Steal This Book - Abbie Hoffman

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Full online text of American "Yippie" revolutionary Abbie Hoffman's ironically best-selling book and manual of subversion, Steal This Book, written in 1970. While much of the advice is out of date, and much of it we would disagree with we reproduce it for reference.

Submitted by libcom on May 1, 2006


By Abbie Hoffman

Dedicated to Jerry Lefcourt, Lawyer and Brother

Library of Congress number 72-157115 (stolen from Library of Congress)

copyright ©1971 PIRATE EDITIONS



It's perhaps fitting that I write this introduction in jail-

that graduate school of survival. Here you learn how to use

toothpaste as glue, fashion a shiv out of a spoon and build

intricate communication networks. Here too, you learn the only

rehabilitation possible-hatred of oppression.

Steal This Book is, in a way, a manual of survival in the

prison that is Amerika. It preaches jailbreak. It shows you where

exactly how to place the dynamite that will destroy the walls. The

first section-SURVIVE!-lays out a potential action program for our

new Nation. The chapter headings spell out the demands for a free

society. A community where the technology produces goods and

services for whoever needs them, come who may. It calls on the

Robin Hoods of Santa Barbara Forest to steal from the robber barons

who own the castles of capitalism. It implies that the reader

already is "ideologically set," in that he understands corporate

feudalism as the only robbery worthy of being called "crime," for

it is committed against the people as a whole. Whether the ways it

describes to rip-off shit are legal or illegal is irrelevant. The

dictionary of law is written by the bosses of order. Our moral

dictionary says no heisting from each other. To steal from a

brother or sister is evil. To not steal from the institutions that

are the pillars of the Pig Empire is equally immoral.

Community within our Nation, chaos in theirs; that is the

message of SURVIVE!

We cannot survive without learning to fight and that is the

lesson in the second section. FIGHT! separates revolutionaries

from outlaws. The purpose of part two is not to fuck the system,

but destroy it. The weapons are carefully chosen. They are

"home-made," in that they are designed for use in our unique

electronic jungle. Here the uptown reviewer will find ample proof

of our "violent" nature. But again, the dictionary of law fails us.

Murder in a uniform is heroic, in a costume it is a crime. False

advertisements win awards, forgers end up in jail. Inflated prices

guarantee large profits while shoplifters are punished. Politicians

conspire to create police riots and the victims are convicted in

the courts. Students are gunned down and then indicted by suburban

grand juries as the trouble-makers. A modern, highly mechanized

army travels 9,000 miles to commit genocide against a small nation

of great vision and then accuses its people of aggression.

Slumlords allow rats to maim children and then complain of violence

in the streets. Everything is topsy-turvy. If we internalize the

language and imagery of the pigs, we will forever be fucked. Let me

illustrate the point. Amerika was built on the slaughter of a

people. That is its history. For years we watched movie after movie

that demonstrated the white man's benevolence. Jimmy Stewart, the

epitome of fairness, puts his arm around Cochise and tells how the

Indians and the whites can live in peace if only both sides will be

reasonable, responsible and rational (the three R's imperialists

always teach the "natives"). "You will find good grazing land on

the other side of the mountain," drawls the public relations man.

"Take your people and go in peace." Cochise as well as millions of

youngsters in the balcony of learning, were being dealt off the

bottom of the deck. The Indians should have offed Jimmy Stewart in

every picture and we should have cheered ourselves hoarse. Until we

understand the nature of institutional violence and how it

manipulates values and mores to maintain the power of the few, we

will forever be imprisoned in the caves of ignorance. When we

conclude that bank robbers rather than bankers should be the

trustees of the universities, then we begin to think clearly. When

we see the Army Mathematics Research and Development Center and the

Bank of Amerika as cesspools of violence, filling the minds of our

young with hatred, turning one against another, then we begin to

think revolutionary.

Be clever using section two; clever as a snake. Dig the spirit

of the struggle. Don't get hung up on a sacrifice trip. Revolution

is not about suicide, it is about life. With your fingers probe the

holiness of your body and see that it was meant to live. Your body

is just one in a mass of cuddly humanity. Become an

internationalist and learn to respect all life. Make war on

machines, and in particular the sterile machines of corporate death

and the robots that guard them. The duty of a revolutionary is to

make love and that means staying alive and free. That doesn't allow

for cop-outs. Smoking dope and hanging up Che's picture is no more

a commitment than drinking milk and collecting postage stamps. A

revolution in consciousness is an empty high without a revolution

in the distribution of power. We are not interested in the greening

of Amerika except for the grass that will cover its grave.

Section three - LIBERATE! - concerns itself with efforts to

free stuff (or at least make it cheap) in four cities. Sort of a

quick U.S. on no dollars a day. It begins to scratch the potential

for a national effort in this area. Since we are a nation of

gypsies, dope on how to move around and dig in anywhere is always

needed. Together we can expand this section. It is far from

complete, as is the entire project. Incomplete chapters on how to

identify police agents, steal a car, run day-care centers, conduct

your own trial, organize a G.I. coffee house, start a rock and roll

band and make neat clothes, are scattered all over the floor of the

cell. The book as it now stands was completed in the late summer of

1970. For three months manuscripts made the rounds of every major

publisher. In all, over 30 rejections occurred before the decision

to publish the book ourselves was made, or rather made for us.

Perhaps no other book in modern times presented such a dilemma.

Everyone agreed the book would be a commercial success. But even

greed had its limits, and the IRS and FBI following the manuscript

with their little jive rap had a telling effect. Thirty "yeses"

become thirty "noes" after "thinking it over." Liberals, who

supposedly led the fight against censorship, talked of how the book

"will end free speech."

Finally the day we were bringing the proofs to the printer,

Grove consented to act as distributor. To pull a total solo trip,

including distribution, would have been neat, but such an effort

would be doomed from the start. We had tried it before and blew it.

In fact, if anyone is interested in 4,000 1969 Yippie calendars,

they've got a deal. Even with a distributor joining the fight, the

battle will only begin when the books come off the press. There is

a saying that "Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one."

In past eras, this was probably the case, but now, high speed

methods of typesetting, offset printing and a host of other

developments have made substantial reductions in printing costs.

Literally anyone is free to print their own works. In even the most

repressive society imaginable, you can get away with some form of

private publishing. Because Amerika allows this, does not make it

the democracy Jefferson envisioned. Repressive tolerance is a real

phenomenon. To talk of true freedom of the press, we must talk of

the availability of the channels of communication that are designed

to reach the entire population, or at least that segment of the

population that might participate in such a dialogue. Freedom of

the press belongs to those that own the distribution system.

Perhaps that has always been the case, but in a mass society where

nearly everyone is instantaneously plugged into a variety of

national communications systems, wide-spread dissemination of the

information is the crux of the matter. To make the claim that the

right to print your own book means freedom of the press is to

completely misunderstand the nature of a mass society. It is like

making the claim that anyone with a pushcart can challenge Safeway

supermarkets, or that any child can grow up to be president.

