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B«f*gee Memo #2.....•••.••••..U
Sonetblng is Moving.•••••••••♦5
Huchell Magee.••.••»••••••••••8
Spring Anti-war Offensive.•. .10 Food For the Taking.«••..••••12
Counter-spy, ................ .1^
Calendar.•••••...«•••••••••••15
Of Mice and
R.I«P. Review.•••••••••••••••18
This veek for PNS Speaks (usually a short personai introduction by different members of the collective) per-haps a longer statement of purpose will serve to clarify and open a better relationship with our readers.
PNS was born about 11 issues ago and ve are stili struggling with the basic hassles of publishing a counter-culture nevspaper with very little vorking capital (nas-ty word). We are stili unsure just who is really reading it, and vhat their reaction is. Obviously we are trying to do what most underground papers do (define that as you will) and to educate ourselves as well. Ve all hope to be able to vrite articles both relevant and intor-esting and to learn the various skills (shitwork) neces-sary in order to get the paper out. A real collective must share the work load and all decision making. The paper shouldnTt be dependent on certain people or their
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special talents to continue. We are also using the paper as a means of building a nev kind of relationsfcip betveen each other. Ideally the collective should be a model of the coming new society. As we have said before, a revolution must involve a real change in personal con~ scioysness^ creating a new man, as Che said. Unfdr-tunately^ so many movement groups ignore this• wasting their time in endless debates over ideology and correct tactics #
Ve come frorn a wi&e variety of social backgrcun&s, vhich of ccurse causes misunderstanding and differences cf opinion. This can serve us, hovever, in avoiding a narrow class bias toward any one ^ub^ect. Who needsa party line? Ve are learning to criticize and accept critici sm withcut hostility and in a spirit of revolutionary love. This includes self critieism, vhich is net to abase onesself but rather having the will to seek the help of your comrades, in over coming personal deficienci.es and correcting errrors. We are our brother* keepers- as one revolutionary said, and no one need stand alone in 'times of crisis.
As for myself, vorking on the paper has been a truly rewarding experience .and a great help in keeping my own head together during a time of personal mental and phy-sical strain. Ve know too that our experience is not \ uni que but that ali over the country people are coming together in this way.
Right nerw we could really dig knowing Just where ve1re at in the community. Please take the time to call. drop us a line, or come to one of our open Sunday meetings We would welcome constructive criticism (if you think wefre fucked up, that*s cool«; Just teli us how and what we can do to improve ourselves). It can be your paper if you want it to be.
By Jim Dodd Love and Struggle The PNS Collective



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(editas Vae O^lt.ol Hili Sennnts * IRaion is^
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Talk to your neighbors goddamnitl In the course of* organ-izing tenants into collective actions, rent strikes, etc. ve* ve dtscovered that most people livxng in apartments don f t 3daov vho v.o-f-v. nelghbors are*
We .iust
__ I _„ w__ inished organlssing a buil&ing UT-
.in live Points and the people living there knev each othcr only because aost had been living in the saxne pj ace since 3.95^-*
Most people living in the Capitol Hili area have lived vhere
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>ey are now for less than one year • eyJre lucky if they know who lives
one^ haJ
Collective each tenanj because
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actions are based partly on trvist •
n the building is willing to place in
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This is important for the organizing force a well. When CHTU first began. ve vrote to tenant unions ali over the country ask-ing for information on organizing collective eictions. The Information ve have on hov these tenant^ihicons organize is that they organize groups of tenants into their organization. In many ways the systexn parallels the labor imion structure. Eaph buiDding or block in the area is organized into akoeal. and the tenant union structure goes uphill fremi there. Eventually^. you vina up vith an elected steering committee or whatever. In many ways. this does get the job done—namely settling tenant grievances— but we &onft think that that*s enough. It doesnTt always teach people how to take control of their own lives. With the tenant union organization set up by locals, many people that are organized into the local vind up abdicating aecis ion making upwar&s. CHTU doesnf t have a vertical relationship vithin itself. CHTU does have a staff collective. There is 1 no one coordinator. As many people knov by now, CHTUfs staff is composed of organiser/ counselors. When one staff member organises vith a group of ten-ants vho want to settle grievances with their iandiord, the people involved do not join CHTU as a "local". They do become an unincorporated tenants association.
For instance, CHTU recently helped about 50 people sue a land-lord for deposits he had ripped off. It involved ali of these people and $2700. The tenants became the "123^ XXX Street Tenants Association1'. They made the decisions and s.et the strategy* In this vay CHTU acts as a resource person esplaining posslble ccurses of action^ possible successes, and possible failures. But, the people involved make the decisions--all the vay dovm the line. This is what we mean by people taking control of their own lives.
Wefve said any number of times that we need to be abie to live as we please without being ripped off - -culturally, economically, or physically. That means selfreliance first and forernost. That means building living situations that are independant of welfare bureaucracie3. landlords and wars in Vi et nam. CHTU thinks that taking control of your home living situation is part of what seiz-ing the times is allabout. ThatTs what we try to get aeross when-ever we help people organise a collective action.
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by Capitol Eill Tenants Union


