be
Prepared". When you go to demonstrations you should be prepared for a lot
more than speeches. The pigs will be.
Ever since the Chicago
pigs brutalized the demonstrators in August of 1968, young people have been
read to vent their rage over Amerika's inhumanity by using more daring tactics
than basic demonstrations. There is a growing willingness to do battle with
the pigs in the streets and at the same time to inflict property damage. It's
not exactly rioting and it's not exactly guerrilla warfare; it has come to
be called "Trashing." Most trashing is of a primitive nature with the pigs
having the weapon and strategy advantage. Most trashers rely on quick young
legs and a nearby rock. By developing simple gang strategy and becoming acquainted
with some rudimentary weapons and combat techniques, the odds can be shifted
Remember, pigs have
small brains and move slowly. All formations, signals, codes and other procedures
they use have to be uniform and simplistic. The Army Plan for Containment
and Control of Civil Disorders, published by the Government Printing Office,
contains the basic thinking for all city, county and state storm troopers.
A trip to the library and a look at any basic text in criminology will help
considerably in gaining an understanding of how pigs act in the street. If
you study up, you'll find you can, with the aid of a bullhorn or properly
adjusted walkie-talkie, fuck up many intricate pig formations. "Left flank-right
turn!" said authoritatively into a bullhorn pointed in the right direction
will yield all sorts of wild results.
You should trash with
a group using a buddy system to keep track of each other. If someone is caught
by a pig, other should immediately rush to the rescue if it's possible to
do so without sustaining too many losses. If an arrest is made, someone from
your gang should take responsibility for seeing to it that a lawyer and bail
bread are taken care of. Never abandon a member of your gang.
Avoid fighting in close
quarters. You run less risk by throwing an object than by personally delivering
the blow with a weapon you hold in your hand. We suppose this is what pigs
refer to as "duty fighting." All revolutionaries fight dirt in the eyes of
the oppressors. The British accused the Minutemen of Lexington and Concord
of fighting dirty by hiding behind trees. The U.S. Army accuses the Viet Cong
of fighting dirty when they rub a pointed bamboo shoot in infected shit and
use it as a land mine. Mayor Daley says the Yippies squirted hair spray and
used golf balls with spikes in them against his innocent blue boys. No one
ever accused the U.S. of being sneaky for using an airforce in Southeast Asia
or the Illinois State Attorney's office of fighting dirty when it murdered
Fred Hampton and Mark Clark while they lay in bed. We say: all power to the
WEAPONS FOR STREET FIGHTING
These are a very effective
and educating method of property destruction. If a liberated zone has been
established or you find yourself on a quiet street away from the thick of
things, pretty up the neighborhood. Slogans and symbols can be sprayed on
rough surfaces such as brick or concrete walls that are a real bitch to remove
unless expensive sandblasting is used.
This is probably the
ideal street weapon for the swarms of little Davids that are out to down the
Goliaths of Pigdom. It is cheap, legal to carry, silent, fast-loading and
any right size rock will do for a missile. You can find them at hobby shops
and large sporting goods stores, especially those that deal in hunting supplies.
Wrist-Rocket makes a powerful and accurate slingshot for $2.50. The Whamo
Sportsman is not as good but half the price. By selecting the right "Y" shaped
branch, you can fashion a home-made one by using a strip of rubber cut from
the inner tube of a tue as the sling. A few hours of shooting stones at cans
in the back yard or up on the roof will make you marksman enough for those
fat bank windows and even fatter pigs.
A sling is a home-made
weapon consisting of two lengths of heavy-duty cord each attached securely
at one end to a leather patch that serves as a pocket to cradle the rock.
Place the rock in the pouch and grab the two pieces of cord firmly in your
hand. Whirl the rock round and round until gravity holds it firmly in the
pouch. When you feel you have things under control, let one end of the cord
go and the rock will fly out at an incredible speed. You should avoid using
the sling in a thick crowd (rooftop shooting is best). Practice is definitely
needed to gain any degree of accuracy.
The boomerang is a neat
weapon for street fighting and is as easy to master as the Frisbee. There
is a great psychological effect in using exotic weapons such as this. You
can buy one at large hobby stores. On the East Coast you can get one from
Sportscraft, Bergenfield, New Jersey, for $2.69, and on the West Coast from
Whamo, 835 El Monte St., San Gabriel, Calif., for $1.10.
flash guns are available that will blind a power-crazy pig, thus distracting
him long enough to rescue a captured comrade. Check out camping and boating
Tear Gas and Mace
Personalized tear gas
and mace dispensers are available for self-defense against muggers. Well,
isn't a pig just an extra vicious mugger? Write J.P. Darby, 8813 New Hyde
Park, New York, N.Y. 11040 for a variety of types and prices.
Tear gas shells are
available for 12 gauge shotguns and .38 Special handguns, but it is highly
inadvisable to bring guns to street actions. A far better weapon is a specially
built projection device that shoots tear gas shells. Hercules Gas-Munitions
Corp., 5501 No. Broadway, Chicago, Ill., sells compact units complete with
cartridges for $6.95 that will fire up to 20 feet. Penguin Associates, Inc.,
Pennsylvania Avenue, Malvern, Penn., also has a variety of tear-gas propellant
devices including a combination tear gas-billyclub item. All these companies
will supply a catalogue and price list on request. Some states have laws against
civilian use of tear gas devices. New York is one of them, and unfortunately
these companies will not ship to states that forbid usage. If you want any
of these items, and your state has restrictions, have a sister or brother
in a neighboring state order for you. Just latching onto these catalogues
can be a trip and a half in terms of getting your imagination hopping. For
example Raid, Black Flag and other insecticides shoot a 7 to 10 foot stream
that burns the eyes. You can also dissolve Drano in water and squirt it from
an ordinary plastic water pistol. That makes a highly effective defensive
weapon. A phony letterhead of a Civil Defense unit will help in getting heavier
anti-personal weapons of a defensive nature.
Don't believe all those
bullshit tire ads that make tires seem like the Superman of the streets. Roofing
nails spread out on the street are effective in stopping a patrol car. A nail
sticking out from a strong piece of wood wedged under a rear tire will work
as effectively as a bazooka. An ice pick will do the trick repeatedly but
you've got to have a strong arm to strike home. Sugar in the gas tank of a
pig vehicle will really fuck-up the engine.
Authentic Pig Game
If you really get into
it, you'll probably want to be sd heavily prepared for trashing as are the
pigs. Wouldn't you just know that the largest supplier of equipment to police
in the world is in Chicago. Kale's, 550 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, Ill. 60607,
will send you, on request, the most complete catalogue you can get for trashing.
Actual police uniforms, super-riot helmets, persuaders chemical mace, a knuckle
sap, which is a glove with powdered lead, billy clubs, secret holsters, a
three-in-one mob stick that spits Mace, emits an electric shock and allows
you to club to death a charging rhinoceros. You can also get the latest in
handcuffs and other security devices. This catalogue is a must for the love-child
of the 70's. If we want to get high we're going to have to fight our way up.
Probably one of the
most favored street weapons of all time is the good old "shiv," "blade," "toe-jabber"
or whatever you choose to call a good sticker. Remembering that today's pig
is tomorrow's bacon, it's good to know a few handy slicing tips. The first
thing to learn is the local laws regarding the possession of knives. The laws
on possession are of the "Catch-22" vagueness. Cops can arrest you for having
a small pocket knife and claim you have a concealed and deadly weapon in your
possession. Here, as in most cases of law, it's not what you are doing, it's
who's doing the what that counts. All areas, however, usually have a limit
on length such as blades under 4" or 6" are legal and anything over that length
concealed on a person can be considered illegal. Asking some hip lawyers can
Unfortunately, the best
fighting knives are illegal. Switchblades (and stilettos) because they can
so quickly spring into operation, are great weapons that are outlawed in all
states. If you want to risk the consequences, however, you can readily purchase
these weapons once you learn how to contact the criminal underworld or in
most foreign countries. If both of these fail, go to any pawnshop, look in
the window, and take our choice of lethal, illegal knives.
A flat gravity knife,
available in most army surplus and pawn shops would be the best type available
in regular over-the-counter buying. It's flat style makes for easy concealment
and comfort when kept in a pocket or boot. It can be greased and the rear
"heel" of the blade can be filed down to make it fly open with a flick of
the wrist. A little practice here will be very useful.
Most inexperienced knife
fighters use a blade incorrectly. Having seen too many Jim Bowies slash their
way through walls of human flesh, they persist in carrying on this inane tradition.
Overhead and uppercut slashes are a waste of energy and blade power. The correct
method is to hold the knife in a natural, firm grip and jab straight ahead
at waist level with the arm extending full length each time. This fencing
style allows for the maximum reach of arm and blade. By concentrating the
point of the knife directly at the target, you make defense against such an
attack difficult. Work out with this jabbing method in front of a mirror and
in a few days you'll get it down pretty well.
Let's face it, when
it comes to trashing in the streets, our success is going to depend on our
cunning and speed rather than our strength and power. Our side is all quarterbacks,
and the pigs have nothing but linemen. They are clumsy, slobbish brutes that
would be lost without their guns, clubs and toy whistles. When one grabs you
for an arrest, you can with a little effort, make him let go. In the confusion
of all the street action, you will then be able to manage your getaway.
There are a variety
of defensive twists and pulls that are easy to master by reading a good, easily
understandable book on the subject, such as George Hunter's How To Defend
Yourself (see appendix). If a pig grabs you by the wrist you can break the
grip by twisting against his thumb. Try this on yourself by grabbing one wrist
with your hand. See how difficult it is to hold someone who works against
the thumb. If he grabs you around the waist or neck, you can grab his thumbs
or another finger and sharply bend it backwards. By concentrating all your
energy on one little finger, you can inflict pain and cause the grip to be
There are a variety
of points on the body where a firm amount of pressure skillfully directed
will induce severe pain. A grip, for example, can be broken by jabbing your
finger firmly between the pig's knuckles. (Nothing like chopped pigknuckles.)
Feel directly under your chin in back of the jawbone until your finger rests
in the V area, press firmly upward and backward towards the center of the
head. There is also a very vulnerable spot right behind the ear lobe. Stick
your fingers there and see. Get the point!
In addition to pressure
points, there are places in the body where a sharp, well-directed whack with
the side of a rigidly held palm can easily disable a person. Performed by
an expert, such a blow can even be lethal. Try making such a rigid palm and
practice these judo chops. The fist is a ridiculous weapon to use. It's fleshy,
the blow is distributed over too wide an area to have any real effect and
the knuckles break easily. You will have to train yourself to use judo chops
instinctively, but it will prove quite worthwhile if you are ever in trouble.
A good place to aim for is directly in the center of the chest cavity at its
lowest point. Draw a straight line up about six inches starting from your
belly button, and you can feel the point. The Adam's Apple in the center of
the neck and the back of the neck at the top of the spinal column are also
extremely vulnerable spots. With the side of your palm, press firmly the spot
directly below your nose and above your upper lip. You can easily get an idea
of what a short, forceful chop in this area would do. The side of the head
in front of the ear is also a good place to aim your blow.
In addition to jabs,
chops, twists, squeezes and bites, you ought to gain some mastery of kneeing
and kicking. If you are being held in close and facing the porker, the old
familiar knee-in-the-nuts will produce remarkable results. A feinting motion
with the head before the knee is delivered will produce a reflexive reaction
from your opponent that will leave his groin totally unprotected. Ouch!
Whether he has you from
the front or the back, he is little prepared to defend against a skillfully
aimed kick. The best way is to forcefully scrape the side of your shoe downward
along the shinbone, beginning just below the knee and ending with a hard stomp
on the instep of the foot. Just try this with the side of your hand and you
will get an idea of the damage you can inflict with this scrape and stomp
method. Another good place to kick and often the only spot accessible is the
side of the knee. Even a half successful blow here will topple the biggest
of honkers. Any of these easy to learn techniques of unarmed self defense
will fulfill the old nursery rhyme that goes:
Catch a piggy by the toe
When he hollers
Let him go
Out pops Y-0-U
GENERAL STRATEGY RAP
The guideline in trashing
is to try and do as much property destruction as possible without getting
caught or hurt. The best buildings to trash in terms of not alienating too
many of those not yet clued into revolutionary violence, are the most piggy
symbols of violence you can find. Banks, large corporations, especially those
that participate heavily in supporting the U.S. armed forces, federal buildings,
courthouses, police stations, and Selective Service centers are all good targets.
On campuses, buildings that are noted for warfare research and ROTC training
are best. When it comes to automobiles, choose only police vehicles and very
expensive cars such as Lamborghinis and Iso Grifos. Every rock or molotov
cocktail thrown should make a very obvious political point. Random violence
produces random propaganda results. Why waste even a rock?
When you know there
is going to be a rough street scene developing, don't play into the pig's
strategy. Spread the action out. Help waste the enemy's numbers. You and the
other members of your group should already have a target or two in mind that
will make for easy trashing. If you don't have one, setting fires in trash
cans and ringing fire alarms will help provide a cover for other teams that
do have objectives picked out. Putting out street lights with rocks also helps
the general infusion.
After a few tries at
trashing, you'll begin to overcome your fears, learn what to expect from both
the pigs and your comrades, and develop your own street strategy. Nothing
works like practice in actual street conditions. Get your head together and
you'll become a pro. Don't make the basic mistake of just naively floating
into the area. Don't think "rally" or "demonstration," think "WAR" and "Battle
Zone." Keep your eyes and ears open. Watch for mistakes made by members of
your gang and those made by other comrades. Watch for blunders by the police.
In street fighting, every soldier should think like a general. Workshops should
be organized right after an action to discuss the strength and weaknesses
of techniques and strategies used. Avoid political bullshit at such raps.
Regard them as military sessions. Persons not versed in the tactics of revolution
usually have nothing worthwhile to say about the politics of revolution.
You can purchase buteric
acid at any chemical supply store for "laboratory experiments." It can be
thrown or poured directly in an area you think already stinks. A small bottle
can be left uncapped behind a door that opens into the target room. When a
person enters they will knock over the bottle, spilling the liquid. Called
a "Froines," by those in the know, an ounce of buteric acid can go a long
way. Be careful not to get it on your clothing. A home-made stink bomb can
be made by mixing a batch of egg whites, Drano, (sodium hydroxide) and water.
Let the mixture sit for a few days in a capped bottle before using.
Sometimes it becomes
strategically correct to confuse the opposition and provide a smoke screen
to aid an escape. A real home-made stroke bomb can be made by combining four
parts sugar to six parts saltpeter (available at all chemical supply stores).
This mixture must then be heated over a very low flame. It will blend into
a plastic substance. When this starts to gel, remove from the heat and allow
the plastic to cool. Embed a few wooden match heads into the mass while it's
still pliable and attach a fuse.*
The smoke bomb itself
is a non-explosive and non-flame-producing, so no extreme safety requirements
are needed. About a pound of the plastic will produce thick enough smoke to
fill a city block. Just make sure you know which way the wind is blowing.
Weathermen-women! If you're not the domestic type, you can order smoke flares
(yellow or black) for $2.00 a flare [12 inch] from Time Square Stage Lighting
Co., 318 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036.
*You can make
a good homemade fuse by dipping a string in glue and then rolling it lightly
in gunpowder. When the glue hardens, wrap the string tightly and neatly with
scotch tape. This fuse can be used in a variety of ways. Weight it on one
end and drop a rock into the tank of a pig vehicle. Light the other end and
run like hell.
LACE (Lysergic Acid
Crypto-Ethelene) can be made by mixing LSD with DMSO, a high penetrating agent,
and water. Sprayed from an atomizer or squirted from a water pistol, the purple
liquid will send any pig twirling into the Never-Never Land of chromosome
damage. It produces an involuntary pelvic action in cops that resembles fucking.
Remember when Mace runs out, turn to Lace.
How about coating thin
darts in LSD and shooting them from a Daisy Air Pellet Gun? Guns and darts
are available at hobby and sports shops. Sharpening the otherwise dull darts
will help in turning on your prey.
Molotov cocktails are
a classic street fighting weapon served up around the world. If you've never
made one, you should try it the next time you are in some out-of-the-way barren
place just to wipe the fear out of your mind and know that it works. Fill
a thin-walled bottle half full with gasoline. Break up a section of styrofoam
(cups made of this substance work fine) and let it sit in the gasoline for
a few days. The mixture should be slushy and almost fill the bottle. The styrofoam
spreads the flames around and regulates the burning. The mixture has nearly
the same properties as napalm. Soap flakes (not detergents) can be substituted
for styrofoam. Rubber cement and sterno also work. In a pinch, plain gasoline
will do nicely, but it burns very fast. A gasoline-kerosene mixture is preferred
by some folks.