State legislators, librarians, PTA members, FBI agents,

church-goers, and parents: a veritable legion of decency and order

already is on the march. To get the book to you might be the

biggest challenge we face. The next few months should prove really


Obviously such a project as Steal This Book could not have

been carried out alone. Izak Haber shared the vision from the

beginning. He did months of valuable research and contributed many

of the survival techniques. Carole Ramer and Gus Reichbach of the

New York Law Commune guided the book through its many stages. Anna

Kaufman Moon did almost all the photographs. The cartoonists who

have made contributions include Ski Williamson and Gilbert Sheldon.

Tom Forcade, of the UPS, patiently did the editing. Bert Cohen of

Concert Hall did the book's graphic design. Amber and John Wilcox

set the type. Anita Hoffman and Lynn Borman helped me rewrite a

number of sections. There are others who participated in the

testing of many of the techniques demonstrated in the following

pages and for obvious reasons have to remain anonymous. There were

perhaps over 50 brothers and sisters who played particularly vital

roles in the grand conspiracy. Some of the many others are listed

on the following page. We hope to keep the information up to date.

If you have comments, law suits, suggestions or death threats,

please send them to: Dear Abbie P.0. Box 213, Cooper Station,

New York, NY 10003. Many of the tips might not work in your area,

some might be obsolete by the time you get to try them out, and

many addresses and phone numbers might be changed. If the reader

becomes a participating researcher then we will have achieved our


Watch for a special edition called Steal This White House,

complete with blueprints of underground passages, methods of

jamming the communications network and a detailed map of the

celebrated room where according to Tricia Nixon, "Daddy loves to

listen to Mantovanni records, turn up the air conditioner full

blast, sit by the fireplace, gaze out the window to the Washington

Monument and meditate on those difficult problems that face all the

peoples of this world."

         December, 1970

         Cook County Jail






Tim Leary, Tom, Geronimo, Pearl Paperhanger, Sonny, Pat

Solomon, Allan Katzman, Jacob Kohn, Nguyen Van Troi, Susan, Marty,

Andy, Ami, Marshall Bloom, Viva, Ben, Oanh, Robin Palmer, Mom and

Dad, Janie Fonda, Jerry, Denis, LNS, Bernadine Dohrn, a wall in

Harvard Square, Nancy, an anonymous stewardess, Shirley Wonderful,

Roz, Gumbo, Janis, Jimi, Dylan Liberation Front, Jeannie, God

Slick, John, David, Rusty, Barney, Richard, Denny, Ron Cobb, the

entire Viet Cong, Sam Shephard, Ma Bell, Eric, David, Joe, Kim

Agnew, the Partridge Family, Carol, Alan Ginsburg, Woman's Lib,

Julius Lester, Lenny Bruce, Hack, Billy, Paul, Willy, Colleen, Sid,

Johnny Appleseed, the Rat, Craig, Che, Willie Sutton, Wanda, EVO,

Jeff, Crazy Horse, Huey, Casey, Bobby, Alice, Mao, Rip, Ed, Bob,

Gay Liberation Front, WPAX, Frank Dudock, Manny, Mungo, Lottie,

Rosemary, Marshall, Rennie, Judy, Jennifer, Mr. Martin, Keith,

Madame Binh, Mike, Eleanor, Dr. Spock, Afeni, Candice, the

Tupamaros, Berkeley Tribe, Gilbert Sheldon, Stanley Kubrick, Sam,

Anna, Skip Williamson, UPS, Andy Stapp, the Yippies, Richard

Brautigan, Jano, Carlos Marighella, the Weathermen, Julius Jennings

Hoffman, Quentin, the inmates of TIER A-l Cook County Jail,

Houdini, 37, Rosa Luxemberg, the Kent 25, the Chicago 15, the New

York 21, the Motor City 3, the Indianapolis 500, Jack, Joan,

Malcolm X, Mayakovsky, Dotson, R. Crumb, Daniel Clyne, Justin, The

FBI Top 10 (now 16), Unis, Dana, Jim Morrison, Brian, John, Gus,

Ruth, Nancy Unger, Pun, Jomo, Peter, Mark Rudd, Billy Kunstler,

Genie, Ken, the Law Commune, Paula, Robby, Terry, Dianna, Angela,

Ted, Phil, Jefferson Airplane, Len, Tricky Prickers, the Berrigans,

Stu, Rayanne, J.B., Jonathan Jackson, the Armstrong Brothers,

Homer, Sharon, Fred Hampton, Jean Jacques Lebel, A. H. Maslow,

Hanoi Rose, Sylvia, Fellini, Amaru, Ann Fettamen, Artaud, Bert,

Merrill, Lynne, and last but not least to Spiro what's his name who

provided the incentive.




In a country such as Amerika, there is bound to be a

hell-of-a-lot food lying around just waiting to be ripped off. If

you want to live high off the hog without having to do the dishes,

restaurants are easy pickings. In general, many of these targets

are easier marks if you are wearing the correct uniform. You should

always have one suit or fashionable dress outfit hanging in the

closet for the proper heists. Specialized uniforms, such as nun and

priest garb, can be most helpful. Check out your local uniform

store for a wide range of clothes that will get you in, and

especially out, of all kinds of stores. Every movement organization

should have a prop and costume department.

In every major city there are usually bars that cater to the

New Generation type riff-raff, trying to hustle their way up the

escalator of Big Business. Many of these bars have a buffet or

hors-d'oeuvres served free as a come-on to drink more mindless

booze. Take a half-empty glass from a table and use it as a prop to

ward off the anxious waitress. Walk around sampling the free food

until you've had enough. Often, there are five or six such bars in

close proximity, so moving around can produce a delightful "street

smorgasbord." Dinner usually begins at 5:00 PM.

If you are really hungry, you can go into a self-service

cafeteria and finish the meal of someone who left a lot on the

plate. Self-service restaurants are usually good places to cop

things like mustard, ketchup, salt, sugar, toilet paper, silverware

and cups for home use. Bring an empty school bag and load up after

you've cased the joint. Also, if you can stomach the food, you can

use slugs at the automat. Finishing leftovers can be worked in even

the fanciest of restaurants. When you are seated at a place where

the dishes still remain, chow-down real quick. Then after the

waitress hands you the menu, say you have to meet someone outside

first, and leave.

There are still some places where you can get all you can eat

for a fixed price. The best of these places are in Las Vegas. Sew a

plastic bag onto your tee-shirt or belt and wear a loose-fitting

jacket or coat to cover any noticeable bulge. Fried chicken is the

best and the easiest to pocket, or should we say bag. Another trick

is to pour your second free cup of hot coffee into the plastic bag

sewed inside your pocket and take it with you.

At large take-out stands you can say you or your brother just

picked up an order of fifteen hamburgers or a bucket of chicken,

and got shorted. We have never seen or heard of anybody getting

turned down using this method. If you want to get into a grand food

heist from take-out stands, you can work the following nervy bit:

from a pay phone, place an order from a large delivery restaurant.

Have the order sent to a nearby apartment house. Wait a few minutes

in the booth after you've hung up, as they sometimes call back to

confirm the order. When the delivery man goes into the apartment

house to deliver the order, you can swipe the remaining orders that

are still in his truck.

In fancy sit-down restaurants, you can order a large meal and

halfway through the main course, take a little dead cockroach or a

piece of glass out of your pocket and place it deftly on the plate.