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ON THE V£R&£ OF £XTJNCTlON AM^m CONOUCT A LA&T
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THE EW6MV «E NEARlMGr ExnNcnoH whiue tue feopte
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^^^raurfiONARIES MAY kiw for
1P*A TIME BV THiS \&*#€>N OF OUTWARD aFYHS^iOfril BUt INNER tt£AK~ HESS, FAfUMOr TO 6&ASP THE [£a»f&mAu fact? ,
FASCISM- ’*A police state wherein the po-litical ascendancy is tled into and protecte the interests of the upper class--characterized by militarism, racism, and imperiali sin.11
George Jackson,- of the Soledad Brothers. Prison Letters
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Ruchell Magee
There is another defendant besides Artgela Davis await-ing trial in 3an Rafael. His nane is Ruchell Magee.
He has heen indic-ted wlth Angela.
He was injured on August 7 in the kictaap attempt and the only survivor besides the D.A.
There is little Information about Ruchell, 31, except that information taken from his court records. Ruchell was s.entenced at the age of 17 to 12 years in Louisiana State Pen for attempted aggravated rape.
He was sentenced in Los Angeles shortly after coming to Califor-nia on a charge of robbery and kidnapping in August 1965 and was sent to San Quentin. In '65 Magee complained that he vas not allowed to choo3e his own counsel nor were any friends or rela-tives even allowed to attend the trial because of constant d&te svitching. During the trial Magee eonstantly rose to object and was restrained. He was repeatedly taken from the court to a cell and a muzzle placed over his head to silence him. Any fur-O ther appearances in court saw Brother Ruchell shaekled and hand-


cuffed...including the current proceedings Egalnst him. This type of action is justified by the pigs vho say look at his past record of outbursts. They fail to recognize that he only spoke out over objections of court appointed lavyers. The pigs have judged Ruchell's I.Q. to be about 75» have labeled him illiter-ate and constantly refer to his inferior mental ability. I won-der hov ■‘■hey explain the legal work the brcther has done for himself, such as filing a proper petition vith the court reques» ting a nev lavyer during his 1965 trial. During the proceed-ings at San Rafaei he has filed three petitions asking that sev-vernl judgas be disqualified because of prejudice and again re-quested to represent himself or have an attorney of his own choosing, There is little doubt that he or Ange ia vili receive an unfair trial even vith such a massive defense campaigru With things falling together in Amerika like they are, the brother and sister in San Rafaei will have to prove their innocence con-trary to the Aiaerikan dream of Justice.
FREE A1L POLITICAL PRISCNER3