Throwing, although by
far not the safest method, is sometimes necessary. The classic technique of
stuffing a rag in the neck of a bottle, lighting and tossing is foolish. Often
gas fumes escape from the bottle and the mixture ignites too soon, endangering
the thrower. If you're into throwing, the following is a much safer method:
Once the mixture is prepared and inside the bottle, cap it tightly using the
original cap or a suitable cork. Then wash the bottle off with rubbing alcohol
and wipe it clean. Just before you leave to strike a target, take a strip
of rag or a tampax and dip it in gasoline. Wrap this fuse in a small plastic
baggie and attach the whole thing to the neck of the capped bottle with the
aid of several rubber bands. When you are ready to toss, use a lighter to
ignite the baggie. Pall back your arm and fling it as soon as the tampax catches
fire. This is a very safe method if followed to the letter. The bottle must
break to ignite. Be sure to throw it with some force against a hard surface.
Naturally, an even safer
method is to place the firebomb in a stationary position and rig up a timing
fuse. Cap tightly and wipe with alcohol as before. The alcohol wipe not only
is a safety factor, but it eliminates tell-tale fingerprints in case the Molotov
doesn't ignite. Next, attach an ashcan fire cracker (M-80) or a cherry bomb
to the side of the bottle using epoxy glue. A fancier way is to punch a hole
in the cap and pull the fuse of the cherry bomb up through the hole before
you seal the bottle. A dab of epoxy will hold the fuse in place and insure
the seal. A firecracker fuse ignites quickly so something will have to be
rigged that will deal the action enough to make a clean getaway.
When the firebomb is
placed where you want it, light up a non-filter cancerette. Take a few puffs
(being sure not to inhale the vile fumes) to get it going and work the unlighted
end over the fuse of the firecracker. This will provide a delay of from 5
to 15 minutes. To use this type of fuse successfully, there must be enough
air in the vicinity so the flame won't go out. A strong wind would not be
good either. When the cancerette burns down, it sets off the firecracker which
in turn explodes and ignites the mixture. The flames shoot out in the direction
opposite to where you attach the firecracker, thus allowing you to aim the
firebomb at the most flammable material. With the firecracker in the cap,
the flames spread downward in a halo. The cancerette fuse can also be used
with a book of matches to ignite a pool of gasoline or a trash can. Stick
the unlighted end behind the row of match heads and close the cover. A firecracker
attached to a gallon jug of red paint and set off can turn an office into
total abstract art.
Commercial fuses are
available in many hobby stores. Dynamite fuses are excellent and sold in most
rural hardware stores. A good way to make a homemade fuse is described above
under the Smoke Bomb section. By adding an extra few feet of fuse to the device
and then attaching the lit cancerette fuse, you add an extra measure of caution.
It is most important to test every type of fuse device you plan to use a number
of times before the actual hit. Some experimentation will allow you to standardize
the results. If you really want to get the job done right and have the time,
place several molotov cocktails in a group and rig two with fuses (in case
one goes out). When one goes, they all go . . .BAROOOOOOOOOOM!
One of the simplest
bombs to make is the converted sterno can. It will provide some bang and a
widely dispersed spray of jellied fire. Remove the lid from a standard, commercially
purchased can and punch a hold in the center big enough for the firecracker
fuse. Take a large spoonful of jelly out of the center to make room for the
firecracker. Insert the firecracker and pull the fuse up through the hole
in the lid. When in place, cement around the hole with epoxy glue. Put some
more glue around the rim of the can and reseal the lid. Wipe the can and wash
off excess with rubbing alcohol. A cancerette fuse should be used. The can
could also be taped around a bottle with Molotov mixture and ignited.
You can purchase smokeless
gunpowder at most stores where guns and ammunition are sold. It is used for
reloading bullets. The back of shotgun shells can be opened and the powder
removed. Black powder is more highly explosive but more difficult to come
by. A graduate chemist can make or get all you'll need. If you know one that
can be trusted, go over a lot of shit with him. Try turning him on to learning
how to make "plastics" which are absolutely the grooviest explosive available.
The ideal urban guerrilla weapons are these explosive plastic compounds.
The neat homemade bomb
that really packs a wallop can be made from a regular aerosol can that is
empty. Remove the nozzle and punch in the nipple area on the top of the can.
Wash the can out with rubbing alcohol and let dry. Fill it gently and lovingly
with an explosive powder. Add a layer of cotton to the top and insert a cherry
bomb fuse. Use epoxy glue to hold the fuse in place and seal the can. The
can should be wiped clean with rubbing alcohol. Another safety hint to remember
is never store the powder and your fuses or other ignition material together.
Powder should always be treated with a healthy amount of respect. No smoking
should go on in the assembling area and no striking of hard metals that might
produce a spark. Use your head and you'll get to keep it.
Perhaps the most widely
used homemade concussion bombs are those made out of pipe. Perfected by George
Metesky, the renown New York Mad Bomber, they are deadly, safe, easy to assemble,
and small enough to transport in your pocket. You want a standard steel pipe
(two inches in diameter is a good size) that is threaded on both ends so you
can cap it. The length you use depends on how big an explosion is desired.
Sizes between 3-10 inches in length have been successfully employed. Make
sure both caps screw on tightly before you insert the powder. The basic idea
to remember is that a bomb is simply a hot fire burning very rapidly in a
tightly confined space. The rapidly expanding gases burst against the walls
of the bomb. If they are trapped in a tightly sealed iron pipe, when they
finally break out, they do so with incredible force. If the bomb itself is
placed in a somewhat enclosed area like a ventilation shaft, doorway or alleyway,
it will in turn convert this larger area into a "bomb" and increase the over-all
When you have the right
pipe and both caps selected, drill a hole in the side of the pipe (before
powder is inserted) big enough to pull the fuse through. If you are using
a firecracker fuse, insert the firecracker, pull the fuse through and epoxy
it into place securely. If you are using long fusing either with a detonator
(difficult to come by) timing device or a simple cancerette fuse, drill two
holes and run two lines of fuse into the pipe. When you have the fuse rigged
to the pipe, you are ready to add the powder. Cape one end snugly, making
sure you haven't trapped any grains of powder in the threads. Wipe the device
with rubbing alcohol and you're ready to blast off.
A good innovation is
to grind down one half of the pipe before you insert the powder. This makes
the walls of one end thinner than the walls of the other end. When you place
the bomb, the explosion, following the line of least resistance, will head
in that direction. You can do this with ordinary grinding tools available
in any hardware or machine shop. Be sure not to have the powder around when
you are grinding the pipe, since sparks are produced. Woodstock Nation contains
instructions for more pipe bombs and a neat timing device (see pages 115-117).
GENERAL BOMB STRATEGY
This section is not
meant to be a handbook on explosives. Anyone who wishes to become an expert
in the field can procure a number of excellent books on the subject catalogued
in the Appendix. In bombing, as in trashing, the same general strategy in
regard to the selection of targets applies. Never use anti-personnel shrapnel
bombs. Always be careful in placing the devices to keep them away from glass
windows and as far away from the front of the building as possible. Direct
them away from any area in which there might be people. Sophisticated electric
timers should be used only by experts in demolitions. Operate in the wee hours
of the night and be careful that you don't injure a night watchman or guard.
Telephone in warnings before the bomb goes off. The police record all calls
to emergency numbers and occasionally people have been traced down by the
use of a voice-o-graph. The best way to avoid detection is by placing a huge
wad of chewed up gum on the roof of your mouth before you talk. Using a cloth
over the phone is not good enough to avoid detection. Be as brief as possible
and always use a pay phone.
When you get books from
companies or libraries dealing with explosives or guerrilla warfare, use a
phony name and address. Always do this if you obtain chemicals from a chemical
supply house. These places are being increasingly watched by the F.B.I. Store
your material and literature in a safe cool place and above all, keep your
big mouth shut!
First Aid For Street Fighters
Without intending to
spook you, we think it is becoming increasingly important for as many people
as possible to develop basic first aid skills. As revolutionary struggle intensifies,
so will the number and severity of injuries increase. Reliance on establishment
medical facilities will become risky. Hospitals that border on "riot" areas
are used by police to apprehend suspects. All violence-induced injuries treated
by establishment doctors might be reported. Knife and gunshot wounds in all
states by law must be immediately phoned in for investigation. At times a
victim has no choice but to run such risks. If you can, use a phony name,
but everyone should know the location of sympathetic doctors.
Chaos resulting from
the gassing, clubbing and shooting associated with a police riot also makes
personal first aid important. Most demonstrations have medical teams that
run with the people and staff mobile units, but often these become the target
of assault by the more vicious pigs. Also, in the confusion, there is usually
too much work for the medical teams. Everyone must take responsibility for
everyone else if we are to survive in the streets. If you spot someone lying
unconscious or badly injured, take it upon yourself to help the victim. Immediately
raise your arm or wave your Nation flag and shout for a medic. If the person
is badly hurt, it is best not to move him, or her, but if there is the risk
of more harm or the area is badly gassed, the victim should be moved to safety.
Try to be as gentle as possible. Get some people to help you.
WHAT TO DO
Your attitude in dealing
with an injured person is extremely important. Don't panic at the sight of
blood. Most bloody injuries look far worse than they are. Don't get nervous
if the victim is unconscious. If you're not able to control your own fear
about treating someone, call for another person. It helps to attend a few
first aid classes to overcome these fears in practice sessions.
When you approach the
victim, identify yourself. Calmly, but quickly figure out what's the matter.
Check to see if the person is alive by feeling for the pulse. There are a
number of spots to check if the blood is circulating, under the chin near
the neck, the wrists, and ankles are the most common. Get in the habit of
feeling a normal pulse. A high pulse (over 100 per minute) usually indicates
shock. A low pulse indicates some kind of injury to the heart or nervous system.
Massaging the heart can often restore the heartbeat, especially if its loss
is due to a severe blow to the chest. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation should
be used if the victim is not breathing. Both these skills can be mastered
in a first aid course in less than an hour and should become second nature
to every street fighter.
When it comes to dealing
with bleeding or possible fractures, enlisting the victim's help as well as
adopting a firm but calm manner will be very reassuring. This is important
to avoid shock. Shock occurs when there is a serious loss of blood and not
enough is being supplied to the brain. The symptoms are high pulse rate; cold,
clammy, pale skin; trembling or unconsciousness. Try to keep the patient warm
with blankets or coats. If a tremendous amount of blood has been lost, the
victim may need a transfusion. Routine bleeding can be stopped by firm direct
pressure over the source of bleeding for 5 to 10 minutes. If an artery has
been cut and bleeding is severe, a tourniquet will be needed. Use a belt,
scarf or torn shirtsleeve. Tie the tourniquet around the arm or leg directly
above the bleeding area and tighten it until the bleeding stops. Do not loosen
the tourniquet. Wrap the injured limb in a cold wet towel or ice if available
and move the person to a doctor or hospital before irreparable damage can
occur. Don't panic, though, you have about six hours.
A painful blow to a
limb is best treated with an ice pack and elevation of the extremity by resting
it on a pillow or rolled-up jacket. A severe blow to the chest or side can
result in a rib fracture which produces sharp pains when breathing and/or
coughing up blood. Chest X-rays will eventually be needed. Other internal
injuries can occur from sharp body blows such as kidney injuries. They are
usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, shock and persistent abdominal pain.
If you feel a bad internal injury has occurred, get prompt professional help.
Head injuries have to
be attended to with more attention than other parts of the body. Treat them
by stopping the bleeding with direct pressure. They should be treated before
other injuries as they more quickly can cause shock. Every head injury should
be X-rayed and the injured person should be watched for the next 24 hours
as complications can develop hours after the injury was sustained. After a
severe blow to the head, be on the look-out for excessive sleepiness or difficulty
in waking. Sharp and persistent headaches, vomiting and nausea, dizziness
or difficulty maintaining balance are all warning signs. If they occur after
a head injury, call a doctor.
If a limb appears to
be broken or fractured, improvise a splint before moving the victim. Place
a stiff backing behind the limb such as a board or rolled-up magazine and
wrap both with a bandage. Try to avoid moving the injured limb as this can
lead to complicating the fracture. Every fracture must be X-rayed to evaluate
the extent of the injury and subsequent treatment.
Bullet wounds to the
abdomen, chest or head, if loss of consciousness occurs are extremely dangerous
and must be seen by a doctor immediately. If the wound occurs in the limb,
treat as you would any bleeding with direct pressure bandage and tourniquet
only if nothing else will stop the bleeding.
If you expect trouble,
every person going to a street scene should have a few minimum supplies in
addition to those mentioned in the section on Demonstrations for protection.
A handful of bandaids, gauze pads (4x4), an ace bandage (3 inch width), and
a roll of 1/2 inch adhesive tape can all easily fit in your pocket. A plastic
bag with cotton balls pre-soaked in water will come in handy in a variety
of situations where gas is being used, as will a small bottle of mineral oil.
You should write the name, phone number and address of the nearest movement
doctor on your arm with a ballpoint pen. Your arm's getting pretty crowded,
isn't it? If someone is severely injured, it may be better to save their life
by taking them to a hospital, even though that means probable capture for
them, rather than try to treat it yourself. However, do not confuse the police
with the hospital. Many injured people have been finished off by the porkers,
and that's no joke. It is usually better to treat a person yourself rather
than let the pigs get them, unless they have ambulance equipment right there
and don't seem vicious. Even then, they will often wait until they get two
or three victims before making a trip to the hospital.
If you have a special
medical problem, such as being a diabetic or having a penicillin allergy,
you should wear a medi-alert tag around your neck indicating your condition.
Every person who sees a lot of street action should have a tetanus shot at
least once in every five years.
Know just this much,
and it will help to keep down serious injuries at demonstrations. A few lessons
in a first aid class at one of the Free Universities or People's Clinics will
go a long way in providing you with the confidence and skill needed in the
Here is a partial list
of some Medical Committees for Human Rights. They will be glad to give you
first aid instructions and often organize medical teams to work demonstrations.
A complete list is available from the Chicago office.
- BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, 21215 -
6012 Wallis Ave.
- BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, 94609
- 663 Alcartz
- BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, 35205 -
2122 9th Ave. South
- CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - 1512 E.
- CLEVELAND, OHIO, 44112 - Outpost,
13017 Euclid Ave.
- DETROIT, MICHIGAN, 48207 - 1300
- HARTFORD, CONN., 06112 - 161
- LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - PO Box
2463, Sepulveda, Calif. 91343 (mail)
- NASHVILLE,TENN., 37204 - 3301
- NEW HAVEN, CONN., - 30 Bryden
Terrace, Hamden, Conn. 06514 (mail)
- NEW ORLEANS LA., 70130 - 623
- NEW YORK, NY 10014 - 15 Charles
- PHILADELPHIA, PA., 19119 - 6705
- PITTSBURGH, PA., 15222 - 617
- SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., 94115
- 2519 Pacific Ave.
- SYRACUSE, NY, 13210 - 931 Comstock
- WASHINGTON, D.C. - 3410 Taylor
St., Chevy Chase, Md. 20015 (mail)
Any discussion about
what to do while waiting fur the lawyer has to be qualified by pointing out
that from the moment of arrest through the court appearances, cops tend to
disregard a defendant's rights. Nonetheless, you should play it according
to the book whenever possible as you might get your case bounced out on a
technicality. When you get busted, rule number one is that you have the right
to remain silent. We advise that you give only your name and address. There
is a legal dispute about whether or not you are obligated under the law to
do even that, but most lawyers feel you should. The address can be that of
a friend if you're uptight about the pigs knowing where you live.
When the pigs grab you,
chances are they are going to insult you, rough you up a little and maybe
even try to plant some evidence on you. Try to keep your cool. Any struggle
on your part, even lying on the street limp, can be considered resisting arrest.
Even if you beat the original charge, you can be found guilty of resisting
and receive a prison sentence. Often if the pigs beat you, they will say that
you attacked them and generally charge you with assault.
If you are stopped in
the street on suspicion (which means you're black or have long hair), the
police have the right to pat you down to see if you are carrying a weapon.
They cannot search you unless they place you under arrest. Technically, this
can only be done in the police station where they have the right to examine
your possessions. Thus, if you are in a potential arrest situation, you should
refrain from carrying dope, sharp objects that can be classified as a weapon,
and the names and phone numbers of people close to you, like your dealer,
your local bomb factory, and your friends underground.
Forget about talking
your way out of it or escaping once you're in the car or paddy wagon. In the
police station, insist on being allowed to call your lawyer. Getting change
might be a problem so you should always have a few dimes hidden. Since many
cases are dismissed because of this, you'll generally be allowed to make some
calls, but it might take a few hours. Call a close friend and tell him to
get all the cash that can be quickly raised and head down to the court house.