Jump up astonished and summon the headwaiter. "Never have I been so

insulted. I could have been poisoned" you scream slapping down the

napkin. You can refuse to pay and leave, or let the waiter talk you

into having a brand new meal on the house for this terrible


In restaurants where you pay at the door just before leaving,

there are a number of free-loading tricks that can be utilized.

After you've eaten a full meal and gotten the check, go into the

restroom. When you come out go to the counter or another section of

the restaurant and order coffee and pie. Now you have two bills.

Simply pay the cheaper one when you leave the place. This can be

worked with a friend in the following way. Sit next to each other

at the counter. He should order a big meal and you a cup of coffee.

Pretend you don't know each other. When he leaves, he takes your

check and leaves the one for the large meal on the counter. After

he has paid the cashier and left the restaurant, you pick up the

large check, and then go into the astonishment routine, complaining

that somebody took the wrong check. You end up only paying for your

coffee. Later, meet your partner and reverse the roles in another


In all these methods, you should leave a good tip for the

waiter or waitress, especially with the roach-in-the-plate gambit.

You should try to avoid getting the employees in trouble or

screwing them out of a tip.

One fantastic method of not only getting free food but getting

the best available is the following technique that can be used in

metropolitan areas. Look in a large magazine shop for gourmet

digests and tourist manuals. Swipe one or two and copy down a good

name from the masthead inside the cover. Making up a name can also

work. Next invest $5.00 to print business cards with the name of

the magazine and the new "associate editor." Call or simply drop

into a fancy restaurant, show a copy of the magazine and present

the manager with your card. They will insist that the meal be on

the house.

Great places to get fantastic meals are weddings,

bar-mitzvahs, testimonials and the like. The newspaper society

sections have lists of weddings and locations. If your city has a

large Jewish population, subscribe to the newspaper that services

the Jewish community. There are extensive lists in these papers of

family occasions where tons of good food is served. Show up at the

back of the synagogue a few hours after the affair has begun with a

story of how you'd like to bring some leftovers of "good Jewish

food" back to your fraternity or sorority. If you want to get the

food served to you out front, you naturally have to disguise

yourself to look straight. Remarks such as, "I'm Marvin's cousin,"

or learning the bride's name, "Gee, Dorothy looks marvelous" are

great. Lines like "Betty doesn't look pregnant" are frowned upon. A

man and woman team can work this free-load much better than a

single person as they can chatter back and forth while stuffing


If you're really into a classy free meal, and you are in a

city with a large harbor, check out the passenger ship section in

the back pages of the newspaper. There you find the schedule of

departures for ocean cruises. Most trips (these kind, anyway) begin

with a fantastic bon voyage party on board ship. Just walk on a few

hours before departure time and start swinging. Champagne, caviar,

lobster, shrimp and more, all as free as the open seas. If you get

really bombed and miss getting off, you can also wiggle a ride

across the ocean. You get sent back as soon as you hit the other

side, but it's a free ocean cruise. You should have a pretty good

story ready to go, or you might end up rowing in the galley.

Another possibility for getting a free meal is to go down to

the docks and get friendly with a sailor. He can often invite you

for dinner on board ship. Foreign sailors are more than glad to

meet friends and you can get great foreign dinners this way.


In Amerika, there is a national food stamp program that

unfortunately is controlled by the states. Many states, for racist

reasons, do not want to make it too available or to publicize the

fact that it even exists. It is a much better deal than the food

program connected with welfare, because you can use the stamps to

buy any kind of food. The only items excluded are tobacco products

and alcoholic beverages. In general, you can qualify if you earn

less than $165 per month; the less you earn, the more stamps you

can receive. There is minimal hassle involved once you get by the

first hurdle. Show up at your local food stamp office, which can be

found by calling the Welfare Department in our city. Make an

appointment to see a representative for your area. They will tell

you to bring all sorts of receipts, but the only thing you need are

a few rent stubs for the most recent months. An array of various

receipt books is a nice supplement to one's prop room. If the

receipts are for a high rent, tell them you rent a room from a

group of people and eat separately. They really only want to prove

that you have cooking facilities. Once you get the stamps, you can

pick them up regularly. Some states even mail them to your pad. You

can get up to a hundred dollars worth of free purchases a month per

person in the most liberal states.

Large amounts of highly nutritional food can be gotten for as

little as three cents per meal from a non-profit organization

called Multi-Purpose Food for Millions Foundation, Inc., 1800

Olympic Ave., Santa Monica, California. Write and they will send

you details.


Talking about food in Amerika means talking about

supermarkets-mammoth neon lighted streets of food packaged to

hoodwink the consumers. Many a Yippie can be found in the aisles,

stuffing his pockets with assorted delicacies. We have been

shoplifting from supermarkets on a regular basis without raising

the slightest suspicion, ever since they began.

We are not alone, and the fact that so much stealing goes on

and the supermarkets still bring in huge profits shows exactly how

much overcharging has occurred in the first place. Supermarkets,

like other businesses, refer to shoplifting as "inventory

shrinkage." It's as if we thieves were helping Big Business reduce

weight. So let's view our efforts as methods designed to trim the

economy and push forward with a positive attitude.

Women should never go shopping without a large handbag. In

those crowded aisles, especially the ones with piles of cases, all

sorts of goodies can be transferred from shopping cart to handbag.

A drop bag can be sewn inside a trench coat, for more efficient

thievery. Don't worry about the mirrors; attendants never look at

them. Become a discriminating shopper and don't stuff any of the

cheap shit in your pockets.

Small bottles and jars often have the same size cap as the

larger expensive sizes. If they have the price stamped on the cap,

switch caps, getting the larger size for the cheaper price. You can

empty a pound box of margarine and fill it with sticks of butter.

Small narrow items can be hidden in the middle of rolls of toilet

paper. Larger supermarkets sell records. You can sneak two good

LP's into one of those large frozen pizza boxes. In the produce

department, there are bags for fruit and vegetables. Slip a few

steaks or some lamb chops into the bottom of a large brown bag and

pile some potatoes on top. Have a little man in the white coat

weigh the bag, staple it and mark the price. With a black crayon

you can mark your own prices, or bring your own adhesive price


It's best to work shoplifting in the supermarket with a

partner who can act as look-out and shield you from the eyes of

nosy employees, shoppers and other crooks trying to pick up some

pointers. Work out a prearranged set of signals with your partner.

Diversions, like knocking over displays, getting into fist fights

with the manager, breaking plate glass windows and such are

effective and even if you don't get anything they're fun. Haven't

you always wanted to knock over those carefully constructed

nine-foot pyramids of garbage?

You can walk into a supermarket, get a few items from the

shelves, and walk around eating food in the aisles. Pick up some

cherries and eat them. Have a spoon in your pocket and open some

yogurt. Open a pickle or olive jar. Get some sliced meat or cheese

from the delicatessen counter and eat it up, making sure to ditch

the wrapper. The cart full of items, used as a decoy, can just be

left in an aisle before you leave the store.

Case the joint before pulling a big rip-off. Know the least

crowded hours, learn the best aisles to be busy in, and check out

the store's security system. Once you get into shoplifting in

supermarkets, you'll really dig it. You'll be surprised to learn

that the food tastes better.