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the Creative tax fund is requesting tax-payers to vithold $10 to $50 from their income tax and give the rooney to Welfare Hights or the United Farm Workers or any other alternative organization as a commemorati on of the assassination of Br. Martin Luther King. They vili hold a rally on April 3 to announce the results of the drive.
mass legal demonstration in Denver to pro-test the var in Indochina and to build for the April 2^-th national demonstrations in Washington and San Francisco.
the Vietnam Veterans Against the War are going to Washington D.C. where they vili camp in their army gear several thousand
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i is called Devey Can-■yon I and II were the ios—the first one vas return their medals igress in a body bag is with a list of 16 ihe total vithdrawal of ind C.I.A. from Indo-iJting these demanda as ilch this illegal . im~
| against the people of and Laos has beerx car-
iof several hundred [both Washington D.C.
; This action is sup-bs as AFL-CIO,WICPF, ^alit-ion for Peace and pensoring ,the Peoples? Itration in May.
[wiil st^rt May 1 vith [11 demand that Presse Fecples7 Feace Trea-iy a vigil vili begin May 5 or until Pres-ohe treaty. Ihe next *â– ; vili 'be dedicat ed
to bringing the is sues of the war to Den-ver eitizens where they live and vork.
May 5 will be a nationvide day of eivil disobedience aimed at halting business as usual in America.
A coalition of people working on these action and many other interested people is being formed. We meet Thursday nights at 8pm at the Mennonite Church at 9th and Delaware. We plan on organizing to the point. so that a coordinated and immediate response will happen if Nixon significantly expands the war (like and invasi on of N. Vietnam or the use of tactical nuclear weapons, etc.) Ongoing vork includes planning and building the actions, spread-ing the Peoples* Peace Treaty and find-ing more and more people who are opposed to the war and want to do something about it. Different people are into different responses to the war. but as you can see, we can all work together to leam togeth-er. So come to the Thursday night meet-
ings , plan your ovn thing or call PNS for more specific info.
Strength and Victory to the People in their eteraal struggle for Freedcm (from the Cheeseman Park snow, from 2 snowf&lls ago)
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In v btg cities there are urua.l 1 y bars that p. £» V* to the
nov g en eraticn. m&ny of these bars iiii11'*3 a buffec vi i k bor b ctcou
serve free as a come on to d: ^ink more b cote, Take a hai f - e:o.~
ty gl as s frofij a. tabie to keep the waitr f. s s v.-i i yLs! 1 ass , and
v& j. k ar ound till you’re fu13: dxnner sta rts ab ou t to OOpiTi. If
you b r:\ rg an emp ty school bag inio a res tauram; . yoi: i c an stock
•up on r: 'U s tar d 3 ket c hup, s al t sugar y sin t paper, sil .verwa re and
cups . There are places where you cari ge t. ai 1. vC'â–  C:'. si eat f*0v> .fx vd/j I J.XPa i rice and vear a loose eoat. In f ancy sit-do* -n res taur -
anis wben you are half through with your rr.eal take a dead coci roaeb or a piece of glass out cf your pocket and pui it on yct .piate • Juitsp up and suirrnon the headvaiter and i e t him knov whfc
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you think of this outrage. You cari refuse to pay and leave, or iet them talk you inio having a nev/ meal on the house. In res-taurants where you pay at the dcor before leaving there are a munber /Of things to do* -After you’ve eaten a full meal and got~ ten the eheck, gc to the restroom. Then come out and have some coffee cr pie in a different secticn, then you have two checks; so pay the cheaper one. This can be worked vith a friend in the
fclloving way. Sit next to each cther at the counter. He should order a big meal and you get coffee. Pretend you don’t kncv each other. wh en he leaves he t alces the check for the coffee and leaves the one for the meal at the counter* After he leaves,you go through the astonishment routine, complaining that he took the wrong check^ and then you only pay for your coffee. Then meet your partner and revehse the roles at a different place. In all these methods, leave a good tip fer the waitress or waiter. e-s-pecially for the !‘roach in the piate” bit. Avoid getting them in trouble or screwing them out of a tip.
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The Oounter-SpyCommittet a group of electronica teeh-nicians ana lawyers here, is iooking for people with sone Xr.ow-ledge of electrorri.es who wnuld'like to De frained and given equipraeir: for uetecting ana removing telephante' taps. -
Ttic-rc is no law prohibiting the detection and ret-oval of (governiaent. and cJ her) phene taps. regar dices of iheir to-ealled 3ega?it,v, and the "vast majerity of phono U-ps are pianted vith-ouf ac-rt approval anybaw.” according to the Committee. The greup exists it vas announced, to provide free detection and removai Service for people and grouys being tapped but unable to pay professional detection Services.
The committee currently has a display of deviees recentiy uncovejfflKlSn' an near the homee and offices of several Washington area gq^ernment emplcyees. student:; and politlcal g:dtivists, :'>®P%roup said that. it had found ohe elaborate devi ce pluggecb.into telephone ccicpany equipjient near the horne of a female sch©olj.tfeacher Irho had paxticlpated in politica! marches. The device' elifShly. resemhled norinalequipr:;ent. except that it contained a povr.rful radio transm-t-tter. The." Bmmittee' 3 address was given as 1^02 New'York Avenue./• Washington, D.€. 200005.
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CALENDAR
march 14-21
mond«y
7:00 pm - Channel 6, Environmental Hotline - Topic: 3-976 01 ym-pics and their impact on Colorado and Denyer areas
?:30 pm - R.I.P. open meeting, 117^ Race St.
- DPV: meeting to organize project of vrlting a new» comer’s directory for Denver
9:00 pm - Channel 6, "Take me out Of the ball game’’ - Athle-tic dissenters protest rlgid diselpline, raelsm, and acceptance of violence and brutality in sports
tuesday
3:00 pm - Art Porum, "Heritage of the West", Southwest Indian art-s and crafts
7:30 P® - 17th Ave. merchant's meeting, Folklore Center(it might be Wed. instead, so call PNS to be sure)
5:00 pm - Channel 6, Open Topic: Capitol Kill Tenant’s Unior.
10:00 pm~ Channel 6, San Francisco Mix: "Needing/Wanting"
wednesday
8:30 pm - Channel 6, Great American Dream Machine f 11
thursday
7:30 pm - James Taylor, Denver Auditorium Arena
10:00 pm- Channel 6, Soull: Salute to Black Woman
fridoy
8:00 pm - Channel 6, "The Brownsville Raid": the civil rights of 170 black soldiers accused of a shooting ranrpage in Texas in 1906


colorado state penilentiary dramaworkshop presenfs
OFMICE ANDMEN
by john sfeing»@ek


