Berkeley Barb (1970)
Two goddesses Pat and Nancy OM and their companion, Larry OM, announced the arrival of OM, Tuesday, on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. Their leader sounded the cry:
“We are the OM United World Brigade come to announce the command of the OM Supreme Lord of the Universe. 6,000 years of guilt-consciousness are to be removed. We have come with our holy bodies to free you from your hang-ups, remove your fears.
“If dicks are lewd, if pussies are obscene, then God is lewd; God is obscene. For it is God who made the dick to fit the pussy; God who has made the pussy to fit the dick. They tell us to cover our bodies, to cover them in fear and loathing. But just as we have removed our clothing in freedom, so too can you remove your clothing of fear and guilt and raise copulation back to the divine level that it had before man’s folly and fear lowered it to the animal.
“They tell us that the sight of the naked body causes sex crimes, that rape, murder, and perversion will result from the sight of our nakedness. But OM tells us that we must restore our lost appreciation for our bodies, our repressed love for ourselves. For nakedness cannot cause crime, cannot cause evil. Nakedness announced to the world can only lead to the Holy Fuck, the reunification with the divine love.
“We do not announce the ‘Sex Orgy.’ We announce the true spirit of the high holy act of fucking. People must be free to fuck without molestation, without fear, without guilt. All prophecies are from OM. All of OM’s prophecies are true.”
The trio of servants of OM walked from Durant to Bancroft on Telegraph causing very little excitement on the Avenue, which evidently found the challenge of nudity easier to take than rocks and tear gas.
The more easily offended Berkeley Police, however, stopped the OM United World Brigade shortly after they hitched a ride at Bancroft. They were taken to jail, charged with failure to identify themselves and licentious and lewd conduct.
“OM lovers are safe from molesters and sex offenders,” said the messenger, “Once they realize this, thousands will heed the call and join the Brigade to shatter the myths of repression sustained for the last 6,000 years.”
Anyone interested in making the first step to heed the call of OM should inquire at 493 62nd St., Oakland, or call 655-6844. Donations for the bail of the arrested Lovers can also be sent to the same address.
Kathleen Cleaver by Alan Copeland
“The pigs are hunting Eldridge and Kathleen down, the way they went after Bonnie and Clyde. This past Tuesday, Eldridge Cleaver’s parole officer ordered him to leave his wife. The reason is that Kathleen exercised her inalienable right not to be a sitting duck at a shooting gallery. She bought a Super Pig Riot Shotgun. Mrs. Cleaver has had her life threatened so many times that she has lost count. But lately it has been the San Francisco Pigs themselves that have been openly telling her to make herself scarce or else.
When the shotgun and the heavy shells that go with it were bought, the clerk behind the counter in the Gun Store was so freaked that he called in the pigs and six of them stayed with him behind the counter while the purchase was being made. Kathleen also intends to buy a pistol. She told BARB “I went down to the Pig Station to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon and they told me they had issued only six permits in the last 2 years. Well, if that’s true, there are a lot of businessmen carrying illegal weapons. I wonder why the pigs never move on them?” She told me that she ate in the Pig’s Public Cafeteria and she freaked everybody out. Their eyes followed her every move.
When Eldridge found out about his wife’s purchase, he contacted his Parole Officer. Parolees are not allowed to associate with people who own guns. Cleaver’s parole officer visited his house in San Francisco, and when he saw the shotgun there he ordered Eldridge to move out. There is no question that Kathleen has as much legal and moral right to carry a gun as she does to give a speech in Bobby Hutton Park; but Eldridge is a Parolee and a Panther, and in this society that means some petty bureaucrat has the right to tell a human being he can’t sleep with his wife.” — Stew Albert, Berkeley Barb (1968)
“A Torch for Joan,” Berkeley Barb (1968)
“Joan Baez and Ira Sandperl, received an unexpected visit last Sunday from a good friend — Dr. Martin Luther King. Joan and Ira are serving 45-day sentences at Santa Rita for singing Xmas Carols in the right places.
Dr. King interrupted a busy schedule to fly out from Atlanta. He explained he was returning a favor by visiting Joan, her mother and Mr. Sandperl, “in appreciation for what they are doing for the peace movement.”
King recalled the many occasions when Joan and Ira had supported the struggle for civil rights — at Selma, Alabama, Grenada, Mississippi, and in Washington D.C.
After visiting for an hour, Dr. King held a roadside press conference. Over a hundred friends listened as King, referring to the civil rights and peace movements said: “I see these two struggles as one struggle. There can be no justice without peace and there can be no peace without justice.”
Answering critics who have charged that he has been “getting out of his field” by speaking on the war, Dr. King replied, “I have been working too long and too hard now against segregated public accommodations to end up at this stage of my life segregating my moral concern.”
“I want to make it very clear,” Dr. King declared, “that I’m going to continue, with all my might, with all my energy, and with all my action to oppose that abominable, evil, unjust war in Vietnam.”