Large scale thievery can best be carried out with the help of

an employee. Two ways we know of work best. A woman can get a job

as a cashier and ring up a small bill as her brothers and sisters

bring home tons of stuff.

The method for men involves getting a job loading and

unloading trucks in the receiving department. Some accomplices

dressed right can just pull in and, with your help, load up on a

few cases. Infiltrating an employee into a store is probably the

best way to steal. Cashiers, sales clerks, shippers, and the like

are readily available jobs with such high turnover and low pay that

little checking on your background goes on. Also, you can learn

what you have to do in a few days. The rest of the week, you can

work out ways to clean out the store. After a month or so of action

you might want to move on to another store before things get heavy.

We know one woman working as a cashier who swiped over $500 worth

of food a week. She had to leave after a month because her boss

thought she was such an efficient cashier that he insisted on

promoting her to a job that didn't have as many fringe benefits for

her and her friends.

Large chain stores like Safeway throw away day-old vegetables,

the outer leaves of lettuce, celery and the like. This stuff is

usually found in crates outside the back of the building. Tell them

you're working with animals at the college labs, or that you raise

guinea pigs. They might even get into saving them for you, but if

they don't just show up before the garbage is collected, (generally

early in the morning), and they'll let you cart away what you want.

Dented cans and fruit can often be gotten free, but certainly

at a reduced rate. They are still as good as the undamaged ones. So

be sure to dent all your cans before you go to the cashier.

Look up catering services and businesses that service

factories and office buildings with ready-made sandwiches. Showing

up at these places at the right times (catering services on late

Sunday night and sandwich dealers at 5:00 PM on weekdays) will

produce loads of good food. Legally, they have to dispose of the

food that's left over. They would be more than happy to give it to

you if you spin a good story.

Butchers can be hustled for meat scraps with meat scraps with

a "for my dog" story, and bakeries can be asked for day-old rolls

and bread.


Large cities all have a wholesale fruit and vegetable area

where often the workers will give you tons of free food just for

the asking. Get a good story together. Get some church stationery

and type a letter introducing yourself "to whom it may concern," or

better still, wear some clerical garb. Orchards also make good

pickings just after the harvest has been completed.

Factories often will give you a case or two of free

merchandise for a "charitable" reason. Make some calls around town

and then go pick up the stuff at the end of the week. A great idea

is to get a good list of a few hundred large corporations around

the country by looking up their addresses at the library. Poor's

Register of Companies, Directors and Executives has the most

complete list. Send them all letters complaining about how the last

box of cereal was only half full, or you found a dead fly in the

can of peaches. They often will send you an ample supply of items

just to keep you from complaining to your friends or worse, taking

them to court. Often you can get stuff sent to you by just telling

them how good their product is compared to the trash you see

nowadays. You know the type of letter - "Rice Krispies have had a

fantastic effect on my sexual prowess," or "Your frozen asparagus

has given a whole new meaning to my life." In general though, the

nasties get the best results.

Slaughterhouses usually have meat they will give away. They

are anxious to give to church children's programs and things like

that. In most states, there is a law that if the slab of meat

touches the ground, they have to throw it away. Drop around meat

houses late in the day and trip a few trucks.

Fishermen always have hundreds of pounds of fish that have to

be thrown out. You can have as much as you can cart away, generally

just for the asking. Boats come in late in the afternoon and

they'll give you some of the catch, or you can go to the markets

early in the morning when the fishing is best.

These methods of getting food in large quantities can only be

appreciated by those who have tried it. You will be totally baffled

by the unbelievable quantities of food that will be laid on you and

with the ease of panhandling.

Investing in a freezer will allow you to bi-weekly or even

monthly trips to the wholesale markets and you'll get the freshest

foods to boot. Nothing can beat getting it wholesale for free. Or

is it free for wholesale? In any event, "bon appetit."


Forming a food cooperative is one of the best ways to promote

solidarity and get every kind of food you need to survive real

cheap. It also provides a ready-made bridge for developing

alliances with blacks, Puerto Ricans, chicanos and other groups

fighting our common oppressor on a community level.

Call a meeting of about 20 communes, collectives or community

organizations. Set up the ground rules. There should be a hard-core

of really good hustlers that serve as the shopping or hunting party

and another group of people who have their heads together enough to

keep records and run the central distribution center. Two or three

in each group should do it. They can get their food free for the

effort. Another method is to rotate the activity among all members

of the conspiracy. The method you choose depends upon your politics

and whether you favor a division of labor or using the food

conspiracy as a training for collective living. Probably a blend of

the two is best, but you'll have to hassle that out for yourself.

The next thing to agree upon is how the operation and all the shit

you get will be paid for. This is dependent on a number of

variables, so we'll map out one scheme and you can modify it to

suit your particular situation. Each member of every commune could

be assessed a fee for joining. You want to get together about

$2,000, so at 200 members, this is ten bucks a piece. After the

joining fee, each person or group has to pay only for the low

budget food they order, but some loot is needed to get things

rolling. The money goes to getting a store front or garage, a cheap

truck, some scales, freezers, bags, shelving, chopping blocks,

slicer and whatever else you need. You can get great deals by

looking in the classified ads of the local overground newspaper and

checking for restaurants or markets going out of business. Remember

the idea of a conspiracy is to get tons of stuff at real low prices

or free into a store front, and then break it down into smaller

units for each group and eventually each member. The freezers allow

you to store perishables for a longer time.

The hunting party should be well acquainted with how to rip

off shit totally free and where all the best deals are to be found.

They should know what food is seasonal and about nutritional diets.

There is a lot to learn, such as where to get raw grains in 100

pounds lots and how to cut up a side of beef. A good idea is to get

a diet freak to give weekly talks in the store front. There can

also be cooking lessons taught, especially to men, so women can get

out of the kitchen.

Organizing a community around a basic issue of survival, such

as food, makes a lot of nitty gritty sense. After your conspiracy

gets off the ground and looks permanent, you should seek to expand

it to include more members and an emergency food fund should be set

up in case something happens in the community. There should also be

a fund whereby the conspiracy can sponsor free community dinners

tied into celebrations. Get it together and join the fight for a

world-wide food conspiracy. Seize the steak!


There are hundreds of good paperback cook books with

nutritional cheap recipes available in any bookstore. Cooking is a

vastly overrated skill. The following are a few all-purpose dishes

that are easy to make, nutritional and cheap as mud pies. You can

add or subtract many of the ingredients for variety.

Hog Farm Granola Breakfast (Road Hog Crispies)

½ c millet		2 c raw oats

½ c cracked wheat	1 c rye flakes

½ c buckwheat groats	1 c wheat flakes

½ c wheat germ		1 c dried fruits and/or nuts

½ c sunflower seeds	3 tbs soy oil

¼ c sesame seeds	1 c honey

2 tbs cornmeal

Boil the millet in a double boiler for 1/2 hour. Mix in a large

bowl all the ingredients including the millet. The soy oil and

honey should be heated in a saucepan over a low flame until bubbles

form. Spread the cereal in a baking pan and cover with the honey

syrup. Toast in oven until brown. Stir once or twice so that all

the cereal will be toasted. Serve plain or with milk. Refrigerate

portion not used in a covered container. Enough for ten to twenty

people. Make lots and store for later meals. All these ingredients

can be purchased at any health store in a variety of quantities.