"...I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an' cn the ranches, wlth their bundles on their back an’ that same danrn thing in their heads. Hundreds of them, They come, an' they quit, anf go on, an' every darnn one of 'em*s got a little piece of land in his head. An' never a goddamn one of 'em ever gets,it. Just like heaven. Ever'-fcody wants a little piece of lan'. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven and nobody gets no land. It's just in their head. They’re ali the time talkin' about it, but lt's just in their head..."
Most of us have reznainei unarare of wfaat has become of our brothers and sisters vho have been unfortunate enough to have been busted and sent to the pen for some of the very things many of us do every day in the course of survival. Inside the Colo. State Penitentiary in Canon City, the inmates are trying to make the most of their sltuation by forming "self-help" groups, includi, ng the Black Cultural Qevelopement Society, the Latin American Bevelopement Society, and others. An important one of these groups is the Dramaworkehqp, which seems to receive very little support from the prison administratioru Through it ali, some extremely talented people have tankled one of the most difficy.lt modera plays to perform--John Steinbeck's OF MICE AND MEN—-and the finished product is iright on. You' 11 go through sane important changes by going doto to see it yourself. You'11 not only learn frotn vieving the play, but being inside the prison and going through seeurity to get ther is an experlence in itself. SUPPORT YOUR BROTHERS IN THE PEN t SOMEDAY YOU MAY BE THERE,..,
The dramaworkshop is glving another performance of 0? MICE AND MSN on SATURDAY, MARCH 20 ut 7:.00pm in the COLO. STATE PENITENTIARY AUDITORIUM at CANON CITY. Tickets are $2.00 and are availahle at D.U. THFATRE DEPARTMENT, DENVER F0LKL0RE CERTBR, OGDEN B00KST0RB, THE PAPER, MSC. For Information on transportation, call PNS.
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raficil infimtiei mitti
boik review
Paul Baran and Paul Sweezy. Monopoly Capital; Paul Sweezy* Theory of Capitalist Developaent* and Eruest Mande!. Marxist Economlc Theory.
Many in the left are shcving a growing intereat in Marx-ism. Ve are trying to base our struggle in a sound analysis of America n society. We all sense that Marx was a socia! and economic theorist vho might have much to offer us. Yet, be-cause Marx fundamentally challenged the capitalist systexn, most popular American intellectuak maintain a conspiracy of silence about Marx’s vcrk.
In the left today. ve are no longer trying simply tc be Marxists» We are trying the more difficult job of draving to-gether many traditions--Marxist, Jeffersonian, 0. Vright Mills* the Diggers and the hippies. communitari an* Wobbly—to create a revolution authentic for America. Stili, the Marxist trad-ition is incredibly important for us. Paul Sweezy, Ernest Mandel. and the late Paul Baran are three contercpory Marxist economists vho have begun the work of trying to make Marxian economics relevant today.
One basic idea cf M&rxiam economics is "surplus value." Simplified. surplus value is the surplus labor which the vorker surrenders to the capitalist; that is., it is the surplus pro-duct which the capitalist keeps over and above the vage he pays the vorker for the vorker’s subsistence. I think a gocd vay to understand surplus value (or, as Baran uses it. surplus) is to think of it as the price markup on the cost .of a product.
An autoraobile costs about $600 in .labor costs to produce. It sells for tvc or three thousand dollars.
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A book costs a publisher about 25 cents to manufacture.
It sells for several-dollars.
One set of the Encyclopedia Britannica costs about $120 to produce. It sells for over $+00.
Virtually everything above the basic cost of the product should be considered ”surplus value” or, simply "surplus"*
Here’s what this means. In a capitalist system, the cap-— ruling class ovns and Controls the surplus. The nat-ural class interest of the capitalist is to restrict production, raise prices/ tum out shitty products| and keep some of the labor force permanently tmemployed. The capitalist class also monopolizes a tnemendous amount of political power. (see Who Rules America? by Domhoff at RIP)
In a socialist system, ve the people have the potential to control the surplus ourselves. Products can be of high quality.,. non-polluting; work can be meaningful; unemployment as a problera can be eliminated; the quantity of production can be adequate to meet everyone,*s needs. We vould end America’s reliance on imperiali st domination of the vorld. Most 5_mpor-tant, the political power of the capitalist class vili be de-stroyed.
: The RIP Collective
| editor?s note: If you aren’t into such heavy reading, see list of short pamphlets belov)
”Marx and the Proletariat” by Paul Sweezy. 15$
!*Can the Ruling Class Shape History" by Paul Sweezy. 10$ ”Marxist Theory of the State” by Ernest Mandel. 50$ ”Introduction to Marxist Economic Theory” by Ernest Mandel. 75$ |Contradiction of Advance Capitalist Society and Its Resolution”
by Martin Nichlaus. 15$
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People's News Service Vol. 2 Issue 7 Mar.15, 1971 Denver, Colo. Free! or a Donation Of Mice and Men March 20