Usually the police will let you know where you'll be taken. If they don't,
just tell your friend what precinct you're being held at, and he can call
the central police headquarters and find out what court you'll be appearing
in. Ask your friend to also call a lawyer which you also should do if you
get another phone call. Hang up and dial a lawyer or defense committee that
has been set up for demonstrations. The lawyer will either come to the station
or meet you in court depending on the severity of the charge and the likelihood
you'll be beaten in the station. When massive demonstrations are occurring
where a number of busts are anticipated, it's best to have lawyers placed
in police stations in the immediate vicinity.
The lawyer will want
to know as many details as possible of the case so try and concentrate on
remembering a number of things since the pigs aren't going to let you take
notes. If you can, remember the name and badge number of the fink that busted
you. Sometimes they'll switch arresting officers on you. Remember the time,
location of the bust and any potential witnesses that the lawyer might be
able to contact.
If you are unable to
locate a lawyer, don't panic, the court will assign you one at the time of
the arraignment. Legal Aid lawyers are free and can usually do as good a job
as a private lawyer at an arraignment. Often they can do better, as the judge
might set a lower bail if he sees you can't afford a private lawyer. The arraignment
is probably the first place you'll find out what the charges are against you.
There will also be a court date set and bail established. The amount of bail
depends on a variety of factors ranging from previous convictions to the judge's
hangover. It can be put up in collateral, i.e., a bank book, or often there
is a cash alternative offered which amounts to about 10% of the total bail.
Your friend should be
in the court with some cash (at least a hundred dollars is recommended). For
very high bail, there are the bail bondsmen in the area of the courthouse
who will cover the bail for a fee,generally not to exceed 5%. You will need
some signatures of solid citizens to sign the bail papers and perhaps put
up some collateral.
Once you get bailed
out, you should contact a private lawyer, preferably one that has experience
with your type of case. If you are low on bread, check out one of the community
or movement legal groups in your area. It is not advisable to keep the legal
aid lawyer beyond the arraignment if at all possible.
If you're in a car or
in your home, the police do not have a right to search the premises without
a search warrant or probable cause. Do not consent to any search without a
warrant, especially if there are witnesses around who can hear you. Without
your consent, the pigs must prove probable cause in the court. It's unbelievable
the number of defendants that not only come naked, but pull their own pants
down. Make the cops kick in the door or break open the trunk themselves. You
are under no obligation to assist them in collecting evidence, and helping
them weakens your case.
National Lawyers Guild
The "Guild" provides
various free legal services especially for political prisoners. If you have
any legal hassles, call and see if they'll help you. You can call the one
nearest you and get the name of a good lawyer in your area.
- BOSTON - 70 Charles St.
- DETROIT - 5705 N. Woodward St.
- LOS ANGELES - c/o Haymarket,
507 N. Hoover St.
- NEW YORK - 1 Hudson St.
- SAN FRANCISCO - 197 Steiner
Outside of these areas,
there are no offices, but people to contact in the following cities are:
American Civil Liberties Union
- FLINT, MICH., Carl Bekofske,
1003 Church St.
- PHILADELPHIA, PA. - A. Harry
Levitan, 1412 Fox Building
- WASHINGTON, D.C. - S. David
Levy, 2812 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
The ACLU is not as radical
as the Guild, but will in rare instances provide good lawyers for a variety
of civil liberty cases such as censorship, denial of permits to demonstrations,
and the like. But beware of their tendency to win the legal point while losing
the case. Here is a list of some of their larger offices.
- ALABAMA - Box 1972, University,
- CALIFORNIA - ACLU of Northern
California, 503 Market St.,
- SAN FRANCISCO, CA - 94105 (EX
- COLORADO - 1452 Pennsylvania
St., Denver, Colorado 80203 (303-TA5-2930)
- GEORGIA - 5 Forsyth St. N.W.,
Atlanta, Georgia 30303 (404-523-5398)
- ILLINOIS - 6 S. Clark, Chicago,
Illinois 60603 (312-236-5564)
- MICHIGAN - 234 State St., Detroit,
Mich. 48226 (313-961-4662)
- MONTANA - 2707 Glenwood Land,
Billings, Montana 59102 (406-651-2328)
- NEW MEXICO - 131 La Vega S.W.,
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87105 (505-877-5286)
- NEW YORK - 156 Fifth Ave., New
York, NY 10010 (212-WA9-6076)
- NORTH DAKOTA - Ward County (Minot),
Box 1000, Minot, North Dakota 58701 (702-838-0381)
- OHIO - Suite 200, 203 E. Broad
St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
- WASHINGTON, DC - (NCACLU) 1424
16th St. NW, Suite 501,
- WASHINGTON, DC - 20036 (202-483-3830)
- WEST VIRGINIA - 1228 Seventh
St., Huntington, West Virginia 25701
- WISCONSIN - 1840 N. Farwell
Ave., Rm. 303, Milwaukee, Wisc. 53202 (414-272-4032)
To obtain a complete
list of all the ACLU chapters, write: American Civil Liberties Union, 156
5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010, or call them at (212) WA 9-6076.
JOIN THE ARMY OF YOUR CHOICE
The first rule of our
new Nation prohibits any of us from serving in the army of a foreign power
with which we do not have an alliance. Since we exist in a state of war with
the Pig Empire, we all have a responsibility to beat the draft by any means
First check out your
medical history. Review every chronic or long-term illness you ever had. Be
sure to put down all the serious infections like mono or hep. Next, make note
of your physical complications. When you have assembled a complete list, get
a copy of Physical Deferments or one of the other draft counseling manuals
and see if you qualify. If you have a legitimate deferment, document it with
a letter from a doctor.
The next best deal is
a Conscientious Objection status (C.O.) or a psychiatric deferment (psycho).
The laws have been getting progressively broader in defining C.O. status during
the past few year s. The most recent being, "sincere moral objections to war,"
without necessarily a belief in a supreme being. There are general guidelines
sent out by the National Office of Selective Service that say it is a matter
of conscience. The decision, however, is still pretty much in the hands of
the local board. Visit a Draft Counseling Center if you feel you have a chance
for this type of story. They'll know how your local board tends to rule. There
are still some more cases to be heard by the Supreme Court before objection
to a particular war is allowed or disallowed. It is not grounds for deferment
as of now.
Psychos are our specialty.
Chromosome damage has totally wiped out our minds when it comes to concentrating
on killing innocent people in Asia. When you get your invite to join the army,
there are lots of ways you can prepare yourself mentally. Begin by staggering
up to a cop and telling him you don't know who you are or where you live.
He'll arrange for you to be chauffeured to the nearest mental hospital. There
you repeat your performance, dropping the clue that you have used LSD in the
past, but you aren't sure if you're on it now or not. In due time, they'll
put you up for the night. When morning comes, you bounce out of bed, remember
who you are, swear you'll never drop acid again and thank everyone who took
care of you. Within a few hours, you'll be discharged. Don't be uptight about
thinking how they'll lock you up forever cause you really are nuts. The hospitals
measure victories by how quickly they can throw you out the door. They are
all overcrowded anyway.
In most areas, a one-night
stand in a mental hospital is enough to convince the shrink at the induction
center that you're capable of eating the flesh of a colonel. Just before you
go, see a sympathetic psychiatrist and explain your sad mental shape. He'll
get verification that you did time in a hospital and include it in his letter,
that you'll take along to the induction center.
When you get to the
physical examination, a high point in any young man's life, there are lots
of things working in your favor. Here, long hair helps; the army doesn't want
to bother with trouble-makers. Remember this even though a tough looking sergeant
runs down bullshit about "how they're gonna fix your ass" and "anybody with
a trigger finger gets passed." He's just auditioning for the Audie Murphy
movies, so don't believe anything he lays down.
Talk to the other guys
about how rotten the war in Vietnam is and how if you get forced to go, you'll
end up shooting some officers. Tell them you'd like the training so you can
come back and take up with the Weathermen.
Check off as many items
as can't be verified when given the forms. Suicide, dizzy spells, bed-wetting,
dope addiction, homosexuality, hepatitis. Be able to drop a few symptoms on
the psychiatrist to back up your story of rejection by a cold and brutal society
that was indifferent, from a domineering father that beat you, and mother
that didn't understand anything. Be able to trace your history of bad family
relationships, your taking to the streets at 15 and eventually your getting
"hooked." Let him "pry" things out of you if possible. Show him your letter
if you had the foresight to get one.
Practice a good story
before you go for the physical with someone who has already beat the system.
If your local board is fucked up, you can transfer to an area that disqualifies
almost everyone who wants out, such as the New York City boards. If you can't
think of anything you can always get FUCK ARMY tattooed on the outside of
the baby finger of your right hand and give the tough sergeant a snappy salute
and a hearty "yes sir!"*
you get hauled in. The Army gives you a life insurance policy. By making Dan
Berrigan or Angela Davis the beneficiary you might avoid front-line duty.
CANADA, SWEDEN & POLITICAL
If you've totally fucked
up your chances of getting a deferment or already are in the service and considering
ditching, there are some things that you should know about asylum.
There are three categories
of countries that you should be interested in if you are planning to ship
out to avoid the draft or a serious prison term. The safest countries are
those with which Amerika has mutual offense treaties such as Cuba, North Korea
and those behind the so-called Iron Curtain. The next safest are countries
unfriendly to the U.S. but suffer the possibility of a military coup which
might radically affect your status. Cambodia is a recent example of a border-line
country. Some cats hijacked a ship bound for Vietnam and went to Cambodia
where they were granted asylum. Shortly thereafter the military with a good
deal of help from the CIA, took over and now the cats are in jail. Algeria
is currently a popular sanctuary in this category.
Sweden will provide
political asylum for draft dodgers and deserters. It helps to have a passport,
but even that isn't necessary since they are required by their own laws to
let you in. There are now about 35,000 exiles from the Pig Empire living in
Sweden. The American Deserters Committee, Upplandsgaten 18, Stockholm, phone
08-344663, will provide you with immediate help, contacts and procedural information
once you get there. If you enter as a tourist with a passport, you can just
go to the local police station, state you are seeking asylum and fill out
a form. It's that sample. They stamp your passport and this allows you to
hustle rent and food from the Swedish Social Bureau. It takes six months for
you to get working papers that will permit you to get employment, but you
can live on welfare until then with no hassle. The following places can be
contacted, for additional help. They are all in Stockholm:
- Reverend Tom Hayes 82-42-11
- Kristina Nystrom of the Social
- Bengt Suderstrom 31-84-32 (legal)
- Hans-Goran Franck 10-25-02(legal)
Canada does not offer
political asylum but they do not support the U.S. foreign policy in Southeast
Asia so they allow draft dodgers and deserters to the current tune of 50,000
to live there unmolested. Do not tell the officials at the border that you
are a deserter or draft dodger, as they will turn you in. Pose as a visitor.
To work in Canada you have to qualify for landed immigration status under
a point system.
There will be a number
of background questions asked and you have to score 50 points or better to
pass and qualify. You get one point for each year of formal education, 10
points if you have a professional skill, 10 points for being between 18-35
years of age, more points for having a Canadian home and job waiting for you,
for knowing English or French and a whopping 15 points for having a stereotyped
middle class appearance and life-style. Letters from a priest or rabbi will
help here. Some entry points are easier than others. Kingsgate, for example,
just north of Montana is very good on weekdays after 10:00 P.M.
The best approach if
you are considering going to Canada is to write or, better still, visit the
Montreal Council to Aid War Resisters, Case Postale 5, Westmount, Montreal,
215 Quebec or American Deserters Committee, 3837 Blvd., Saint Laurent, St.
Louis, Montreal 3, Quebec. They will provide you with the latest info on procedures
and the problems of living in Canada as a war resister. If you can't make
it up there, see a local anti-war organization for counseling. If you are
already in the army, you should find out all you need to know before you ditch.
It's best to cross the border while you're on leave as it might mean the difference
between going AWOL and desertion if you decide to come back. In any event,
no one should renounce their citizenship until they have qualified for landed
immigration status as that would classify the person as a non-resident and
make it possible for the Canadian police to send you back, which on a few
rare occasions has happened.
Because there have been
few cases of fugitives from the U.S. seeking political asylum, there is not
a clear and ample formula that can be stated. Germany, France, Belgium and
Sweden will often offer asylum for obvious political cases but each case must
be considered individually. Go there incognito. Contact a movement organization
or lawyer and have them make application to the government. Usually they will
let you stay if you promise not to engage in political organizing in their
country. In any event if they deport you these countries are good enough to
let you pick the country to which you desire to be sent.
We feel it's our obligation
to let people know that life in exile is not all a neat deal, not by a long
shot. You are removed from the struggle here at home, the problems of finding
work are immense and the customs of the people are strange to you. Most people
are unhappy in exile. Many return, some turn themselves in and others come
back to join the growing radical underground making war in the belly of the
great white whale.
Steal Now, Pay Never
This section presents
some general guidelines on thievery to put you ahead of the impulse swiping.
With some planning ahead, practice and a little nerve, you can pick up on
some terrific bargains.
Being a successful shoplifter
requires the development of an outlaw mentality. When you enter a store you
should already have cased the joint so don't browse around examining all sorts
of items, staring over your shoulder and generally appearing like you're about
to snatch something and are afraid of getting caught. Enter, having a good
idea of what you want and where it's located.
Camouflage is important.
Be sure you dress the part by looking like an average customer. If you are
going to rip-off expensive stores (why settle for less), act like you have
a chauffeur driven car double parked around the corner. A good rule is dress
in the style and price range of the clothes, etc., you are about to shoplift.
The reason we recommend the more expensive stores is that they tend to have
less security guards, relying instead on mechanical methods or more usually
on just the sales people. Many salespeople are uptight about carrying out
a bust if they catch you. A large number are thieves themselves, in fact one
good way to steal is simply explain to the salesclerk that you're broke and
ask if you can take something without paying. It's a great way to radicalize
shop personnel by rapping to them about why they shouldn't give a shit if
the boss gets ripped off.
The best time to work
out is on a rainy, cold day during a busy shopping season. Christmas holiday
is a shoplifter's paradise. In these periods you can wear heavy overcoats
or loose raincoats without attracting suspicion. The crowds of shoppers will
keep the nosy "can-I-help-you's" from fucking up your style.
Since you have already
checked out the store before hitting it, you'll know the store's "blind-spots"
where you can be busy without being observed too easily. Dressing rooms, blind
alley aisles and washrooms are some good spots. Know where the cashier's counter
is located, where the exits to the street and storage rooms are to be found,
and most important, the type of security system in use.
If you are going to
snatch in the dressing room, be sure to carry more than one item in with you.
Don't leave tell-tale empty hangers behind. Take them out and ditch them in
An increasingly popular
method of security is a small shoplifting plastic detector attached to the
price tag. It says "Do Not Remove" and if you do, it electronically triggers
an alarm in the store. If you try to make it out the door, it also trips the
alarm system. When a customer buys the item, the cashier removes the detector
with a special deactivation machine. When you enter the store, notice if the
door is rigged with electronic eyes. They are often at the waist level, which
means if the item is strapped to your calf or tucked under your hat, you can
walk out without a peep from the alarm. If you trigger the alarm either inside
the store or at the threshold, just dash off lickety-split. The electronic
eyes are often disguised as part of the decor. By checking to see what the
cashier does with merchandise bought, you can be sure if the store is rigged.
Other methods are undercover pigs that look like shoppers, one-way mirrors
and remote control television cameras. Undercover pigs are expensive so stores
are usually understaffed. Just watch out (without appearing to watch out)
that no one observes you in action. As to mirrors and cameras there are always
blind spots in a store created when displays are moved around, counters shifted,
and boxes piled in the aisles. Mirrors and cameras are rarely adjusted to
fit these changes. Don't get turned off by this security jazz. The percentage
of stores that have sophisticated security systems such as those described
is very small. If you work out at lunch time, the security guards and many
of the sales personnel will be out of the store. Just before closing is also
good, because the clerks are concentrating on going home.
By taking only one or
two items, you can prevent a bust if caught by just acting like a dizzy klepto
socialite getting kicks or use the "Oh-gee-I-forgot-to-pay" routine. Stores
don't want to hassle going into court to press charges, so they usually let
you go after you return the stuff. If you thought ahead, you'll have some
cash ready to pay for the items you've pocketed, if caught. Leave your I.D.
and phone book at home before going shopping. People rarely go to jail for
shoplifting, most if caught never even see a real cop. Just lie like a fucker
and the most you'll get is a lecture on law and order and a warning not to
come back to that store or else.
