TABLE OF DISCONTENTS
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
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. Government Publications.
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
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
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 a month.
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
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
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 EXCHANGE
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
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 machines.
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
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 from circulation.
York Subway Tokens
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.
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
PORTUGUESE 50 CENTAVO PIECE
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
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
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 AWAY
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.Selling
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 wafers lately?
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 potluck!
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 sprouts.
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 inches tall.
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
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.
Underground newspapers 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
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 happy.
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
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 Their Dependents.
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 orgy.
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 some flights.
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
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 your wall.
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
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 your area.
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 machines.
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
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
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 does.
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 do everything.
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 Death Kulture.
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
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
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
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
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
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 way.
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 it."
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
LIBERATION NEWS SERVICE-160 Claremont Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027 (212)
COLLEGE PRESS SERVICE-1779 Church St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 (202)
CHICANO PRESS ASSOCIATION-La Raza, Box 31004, Los Angeles, California
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., Hackensack, N.J.
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
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
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. N.Y. 10010
HAIGHT-ASHBURY TRIBUNE, 1778 Haight St., San Francisco, Calif. 94117
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. 39205 $4/yr.
LAS VEGAS FREE PRESS, Box 14096, Las Vegas, Nev. 89114 $7/yr.
LEFT FACE, Box 1595, Anniston, Ala. 36201
LIBERATION, 339 Lafayette St., N.Y. 10012
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
MADISON KALEIDOSCOPE, Box 881, Madison, Wisc. 53701 $5/yr.
MARIJUANA REVIEW, Calif. Instit. of Arts, 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank,
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
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, Beloit, Wisc.
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
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 $6/yr.
REBIRTH, Box 729, Phoenix, Ariz. 85001
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
SECOND COMING, Box 491 Ypsilanti, Mich. 48197
SEED, 950 W. Wrightwood, Chicago, Ill. 60614 $6/yr.
SPACE CITY, 1217 Wichita, Houston, Tex. 77004
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, Ill. 61820
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. 10012 $5/yr.
WORKER'S POWER, 14131 Woodward Ave., Highland Park, Mich. 48203
AKWESASNE NOTES, Roosevelton, N.Y. 13683 .50/iss.
ALESTLE, c/o Paul Gorden, 7404 Tower Lake, Apt. 1D, Edwardsville, Ill.
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, Ohio
BOTH SIDES NOW, 10370 St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. 33217
COLLECTIVE, 614 Clark St., Evanston, Ill. 60201
COME TOGETHER, P.O. Box 163, Encino, Calif. 91316
CROSSROADS, Hill School, Pottstown, Pa. 19464
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
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., D.C. 20009
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., Fredericton, N.B.
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, Switzerland
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. Utrecht, Holland
OEUF, 14 Ch de la Mogeonne, 1293 Bellevue, Geneva Switzerland
OM, Kaizerstraat 2A, 11et, Amsterdam, Holland, Neth.
OPS VEDA, 16 Woodholm Rd., Sheffield 11, England
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, Bucks, England
ECO CONTEMPORANEO, C. Correo Central 1933, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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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)
MUSIC SWITCHBOARD - 1826 Fell St., San Francisco, Calif. 94117 (415)
MISSION SWITCHBOARD - 848 14th St., San Francisco, Calif. 94110 (415)
CHINATOWN EXCHANGE - 1042 Grant Ave., San Francisco, Calif. 94108 (415)
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)
WEST OAKLAND LEGAL SWITCHBOARD - 2713 San Pablo, Oakland, Calif. (415)
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)
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)
EUREKA SWITCHBOARD - 1427 California, Eureka, Calif. (707) 443-8901
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)
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)
POWELTON TROUBLE CENTER - 222 N. 35th St., Phila., Penna.. (215)
WASHINGTON D.C. SWITCHBOARD - 2201 P St. NW, Washington, D.C. (202)
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)
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)
HELP - c/o Marby Beil, 1708 E. Lafayette, Number 5, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
UNITED CHURCH PRESBYTERIAN - 181 Mount Horeb Rd., Warren, N.J. (201)
BOSTON SWITCHBOARD - 45 Bowdoin St., Boston, Mass. (617) 246-4255
PROJECT PLACE - 37 Rutland St., Boston, Mass.(617)267-5280
BEVERLY SWITCHBOARD - Beverly Hospital, Beverly, Mass. (617) 922-0000
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF ACTON - 8 Concord Rd., Acton, Mass. (617)
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)
LEXINGTON - ARLINGTON HOT LINE - 1912 Mass. Ave., Lexington, Mass. (617)
COMMUNITY YOUTH COMMISSION - 945 Great Plain Ave., Needham, Mass. (617)
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 London 222-8219
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.
Carrier-current broadcasting 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 house lobbies.
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 operation
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.
Standard broadcasting 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 engineering knowledge.
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 alternative
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.
Demonstrations always 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 added publicity.
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
Construction helmets 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 a cloth.
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
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 run.
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 equipment.
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 electronic gear.
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 weapon.
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
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 considerably.
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
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 dirty fighters!
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
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
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
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
Electric battery-operated 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 supply stores.
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 help here.
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
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 broken.
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
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
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
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 explosion immensely.
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
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
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
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
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
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 street.
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. 55th St.
CLEVELAND, OHIO, 44112 - Outpost, 13017 Euclid Ave.
DETROIT, MICHIGAN, 48207 - 1300 E. Lafayette
HARTFORD, CONN., 06112 - 161 Ridgefield St.
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - PO Box 2463, Sepulveda, Calif. 91343 (mail)
NASHVILLE,TENN., 37204 - 3301 Leland Land
NEW HAVEN, CONN., - 30 Bryden Terrace, Hamden, Conn. 06514 (mail)
NEW ORLEANS LA., 70130 - 623 Bourbon St.
NEW YORK, NY 10014 - 15 Charles St.
PHILADELPHIA, PA., 19119 - 6705 Lincoln Drive
PITTSBURGH, PA., 15222 - 617 Empire Building
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., 94115 - 2519 Pacific Ave.
SYRACUSE, NY, 13210 - 931 Comstock Ave.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - 3410 Taylor St., Chevy Chase, Md. 20015 (mail)
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