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2 Refalee Me•o #2 •••.••••••••••• 4 Seaething is Moving ••••••••••• 5 Ruchell Magee ••••••••••••••••• 8 Spring Anti-war Offensive •••• lO Food For the Taking •••••••••• l2 Counter-SPY•••c••••••••••••••l4 Calendar ••••••••••••••••••••• l5 Of Mice and Men •••••••••••••• 16 R.I.P. Review ••••• o••••••••••l8 This week for PNS Speaks (usuallya short personal introduction b;y different members of the collective) per haps a longer statement of purpose will serve to clarify and open a better relationship with our readers. PNS was born about 11 issues ago and we are still struggling with the basic hassles of publishing a counterculture newspaper with very little vmrking capital (nas ty word). He are< still unsure ,just who is really reading it. and "hat c;heir rPaction is. Obviously we are trying tv do what most underground papers do (define that as you wj_ll) and tc educate ourselves as well. i-:e all hope to be able to •'Ti t.e articles both relevant and esting and •-.o learn the various skills ( shi twork) neces sary in order to get the paper cut. A real. collective must share the ',o/vrk J.oa d and all decision mking. The paper shouldn't be dependent on certain people or their

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special talents to continue. We are als o using the paper as a means of building a new kind of relationship between each other. Ideally the collective should be a model of the coming new society. As we have said before, a revolution l!l1st involve a real change j_n personal con sciousness, crectting a new man; as Che said. Unfortunately, so many movemen t groups ignore this. •..rasting their time in endless debate s over ideology and correct tactics. com"' from a ..rid!'> variety o f social backgrounds, \-.'fd.ch of c ourse causes a!1d differences cf opin:i.on. This can serve us, ho.,•ever, in avoi dtng a narr o\{ class bias any one ltiho needs a pn.:tt y line? are J.e3.:cning to Cl"itlcize and accept cri ticism w:i.thcut hostj l :i.t.y and i n a o f revolutionar y love. This includes se:i.f cr-:i. t.:Lcism , which is not t o abas8 onessel f bnt rather havlng t h P will to seek the help of your comrari.es, in ov!'rccmi.ng pPrsonal defi.cienc:i es and correcting e.rrrors. \ie are our brother' keepers, as one r e voluU.on:J.ry sa:i .d, and no one nee i sf;and. alc;ne :l. n t im e s of crisis. As for m yself, '"i.t help ia keeping m y own head toget.her clur:ing a time o f personal mental and physicaJ. strajn. Jr...no'O! too that our experience is not unique but t-hat al1 o ver the country people are coming together in this way. Right new we could really dig kr.o w:ing just where we're at in the communi ty. Please take the time to call. drop us a line, or come to one of our open Sunday mce tingG. \le would welcome constructive cr:i.ti cism ( i.f you think we're fucked up, tha.t 's cool _ ; jHst t.ell us h e w and what w e can do to ourselves). I t can be your paper if you W!'L."ll it to be. By Jim Dodd Love and Struggle The PHS Collecti. ve 3

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. 4 REFUGE MrMo=tr-.z

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edi teL.: s '.Cne .. : . i Union ts loca :::. t , l46CJ P en!1sy1va.nia Room . T eJ.ei'hone I'aJk T O youl." neighbors goddarnnit! In the course o f orgat1 i . z,:i_ng te.nant.s :!.nto c olJ eci: i ve actions, rent s t r i kes, etc. wee' , c d:-t;3 .... :CfVPrec1 1 .he ... t. most people J.tvJ_ng in a.partment.s d.ontt .,;}1':! neighbor<-ure. iie j'Jst finished org:<:P1izi.ng a l:miJ. rij Dt; U} :in Points a.."1d. the peop l e Jiving then knr;.r each other on!;/ rr.ost had been living in the same pJace s :Lnce Hoct. people Jiving in the Capitol Hill area h ave lived where .,hf \1 / are now f'
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This is important for the organizing force a well. \-.'hen CHTU first began, vle 1vrote to tenant unions aJ.:L over the country ing for information on organizj_ng collective actions. The infor mation \!e have on how these tenant.. uni;ons O!'ganiz.e is that they organize groups of tenants into their In many •rays the system parallels the labor union structure. F.acb bui.J ding o r block in the area is organized into a and the tenant union structure goes uphiJJ from there. Even tually,. you wind up with an elected steering committee o r >vha:cever. In many ways, this does get the job done--namely settling tenant grievances-but -,e don't think that that's enough. It ::J.oesn't always teE,ch p eople bow to take control of their own lives. With .the tenant union organizati o n set u p by locals , wan;y people that arc or ganized into the local wind up abdicating dechshir• within itself. CRTU does have a staff collectfve. 'l'here is ' no nne 1\B many people know by now, CHTU t s staff is o f organi z<:-r / counseJ_ors. When one staff member organi :::.e::: w-ith a group of tenants who ;rant to settle grievance s >cing possible comseiO of action, possible successes, and pos:.;:i.bJe failures. But, the people involved. make the d .ecisions--all the wa.y do.,n the line. This is what we mean by people taking control of their own lives. vie 1 ve said any number of times that we nE'cd to be able -t:. o live as we please without being ripped off--culturally, economicall:y, or physically. That means self reliance first and. foremost. That means building living situations that are inCi.ependant of welfare bureaucracies, Jandl.ords. and. wars in Vietna;;,, CHTU thinks i:,hat. taking control of your horoe living sitna"i.:Lon is part. of • rhat sej_z. ing the times is a l:t.at:out. That's whfl.t vte tr;y to get acros:; \henever we help people orga.nize a collective action. 6 by Capitol Hill Tenants Union