You can also get natural sugar if you need a sweetener. If bought

and made in quantity, this fantastically healthy breakfast food

will be cheaper than the brand name cellophane that passes for


Whole Earth Bread

1 c oats, corn meal, or wheat germ	2 tsp salt

1½ c water (warm)			2 egg yolks

¼ c sugar (raw is best) 		4 c flour

1 pkg active dry yeast			_ c corn oil

1 c dry milk				or butter

Stir lightly in a large bowl the oats, cornmeal or wheat germ

(depending on the flavor bread you desire), the water and sugar.

Sprinkle in the yeast and wait 10 minutes for the yeast to do its

thing. Add salt, egg yolks, corn oil and dry milk. Mix with a fork.

Blend in the flour. The dough should be dry and a little lumpy.

Cover with a towel and leave in a warm place for a half hour. Now

mash, punch, blend and kick the dough and return it covered to its

warm place. The dough will double in size. When this happens,

separate the dough into two even masses and mash each one into a

greased bread (loaf) pan. Cover the pans and let sit until the

dough rises to the top of the pans. Bake for 40-45 minutes in a 350

degree oven that has not been pre-heated. A shallow tray of water

in the bottom of the oven will keep the bread nice and moist. When

you remove the pans from the oven, turn out the bread into a rack

and let it cool off. Once you get the hang of it, you'll never

touch ready-made bread, and it's a gas seeing yeast work.

Street Salad

Salad can be made by chopping up almost any variety of

vegetables, nuts and fruits including the stuff you panhandled at

the back of supermarkets; dandelions, shav, and other wild

vegetables; and goods you ripped off inside stores or from large

farms. A neat fresh dressing consists of one part of oil, two parts

wine vinegar, finely chopped garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Mix up

the ingredients in a bottle and add to the salad as you serve it.

Russian dressing is simply mayonnaise and ketchup mixed.

Yippie Yogurt

Yogurt is one of the most nutritional foods in the world. The

stuff you buy in stores has preservatives added to it reducing its

health properties and increasing the cost. Yogurt is a bacteria

that spreads throughout a suitable culture at the correct

temperature. Begin by going to a Turkish or Syrian restaurant and

buying some yogurt to go. Some restaurants boast of yogurt that

goes back over a hundred years. Put it in the refrigerator.

Now prepare the culture in which the yogurt will multiply. The

consistency you want will determine what you use. A milk culture

will produce thin yogurt, while sweet cream will make a thicker

batch. It's the butter fat content that determines the consistency

and also the number of calories. Half milk and half cream combines

the best of both worlds. Heat a quart of half and half on a low

flame until just before the boiling point and remove from the

stove. This knocks out other bacteria that will compete with the

yogurt. Now take a tablespoon of the yogurt you got from the

restaurant and place it in the bottom of a bowl (not metal). Now

add the warm liquid. Cover the bowl with a lid and wrap tightly

with a heavy towel. Place the bowl in a warm spot such as on top of

a radiator or in a sunny window. A turned-off oven with a tray of

boiling water placed in it will do well. Just let the bowl sit for

about 8 hours (overnight). The yogurt simply grows until the whole

bowl is yogurt. Yippie! It will keep in the refrigerator for about

two weeks before turning sour, but even then, the bacteria will

produce a fresh batch of top quality. Remember when eating it to

leave a little to start the next batch. For a neat treat add some

honey and cinnamon and mix into the yogurt before serving. Chopped

fruit and nuts are also good.

Rice and Cong Sauce

1 c brown rice	vegetables

2 c water	2½ tbs soy sauce

tsp salt

Bring the water to a boil in a pot and add the salt and rice.

Cover and reduce flame. Cooking time is about 40 minutes or until

rice has absorbed all the water. Meanwhile, in a well-greased

frying pan, saute a variety of chopped vegetables you enjoy. When

they become soft and brownish, add salt and 2 cups of water. Cover

with a lid and lower flame. Simmer for about 40 minutes, peeking to

stir every once in a while. Then add 2 1/2 tbs of soy sauce, stir

and cook another 10 minutes. The rice should be just cooling off

now, so add the sauce to the top of it and serve. Great for those

long guerrilla hikes. This literally makes up almost the entire

diet of the National Liberation Front fighter.


1 lb red kidney beans	2 tbs parsley (chopped)

2 quarts water		½ lb pork, smoked sausage

1 onion (chopped)	  or ham hock

1 tbs celery (chopped)	1 lg bay leaf

1 tsp garlic (minced)	salt to season

Rinse the beans, then place in covered pot and add water and

salt. Cook over low flame. While cooking, chop up meat and brown in

a frying pan. Add onion, celery, garlic and parsley and continue

sauteing over low flame. Add the pieces of meat, vegetables and bay

leaf to the beans and cook covered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. It may be

necessary to add more water if the beans get too dry. Fifteen

minutes before beans are done, mash about a half cup of the stuff

against the side of the pan to thicken the liquid. Pour the beans

and liquid over some steaming rice that you've made by following

the directions above. This should provide a cheap nutritional meal

for about 6 people.

Hedonist's Deluxe

2 lobsters	2 qts water

seaweed 	¼ lb butter

Steal two lobsters, watching out for the claw thingies. Beg

some seaweed from any fish market. Cop the butter using the

switcheroo method described in the Supermarket section above. When

you get home, boil the water in a large covered pot and drop in the

seaweed and then the lobsters. Put the cover back on and cook for

about 20 minutes. Melt the butter in a sauce pan and dip the

lobster pieces in it as you eat. With a booster box, described

later you'll be able to rip off a bottle of vintage Pouilly-Fuisse

in a fancy liquor store. Really, rice is nice but...



If shoplifting food seems easy, it's nothing compared to the

snatching of clothing. Shop only the better stores. Try thing on in

those neat secluded stalls. The less bulky items such as shirts,

vests, belts and socks can be tied around your waist or leg with

large rubber bands if needed. Just take a number of items in and

come out with a few less.

In some cities there are still free stores left over from the

flower power days. Churches often have give-away clothing programs.

You can impersonate a clergyman and call one of the large clothing

manufacturers in your area. They are usually willing to donate a

case or two of shirts, trousers or underwear to your church raffle

or drive to dress up skid row. Be sure to get your sizes. Tell them

"your boy" will pick up the blessed donation and you'll mention his

company in the evening prayers.

If you notice people moving from an apartment or house, ask

them if they'll be leaving behind clothing. They usually abandon

all sorts of items including food, furniture and books. Offer to

help them carry out stuff if you can keep what they won't be


Make the rounds of a fancy neighborhood with a truck and some

friends. Ring doorbells and tell the person who answers that you

are collecting wearable clothing for the "poor homeless victims of

the recent tidal wave in Quianto a small village in Saudi Arabia."

You get the pitch. Make it food and clothing, and say you're with a

group called Heartline for Decency. A phony letter from a church

might help here.

