Friday, April 20, 2018

MayDay 1971

These are photos taken by activists/reporters for the DC area paper Washington Area Spark.  The Mayday protests were part of several days of protests sponsored by various antiwar organizations.  These groups included the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Peoples Coalition for Peace and Justice, Socialist Workers Party, and the Mayday Tribe, whose slogan was "If the government won't stop the war, the people will stop the government."

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Clash Album released April 8, 1977

The first album by The Clash was released in 1977 in the UK on this day.  One hundred thousand were imported into the US and sold out.  Eventually a US version was released.

The Clash UK.jpg

Monday, March 19, 2018

March 18, 1978 Corporate Rock Fest in Southern California

California Jam 2 was a huge success monetarily and musically.  I went with several friends, lost track of all but one, listened to some music, partied for 24 hours and, while trying to hitchhike out of the parking lot the next morning, got picked up by my friends I had lost during the concert.  The only act I didn't like at all was Ted Nugent.....although his fans were passionate!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

February 27, 1973 Wounded Knee Occupation by American Indian Movement fighters begins

we remember wounded knee posterThe American Indian Movement’s (AIM) best known and most controversial protest began in February 1973 in Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a small town on the Pine Ridge reservation. Wounded Knee Two began as a conflict within the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) tribe between the supporters of the tribal Chairman Richard Wilson and other tribal members who considered him to be a corrupt puppet of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).

Like many other such conflicts, it had simmered for a while. In 1973, the disagreements between the two segments of the Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux created so much anger and division that both sides ended up arming themselves. The forces allied with Wilson, along with Federal law enforcement officials and U.S. military, entered into a 71-day siege of the AIM forces.

The AIM group included local citizens, national AIM members, prominent entertainment figures, and members of national philanthropic, religious, and legal organizations. National news organizations covered the entire 71 days of the siege and its aftermath.

When the siege ended on May 9, 1973, two Native American members of AIM were dead and an unknown number were wounded on both sides. Richard Wilson remained in office and was challenged in the next election. Many AIM members spent the next years in litigation, in exile, and in prison.

Several more armed conflicts erupted in the wake of the siege, in large part due to continuing counterintelligence programs and vigorous prosecutions that targeted AIM members. The most well-known of these cases is that of Leonard Peltier who remains in prison because of an at-best questionable conviction in the death of an FBI agent in 1975.

Although I was living in Germany at the time, the occupation came close to home. A classmate of mine whose family was connected to Pine Ridge left his senior year in early March to participate. His father was supportive, despite his rather contradictory role as part of the U.S. Army’s infantry. Indeed, it is likely that while he was in Vietnam he participated in campaigns named after earlier military actions against his own people.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

White House Crooks Sentenced to Prison February 22, 1975

Three of Nixon's right hand men (including the Attorney General John Mitchell) sentenced to federal prison for some of their crimes in the Watergate was a good day....