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FASCISM''A pohce state wherein the pclitical a scendancy j_s tied into and pro tects the interest s of the upper classcharactelized by r d .litar:i. sm, racism, and inrper1al;Lsm." George Jae kson , of the Soledad Brothers. Prison Letters 7

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Ruchell Magee There is another defendant besides A.>1gela Davis awa.i.t ing trial in San Rafael. His name is Ruchell Hagee. He has been indic ted with Angel a . He was injured on August 7 in the kidnap attempt the only survivor besides the D.A. There is little information about Ruchell, 31, except that information ta..lten from his court records. Ruchell was f'..entenced at the age of 17 to 12 years j_n Louisiana State Pen for attempted aggravated rape. He was sentenced :tn I ,os Angeles shortl y after coming to Califor nia on a charge of robbery
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cuffed ••• including the current proceedings against him. This type of action is jUstified by the pigs who say look at his past record o . f outbursts. They fail t o recognize that he only spoke out over o b ,jec tions of court appointed lawyers. The pigs have judged Ruchell1s I.Q. to be about . 75, have labeled him illiter ate eJl.d constantly refer to his inferior mental ability. I won der ho;r "'"hey explain the legal work the brother has done for himself, such as filing a proper petition with the court requesting a new during his 1965 trial. During the proceed ingB at San Rafael he has filed three petitions asking tnat sev verD .J. judges t.e disqualified because of prejudice and again re quested to represent himself or have an attorney of his oo.-n choosing. Th!:'<:P. is little doubt that, he or Angela will recelve an unf'air tria.: L even with such a massive defense campaign . With t):t:l.ngs falling together in Amerika. like they are 1 the brother and sister in Sail Rafael Will have to prove their innocence con trary to the A "er:lkan dream of Justice. FREE ALL POLrriCAL PRISONERS 9

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April 3 the creative tax fund is requesting taxpayers to withold $10 to $50 from their income ta.x and give the money to Welfare Rights or the United Farm Workers or any other alternative organization as a commemoration of the assassinat:i.on of Dr. 14artin Luther King. They will hold a rally on April 3 to announce the results of the drive. April 17 mass legal demonstration in Denver to protest the war in Indochina and t o build for the April 24th national demonstrations in Washington and San Francisco. ApriJ 19 . 10 the Vietnam Veterans Against the l-Iar are going to vlashing ton D.C. where they will camp in their a>:my gear several thousand strong. The act p yon III. (Dewey if t>ro invasions secret) They from Vietnam. tab, and present Con1n derr.and.s includir) all u.s. china. They arm:: ''the vehtcles bJld moral, criminal Vietnam, Cambod11b ried out.'' April 24 ... mass thousand people? and San ported by s uch 1 , and the Peoples1l!: Justice, who Peace Treaty de ', May 1 5 May days in a rally vhere ident Nixon ty. After the and continue unf. iq.ent Nixon sig!fJ three days, May\

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Anti-War Offensive is calle d Dewey Can'yon I and II were the 'os--the first one w a s .return their medals 1gre s s in a body bag ; s with a list of 16 the t otal withdrawal of C.I.A . fro m Indo :...l{ing t h ese demands as iich this illegal_, im: against the people of and Laos has been car-!Of sevfTal hund:t"ed f both Hashington D.C. ; Tnis action is sup as AF'L-CIO 1 WICPF, for Peace and the Peopl
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ll: . . theic ir. a heJ.J. of a .1.c._,.;. cf rtrcund v:tJ..jtJ.ng t . v be off. If you ::c-crf z .. ; : .t-: : . ..:g: \..;lthuu:: ... ,..\:i.shing djshc-s t.hPr_ ?"'t:'S1_ .au -rar rr:-s r<:-':.sc:' f =).rk:i.ngs. n man.v of thr:.:Sf' a1c->'C>'<.) Vf_ar Ycu shou}d. he.ve :;5rit ... :Jrcsc; ir; :-, on r c :.r ri:pc.:ffs. l'h::.;r and. rT"i t;c=r: .. : ; <=-1e t:;<.' S ;, hEJ.j .>fuJ. an:l u:LLf't;:. r? r .. ,.E\ c . . .. LE:2 tf:a: L J t::c.<:. ;...-cu. Et.;ld cu1 : . c,-:: -,;crt.J.in J._r: mc.ot b.Lp: cJ 1.-ics :i:re \, t.--ar-s -i_.h? _ _,. er <:J. t .te n o\) gent mu.n ; . .-of Cl f-1.:i'f::.,_rj_ :r ,J' cc);\'PZ. [:;ervr,,. free H . s a (itt tc rr0rr:--bcc-:e. a t .. : , ' g:J.a.F.:; from a. table to 0he '"Ia:-1 ... (-:!.:)t; c _ .ff abs ;;alk 'i! '':lmd ':.LU fu.JJ; d:l. nner&:ou ;;:C.rm. If' :rrou [:;":_r:E sch c0at. IP . .rr-an-t.D ::.:c:u B..r-:.'1 haJ.f throur;h \-!ith n:ea.l : . • . c.:cu.d 2-::-;c'..:__. c .r a (•f' e:las,;_; o u : cf JC'tU"' U.':'Jl : :-c:--._.r .pJ.a -;_:e .. 12