The Salvation Army does this, and you can pick up clothes from

them at very cheap prices. You can get a pair of snappy casual

shoes for 25 cents in many bowling alleys by walking out with them

on your feet. If you have to leave your shoes as a deposit, leave

the most beat-up pair you can find.

Notice if your friends have lost or gained weight. A big

change means a lot of clothes doing nothing but taking up closet

space. Show up at dormitories when college is over for the summer

or winter season. Go to the train or bus stations and tell them you

left your raincoat, gloves or umbrella when you came into town.

They'll take you to a room with thousands of unclaimed items. Pick

out what you like. While there, notice a neat suitcase or trunk and

memorize the markings. Later a friend can claim the item. There

will be loads of surprises in any suitcase. We have a close friend

who inherited ten kilos of grass this way.

Large laundry and dry cleaning chains usually have thousands

of items that have gone unclaimed. Manufacturers also have shirts,

dresses and suits for rockbottom prices because of a crooked seam

or other fuck-up. Stores have reduced rates on display models:

Mannequins are mostly all size 40 for men and 10 for women. Size

7 1/2 is the standard display size for men's shoes. If you are

these sizes, you can get top styles for less than half price.


The Vietnamese and people throughout the Third World make a

fantastically durable and comfortable pair of sandals out of rubber

tires. They cut out a section of the outer tire (trace around the

outside of the foot with a piece of chalk) which when trimmed forms

the sole. Next 6 slits re made in the sole so the rubber straps can

be criss-crossed and slid through the slits. The straps are made

out of inner tubing. No nails are needed. If you have wide feet,

use the new wide tread low profiles. For hard going, try radials.

For best satisfaction and quality, steal the tires off a pig car or

a government limousine.

Let's face it, if you really are into beating the clothing

problem, move to a warm climate and run around naked. Skin is

absolutely free, and will always be in style. Speaking of style,

the midi and the maxi have obvious advantages when it comes to

shoplifting and transporting weapons or bombs.


Apartment lobbies are good for all kinds of neat furniture. If

you want to get fancy about it, rent a truck (not one that says

U-HAUL-IT or other rental markings) and make the pick-up with

moving-man-type uniforms. When schools are on strike and students

hold seminars and debate into the night, Yippies can be found going

through the dorm lobbies and storage closets hauling off couches,

desks, printing supplies, typewriters, mimeos, etc. to store in

secret underground nests. A nervy group of Yippies in the Midwest

tried to swipe a giant IBM 360 computer while a school was in

turmoil. All power to those that bring a wheelbarrow to sit-ins.

Check into a high-class hotel or motel remembering to dress

like the wallpaper. Carry a large dummy suitcase with you and

register under a phony name. Make sure you and not the bellboy

carry this bag. Use others as a decoy. When you get inside the

room, grab everything you can stuff in the suitcase: radio, T.V.

sets (even if it has a special plug you can cut it with a knife and

replace the cord), blankets, toilet paper, glasses, towels, sheets,

lamps, (forget the imitation Winslow Homer on the wall) a Bible,

soap and toss rugs. Before you leave (odd hours are best) hang the

DO NOT DISTURB sign on your doorknob. This will give you an extra

few hours to beat it across the border or check into a new hotel.

Landlords renovating buildings throw out stoves, tables,

lamps, refrigerators and carpeting. In most cities, each area has a

day designated for discarding bulk objects. Call the Sanitation

Department and say you live in that part of town which would be

putting out the most expensive shit and find out the pick-up day.

Fantastic buys can be found cruising the streets late at night.

Check out the backs of large department stores for floor models,

window displays and slightly damaged furniture being discarded.

Construction sites are a good source for building materials to

construct furniture. (Not to mention explosives.) The large wooden

cable spools make great tables. Cinderblocks, bricks and boards can

quickly be turned into a sharp looking bookcase. Doors make tables.

Nail kegs convert into stools or chairs. You can also always find a

number of other supplies hanging around like wiring, pipes,

lighting fixtures and hard hats. And don't forget those blinking

signs and the red lanterns for your own light show. Those black

oil-fed burners are O.K. for cooking, although smoky, and highway

flares are swell for making fake dynamite bombs.



Certainly one of the neatest ways of getting where you want to

go for nothing is to hitch. In the city it's a real snap. Just

position yourself at a busy intersection and ask the drivers for a

lift when they stop for the red light. If you're hitching on a road

where the traffic zooms by pretty fast, be sure to stand where the

car will have room to safely pull off the road. Traveling long

distances, even cross-country, can be easy if you have some sense

of what you are doing.

A lone hitch-hiker will do much better than two or more. A man

and woman will do very well together. Single women are certain to

get propositioned and possibly worse. Amerikan males have endless

sexual fantasies about picking up a poor lonesome damsel in

distress. Unless your karate and head are in top form, women should

avoid hitching alone. Telling men you have V.D. might help in

difficult situations.

New England and the entire West Coast are the best sections

for easy hitches. The South and Midwest can sometimes be a real

hassle. Easy Rider and all that. The best season to hitch is in the

summer. Daytime is much better than night. If you have to hitch at

night, get under some type of illumination where you'll be seen.

Hitch-hiking is legal in most states, but remember you always

can get a "say-so" bust. A "say-so" arrest is to police what

Catch-22 is to the Army. When you ask why you're under arrest, the

pig answers, "cause I say-so." If you stand on the shoulder of the

road, the pigs won't give you too bad a time. If you've got long

hair, cops will often stop to play games. You can wear a hat with

your hair tucked under to avoid hassles. However this might hurt

your ability to get rides, since many straights will pick up

hippies out of curiosity who would not pick up a straight scruffy

looking kid. Freak drivers usually only pick up other freaks.

Once in a while you hear stories of fines levied or even a few

arrests for hitching (Flagstaff, Arizona is notorious), but even in

the states where it is illegal, the law is rarely enforced. If

you're stopped by the pigs, play dumb and they'll just tell you to

move along. You can wait until they leave and then let your thumb

hang out again.

Hitchin on super highways is really far out. It's illegal but

you won't get hassled if you hitch at the entrances. On a fucked-up

exit, take your chances hitching right on the road, but keep a

sharp eye out for porkers. When you get a ride be discriminating.

Find out where the driver is headed. If you are at a good spot,

don't take a ride under a hundred miles that won't end up in a

location just as good. When the driver is headed to an

out-of-the-way place, ask him to let you off where you can get the

best rides. If he's going to a particularly small town, ask him to

drive you to the other side of thy town line. It's usually only a

mile or two. Small towns often enforce all sorts of "say-so"

ordinances. If you get stuck on the wrong side of town, it would be

wise to even hoof it through the place. Getting to a point on the

road where the cars are inter-city rather than local traffic is

always preferable.

When you hit the road you should have a good idea of how to

get where you are going. You can pick up a free map at any gas

station. Long distance routes, road conditions, weather and all

sorts of information can be gotten free by calling the American

Automobile Association in any city. Say that you are a member

driving to Phoenix, Arizona or wherever your destination is, and

find out what you want to know. Always carry a sign indicating

where you are going. If you get stranded on the road without one,

ask in a diner or gas station for a piece of cardboard and a magic

marker. Make the letters bold and fill them in so they can be seen

by drivers from a distance. If your destination is a small town,

the sign should indicate the state. For really long distances, EAST

or WEST is best. Unless, of course, you're going north or south. A

phony foreign flag sewed on your pack also helps.