The lining of a bulky
overcoat or loose raincoat can be elaborately outfitted with a variety of
custom-made large pockets. The openings to these pockets are not visible since
they are inside the coat. The outside pockets can be torn out leaving only
the opening or slit. Thus you can reach your hand (at counter level) through
the slit in your coat and drop objects into the secret pockets sewn into the
lining. Pants can also be rigged with secret pockets. The idea is to let your
fingers do the walking through the slit in your coat, while the rest of the
body remains the casual browser. You'll be amazed at how much you can tuck
away without any noticeable bulge.
Another method is to
use a hidden belt attached to the inside of your coat or pants. The belt is
specially designed with hooks or clothespins to which items can be discretely
attached. Ditching items into hidden pockets requires a little cunning. You
should practice before a mirror until you get good at it.
A good idea is to work
with a partner. Dig this neat duet. A man and woman walk into a store together
looking like a respectable husband and wife. The man purchases a good belt
or shirt and engages the salesman in some distracting conversation as he rings
up the sale. Meanwhile, back in the aisle, "wife" is busy rolling up two or
three suits. Start from the bottom while they are still on the rack and roll
them up, pants and jackets together, the way you would roll a sleeping bag.
The sleeves are tied around the roll making a neat little bundle. The bundle
is then tucked between your thighs. The whole operation takes about a minute
and with some practice you can walk for hours with a good size bundle between
your legs and not appear like you just shit in your pants. Try this with a
coat on in front of a mirror and see how good you get at it.
Another team method
is for one or more partners to distract the sales clerks while the other stuffs.
There are all sorts of theater skits possible. One person can act drunk or
better still appear to be having an epileptic fit. Two people can start a
fight with each other. There are loads of ways, just remember how they do
it in the next spy movie you see.
One of the best gimmicks
around is the packaging technique. Once you have the target item in hand,
head for the fitting room or other secluded spot. Take out a large piece of
gift wrapping and ribbon. Quickly wrap up the item so it will look like you
brought it in with you. Many stores have their own bags and staple the cash
register receipt to the top of the bag when you make a purchase. Get a number
of these bags by saving them if you make a purchase or dropping around to
the receiving department with a request for some bags for your Christmas play
or something. Next collect some sales receipts, usually from the sidewalk
or trash cans in front of the store. Buy or rip-off a small pocket stapler
for less than a dollar. When you get the item you want, drop it in the bag
and staple it closed, remembering to attach the receipt. This is an absolutely
perfect method and takes just a few seconds. It eliminates a lot of unsightly
bulges in your coat and is good for warm-weather heisting.
A dummy shopping bag
can be rigged with a bit of ingenuity. The idea is to make it look like the
bag is full when there's still lots of room left. Use strips of cardboard
taped to the inside of the bag to give it some body. Remember to carry it
like it's filled with items, not air. Professional heisters often use a "booster
box," usually a neatly wrapped empty package with one end that opens upon
touch. This is ideal for electrical appliances, jewelry, and even heavy items
such as portable television sets. The trick side can be fitted with a spring
door so once the toaster is inside the door slams shut. Don't wear a black
hat and cape and go around waving a wand yelling "Abracadabra," just be your
usual shlep shopper self. If you can manage it, the trick side just can be
an opening without a trick door. Just carry the booster box with the open
side pressed against your body. Briefcases, suitcases and other types of carrying
devices can all be made to hold items. Once you have something neatly tucked
away in a bag or box, it's pretty hard to prove you didn't come in with it.
ON THE JOB
By far the easiest and
most productive method of stealing is on the job. Wages paid to delivery boys,
sales clerks, shippers, cashiers and the like are so insulting that stealing
really is a way of maintaining self-respect. If you are set on stealing the
store dry when you apply for the job, begin with your best foot forward. Make
what employment agencies call a "good appearance." Exude cleanliness, Godliness,
sobriety and all the other WASPy virtues third grade teachers insist upon.
Building up a good front will eliminate suspicion when things are "missing."
Mail clerks and delivery
boys can work all sorts of neat tricks. When things get a little slow, type
up some labels addressed to yourself or to close friends and play Santa Claus.
Wrap yourself a few packages or take one that is supposed to go to a customer
and put your label over theirs. Blame it on the post office or on the fact
that "things get messed up `cause of all the bureaucracy." It's great to be
the one to verbalize the boss's own general feelings before he does when something
goes awry. The best on-the-job crooks always end up getting promoted.
Cashiers and sales persons
who have access to money can pick up a little pocket change without too much
effort, no matter how closely they are watched by supervisors. Women can make
use of torn hems to stash coins and bills. Men can utilize cuffs. Both can
use shoes and don't forget those secret little pockets you learned about in
the last section. If you ring up items on a cash register, you can easily
mistake $1.39 for 39¢ or $1.98 for 98¢ during the course of a hectic day.
Leave pennies on the top shelf of the cash register and move one to the far
right side every time you skip a dollar. That way at the end of the day, you'll
know how much to pocket and won't have to constantly be stuffing, stuffing,
If you pick up trash
or clean up, you can stick all sorts of items into wastebaskets and later
sneak them out of the store.
There are many ways
of working heists with partners who pose as customers. See the sections on
free food and clothing for these. There are also ways of working partnerships
on the job. A cashier at a movie theater and a doorman can work out a system
where the doorman collects the tickets and returns them to the cashier to
A neat way to make a
large haul is to get a job through an agency as a domestic for some rich slob.
You should use a phony identification when you sign up at the agency. Once
you are busy dusting the town house, check around for anything valuable to
be taken home. Pick up the phone, order all sorts of merchandise, and have
it delivered. A friend with a U-haul can help you really clean up.
Any discussion of shoplifting
and forgeries inevitably leads to a rap on credit cards; those little shiny
plastic wonder passes to fantasy land that are rendering cash obsolete. There
are many ways to land a free credit card. You can get one yourself if your
credit is good, or from a friend: report it stolen and go on a binge around
town. Sign your name a little funny. Super underworld types might know where
you can purchase a card that's not too hot on the black market. You might
heist one at a fashionable party or restaurant. If you're a hat check girl
at a night club, don't forget to check out pockets and handbags for plastic
Finally, you can redo
a legitimate card with a new number and signature and be sure that it's on
no one's "hot list." Begin by removing the ink on the raised letters with
any polyester resin cleaner. Next, the plastic card should be held against
a flat iron until the raised identification number is melted. You can use
a razor blade to shave off rough spots. This combination of razor blade and
hot iron, when worked skillfully, will produce a perfect blank card. When
the card is smooth as new, reheat it using the flat iron and press an addressograph
plate into the soft plastic. The ink can be replaced by matching the original
at any stationary store. If this is too hard, you can buy machines to make
your own credit cards, which are made for small department stores. Granted,
this method is going require some expertise, but once you've learned to successfully
forge a credit card, buy every item imaginable, eat fancy meals, and even
get real money from a bank.
best method is to have an accomplice working in the post office rip off the
new cards that are mailed out. They get to know quickly which envelopes contain
new credit cards. Since the person never receives the card it never dawns
on them to report it stolen. This gives you at least a solid month of carefree
spending and your signature will be perfect.
Whether your credit
card is stolen, borrowed or forged, you still have to follow some guidelines
to get away without any hassle. Know the store's checking method before you
pass the hot card. Most stores have a fifty-dollar limit where they only call
upstairs on items costing fifty dollars or more. In some stores it's less.
Some places have a Regiscope system that takes your picture with each purchase.
You should always carry at least one piece of back-up identification to use
with the phony card as the clerk might get suspicious if you don't have any
other ID. They can check out a "hot list" that the credit card companies send
out monthly, so if you're uptight about anything watch the clerk's movements
at all times. If things get tight, just split real quick. Often, even if a
clerk or boss thinks it's a phony, they'll OK the sale anyway since the credit
card companies make good to the stores on all purchases; legit or otherwise.
Similarly, the insurance companies make good to the credit companies and so
on until you get to a little group of hard working elves in the basement of
the U.S. Mint who do nothing but print free money and lie to everybody about
there being tons of gold at Fort Knox to back up their own little forging
If you like Halloween,
you'll love monkey warfare. It's ideal for people uptight about guns, bombs
and other children's toys, and allows for imaginative forms of protesting,
many of which will become myth, hence duplicated and enlarged upon. A syringe
(minus the needle) or a cooking baster can be filled with a dilute solution
of epoxy glue. Get the two tubes in a hardware store and squeeze into a small
bottle of rubbing alcohol. Shake real good and pour into the baster or syringe.
You have about thirty minutes before the mixture gets too hard to use. Go
after locks, parking meters, and telephones. You can fuck up the companies
that use IBM cards by buying a cheap punch or using an Exacto knife and cutting
an extra hole in the card before you return it with your payment. By the way,
when you return payments always pay a few cents under or over. The company
has to send you a credit or another bill and it screws up their bookkeeping
system. Remember, always bend, fold, staple or otherwise mutilate the card.
By the way if you ever find yourself in a computer room during a strike, you
might want to fuck up the school records. You can do this by passing a large
magnet or portable electro-magnet rapidly back and forth across the reels
of tape, thus erasing them. And don't miss the tour of the IBM plant, either.
Another good bit is
to rent a safe deposit box (only about $7.00 a year) in a bank using a phony
name. That usually only need a signature and don't ask for identification.
When you get a box, deposit a good size dead fish inside the deposit box,
close it up and return it to its proper niche. From then on, forget about
it. Now think about it, in a few months there is going to be a hell-of-a-smell
from your small investment. It's going to be almost impossible to trace and
besides, they can never open the box without your permission. Since you don't
exist, they'll have no alternative but to move away. Invest in the Stank of
Amerika savings program. Just check out Lake Erie and you'll see saving fish
isn't such a dumb idea. If you get caught, tell them you inherited the fish
from your grandmother and it has sentimental value.
There are lots of things
you can send banks, draft boards and corporations that contribute to pollution
via the mails. It is possible to also have things delivered. Have a hearse
and flowers sent to the chief of police. We know someone who had a truckload
of cement dumped in the driveway of her boss under the fib that the driveway
was going to be repaved.
By getting masses of
people to use electricity, phones or water at a given time, you can fuck up
some not-so-public utility. The whole problem is getting the word out. For
example, 10,000 people turning on all their electrical appliances and lights
in their homes at a given time can cause a blackout in any major city. A hot
summer day at about 3:00 PM is best. Five thousand people calling up Washington,
D.C. at 3:00 PM on a Friday (one of the busiest hours) ties up the major trunk
lines and really puts a cramp in the government's style of carrying on. Call
(202) 555-1212, which is information and you won't even have to pay for the
call. If you call a government official, ask some questions like "How many
kids did you kill today?" or "What kind of liquor do Congressmen drink?" or
offer to take Teddy Kennedy for a ride. A woman can cause some real excitement
by calling a Congressman's office and screaming "Tell that bastard he forgot
to meet Irene at the motel this afternoon."
A Washington call-in
would work even better by phoning direct to homes of the big boys. For starters
you can call collect the following*:
- Richard M. Nixon - El Presidente
- (202) 456-1444
- Spiro T. Agnew - El Toro - (202)
265-2000 ext. 6400
- John N. Mitchell - El Butcher
- (202) 965-2900
- Melvin R. Laird - El Defendo
- (301) 652-4449
- Henry A. Kissinger - El Exigente
- (202) 337-0042
- William P. Rogers - El Crapper
- (301) 654-7125
- General Earl G. Wheeler - El
Joint Bosso - (703) 527-6119
- General William C. Westmoreland
- El Pollutoni - (703) 527-6999
- Richard M. Helms - El Assassin
- (301) 652-4122
- John N. Chafee-El Sinko Swimmi-(703)
*Any group who
elopes with any of the persons listed is entitled to a free copy of this book.
Anyone who parlays all 10 in a lift-off can have all the royalties. Send ears
A great national campaign
can be promoted that asks people to protest the presidential election farces
on Inauguration Day. When a president says "So help me God," rush in and flush
the toilet. A successful Flush for God campaign can really screw up the water
If you want to give
Ma Bell an electric permanent, consider this nasty. Cut the female device
off an ordinary extension cord and expose the two wires. Unscrew the mouthpiece
on the phone and remove the voice amplifier. You will see a red and a black
wire attached to two terminals. Attach each of the wires from the extension
cord to each one from the phone. Next plug in the extension cord to a wall
socket. What you are doing is sending 120 volts of electricity back through
equipment which is built for only volts. You can knock off thousands of phones,
switchboards and devices if all goes right. It's best to do this on the phone
in a large office building or university. You certainly will knock out their
fuses. Unfortunately, at home your own phone will probably be knocked out
of commission. If that happens, simply call up the business office and complain.
They'll give you a new phone just the way they give the other seven million
people that requested them that day.
Remember, January is
Alien Registration Month, so don't forget to fill out an application at the
Post Office, listing yourself as a citizen of Free Nation. Then when they
ask you to "Love it or leave it," tell them you already left!
It's ridiculous to talk
about a revolution without a few words on guns. If you haven't been in the
army or done some hunting, you probably have a built-in fear against guns
that can only be overcome by familiarizing yourself with them.
There are two basic
types of handguns or pistols: the revolver carries a load of 5 or 6 bullets
in a "revolving" chamber. The automatic usually holds the same number, but
some can hold up to 14 bullets. Also, in the automatic the bullets can be
already packed in a magazine which quickly snaps into position in the handle.
The revolver must be reloaded one bullet at a time. An automatic can jam on
rare occasions, or misfire, but with a revolver you just pull the trigger
and there's a new bullet ready to fire. Despite pictures of Roy Rogers blasting
a silver dollar out of the sky, handguns are difficult to master a high degree
of accuracy with and are only good at short ranges. If you can hit a pig-size
object at 25 yards, you've been practicing.
Among automatics, the
Colt 45 is a popular model with a long record of reliability. A good popular
favorite is a Parabellum 9 mm, which has the advantage of a double action
on the first shot, meaning that the hammer does not have to be cocked, making
possible a quick first shot without carrying a cocked gun around. By the way,
do not bother with any handgun smaller than a .38 caliber, because cartridges
smaller than that are too weak to be effective.
Revolvers come in all
sizes and makes, as do automatics. The most highly recommended are the .38
Special and the .357 Magnum. Almost all police forces use the .38 Special.
They are light, accurate and the small-frame models are easy to conceal. If
you get one, use high velocity hollow pointed bullets, such as the Speer DWM
(146 grain h.p.) or the Super Vel (110 grain h.p.). The hollow point shatters
on contact, insuring a kill to the not-so-straight shooters. Smith and Wesson
makes the most popular .38 Special. The Charter Arms is a favorite model.
The .357 Magnum is an extremely powerful handgun. You can shoot right through
the wall of a thick door with one at a distance of 20 yards. It has its own
ammo, but can also use the bullets designed for the .38. Both guns are about
the same in price, running from $75-$100 new. An automatic generally runs
about $25 higher.
There are two commonly
available types of rifles; the bolt action and the semi-automatic. War surplus
bolt action rifles are cheap and usually pretty accurate, but have a slower
rate of fire than a semi-automatic. A semi-automatic is preferable in nearly
all cases. The M-1 carbine is probably the best semi-automatic for the money
(about $80). It's light, short, easy to handle and has only the drawback of
a cartridge that's a little underpowered. Among bolt actions, the Springfield,
Mauser, Royal Enfield, Russian 7.62, and the Lee Harvey Oswald Special, the
Mannlicher-Carcano, are all good buys for the money (about $20).
One of the best semi-automatics
is the AR-18, which is the civilian version of the military M-16. In general,
this is a fantastic gun with a high rate of fire, minimal recoil, high accuracy,
light weight, and easy maintenance. If kept clean, it will rarely jam, and
the bullet has astounding stopping power. It sells for around $225.
The shotgun is the ideal
defensive weapon. It's perfect for the vamping band of pigs or hard-heads
that tries to lynch you. Being a good shot isn't that necessary because a
shotgun shoots a bunch of lead pellets that spread over a wide range as they
leave the barrel. There are two common types: the pump action and the semi-automatic.
Single shot types and double-barrel types do not have a high enough rate of
fire for self-defense.
The pump action is easy
to use and reliable. It usually holds about five shells in a tube underneath
the barrel. For self-defense you should use 00 buckshot shells. Shotguns come
in various gauges, but you will want the largest commonly available, the 12
gauge. The Mossberg Model 500 A is a super weapon in this category which sells
for about $90. When buying one, try to get a shotgun with a barrel as short
as possible up to the legal limit of 18 inches. It is easy to cut down a longer
barrel, too. This increases the area sprayed.
The semi-automatic gun
is not used too much for self-defense, as they usually hold only three shells.