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yc!l;_ think of t."his outrage. You car, refuse to pay and leave, or :,et therr: talk you :into bwj_ •ng a ne1-: meal. on the house. In res taurant-s where yc\: pay at thf:' deer before Jeavi.ng there are a nq_m"b"'r o f thincs to d.o. A.fter you 1 ve eaten a full meal and. got ten the check, go to the restroom. Then come out and have som;;:: coffee or pie in a different section, then you have tvm checks: :Pa? the cheaper one. This can be worted with a friend in the .. # f c J . .1 o ;; i ng ;;ay. Sit ne): t to each other at the counter. He shotJJd o;C'" t r a big rrea:c and you get coffee. Pretend you do n't kn<:''•' each ot!-:cr . \ihen he : leaves h e t.e.l<:es the chPck for t.te coffee and the one fen:" the mea1 at "'.:.he ccunter. After he leaves, you go through the as:.c-nishmen t routine, complaining t hat he too k the \; r ong check, and then you only pay for yom coffee. Then l ':ecl you:: partner ani reverse the roles at il. different plac e . In ;,jJ these metbo1s, :Lf.•ave a goocl . tj_p for the waitress or "'ait e:r , es for the ''roa c h i n the plat.e'' bit. Avoid getting them troubJ.e or screvli_ng them out of a "t.iu.

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counterspy . committee I'he Cc:unt..er-Spy a grc.:u1:.. cf elecVccn:i.c.:; i: .. E:c:!-.tni. e: i ans B.nd )_avyers is looking people .. .,d_ of elee t.rcnics who would : . o be Lrained and gi.--.'"!::n ... f..:1::" .. l s no l.mf proh:i.t:i. t ing -t-.he i .cn -'Jci l'Et: :-:• v ::1 c.: ( and (/ }:er) :.a; s _ .:'f' cf .::Jv:.d . . -:::!;:i.JJ.t::d. .. vas:. tf .. c 1..-L...r-s G.):t: ,._,w.-:.:. o.rpl"':Yv--:ll t..:; t.hp IJ.'Tttt t;rc-u:r cYist, s i-f: arinO"tJ_nced :,.cl ... fTee and :.: .. sc:tvice fol"' people and bei.ng tapped b1.1.t unabJe t.c ;;ay pre:fessiona1 detec:tj_on sP::r-..litr.s .. The committee currenU y has a dif>pJa;;:. of dev:i .ce'; :r uneove;rE!j in '!-P near the hc;mes and. -::>ffices::Pf sevcal \iashingtcn area govet"nment emp;tcyees, students ::mel political The gr'oup said that. it had_ found one elabcrate o.evice pJ.ugged:
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CALENDAR march14-21 monday 7:00 pm -Channel 6, Environmental Hotline -Topic: 1976 Olym pics and their impact on Colorado and Denver areas 7:30 pm R.I.P. open meeting, 1174 Race St. DFU: meeting to organize project of '-Titing a ne, l-comer's directory for Denver . 9:00 pm -Channel 6, "Take me out of the ball .:. Athle tic dissenters protest rigid discipline, racism, and acceptance of violence and brutality in sports tuesday 3:00 pm -Art Forum, "Heritage of the \-Test", Southwest Indian arts and crafts 7:30pm17th Ave. merchant's meeting, Folklore Center(:lt. might be Wed. instead, so call PNS to be sure) 9:00pm-Channel 6, Open Topic: Capitol Hill Tenant's Union 10:00 pm-Channel 6 , San Francisco Mix: "Needing/We .nt:i . ng" wednesday 8:30pm -Channel 6, Great Dream Machine # 11 thursday James Taylor, Denver Auditorium Arena 10:00 :PmChannel 6, SouU: Salute to Black Woman friday 8:00 pm Channel 6, 11The Brownsville Raid": the civil rights of 170 black soldiers accused of a shooting rampage in Texas in 19o6 15

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colorado state . penitentiary dramaworkshop _presents OF MICE AND MEN by john slelnbeck 16