Carrying dope is not advisable, and although searching you is

illegal, few pigs can read the Constitution. If you are carrying

when the patrol car pulls up, tell them you are Kanadian and

hitching through Amerika. Highway patrols are very uptight about

promoting incidents with foreigners. The foreign bit goes over

especially well with small-town types, and is also amazingly good

for avoiding hassles with greasers. If you can't hack this one,

tell them you are a reporter for a newspaper writing a feature

story on hitching around the country. This story has averted many a


Don't be shy when you hitch. Go into diners and gas stations

and ask people if they're heading East or to Texas. Sometimes gas

station attendants will help. When in the car be friendly as hell.

Offer to share the driving if you've got a license. If you're

broke, you can usually bum a meal or a few bucks, maybe even a free

night's lodging. Never be intimidated into giving money for a ride.

As for what to carry when hitching, the advice is to travel

light. The rule is to make up a pack of the absolute minimum, then

cut that in half. Hitching is an art form as is all survival.

Master it and you'll travel on a free trip forever.


There is a way to hitch long distances that has certain

advantages over letting your thumb hang out for hours on some

two-laner. Learn about riding the trains and you'll always have

that alternative. Hitchhiking at night can be impossible, but

hopping a is easier at night than by day. By hitchhiking days and

hopping freights and sleeping on them at night, you can cover

incredible distances rapidly and stay well rested. Every city and

most large towns have a freight yard. You can find it by following

the tracks or asking where the freight yard is located.

When you get to the yard, ask the workmen when the next train

leaving in your direction will be pulling out. Unlike the phony

Hollywood image, railroad men are nice to folks who drop by to grab

a ride. Most yards don't have a guard or a "bull" as they are

called. Even if they do, he is generally not around. If there is a

bull around, the most he's going to do is tell you it's private

property and ask you to leave. There are exceptions to this rule,

such as the notorious Lincoln, Nebraska, and Las Vegas, Nevada, but

by asking you can find out. Even if he asks you to leave or throws

you out, sneak back when your train is pulling out and jump aboard.

After you've located the right train for your trip, hunt for

an empty boxcar to ride. The men in the yards will generally point

one out if you ask. Pig-sties, flat cars and coal cars are

definitely third class due to exposure to the elements. Boxcars are

by far the best. They are clean and the roof over your head helps

in bad weather and cuts down the wind. Boxcars with a hydro-cushion

suspension system used for carrying fragile cargo make for the

smoothest ride. Unless you get one, you should be prepared for a

pretty bumpy and noisy voyage.

You should avoid cars with only one door open, because the pin

may break, locking you in. A car with both doors open gives you one

free chance. Pig-backs (trailers on flatcars) are generally

considered unsafe. Most trains make a number of short hops, so if

time is an important factor try to get on a "hot shot" express. A

hot shot travels faster and has priority over other trains in

crowded yards. You should favor a hot shot even if you have to wait

an extra hour or two or more to get one going your way.

If you're traveling at night, be sure to dress warmly. You can

freeze your ass off. Trains might not offer the most comfortable

ride, but they go through beautiful countryside that you'd never

see from the highway or airway. There are no billboards, road

signs, cops, Jack-in-the-Boxes, gas stations or other artifacts of

honky culture. You'll get dirty on the trains so wear old clothes.

Don't pass up this great way to travel cause some bullshit western

scared you out of it.


If you know how to drive and want to travel long distances,

the auto transportation agencies are a good deal. Look in the

Yellow Pages under Automobile Transportation and Trucking or

Driveway. Rules vary, but normally you must be over 21 and have a

valid license. Call up and tell them when and where you want to go

and they will let you know if they have a car available. They give

you the car and a tank of gas free. You pay the rest. Go to pick up

the car alone, then get some people to ride along and help with the

driving and expenses. You can make New York to San Francisco for

about eighty dollars in tolls and gas in four days without pushing.

Usually you have the car for longer and can make a whole thing out

of it. You must look straight when you go to the agency. This can

be simply be done by wetting down your hair and shoving it under a


Another good way to travel cheaply is to find somebody who has

a car and is going your way. Usually underground newspapers list

people who either want rides or riders. Another excellent place to

find information is your local campus. Every campus has a bulletin

board for rides. Head shops and other community-minded stores have

notices up on the wall.


If you have a car and need some gas late at night you can get

a quart and then some by emptying the hoses from the pumps into

your tank. There is always a fair amount of surplus gas left when

the pumps are shut off.

If your traveling in a car and don't have enough money for gas

and tolls, stop at the bus station and see if anybody wants a lift.

If you find someone, explain your money situation and make a deal

with him. Hitch-hikers also can be asked to chip in on the gas.

You can carry a piece of tubing in the trunk of your car and

when the gas indicator gets low, pull up to a nice looking Cadillac

on some dark street and syphon off some of his gas. Just park your

car so the gas tank is next to the Caddy's, or use a large can.

Stick the hose into his tank, suck up enough to get things flowing,

and stick the other end into your tank. Having a lower level of

liquid, you tank will draw gas until you and the Caddy are equal.

"To each according to his need, from each according to his

ability," wrote Marx. Bet you hadn't realized until now that the

law of gravity affects economics.

Another way is to park in a service station over their filler

hole. Lift off one lid (like a small manhole cover), run down

twenty feet of rubber tubing thru the hole you've cut in your

floorboard, then turn on the electric pump which you have installed

to feed into your gas tank. All they ever see is a parked car. This

technique is especially rewarding when you have a bus.


If you'd rather leave the driving and the paying to them, try

swiping a ride on the bus. Here's a method that has worked well.

Get a rough idea of where the bus has stopped before it arrived at

your station. If you are not at the beginning or final stop on the

route, wait until the bus you want pulls in and then out of the

station. Make like the bus just pulled off without you while you

went to the bathroom. If there is a station master, complain like

crazy to him. Tell him you're going to sue the company if your

luggage gets stolen. He'll put you on the next bus for free. If

there is no station master, lay your sad tale on the next driver

that comes along. If you know when the last bus left, just tell the

driver you've been stranded there for eight hours and you left your

kid sleeping on the other bus. Tell him you called ahead to the

company and they said to grab the next bus and they would take care

of it.

The next method isn't totally free but close enough. It's

called the hopper-bopper. Find a bus that makes a few stops before

it gets to where you want to go. The more stops with people getting

in our out the better. Buy a ticket for the short hop and stay on

the bus until you end up at your destination. You must develop a

whole style in order to pull this off because the driver has to

forget you are connected with the ticket you gave him. Dress

unobtrusively or make sure the driver hasn't seen your face.

Pretend to be asleep when the short hop station is reached. If you

get questioned, just act upset about sleeping through the stop you

"really" want and ask if it's possible to get a ride back.


Up and away, junior outlaws! If you really want to get where

you're going in a hurry, don't forget skyjacker's paradise. Don't

forget the airlines. They make an unbelievable amount of bread on

their inflated prices, ruin the land with incredible amounts of

polluting wastes and noise, and deliberately hold back aviation

advances that would reduce prices and time of flight. We know two

foolproof methods to fly free, but unfortunately we feel publishing

them would cause the airlines to change their policy. The following

methods have been talked about enough, so the time seems right to

make them known to a larger circle of friends.