With some practice, you can shoot a pump nearly as fast as a semi-automatic,
and they are much cheaper. See the gun books catalogued in the Appendix for
There are many other
good guns available, and a great deal to know about choosing the right gun
for the right situation. Reading a little right wing gun literature will help.
If you are around a
military base, you will find it relatively easy to get your hands on an M-79
grenade launcher, which is like a giant shotgun and is probably the best self-defense
weapon of all time. Just inquire discreetly among some long-haired soldiers.
Owning a gun ain't shit
unless you know how to use it. They make a hell of a racket when fired so
you just can't work out in your den or cellar except with a BB gun, which
is good in between real practice sessions. Find a buddy who served in the
military or is into hunting or target-shooting and ask him to teach you the
fundamentals of gun handling and safety. If you're over 18, you can practice
on one of your local firing ranges. Look them up in the Yellow Pages, call
and see if they offer instructions. They are usually pretty cheap to use.
In an hour, you can learn the basics you need to know about guns and the rest
is mostly practice, practice, just like in the westerns. Contact the National
Rifle Association, Washington D.C. and ask for information on forming a gun
club. If you can, you are entitled to great discounts, have no trouble using
ranges and get excellent info on all matters relating to weapons.
A secluded place in
the country outside city limits, makes an ideal range for practicing. Shoot
at positioned targets. A good idea is to blow up balloons and attach them
to pieces or boxes. Position yourself downstream alongside a running brook.
A partner can go upstream and release the balloons into the water. As they
rush downstream, they simulate an attacker charging you and make excellent
moving targets. Watch out for ricochetting bullets. Have any bystander stand
by behind you. A clothesline with a pulley attachment can be rigged up to
also allow practice with a moving target.
Once you decide to get
a gun, check out the local laws. There are federal ones, but they're not stricter
than any state ordinance. If you're unsure about the laws, send 75¢ to the
U.S. Government Printing Office for the manual called Published Ordinances:
Firearms. It runs down the latest on all state laws. In most states you can
buy a rifle or shotgun just for the bread from a store or individual if you
are over 18 years old. You can get a handgun when you can prove you're over
21, although you generally need a special permit to carry it concealed on
your person or in your car. A concealed weapon permit is pretty hard to get
unless you're part of the establishment. You can keep a handgun in your home,
though. It's also generally illegal to walk around with a loaded gun of any
type. Once you get the hang of using a gun, you'll never want to go back to
the old peashooter.
Amerika is just another
Latin dictatorship. Those who have doubts, should try the minimal experience
of organizing a large rock festival in their state*, sleeping on some
beach in the summer or wearing a flag shirt. Ask the blacks what it's been
like living under racism and you'll get a taste of the future we face. As
the repression increases so will the underground-deadly groups of stoned revolutionaries
sneaking around at night and balling all day. As deadly as their southern
comrades the Tupamaros. Political trials will only occur when the heavy folks
are caught. Too many sisters and brothers have been locked up for long stretches
having maintained a false faith in the good will of the court system. Instead,
increased numbers have chosen to become fugitives from injustice: Bernadine
Dohrn, Rap Brown, Mark Rudd, hundreds of others. Some including Angela Davis,
Father Berrigan and Pun Plamondon have been apprehended and locked in cages,
but most roam freely and actively inside the intestines of the system. Their
growth leads to persistent indigestion for those who sit at the tables of
power. As they form into active isolated cells they make apprehension difficult.
Soon the FBI will have a Thousand Most Wanted List. Our heroes will be hunted
like beasts in the jungle. Anyone who provides information leading to the
arrest of a fugitive is a traitor.
*Unless you want
to use our music to attack our politics as the governor of Oregon did to drain
support away from demonstrations against the AmeriKKKan Legion. In such a
situation the concert should be sabotaged along with political education as
to why such an action has been taken. Don't let the pigs separate our culture
from our politics.
Well fellow reader,
what will you do when Rap or Bernadine call up and ask to crash for the night?
What if the Armstrong Brothers want to drop some acid at your pad or Kathy
Boudin needs some bread to keep on truckin'? The entire youth culture, everyone
who smiles secretly when President Agnew and General Mitchell refer to the
growing number of "hot-headed revolutionaries", all the folks who hope the
Cong wins, who cheer the Tupamaros on, who want to exchange secret handshakes
with the Greek resistance movement, who say "It's about time" when the pigs
get gunned down in the black community, all of us have an obligation to support
the underground. They are the vanguard of our revolution and in a sense this
book is dedicated to their courage.
If you see a fugitive's
picture on the post office wall take it home for a souvenir. But watch out,
because this is illegal. Soon the FBI will be printing all our posters for
free. Right on, FBI! Print up wanted posters of the war criminals in Washington
and undercover agents (be absolutely sure) and put them up instead. Since
the folks underground move freely among us, we must be totally cool if by
chance we recognize a fugitive through their disguise. If they deem it necessary
to contact you, they will make the first move. If you are very active in the
aboveground movement, chances are you are being watched or tapped and it would
be foolhardy to make contact. The underground would be meaningless without
the building of a massive community with corresponding political goals. People
above ground demonstrate their love for fugitives by continuing and intensifying
their own commitment.
If the FBI or local
subversive squad of the police department is asking a lot of questions about
certain fugitives, get the word out. Call your underground paper or make the
announcement at large movement gatherings or music festivals; the grapevine
will pass information on to those that need to know.
If you're forced to
go underground, don't think you need to link up with the more well-known groups
such as the Weathermen. If you go under with some close friends, stick together
if it's possible. Build contacts with aboveground people that are not that
well known to the authorities and can be totally trusted.
You should change the
location in which you operate and move to a place where the heat on yon won't
be as heavy. A good disguise should be worked out. The more information the
authorities have on you and the heavier the charges determine how complete
your disguise should be. There are some good tips in the books on make-up
listed in the Appendix. Only in rare cases is it necessary to abandon the
outward appearance of belonging to the youth culture. In fact, even J. Edgar
Freako admits that our culture is our chief defense. To infiltrate the youth
culture means becoming one of us. For an FBI agent to learn an ideological
cover is a highly disciplined organization is relatively easy. To penetrate
the culture means changing the way they live. The typical agent would stand
out like Jimmy Stewart in a tribe of Apaches.
In the usual case the
authorities do not look for a fugitive in the sense of carrying on a massive
manhunt. Generally, people are caught for breaking some minor offense and
during the routine arrest procedure, their fingerprints give them away. Thus
for a fugitive having good identification papers being careful about violations
such as speeding or loitering, and not carrying weapons or bombing manuals
become an important part of the security. It is also a good idea to have at
least a hundred dollars cash on you at all times. Often even if you are arrested
you can bail yourself out and split long before the fingerprints or other
identification checks are completed.
If by some chance you
are placed on the "10 Most Wanted List" that is a signal that the FBI are
indeed conducting a manhunt. It is also the hint that they have uncovered
some clues and feel confident they can nab you soon. The List is a public
relations gimmick that Hooper, or whatever his name is, dreamed up to show
the FBI as super sleuths, and compliment the bullshit image of them that Hollywood
lays down. Most FBI agents are southerners who majored in accounting or some
other creative field. When you are placed on the List, go deeper underground.
It may become necessary to curtail your activities for a while. The manhunt
lasts only as long as you are newsworthy since the FBI is very media conscious.
Change your disguise, identification and narrow your circle of contacts. In
a few months, when the heat is off, you'll be able to be more active, but
for the time, sit tight.
An amateur photographer
or commercial artist with good processing equipment can make passable phony
identification papers. Using a real I.D. card, mask out the name, address,
and signature with thin strips of paper the same color as the card itself.
Do a neat gluing job. Next, photograph the card using bright overhead lighting
to avoid shadows, or xerox it. Use a paper of a color and weight as close
to the real thing as you can get. If you use phony state and city papers such
as birth certificate or driver's license, choose a state that is far away
from the area in which you are located. Have a complete understanding of all
the information you are forging. Dates, cities, birthdays and other data are
often part of a coding system. Most are easy to figure out simply by studying
a few similar authentic cards.
Almost all I.D. cards
use one or another IBM Selectric type to fill in the individual's papers.
You can buy the exact model used by federal and state agencies for less than
$20.00 and install the ball in 5 seconds on any Selectric machine. When you
finish the typing operation, sign your new name and trim the card to the size
you want. Rub some dirt on the card and bend it a little to eliminate its
Another method is to
obtain a set of papers from a close friend of similar characteristics. Your
friend can replace the originals without too much trouble. In both cases it
might be advisable to get authentic papers using the phonies you have in your
possession. In some states getting a license or voting registration card is
very easy. Library cards and other supplementary I.D.'s are simple to get.
A passport should not be attempted until you definitely have made up your
mind to split the country. That way agencies have less time to check the information
and you can decide on the disguise to be used for the picture. Unless you
expect to get hotter than you are right now, in which case, get it now.
It is wise to have two
sets of identification to be on the safe side but never have both in your
possession at the same time. If you sense the authorities are close to mailing
you and choose to go underground, prepare all the identification papers well
in advance and store them in a secure place. Inform no one of your possible
Before you start passing
phony I.D.'s to cops, banks and passport offices, you should have experience
with lesser targets so you feel comfortable using them. There are stiff penalties
for this if you get caught. A few better methods than the ones listed above
exist, but we feel they should not be made this public. With a little imagination
you'll have no trouble. Dig!
like exile, can be extremely lonely, especially during the initial adjustment
period when you have to reshuffle your living habits. Psychologically it becomes
necessary to maintain a few close contacts with other fugitives or folks aboveground.
This is also necessary if you plan to continue waging revolutionary struggle.
This means communication. If you contact persons or arrange for them to contact
you, be super cool. Don't rush into meetings. Stay OFF the phone! If you must,
use pay phones. Have the contact person go to a prescribed booth at prescribed
time. Knowing the phone number beforehand, you can call from another pay phone.
The pay phone system is superior to debugging devices and voice scramblers.
Even so, some pay phones, that local police suspect bookies use, are monitored.
Keep your calls short
and disguise your voice a bit. If you are a contact and the call does not
come as scheduled, don't panic. Perhaps the booth at the other end is occupied
or the phone you are on is out of order. In New York, the latter is usually
true. Wait a reasonable length of time and then go about your business. Another
contact will be made. Personal rendezvous should take place at places that
are not movement hangouts or heavy pig scenes. Intermediaries should be used
to see if anyone was followed. Just groove on a few good spy flicks and you'll
figure it all out.
Communicating to masses
of people above ground is very important. It drives the MAN berserk and gives
hope to comrades in the struggle. The most important message is that you are
alive, in good spirits and carrying on the struggle. The communications of
the Weathermen are brilliantly conceived. Develop a mailing list that you
keep well hidden in case of a bust. You can devise a system of mailing stuff
in envelopes (careful of fingerprints) inside larger envelopes to a trusted
contact who will mail the items from another location to further camouflage
your area of operation. A host of communication devices are available besides
handwritten notes and typed communications. Tape recorders are excellent but
better still are video-tape cassette machines. You can wear masks, do all
kinds of weird theatrical stuff and send the tapes to television stations.
At times you might want to risk being interviewed by a newsman, but this can
be very dangerous unless you conceive a super plan and have some degree of
trust in the word of the journalist. Don't forget a grand jury could be waiting
for him with a six months contempt or perjury charge when he admits contact
and does not answer their questions.
The only other advice
is to dress warm in the winter and cool in the summer, stay high and.
fuck new york
You can always sleep
up in Central Park during the daytime, although the muggers come out to play
at night. Free night crashing can be found in the waiting room of the Pennsylvania
Railroad station, 34th St. and 7th Ave. The cops will leave you alone until
about 7:00 AM when they kick you out. You can put your rucksack in a locker
for twenty-five cents to avoid it being ripped-off.
The Boys Emergency Shelter,
69 St. Marks Place, (777-1234) provides free room and board for males 16-20
years of age. The Living Room can be found on the same block. It's a heavy
religious scene, but they will help with room and board. Their hours are 6:30
PM to 2:00 AM, phone 982-5988. Also on the Lower East Side is the Macauley
Mission at 90 Lafayette St.
On the West Side, there's
a poet named Delworth at 125 Sullivan St. that houses kids if he's got room.
The Judson Memorial Church, Washington Square South always has one or more
housing programs going. If you're really hard up, try the Stranded Youth Program,
111 W. 31st St. (554-8897). Teenagers 16-20 are sent home; if you don't want
to go back but need room and board, give them phony identification.
The Graymoor Monastery
(CA 6-2388) offers free room and board for young people in the country. They
Hunt's Point Market,
Hunt's Point Ave. and 138th St. in the Bronx will lay enough fruit and vegetables
on your family to last a week or more. Lettuce, squash, carrots, cantaloupe,
grapefruit, even artichokes and mushrooms all crated. You'll need a car or
truck and they only give stuff away in the early morning. Just tell them you're
doing a free food thing and it's yours. Outasight!
The large slaughterhouse
area is in the far West Village, west of Hudson and south of 14th St. Get
a letter from a clergyman saying you need meat for a church-sponsored meal.
The fish market is located
on Fulton and South Streets under the East River Drive overpass in lower Manhattan.
You can always manage to find some sympathetic fisherman early in the morning
who will lay as much fish on you as you can cart away.
If you pick up on a
car, take a trip to Long Island City. There you will find the Gordon Baking
Company at 42-25 21st, Pepsi Cola at 4602 Fifth Ave., Borden Company at 35-10
Steinway St. and Dannon Yogurt at 22-11 38th Ave. All four places give out
samples for free if you call or write ahead and explain how it's for a block
Along 2nd and 3rd Avenues
on the upper east side are a host of swank bars with free hors-d'oeuvres beginning
at five. All Longchamps are good, as is Max's Kansas City.
For real class, check
the back pages of the New York Times for ocean cruises and those swinging
bon voyage parties. If you look kind of straight or want to disguise yourself
and see the other half at it, sneak into conventions for drinks, snacks and
all kinds of free samples. Call the New York Convention Bureau, 90 E. 42nd
St. MU 7-1300 for info. You can also get free tickets to theater events here
at 9:00 AM on weekdays.
Other free meals can
be gotten at the various missions.
- Bowery Mission - 227 Bowery
(674-3456). Pray and eat from 4:00 to 6:00 PM only. Heavy religious orientation.
- Catholic Worker - 36 E. First
St. Soup line from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Clothes for women on Thursday from
12:00 to 2:00 PM. Clothes for men after 2:00 PM weekdays. Sometimes lodging.
- Holy Name Center for Homeless
Men - 18 Bleeker St. (CA 6-5848 or CA 6-2338) Clothes and morning showers
from 7:00 to 11:00 AM.
- Macauley Mission - 90 Lafayette
St. (CA 6-6214) Free room and board. Free food Saturdays at 5:00 PM. Sometimes
- Moravian Church - 154 Lexington
Ave. (MU 3-4219 or 533-3737) Free spaghetti dinner on Tuesday at 1:00 PM.
- Quakers - 328 E. 15th St. Meals
at 6:00 PM Tuesdays.
- Wayward - 287 Mercer St. Free
The International Society
For Krishna Consciousness is located at 41 Second Ave. Every morning at 7:00
AM a delicious cereal breakfast is served free along with chanting and dancing.
Also at noon, more food and chanting and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at
7:00 PM, again food and chanting. Then it's all day Sunday in Central Park
Sheepmeadow (generally) for still more chanting (sans food). Hari Krishna
is the freest high going if you can get into it and dig cereal and of course,
The Paradox Restaurant,
at 64 E. 7th St. is a neat cheap health joint that will give you a free meal
if you help peel shrimp or do the dishes.
The latest dope on family
planning and the new abortion law can be obtained from Planned Parenthood,
300 Park Ave. (777-2015). They provide a free directory on city-wide services
in this area. The Black Panther Free Health Clinic on 180 Sutter Ave. in Brooklyn
is radical medicine in action. If you ripped off this book, why not send them
or another group mentioned in this book a check so they can continue serving
the people. Two fantastic clinics on the Lower East Side are the St. Marks
People's Clinic at 44 St. Marks Place (533-9500), open weekdays 6-10 PM and
NENA at 290 E. Third St. (677-5040) which also functions as a switchboard
for the area.
The Beth Israel Teenage
Clinic at 17th St. and 1st Ave. 673-3000 ext. 2424) services young people.