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" ••• I seen hundreds of men come by on the road ant on the ranches 1 with their bundles on their back an' that sarue damn thing in their heads. Hundreds of them. They come, an' they quit, anr g o on, an' every damn one of 1em1s got a little piece of land in his head. An' never a godd.amn one of ' em ever get a o it. Just like heaven.. Ever' body wants a little piece of lan1 • I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven and nobody gets no land. It's just in their head. 'l'he y1 re all the time t.aJ _kin 1 ab
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18 radical inforlalion oroiecll ! book review 1 I Paul B aran Wlcl. Paul Swet'ZY. Mono p o_ly Capital.: Paul Swee_zy, I Theory of Ca p i 'Lalist D e veJ. op.!r:lJt ; a.nd Ernest Mande J., Mar_!-is t F .co nomic Theory. 1'-lany in the left are shc,:ing a gro'"'ing int e re:.; t in N .arxism. He are trying to base our struggle in a sound analysis o f America n society. 'vie all sense t hat I>lm: x Has a s oc:i.al and eco n o mic theorist who might have much 'l.o offer us. Yet , because IJ.arx fund.arue ntall:y chal1enged the capi tE',J.i .st system. most popular i ntellect H a."S ma"i nt...ain a cons:plracy :.,f' s:i lt:nce about". lvic'?..rx's 1.1.Tcrk . In ttP left tod a y >:e a1 e n o l onger t rying s:i.mpl ; : tc be !arx5.st.:s. H e are trying the r;1ur e difficult job c f t o rr.any t ra.d.i t i::ms--Marxif;t. ,Teffe r s o n i ar.., Wright Y'dlls, the Diggers and the hippies, communitarian, 'v:o': bly--t o ereat.e a revolut:i.c m f o r Amer:i.(; a . St.iJ 1 , tbe i>l.'-'.rxist trad.-j_ t i o n is in•.:redibl y impor-t-.ant. us. :t'auJ : . . v . .t:rnes+ , Ma.ndo:l Em( l the lat e P8.1.\l Baran R r e th::-e e -:::cn-:eml)Or,y Marxist who hav e beg1.1n of -t...:-ying -::, o m ake Mar;,;ian econ omi.cr; ':ele v ant ": oday. One basic idea o f 1'1arxian e:::,:;ncrnics is nsurplus \ial-ue . surplus :i. s surplus J..abO }.' vih:ie;h worker surrenders t o the capJ. +Ja li. s t; t}lbt is.' j_t.. is t h e su:t.'"'plus praduct t.he capitalj_ st. keeps e ver and above t .he '-'age he pays + . h e for thP YJorJter' s I t hink a good \.Jay su:::-plus val.u e ( o:: _ . as Bara n usE-.s it.: surplus ) is t c t ,hlnk of l t as the price o n the c o s t (:2 a A n cos t s abov.-" $600 in . labo r c o sts t.o d uce. I t Sf::lls for t'"--c or three thousa:n.cl llol:Lars.

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A book costs a publisher about 25 cents to ma1ufacture. It sells for several dollars. One set of the Encyclopedia Britannica costs about $120 to produce. It sells for over $400. V..irtuall;,' everything above the basic cost of the product should be considered ''surplus value" or, simply "surplus". Here's what this means. In a capitalist system, the capitalist ruling class owJJS and controls the surplus. The nat ural class interest. of the capitalist 1s to restrict :production, -r.-aise prices, turn out shitty products, and keep some of the labor force permanently unemployed. The capitalist class also :nonopoli zes a tl:'emenclous amount of political power. (see lfuo Rules America? by Domhoff at RIP) -In a socialist system, we the people have the potential t,O ccintrol the surplus ourselves. Products can be of high qualit;r. non-polluting; work can be meaningful; unemployment as a problem can be eliminated; the quantity of production can be a1equate to meet everyone, 's needs. \o!e would end America's reliance on imperialist domination of the world. Most 5.mpor tant, the political power of the capitalist class will be de stroyed. The RIP ColJ.ective editor:s note: If you aren't into such heavy reading, see list of short paw.i)hlets below) ''Marx z.nd the Proletariat'' by Paul Sweezy. 15 ''Can the Ruling Class Shape History" by Paul Sweezy. 10 ''Marxist Theory of the State" by Ernest Mandel. 50 ''Introd.uction to Marxist Economic Theory" by Ernest Mandel. 75 ''Contra:i:i.ction of Advance Capitalist Society ancl Its Resolution" by Martin Nichlaus. 15 19

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Down in the Alley I t seems t h a t you just can 1 t keep pigs awa: < frou: garbage piles. We h a v e observed Denver's finest rooU.ng around in the trasi, behind our house on several occasions. He're not SlJre what they're hoping to find--discarded dope containers? ra:1 ical literature? maybe jusi. somethi.ng goo<.1 i (' eat? Lots' a luc k an:r.-:ay. ()0 .PNS denver 333-7875