Millie at the Village Project, 88 2nd Ave. can arrange for free glasses. The
New York University Dental Clinic, 421 First Ave. will give you the cheapest
dental care in Gotham. Stuyvesant-Poly Clinic, 137 Second Ave. (674-0232)
has an emergency day clinic with the quickest service. Dial-a-freakout is
324-0707. Ambulance service is at 440-1234. You ought to know the cops accompany
ambulance calls. The following is a list of the New York City Health Department
Centers. They provide a number of free services including X-rays, venereal
examinations and treatment, shots for children's diseases, vaccinations, tetanus
shots and a host of other services.
- Central Harlem-2238 Fifth Ave.
- East Harlem-158 E. 115th St.
- Lower East Side-341 E. 25th
St. MU 9-6353
- Manhattanville-21 Old Broadway
- Morningside-264 W. 118th St.
- Washington Heights-600 W. 168th
St. WA 7-6300
- Morrisania- 1309 Fulton St.
- Mott Haven-349 E. 140th St.
- Tremont-Fordham-1826 Arthur
Ave. LU 3-5500
- Westchester-Pelham-2527 Glebe
Ave. SY 2-0100
- Bedford-485 Throop Ave. GL 2-7880
- Brownsville-259 Briston St.
- Bushwick-335 Central Ave. HI
- Crown Heights-1218 Prospect
Place SL 6-8902
- Flatbush-Gravesend-1601 Ave.
S NI 5-8280
- Ft. Greene-295 Flatbush Ave.
- Red Hook-Gowanus-250 Baltic
- Sunset Park-514 49th St. GE
Mayier St. EV 8-3714
- Astoria-Maspeth-12-1631st Ave.
L.I.C. AS 8-5520
- Corona-Flushing-34-33 Junction
Blvd., Jackson Heights HI 6-3570
- Jamaica-90-37 Parsons Blvd.
- Rockaway-67-10 Rockaway Beach
Blvd.; Arvenne NE 4-7700
- Richmond-51 Stuyvesant Place
The key to getting overall
medical care for free is to pick up on a Medicaid card. You can apply at any
metropolitan hospital. After filling out a long form and waiting three weeks
you'll get your card in the mail. Have a good story when interviewed about
why you're not working or only making under $2900 a year. There is an age
limit in that only folks over 21 can qualify, but the rule is liberally enforced
and younger people can get the card with the right hardship story.
The Lawyer's Commune
is a group of revolutionary young lawyers pledged to make a limited income
and handle the toughest political cases. They handle all our cases. Find them
at 640 Broadway on the fifth floor (677-1552).
New York radicals are
fortunate in having a number of good legal assistance agencies. One of the
following is bound to be able to help you out of a jam.
- Emergency Civil Liberties Committee-25
E. 26th St. 683-8120 (civil liberties)
- Legal Aid Society-100 Centre
St. BE 3-0250 (criminal matters)
- Mobilization for Youth Legal
Services-320 E. Third St. 777-5250 (all types of services)
- National Lawyers Guild-5 Beekman
St. 277-0385 or 227-1078 (political)
- New York Civil Liberties Union-156
Fifth Ave. 929-6076 (civil liberties)
- New York University Law Center
Office-249 Sullivan St. GR 3-1896 (civil matters)
- Claremont Neighborhood Center
- 169th St. and Washington Ave. 588-1000. Hours are from 2:00 to 10:00 weekdays.
- Black Anti-Draft Union - 448
- Church of St. John the Evangelist
- 195 Mayier St. 387-8721
- Society for Ethical Culture
- 53 Prospect Park West SO 8-2972
- American Friends Service Committee
- 15 Rutherford Place 777-4600
- Chelsea Draft Information -
346 W. 20th St. WA 9-2391
- Community Free Draft Counseling
Center - 470 Amsterdam Ave. 787-8500
- Greenwich Village Peace Center
- 137 W. Fourth St. 533-5120
- Harlem Unemployment Center -
2035 Fifth Ave. 831-6591
- LEMPA - 105 Avenue B 477-9749
- New York Civil Liberties Union
- 156 Fifth Ave. 675-5990
- New York Workshop in Nonviolence
- 339 Lafayette St. 227-0973
- Resistance - 339 Lafayette St.
- Union Theological Seminary -
606 W. 122nd St. MO 3-9090
- War Resisters League - 339 Lafayette
- Westside Draft Information -
602 Columbus Ave. (89th St.) 874-7330
- Woman's Strike for Peace - 799
- Conservatory Gardens - Central
Park, 105th St. and Fifth Ave. Seasonal display. LE 4-4938
- Brooklyn Botanical Gardens -
Flatbush and Washington Aves. Rose Oriental Garden, Rose Garden, Native
Wild Flower Garden, Rock Garden, Conservatory. Seasonal display. MA 2-4433.
- New York Botanical Gardens,
Bronx Park, 200th St., east of Webster Ave. Gardens and Conservatories.
Seasonal displays. Parking fee: $1.00 on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Open: Grounds - 10:00 AM to dark, Greenhouses - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 933-9400.
- Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50
Main St., between Dahilia and Elder Aves., Flushing. TU 6-3800.
These gardens are
really beautiful places to fuck around for a day. The best ones are the Bronx
and Brooklyn. Bring a picnic, a few friends, some grass, and plant the seeds.
It's all free.
- Central Park - 64th St. and
Fifth Ave. Free. Open 11 AM to 5 PM.
- Children's Zoo - 64th St. and
Fifth Ave. Open 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is 10 cents. No tickets are sold
after 4:30 PM. Free story-telling sessions with motion pictures or color
slides at 3:30 PM, Mondays through Friday.
- Bronx Park - Fordham Road and
Southern Blvd. WE 3-1500. Open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. November, December,
January closes at 4:30 PM. Admission on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
is 25 cents for adults and children over 5 years. Free on other days and
all legal holidays. Children's Zoo closes November 1st.
- Barrett Park Zoo - in Richmond,
Broadway, Glenwood Place and Clove Road. Open daily 10 AM to 5 PM. GI 2-3100.
Unlike the barbaric
cages in Central Park, the 18-acre Flushing Meadow Zoo in Queens has been
designed so that visitors can view the animals and buds in their natural surroundings,
without bars. Take the Main Street Flushing Line Subway (train number 7) from
Times Square to 111th St. in Queens. Bronx Zoo which is the largest in the
United States and Flushing Meadow Zoo are fantastic.
- Brooklyn - Coney Island Beach
and Boardwalk ES 2-1670
- Manhattan Beach - Oriental Blvd.,
from Ocean Ave. to Makenzie St. DE 26794
- Bronx - Pelham Bay Park - Orchard
Beach and Boardwalk TI 5-1828
- Queens - Jacob Riis Park - Jamaica
Bay, Beach 149 to Beach 169 GR 4-4600
- Rockaway Beach - First St. to
149th St. GR 4-3470
- Richmond - Great Kills Park
- Hylan Blvd., Great Kills EL 1-1977
- South Beach and Boardwalk -
Ft. Wadsworth to Miller Field, New Dorp YU 7-0709
- Wolfs Pond Park - Holten and
Cornelia Avenues, Princes Bay YU 4-0360
Go to the beach on weekdays
as it usually is very crowded on the weekends. The best beach by far is Rockaway.
lt has pretty good waves.
Swimming Pools MANHATTAN
- OUTDOOR POOLS
MANHATTAN - INDOOR POOLS
- Carmine Street Pool - Clarkson
St. and Seventh Ave. WA 4-4246
- Colonial Pool - Bradhurst Ave.
and W. 145th St. WA 6-8109
- East 23rd Street Pool - Asser
Levy Place MU 5-1026
- Hamilton Fish Pool - E. Houston
and Sheriff Streets GR 7-3911
- Highbridge Pool - Amsterdam
Ave. and W. 173rd St. WA 3-2360
- John Jay Pool - 77th St., east
of York Ave. at Cherokee Place. RE 7-2458
- Lasker Memorial Pool - Central
Park, 110th St. and Lenox Ave. 348-6297
- Thomas Jefferson Pool - 111th
St. and First Ave. LE 4-0198
- West 59th Street Pool - between
West End and Amsterdam Avenues. CI 5-8519
BROOKLYN - OUTDOOR POOLS
- Baruch Pool - Rivington St.
and Baruch Place GR 3-6950
- East 54th Street Pool - 342
E. 54th St. and Second Ave. PL 8-3147
- Rutgers Place Pool - 5 Rutgers
Place GR 3-6567
- West 28th Street Pool - 407
W. 28th St. CH 4-1896
- West 134th Street Pool - 35
W. 134th St. AU 3-4612
BROOKLYN = INDOOR POOLS
- Betsy Head Pool - Hopkinson
and Dumont Avenues DI 2-2977
- McCarren Pool - Driggs Ave.
and Lorimer St. EV 8-2367
- Red Hook Pool - Bay and Henry
Streets TR 5-3855
- Sunset Pool - Seventh Ave. and
43rd St. GE 5-2627
BRONX OUTDOOR POOLS
- Brownsville Recreation Center
- Linden Blvd. and Christopher Ave. HY 8-1121
- Metropolitan Avenue Pool - Bedford
Ave., no phone; call SO 8-2300
- St. John's Recreation Center
- Prospect Place and Schenectady Avenues HY 3-3948
BRONX - INDOOR POOLS
- Crotona Pool - E. 173rd St.
and Fulton Ave. LU 3-3910
QUEENS - OUTDOOR POOLS
- St. Mary's Recreation Center
Pool - St. Ann's Ave. and E. 145th St. CY 2-7254
RICHMOND - OUTDOOR POOLS
- Astoria Pool - 19th St. and
23rd Drive, Astoria AS 8-5261
- Flushing Meadow Amphitheatre
- Long Island Expressway and Grand Central Parkway, Swimming pool and diving
- Faber Pool - Faber St. and Richmond
Terrace GI 2-1524
- Lyons Pool - Victory Blvd. and
Murray Hulbert Ave. GI 7-6650
The pools are generally
crowded but on a warm summer day you don't care. The pools are open on weekdays
from 10 AM to 12:30 PM. There is a free period for children 14 years of age
and under. No adults are admitted to the pool areas during this free period.
After 1 PM on weekdays and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays there
is a 15 cents charge for children under 14 years and a 35 cents charge for
children over 14 years.
Free Cricket Matches
At both Van Cortland
Park in the Bronx and Walker Park on Staten Island every Sunday afternoon
there are free cricket matches. Get schedule from British Travel Association,
43 W. 61st St. At Walker Park, free tea and crumpets are served during intermission.
Free Park Events
All kinds of activities
in the Parks are free. Call 755-4100 for a recorded announcement of the week's
events. The freak center is the rowing pond around 70th St. and Bethesda Fountain
around 72nd St. in Central Park, although it floats. Busts are non-existent.
A complete list of all recreational facilities can be obtained by calling
the New York City Department of Parks.
- American Academy of Arts and
Letters, American Numismatic Society, and the American Geographical Society
are all located at Broadway and 155th St.
- Asia House Gallery - 112 E.
64th St. Art objects from the Far East.
- Brooklyn Museum - Eastern Parkway
and Washington Ave. Egyptian stuff best in the world outside Egypt. Take
IRT (Broadway line) express train to Brooklyn Museum station. (Don't miss
the Gardens in back.)
- The Cloisters - Weekdays 10
AM to 5 PM, Sundays 1 PM to 6 PM. Take IND Eighth Avenue express (A train)
at 190th Str. station and walk a few blocks. The number 4 Fifth Avenue bus
also goes all the way up and it's a pleasant ride. One of the best trip
places in medieval setting.
- Frick Museum - 1 E. 70th St.
Great when you're stoned. Closed Mondays.
- The Hispanic Society of America
- Broadway between 15th and 16th Streets. The best Spanish art collection
in the city.
- Marine Museum of the Seaman's
Church - 25 South St. All kinds of model ships and sea stuff. Also the Seaport
Museum on 16 Fulton St.
- Metropolitan Museum - 5th Ave.
and 82nd St.
- Museum of the American Indian
- Broadway at 155th St. Largest Indian museum in the world. Open Tuesday
to Sunday 1 to 5 PM. Take IRT (Broadway line) local to 157th St. station.
- Museum of the City of New York
- 103rd St. and 5th Ave. LE 4-1672
- Museum of Modern Art - 11 W.
53rd St. CI 5-3200. Monday is free.
- Museum of Natural History -
Central Park West and 79th St. Great dinosaurs and other stuff. Weekdays
10-5 PM, Sunday 1-5 PM.
- Museum of the Performing Arts
- Lincoln Center, Amsterdam Ave. and 65th St. 799-2200
- New York Historical Society
- 77th St. and Central Park West. TR 3-3400
- Chase Manhattan Museum of Money
- 1256 6th Ave. All banks, especially Chase Manhattan ones are museums when
you get right down to it. Liberate them!
- Summer Musical Festival in Central
Park. About the closest you can come to good free rock music. There are
concerts every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the months of July
and August. It only costs $1.00 or $2.00, and everybody in the music world
plays at least once. The concerts are held at the Wollman Ice Skating Ring.
Occasionally there are free rock concerts in Central Park.
- The Greenwich House of Music
located at 46 Barrow St. in the West Village puts on free concerts and recitals
every Friday at 8:30 PM. For a complete schedule send a stamped, self-addressed
- The Frick Museum, 1 E. 70th
St., BU 8-0700, has concerts every Sunday afternoon. The best of the classical
offerings. You must hassle a little. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope
that will arrive on Monday before the date you wish to go. One letter, one
ticket. The Donnell Library, 20 W. 53rd St. also presents free classical
music. The schedule is found in "Calendar of Events" at any library.
- The Juilliard School presents
a variety of free stuff: orchestral, opera, dance, chamber music, string
quartets and soloists. Performances take place most Friday evenings at 8:30
PM, from November through May.
- The Museum of the City of New
York, 5th Ave. between 103rd St. and 104th St. every Sunday at 2:30 PM,
October through April. Phone first: LE 4-1672. Classical.
- New York Historical Society,
from December through April, has glee clubs, string groups, and classical
singers performing on Sundays at 2:30 PM., 170 Central Park West (near 77th
St.), Phone TR 3-3400 for schedule.
- Brooklyn Museum has classical
concerts by assorted soloists and groups and are presented free every Sunday
from October through June at 2 PM, Eastern Parkway and Washington Ave. NE
You can sometimes pick
up tickets to television shows at the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau,
90 E. 42nd St. For the bigger and better shows you have to write direct to
the studios. If you do write, do it as far in advance as possible. CBS, 51
W. 52nd St., asks you to write two months in advance. Sometimes you can get
last-minute tickets for the Ed Sullivan Theater, 1697 Broadway. For NBC shows,
write NBC Ticket Division, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. There is also a ticket desk
on the NBC Mezzanine of 30 Rockefeller Plaza where tickets are given out for
the day shows on a first-come-first-served basis. It's open Monday through
Friday from 9-5. ABC, 1330 Sixth Ave. ask you to write two to three weeks
in advance for tickets. You can get tickets up to the day of the show by calling
in or visiting the ticket office of ABC, 79 W. 66th St. or 1330 6th Ave. (LT
1-7777). Metromedia also gives out free tickets to their shows and you can
get them by writing to WNEW-TV, 205 E. 67th St. (LE 5-1000).
- The Dramatic Workshop, Studio
number 808, Carnegie Hall Building, 881 7th Ave. at 56th St. Free on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday at 8:15 PM. JU 6-4800 for information.
- New York Shakespeare Festival,
Delacourte Theater, Central Park. Every night except Monday. Performance
begins at 8:00 PM, but get there before 6:00 PM to be assured of tickets.
- Pageant Players, the Sixth Street
Theater Group and other street theater groups perform on street corners
and in parks. Free theater is also provided at the United Nations Building
and the Stock Exchange on Wall Street. If you enjoy seventeenth century
- The Equity Library Theatre gives
performances of old Broadway hits at the Masters Institute, 103rd St. and
Riverside Drive. They perform Tuesday through Sunday at 8:30 PM and Sunday
at 2:30 PM. Free tickets are not always available so phone ahead (MO 3-2038)
for reservations. No shows during the summer.
- The Museum of Performing Arts,
111 Amsterdam Ave. offers plays, dance programs and music. Shows start at
6:30 PM. Tickets are handed out at 4:00 PM. Saturday shows start at 2:30
PM. You can write for a calendar of events to 1865 Broadway or call 799-2200.
- The New York Historical Society,
Central Park West and 77th St. presents Hollywood movies every Saturday
afternoon. TR 3-3400 for a schedule.
- At the Metropolitan Museum,
Fifth Ave. and 82nd St., you can see art films every Monday at 3:00 PM.
TR 9-5500 for a schedule.
- New York University has a very
good free movie program as well as poetry, lectures, and theatre presentations.
Call the Program Director's Office 598-2026 for a schedule.
- The Film Library in the Donnell
Library, 20 W. 53rd St., 790-6463, has a wide variety of films which may
be borrowed free of charge. The Library system also presents film programs
throughout the year. Pick up a Calendar of Events which lists the free showings
at all the branches.
- The Museum of Modern Art is
free every Monday and they have a free film showing at 2 and 5 PM. Get a
schedule at the Museum. They have the largest movie collection in the world.
- Museum of Natural History, Central
Park West between 77th and 81st St. (TR 3-1300), presents travel and anthropological
films on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2:00 sharp, from October through
Every movie that plays
in New York has a series of screenings for critics, film buyers and friends
of the folks that made it. Look in the Yellow Pages under Motion Picture Studios
and Motion Picture Screening Rooms. Once you get the feel of it, you'll quickly
learn who shows what, where and when. They always let you in free and if not
give some gull story. (See Free Entertainment section). If you see previews
in a theater or notice a publicity build-up in the newspapers, the movie is
being screened at one or more of the rooms.
- Daily News-220 E. 42nd St.,
will answer any questions you put to them. Well almost!
- General information: 883-1122
- Sports: 883-1133
- Travel: 883-1144
- Weather: 883-1155
- For the latest news, call the
- AP is PL 7-1312, UPI is
- MU 2-0400.
- The New York Times Research
Bureau, 229 W. 43rd St., 556-1651, will research news questions that pertain
to the past three months. Liberation News Service at 160 Claremont Ave.,
will give you up-to-the-minute coverage of radical news. Call 749-2200.
- East Village Other-20 E. 12th
- Liberation-339 Lafayette St.,
- Other Scenes-Box 8, Village
- Rat-241 E. 14th St., 228-4460
- Win-339 Lafayette St., 674-0050
- For others, call Underground
Press Syndicate, Box 26, Village Station, 691-6073
THE SUBWAY SYSTEM
- Dial-a-Demonstration 924-6315
- Dial-a-Satellite-TR 3-0404
- Weather-WE 6-1212.
- The Switchboard-989-0720, at
the Alternate U, is open 6 PM to 3 AM.
The first thing to do
is get familiar with the geography of stops you use most frequently. Locate
the token cage. Check to see whether the exits are within easy view of the
teller, off to the side, or blocked from view by concrete pole-supporters.
Next learn the type of turnstile in use. Follow the hints laid down in the
Free Transportation section.
The rush hours are always
the easiest times. Just go through the exits as people push open the door.
Also at crowded hours, people go single file past the turnstiles, one after
another in a steady stream. Get in line and go under. The people will block
you from view and won't do anything. Even a cop won't give you much hassle.
Some subway stations have concrete supports that block the teller's view.
Where these exist, slip through the exit nearest the pole or slide by the
Turnstile jumping is
such a skill, it's going to be added to the Olympics. There are three basic
styles common to New York and most cities and each needs a slightly different
The Old Wooden Cranker-(Traditional)
You have to go under or sail over this type. Going under is a smoother trip.
Going over is trickier since you need both hands free to hurdle and it's a
quicker, more noticeable motion.
Entrance-Approach it with confidence. Pretend you're putting in a token with
your right hand and pull the bar toward you one third of the way with your
left hand. Go through the space left between the bars and the barrier. Not
Used-Only-For-Entrance-They won't pull towards you, and so, you must go either
under or over them.
NOTE: There is no way
to tell a New-Aluminum-Bar-Turnstile-Which-Turns-Both-- Ways-For-Exit-and-Entrance
from a New-Aluminum-Bar-Turnstile-Which- Can-Be-Used-Only-For-Entrance unless
there is a sign. You have to try it first. Therefore, it is important to remember
which kind is in use at your local station so your technique will be smooth.
Once you're through, remember in your mind you've paid. Ignore everybody who
tries to stop you or tell you different. If someone shouts just keep on truckin'
on toward your track. Don't stop or run. Insist you are right if you ever
get caught. We have been doing it for years, got caught twice and let go both
tunes when other passengers insisted we paid. Everybody hates the subways,
even the tellers.
All Wallach stores feature
a service that includes sewing on buttons, free shoe horns, and shoe laces,
mending pants pockets and linings, punching extra holes in belts, and a number
of other free services.
By far the best place
to get free furniture in New York is on the street. Once a week in every district,
the Sanitation Department makes bulk pick-ups. The night before, residents
put out all kinds of stuff on the street. For the best selection try the West
Village on Monday nights, and the East Seventies on Tuesday nights. On Wednesday
night there are fantastic pick-ups on 35th St. in-back of Macy's. Move quickly
though, the guards get pissed off easily; the truckers couldn't care less.
This street method can furnish your whole pad. Beds, desks, bureaus, lamps,
bookcases, chairs, and tables. It's all a matter of transportation. If you
don't have access to a car or truck, it's worth it to rent a station wagon
and make pick-ups.
If you would like to
meet a real ghost, write Hans Holtzer, c/o New York Committee for Investigation
for Paranormal Research, 140 Riverside Drive, New York, NY. He'll put you
in touch for free.
Lessons in a variety
of skills such as plumbing, electricity, jewelry-making, construction and
woodworking are provided by the Mechanics Institute, 20 W. 44th St. Call or
write them well in advance for a schedule. You must sign up early for lessons
as they try to maintain small courses. MU 7-4279.
are free. Are you a
poem or are you a prose?
- Saint Mark's in the Bowery,
Second Ave. and 10th ST. (674- 6377
- Washington Square Methodist
Church, 133 W. Fourth St.,
- Greenwich Village (777-2528);
Judson Memorial Church, Washington Square South (725-9211).
At about 9:30 AM, free
flowers in the Flower District on Sixth Ave. between 22nd St. and 23rd St.
Once in a while, you can find a potted tree that's been thrown out because
it's slightly damaged.
The Staten Island Ferry-Not
free, but a nickel each way for a five mile ocean voyage around the southern
tip of Manhattan is worth it. Take IRT (Broadway line) to South Ferry, local
only. Ferry leaves every half-hour day and night.
In the area along Central
Park West in the Seventies and Eighties are located many doctor's offices.
Daily they throw out piles of drug samples. If you know what you're looking
for, search this area.
You can always use the
library. The main branch is on Fifth Ave. and 42nd St. The Public Library
prints a leaflet entitled "It's Your Library" which lists all the 168 branches
and special services the library provides. You can pick it up at your nearest
branch. They also publish a calendar of events every two weeks which is available
free. If you have any questions call 791-6161.
You can get free posters,
literature and books from the various missions to the United Nations located
on the East Side near the UN Building. The Cuban Mission, 67th St., will give
you free copies of Granma, the Cuban newspaper, Man and Socialism in Cuba,
by Che Guevara and other literature.
A free subway map is
available at any token booth. Good if you're new in the city and don't know
your way around.
ASPCA, 441 E. 92nd St.
and York Ave., TR 6-7700. Dogs, cats, some birds and other pets. Tell them
you're from out of town if you want a dog and you will not have to pay the
$5.00 license fee. Have them inspect and inoculate the pet; which they do
free of charge. A place to look for free pets is in the Village Voice under
their column Free Pets.
Radio Free New York
WBAI FM, 99.5 on your
dial. 30 E. 39th St. (OX 7-8506).
- Alternative University, 69 W.
14th St. (989-0666). A good radical school offering courses in karate, Mao,
medical skills and other courses. They will send you a catalogue listing
- Bottega Artists Workshop, 1115
Quentin Road, Brooklyn, 336-3212 has art taught by professionals for a free.
- Contact-220 E. Seventh St. Open
3 to 10 PM. Raps, contacts, mailing addresses, counseling, sometimes food.
- Traveler's Aid-204 E. 39th St.
- Village Project-88 Second Ave.
Open 2 to 6 PM. Same as Contact.
Contrary to rumors,
none of us have ever been to Chicago. None-the-less, we have some friends
who have visited the area. In Chicago, everyone 17 or under must be off the
streets by 10:30 PM and by 11:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Don't sleep
in Lincoln Park during political conventions, but other nights it's O.K. Wasn't
it Hillel who asked, "Why is this night different from all other nights?"
And wasn't it Mayor Richard J. Daley who responded, "Cause I say get your
ass out of the park!"
The Chicago Seed (929-0133)
will give you the best advice on crashing and the local heat scene. Grace
Lutheran Church, 555 W. Beldon St., and the Looking Glass at 1725 W. Wilson
also have crashing places or know where you can find free room and board.
You won't get hassled
if you sack out in the Union Station on Adams Street just over the bridge.
There are loads of folks crashing in abandoned buildings along LaSalle and
other streets. Also the rooftops are cool. Stay off the streets though, unless
you've got good identification.
SCLC (Operation Breadbasket)
has a free breakfast program every morning Monday through Friday from 7-10
AM at St. Anna Church, 55th St. and LaSalle St., and also at Christ the King
Lutheran Church located at 3700 Lake Park.
You can get free samples
of cheese, meat, and coffee everyday at the Stop and Shop food store located
on Washington between Dearborn and State Streets. At the Treasure Island grocery
store located on Broadway, two blocks north of Belmont, free coffee and cookies
are offered for the people. Halloway House at 27 W. Randolph gives coupons
good for coffee. Also at the Guild Bookstore at 25 W. Jackson Blvd., and from
the machines at the 4th through 14th floors of the Playboy Building.
There are real cheap
restaurants. One is a truck-stop in Skokie called Karl's Cafe. It's just north
of Oakton on Skokie Highway. It's open until 6:00. You get a whole lot of
food for $1.00. Also, under the viaduct at Milwaukee and Damen is a small
restaurant with Polish food. You can get a great meal for $1.35. It's worth
a visit. It closes early in the evening. Another cheap restaurant is Paul
and Ernie's on North Lincoln, just south of Wrightwood. You can have a beef
dinner for about 70 cents.
A good place to pick
up free vegetables and fruits is at the wholesale market on Randolph St. or
S. Water St. on Friday afternoons. Many of the food factories such as Kraft
Dairy Products give away free samples and cases for "charity." Check them
It is possible to steal
food from the 2nd floor Federal Building Cafeteria at Adams and Dearborn and
the National Cafeteria at Clark and Van Buren. These cafeterias usually have
long lines and you can eat while standing and just pay for the coffee.
If you have a place
to cook and store food, there are a few places that have pretty cheap food.
The east gate of International Harvester, located at 1015 W. 120th St. is
unbelievable. Dig these bargains! 10 pounds of T-bone steaks (boxed) for $5.25
at midnight. at 4 PM, the produce man brings a different combination of goods.
A typical bill of fare might include tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, etc.
at $1.00 for 10 pounds of any item. The produce might vary from day to day,
but the prices stay the same. On Thursdays at noon and 4 PM, the Lennell cookie
man comes around. It's $1.25 per box. At 7 PM, the sausage man arrives and
the standard price is $2.00. The standard size is 3 to 5 pounds. He has salami,
liver sausage, polish sausage, and usually odd lunchmeat such as bologna or
summer sausage. All the food is sold out of trucks, and the prices might not
be exact, but they're pretty close.
Eggs are about 3 dozen
for $2.00 on Randolph west of Halsted. Orange juice is pretty cheap at the
Del Farm on Broadway. Wonder Bread thrift store on Diversey; Butternut, 87th
St. and Ridgeland and 1471 W. Wilson, and Silvercup, 55th and Federal, offer
bread and rolls at big discounts. The Cicero Bottling Company at 31st St.
and 48 Court sell a case of 12 quart bottles for $2.00. Mamas Cookies, 7400
S. Kastner give 5 pounds for $1.50. At Burhops, State and Grand, you can get
cheap 5-pound boxes of steak. The Railroad Salvage around Madison and Halsted
has dented cans (with stuff inside) for big discounts. It is also a good place
for paper products. Campbell Soup, 2250 W. 55th St., open Tuesday and Thursday,
will give you cases free or at discounts if you tell them it's for charity
or look straight. Two good spots for all around shopping are the Hi-Lo on
Lincoln, north of Irving. There's lots of stuff for 10 cents. Marathon Products
at Randolph and Halsted is another good place.
If you can survive on
just one meal a day, you're set. The city has just opened 14 free lunch centers
throughout the town. They are located at:
- Antgeld Urban Progress Center-967
E. 132nd St.
- Area II Multi-Service Center
of DHR-1500 N. North Park
- Division Street Urban Progress
Center-1940 W. Division
- DHR Woodlawn District Office-6317
- Englewood District Office of
DHR-6003 S. Halsted
- Garfeld Neighborhood Service
Program-9 S. Kedzie
- Halsted Urban Progress Center-1935
- Lawndale Urban Progress Center-3818
- Madden Park Fieldhouse-500 E.
- Martin Luther King Urban Progress
Center-4741 S. King Drive
- Montrose Urban Progress Center-901
- North Kenwood CCUO Office-4155
S. Lake Park
- South Chicago Urban Progress
Center-9231 S. Houston
- Southern District DHR Office-2108
E. 71st St.
The free hot meals consist
of meat, potatoes, a vegetable, dessert, fruit, and coffee or milk. You have
to give them a name and an address.
All three major universities
have excellent clinics that do most kinds of medical work for free. The University
of Chicago maintains a clinic at 950 E. 59th St. The University of Illinois
has one located at 840 S. Wood. In addition to good medical care, Northwestern
University Clinic offers very cheap dental treatment. The clinic is at 303
E. Chicago. Call the main switchboard of the schools and ask for the clinics
to check out services and hours.
A V.D. clinic is open
every weekday and late on Wednesdays at 27 E. 26th St. and N. North Park.
Chronic diseases are treated at 2974 N. Clybourn. Free chest X-rays are available
at City Hall downtown, everyday. For mental health problems, try the clinic
at 1900 N. Sedgwick (642-3531).
Drug education is offered
by Earth Mother on Wednesdays at the Grace Church, 555 W. Belden. Information
and help with bad trips can be obtained through Just Us, 61 N. Parkside (378-7618)
or LSD Rescue Service, 7717 N. Sheridan (338-6750). Chicago has a number of
good clinics maintained by movement and community groups spread throughout
the city for the people that live in the area. The Black Panther Party runs
the Spurgeon "Jake" Winters Free People's Clinic at 3850 W. 16th St. (522-3220).
The Young Patriots Uptown
Health Service located at 4408 N. Sheridan (334-8957) serves the people in
that community. The Young Lords maintain the Dr. E. Betances Free People's
Health Center at Peoples Church, 834 W. Armitage (549-8505). The Latin American
Defense Organization has a clinic on 2353 W. North Avenue, (276-0900). The
growing Student Health Organization administers a number of small clinics
in various communities. Call them at 493-2741 or drop into their office at
1613 E. 53rd St. At the Holy Covenant Church, on Wilton and Diversey, you
can get medical assistance at the Free People's Clinic as well as help with
legal, housing, family planning and nutrition problems. Call 348-6842. All
these clinics provide a variety of services and operate on different schedules.
Call them first to be sure they are open.
Chicago has a number
of good law schools and you can often get some assistance or referral by calling
them and speaking to the editor of the law school paper. You can go to the
bathroom for free in the Julius J. Hoffman Room at Northwestern University
The Law Student Commune,
357 E. Chicago, 649-8462, is a group of young radical lawyers and law students
trying to bring legal assistance into the streets. The People's Law Office
2156 N. Halsted, 929-1880 operates the same way. For community problems, call
the Lincoln Park Rights Center, 525-9775, or the Community Legal Counsel,
726-0157. The ACLU maintains a large chapter in Chicago at 6 S. Clark, 236-5564,
and handles cases where civil liberties are affected.
- American Friends Service Committee
- 407 S. Dearborn St. 427-2533
- Austin Draft Counseling Center
- 5903 Fulton 626-9385
- Chicago Area Draft Resisters
(Cadre) - 519 W. North Ave. 664-6895
- Chicago Circle Draft Information
Organization University of Illinois, 317 Chicago Circle Center 663-2557
- Hyde Park Draft Information
Center - Quaker House, 5615 S. Woodlawn Ave. 363-1248
- Kennedy King Draft Counseling
Center - 7047 S. Stewart - 488-0900, ext. 36
- Lawndale Draft Counseling -
4049 W. 28th St. 277-3140
- Loyola Draft Counseling Center
6525 N. Sheridan, 274-3000 ext. 378
- Mandel Legal Aid Clinic - 6020
S. University Ave. 324-5181
- Ravenswood Draft Counseling
- Barry Memorial Methodist Church, 4754 N. Leavitt 784-3272
- Roosevelt Selective Service
Counseling Organization - Roosevelt University Student Senate Office, Rm.
204, 430 S. Michigan Ave. 922-3580 ext. 334
- South Side Draft Information
(Mt. Carmel Book Dist.) 2355 W. 63rd St. 925-3686
- Uptown Hull House Draft Information
Service - 4520 N. Beacon St. 561-8033
- Wellington Avenue Congregational
Church Draft Counseling Center - 615 W. Wellington Ave. 935-0642.
Lincoln Park stretches
along Lake Michigan in the Northern section of the city. It has a Conservatory
and Zoo, opened 9 AM to 5 PM. Just south of the zoo is the gathering place
for free rock concerts, be-ins, and the like. There is also a zoo in the Brookfield
section at 8400 W. 31st St. The Morton Arboretium located on Route 53 in Lisle
is open every day till sunset. The Shedd Aquarium is located at 1200 South
Lake Shore Drive at Roosevelt.
The Auditorium and Opera
House sometimes offers free concerts on Sunday and weeknights. Hang around
the lobby and claim there are tickets in your name at the box office. Even
if it's a pay concert you can generally bluff your way inside. The Center
for New Music, 2263 N. Lincoln, usually has free concerts on Sunday and Monday
at 8 PM. WGLD is the local underground station. The Universal Life Church
Coffee House, 1049 W. Polk has free rock and folk music on the weekends. Free
City Music sponsors free rock concerts during the spring and summer in Lincoln
- The Art Institute - Adams and
Michigan. Opens daily at 10 AM. Great art museum.
- Chicago Academy of Science-Lincoln
Park at 2001 N. Clark. (LI 9-0606) Open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.
- Field Museum of Natural History-Roosevelt
Road at Lake Shore Drive. Time of opening varies from day to day; call 922-9410.
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday admission is free.
- Museum of Contemporary Art-237
E. Ontario (943-7755) Open daily.
- Museum of Science and Industry-57th
St. in the Hyde Park area. (MU 4-1414) Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. Our
all-time favorite museum.
- The Oriental Institute-University
of Chicago campus, 1155 E. 58th St. (643-0800) Open daily, except Monday,
from 10AM to 5 PM.
The Other Door Coffee
House, 3124 N. Broadway, features nightly poetry readings and music. Call
348-8552. Cafe Pergolesi, 3404 N. Halsted, features poetry readings, baroque
music and an art gallery. There is no cover or minimum. Open 6 to 12 PM, and
till 1:00 AM on Saturday.
The Playhouse North,
315 W. North Ave. features free theater. For $1.00, you can see various groups
perform at the Harper Theater Coffee House at 5238 S. Harper. Second City,
l616 N. Wells, has free improvisations after their evening performances every
evening except Fridays. Free children's theater can be seen at La Dolores,
1980 North Orchard, Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 PM. Call 664-2352.
- The Biograph Theater, 2433 N.
Lincoln Ave. shows double bills for $1.25 and has a penny candy counter.
John Dillinger got ambushed when he left the place. Free Newsreel films
can be seen Wednesdays at 8 PM at the Neighborhood Commons, Wisconsin and
Freemart. Newsreel, 2744 N. Lincoln (248-2018) provides movement films for
free or law cost to groups.
- Alice's Revisited, 950 N. Wrightwood,
is a restaurant that shows free movies. On Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM
they have free folk-rock-blues music. Saturdays they also have free children's
theater. Tuesdays they have psychodrama, also for free. Call 528-4250 for
- The Switchboard number is 281-7197.
- Rising Up Angry - 2261 N. Lincoln
- Second City - 2120 N. Halsted
- The Chicago Seed - 950 W. Wrightwood
The Seed features a
column called "Making It," which deals with survival in the Windy City. It
is probably the best of its type in the country.
The Black Panther Party
office is located at 2350 W. Madison (243-8276).
- Agitprop - no office; phone
- Chicago Print Co-op. - 6710
- J. S. Jordan Memorial Printing
Co-op. - 6710 N. Clark
- Omega Posters - 711 S. Dearborn
- Red Star Press - 180 N. Wacher
The People's School,
4409 N. Sheridan (561-6737), offers free courses in many areas of survival
and radical politics. The White Panther Party, 787-1962, offers courses in
street fighting, history of American radicalism, and dialectic sexism.
The Concerned Citizens
Survival Front, 2512 N. Lincoln Ave. has clothes. Try the dry cleaners on
Armitage east of Halsted along the south side of the street. They give away
unclaimed stuff. Also Brazil Cleaners at 3943 Indiana. The Eugene Blue Jean
Store at 7017 Paulina has jeans, old army shirts and other items for less
than a dollar.
The Lake Shore Drive
area on collection days has furniture. Call the bureau of Streets and Sanitation
for a collection schedule.
At 727 S. Laflin, you'll
find a genuine free store that gives away everything you can imagine. It has
a tendency to be a floating free store though.
Pick up some underground
papers at any of the offices listed and hawk them on the streets. You can
pull in $6-$10 an hour if you work at it.
fuck los angeles
There are several crash
pads and communes that will put you up for a few nights. Call the Free Clinic
at 938-9141. Floor space is available at the Sans Souce Temple on S. Ardmore.
Women's Emergency Lodge at 912 W. 9th St. (627-5571) will put up women without
a place to stay or make referrals. Resistance (386-9645) and Green Power (HQ
9-5184) will be helpful if you have to crash. Sleeping on the beaches is out,
but the roofs are cool. The Midnite Mission at 396 S. Los Angeles (624-9258)
has room and board for some boarders. The parks and streets are certain bust
material. The L.A. pigs are matched in brutality only by their fellow hoggers
in Chicago and South Africa. Every L.A. cop is nine feet of solid chrome.
Bite his toes and down he goes.
Green Power Feeds Millions
is a unique organization serving the nets of people. They provide food for
festivals, cancers, demonstrations, be-ins, sit-ins and similar events for
free. In addition they supply a number of communes and serve food every Sunday
in Griffith Park, the central get-together spot in Los Angeles. Call them
at HO 9-5184 or 938-9141 for information and also to offer your help.
Free vegetarian lunch
can be found at the W. Hollywood Presbyterian Church at Sunset and Martel
(874-1816). For supper, try the Midnite Mission, 396 S. Los Angeles Street;
God Squas, 1412 N. Crescent Heights Blvd. (near Sunset), and His Place, Sunset
and La Cienega.
The Half-Price Bakery
at Third and Hill St. gives away free bakery goods late at night and you can
always bum a meal in any Clifton's Cafeteria with a good story.
The Watts Trojan House
is a free store that provides not only food, both clothing and a variety of
other items and service. They are located at 1822 E. 103rd St. The County
Welfare Department at 2707 S. Grand (near Adams Street) has a liberal food
stamp program (746-0522).
- The Free Clinic at 115 N. Fairfax
Ave. (938-9141) is very popular and provides a number of services at various
hours such as:
- Job Co-ops--Monday thru
Friday, 10:00-4:00 PM.
- Medical--Monday thru Friday,
5:30-l0:00 PM. Saturday 12:30-5:00 PM.
- Dental--Monday thru Thursday,
Monday thru Friday, 6-10 PM.
- Legal Monday thru Friday,
- Draft-Monday thru Thursday,
- Pregnancy and Abortion--Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday, 7:30. Saturday 1:30 PM
- Birth Control-Monday thru
Friday, 6-7 PM. Saturday 2-3 PM.
- The Foothill Clinic, 547 E.
Union in Pasadena (795-8088) offers similar services free of charge. Call
them for a schedule of hours. Venereal Diseases are treated in the evenings
at a clinic maintained by the Committee to Eradicate Syphillis. They are
found at 5205 Melrose Ave., Hollywood (870-2524).
- In Venice use the free Youth
Clinic at 905 Venice Blvd. (near Lincoln). The services are varied and they
are only open evenings. Call 399-7743 and they'll help you.
- For specialized problems try:
- Drugs--Narcotics Anonymous
- Abortion-The Woman's Center,
1027 S. Crenshaw (near Olympic Blvd.) Wednesdays at 7:30 PM.
- Mental--Central City Community
Mental Health Center, 4272 S. Broadway (232-2441)
- Suicide Prevention Center,
2521 W. Pico (381-5111)
- District Health Centers provide
many free services. For exact information, call the center or write to:
- County of Los Angeles Health
Department, Public Health Education Division, 220 N. Broadway, Los Angeles,
California 90012. Ask for a list and information about their health
- EAST LOS ANGELES-670
S. Ferris Ave. 261-3191.
- 915 N. Bonnie Beach Pl. 264-6910.
Melrose Ave. 464-0121.
- SUBCENTER-WEST HOLLYWOOD-621
N. San Vincente Blvd. 652-3090.
- NORTH HOLLYWOOD-5300
Tujunga Ave. 766-3981.
Van Nuys Blvd. 899-0231.
- TUJUNGA--7747 Foothill
- SOUTH-1522 E. 102 St.
Compton Ave 583-6241.
- SOUTHEAST - 4920 Avalon
- SOUTHWEST - 3834 S.Western
- The Legal Aid Foundation of
Los Angeles at 106 3rd St. (628-9126) provides help in civil matters.
- The ACLU of Southern California
is located at 323 W. Fifth St. (MA 6-5156).
- AFSC - 980 N. Fair Oaks, Pasadena
- Black Community Draft Assistance-7228
S. Broadway, LA 90003 (778-0710)
- Catholic Peace Assn.--911 Malcolm
Ave., Westwood 90024 (474-2683)
- Counterdraft-PO Box 74881, LA
- East LA Peace Center-409 N.
Soto, LA 90033 (261-2047)
- Episcopal Draft Counseling Center-514
W. Adams Blvd., LA 90004 (748-4662)
- Fellowship for Reconciliation
4356½ Melrose, LA 90029 (666-0145)
- First Unitarian Church-2936
W. Eighth St., LA 90005 (389-1356)
- Free Clinic-115 N. Fairfax,
LA 90036 (938-9141)
- L.A. Comm. for Defense of Bill
of Rights-(MA 5-2169)
- L.A. Draft Help-1018 S. Hill
St., LA (RI 7-5461)
- Myra House-191 N. Sunkist, West
- Northeast Peace Center-5682
York Blvd., LA 90042 (257-2004)
- Peace House-724 Morengo, Pasadena
- Resistance-507 N. Hoover, LA
- The Resistance-11317 Santa Monica
Blvd., Westwood 90024 (478-2374)
- SFVSC-Student Service Center,
Admissions and Records Office, San Fernando Valley State College, Northridge
(349-1200, ext. 1181)
- UCLA Draft Counseling Center--UCLA
Law School, 405 Hilgard Ave., LA 90024 (746-6092)
- USC Counseling Center-Gould
Law School, University Park, Student Union Bldg., Rm. 217 (746-6092)
- Valley Peace Center-7105 Hayvenhurst,
Van Nuys 91406 (787-6925). Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
- Venice Draft Info Center--73
Market St., Venice 90291 (399-5812)
- War Resisters League-1046 N.
Sweetzer, LA 90069 (654-4491)
- Westside Jewish Community Center-5870
W. Olympic Blvd., LA 90046 (938-2531)
- Women Strike for Peace-5899
W. Pico Blvd., LA 90019 (937-0236)
Los Angeles has 14 miles
of beaches extending from north of Pacific Palisades to Cabrillo Beach in
Will Rogers Beach State
Park, 15100 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, extends north three
miles from the Santa Monica city limits to a point near Topanga Canyon. This
beach has a large, popular surfing area.
Venice Beach, 2100 Ocean
Front Walk, Venice, extends from the Santa Monica city limits south to Marina
Del Rey. Six acres have been developed into a park with picnic areas, shuffleboard
courts and the Venice Beach Pavilion. The huge Venice Fishing Pier is located
here, and there is an area for surfing.
Isidore B. Dockweiler
Beach State Park, 11401 Vista del Mar Ave. extends from Marina del Ray, south
of the city of El Segundo. This beach has 700 fire pits and a surfing area.
Cabrillo Beach, 3720
Stephen White Drive, San Pedro, located at the northern end of Los Angeles
Harbor, has picnic areas, fire pits and a section for surfing.
Royal Palms Beach, 1799
Paseo del Mar is equipped with picnic areas and fire pits.
Griffith Park is the
largest park and the favorite gathering spot of the local hip community. It's
next to the Ventura and State Freeways.
Arroyo Seco Park is
located along the Arroyo Seco and has picnic, recreational and bowling-on-the-green
facilities. You'll also find the Los Angeles Zoo at 5333 Zoo Drive in the
Brand Park and Memory
Garden opposite the old Mission San Fernando is a real strange place to go.
Echo Park has the largest
artificial lake in Los Angeles. Fishing programs for kids are conducted each
summer and electric boats are available for rent.
Hancock Park, located
on Wilshire Blvd, between Odgen and Curson, has the LaBrea Tar Pits with prehistoric
animal and plant fossils all over the place.
The Exposition Park
Rose Garden on Exposition Blvd. is a seven-acre sunken rose garden that smells
Founded by Hubert Eaton
as "the first step up to heaven," Forest Lawn Memorial Park, overlooking beautiful
downtown Glendale has to be the wildest spot around. It is pure L.A. with
the largest collection of reproduced statuary in the world. Jean Harlow, Sabu,
Clark Gable and other loved ones are tucked away here. You can turn on in
front of the Jean Hersholt Memorial, fuck in the Aisle of Benevolence located
in the Great Mausoleum, and trip out on a stereo sermon emanating from the
giant Mystery of Life sculpture. Far-fucking out!
There are over fifty
free museums in the greater Los Angeles area. We are listing those of special
California Museum of
Science and Industry-Exposition Park, 749-0101.
Hollywood Wax Museum-6767
Hollywood Blvd. (near Grauman's Chinese Theater).
Los Angeles County Museum
of Art-5905 Wilshire Blvd. in Hancock Park, 937-2590.
Every Sunday there are
free music concerts in Griffith Park. Movies
U.C.L.A. has a free
experimental film series every year. Call them at 825-4321 for a schedule.
The Switchboard in Los
Angeles has a 24-hour-a-day service called the Hot Line. It's located at 4650
Sunset Blvd. (663-1015). Call them for the latest in what's going down in
the area. The L.A. Free Press at 7813 Beverly Blvd. 937-1970, is always a
good source of information. The Black Panther Party Headquarters can be found
at 4115 S. Central Ave., 235-4127, or at 9818 Anzac, in Watts, 567-8027. The
Traveler's Aid Society has offices in the Greyhound Bus Terminal and International
Airport. They provide all kinds of services and information to lost souls
or visitors. Generally
The following spots
offer clothes,furniture and other household items at low prices:
So. Broadway 228-1748; 5208 Whittier 264-1638
St. Vincent de Paul
Society-727 N. Broadway 627-8147; 210 San Fernando Rd. 221-6151
The Volunteers of America
maintain a number of thrift stores throughout the area. Try 8609 S. Broadway
or call 750-9251 for the store near you.
The Salvation Army also
has a chain of stores. The main store is at 801 E. 7th St. 620-1270. They
can help you there or let you know where you can shop in your area.
You can sell a pint
of blood for $10.00 at the Red Cross Blood Bank, 1200 S. Vermont (384-5261).
All sorts of free pets
are available at the ASPCA, 5026, W. Jefferson (731-2491).
Los Angeles has a curfew
law but you can get a suitable I.D. with photo for $3.50 at Twelfth and Hill
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The nights are chilly
in San Francisco but there are places that offer a free night's lodging. To
avoid overcrowding they tend to employ a ticket system. By showing up in the
late afternoon, you are generally assured a place to stay that night. The
following places work it this way:
- Brother Juniper's Inn--1736
Haight, tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Holy Order of Man--937 Fillmore,
- Hospitality House--148 Leavenworth,
for people under 18, generally filled.
- Pinehurst Emergency Lodge--2685
30th Ave., for unwed mothers and women with children.
- St. Mary's Church--660 California,
tickets at 6:00 PM.
- St. Patrick's Church--756 Mission,
tickets at 6:00 PM
- St. Vincent De Paul--235 Minna,
tickets at 4:00 PM for single men only.
- Salvation Army Harbor Light--290
Fourth St., no tickets.
Traveler's Aid, 38 Mason,
771-0880, will assist in finding temporary shelter. Young runaways will find
it cool to try All Saint's Church, 1350 Walker (863-9718) for both room and
board. Also Huckleberry's for Runaways, 1347 7th Ave. (731-3921) will provide
these and other services such as counseling.
If you're going to settle
for a while in San Francisco, you might have difficulty finding an apartment
to rent. Try the Federal Housing Information Center, 100 California (556-5900).
They maintain a free listing.
The Community Design
Center, 215 Haight (863-3718) provides free advice on architectural and design
of pads inside and out once you locate a place, speaking, you can find a Traveler's
Aid Station in every place that large numbers of travelers can be found.