A word should be said right off about stolen tickets.

Literally millions of dollars worth of airline tickets are stolen

each year. If you have good underworld contacts, you can get a

ticket to anywhere you want at one-fourth the regular price. If you

are charged more, you are getting a slight rooking. In any case,

you can get a ticket for any flight or date and just trade it in.

They are actually as good as cash, except that it takes 30 days to

get a refund, and by then they might have traced the stolen

tickets. If you can get a stolen ticket, exchange or use it as soon

as possible, and always fly under a phony name. A stolen ticket for

a trip around the world currently goes for one hundred and fifty

dollars in New York.

One successful scheme requires access to the mailbox of a

person listed in the local phone book. Let's use the name Ron Davis

as an example. A woman calls one of the airlines with a very

efficient sounding rap such as: "Hello, this is Mr. Davis'

secretary at Allied Chemical. He and his wife would like to fly to

Chicago on Friday. Could you mail two first-class tickets to his

home and bill us here at Allied?" Every major corporation probably

has a Ron Davis, and the airlines rarely bother checking anyway.

Order your tickets two days before you wish to travel, and pick

them up at the mailbox or address you had them sent to. If you are

uptight in the airport about the tickets, just go up to another

airline and have the tickets exchanged.

One gutsy way to hitch a free ride is to board the plane

without a ticket. This is how it works. Locate the flight you want

and rummage through a wastebasket until you find an envelope for

that particular airline. Shuffle by the counter men (which is

fairly easy if it's busy). When the boarding call is made, stand in

line and get on the plane. Flash the empty envelope at the

stewardess as you board the plane. Carry a number of packages as a

decoy, so the stewardess won t ask you to open the envelope. If she

does, which is rare, and sees you have no ticket, act surprised.

"Oh my gosh, it must have fallen out in the wash room," will do

fine. Run back down the ramp as if you're going to retrieve the

ticket. Disappear and try later on a different airline. Nine out of

ten revolutionaries say it's the only way to fly. This trick works

only on airlines that don't use the boarding pass system.

If you want to be covered completely, use the hopper-bopper

method described in the section on Buses, with this added security

precaution. Buy two tickets from different cashiers, or better

still, one from an agent in town. Both will be on the same flight.

Only one ticket will be under a phony name and for the short hop,

white the ticket under your real name will be for your actual

destination. At the boarding counter, present the short hop ticket.

You will be given an envelope with a white receipt in it. Actually,

the white receipt is the last leaf in your ticket. Once you are

securely seated and aloft, take out the ticket with your name and

final destination. Gently peel away everything but the white

receipt. Place the still valid ticket back in your pocket. Now

remove from the envelope and destroy the short hop receipt. In its

place, put the receipt for the ticket you have in your pocket.

When you land at the short hop airport, stay on the plane.

Usually the stewardesses just ask you if you are remaining on the

flight. If you have to, you can actually show her your authentic

receipt. When you get to your destination, you merely put the

receipt back on the bonafide ticket that you still have in your

pocket. It isn't necessary that they be glued together. Present the

ticket for a refund or exchange it for another ticket. This method

works well even in foreign countries. You can actually fly around

the world for $88.00 using the hopper-bopper method and switching


If you can't hack these shucks you should at least get a Youth

Card and travel for half fare. If you are over twenty-two but still

in your twenties, you can easily pass. Get a card from a friend who

has similar color hair and eyes. Your friend can easily get one

from another airline. You can master your friend's signature and

get a supporting piece of identification from him to back up your

youth card if you find it necessary. If you have a friend who works

for an airline or travel agency, just get a card under your own

name and an age below the limit. Your friend can validate the card.

Flying youth fare is on stand-by, so it's always a good idea to

call ahead and book a number of reservations under fictitious names

on the flight you'll be taking. This will fuck up the booking of

regular passengers and insure you a seat.

By the way, if you fly cross-country a number of times, swipe

one of the plug-in head sets. Always remember to pack it in your

traveling bag. This way you'll save a two dollar fee charged for

the in-flight movie. The headsets are interchangeable on all


One way to fly free is to actually hitch a ride. Look for the

private plane area located at every airport, usually in some remote

part of the field. You can find it by noticing where the small

planes without airline markings take off and land. Go over to the

runways and ask around. Often the mechanics will let you know when

someone is leaving for your destination and point out a pilot. Tell

him you lost your ticket and have to get back to school. Single

pilots often like to have a passenger along and it's a real gas

flying in a small plane.

Some foreign countries have special arrangements for free air

travel to visiting writers, artists or reporters. Brazil and

Argentina are two we know of for sure. Call or write the embassy of

the country you wish to visit in Washington or their mission to the

United Nations in New York. Writing works best, especially if you

can cop some stationery from a newspaper or publishing house. Tell

them you will be writing a feature story for some magazine on the

tourist spots or handcrafts of the country. The embassy will

arrange for you to travel gratis aboard one of their air force

planes. The planes leave only from Washington and New York at

unscheduled times. Once you have the O.K. letter from the embassy

you're all set. This is definitely worth checking out if you want

to vacation in a foreign country with all sorts of free bonuses

thrown in.

A one-way ride is easy if you want to get into skyjacking.

Keep the piece or knife in your shoe to avoid possible detection

with the "metal scanner," a long black tube that acts like a geiger

counter. Or use a plastic knife or bomb. It's also advisable to

wrap your dope in a non-metallic material. Avoid tinfoil.

The crews have instructions to take you wherever you want to

go even if they have to refuel, but watch out for air marshals. To

avoid air marshals and searches pick an airline which flies short

domestic hops. You should plan to end up in a country hostile to

the United States or you'll end up right back where you came from

in some sturdy handcuffs. One dude wanted to travel in style so he

demanded $100,000 as a going-away gift. The airlines quickly paid

off. The guy then got greedy and demanded a hundred million

dollars. When he returned to pick up the extra pocket money, he got

nabbed. None the less, skyjacking appears to be the cheapest,

fastest way to get away from it all.


Any of the public means of transportation can be ripped off

easily. Get on the bus with a large bill and present it after the

bus has left the stop. If the bus is crowded, slip in the back door

when it opens to dispatch passengers.

Two people can easily get through the turnstile in a subway on

one token by doubling up. In some subway systems cards are given

out to high school kids or senior citizens or employees of the

city. The next time you are in a subway station notice people

flashing cards to the man in the booth and entering through the

"exit" door. Notice the color of the card used by people in your

age group. Get a piece of colored paper in a stationery store or

find some card of the same color you need. Put this "card" in a

plastic window of your wallet and flash it in the same way those

with a bona fide pass do.

Before entering a turnstile, always test the swing bar. If

someone during the day put in an extra token, it's still in the

machine waiting for you to enter free.

For every token and coin deposited in an automatic turnstile,

there is a foreign coin the same size for much less that will work

in the machine. (See the Yippie Currency Exchange, following, for

more info.) Buy a cheap bag of assorted foreign coins from a dealer

that you can locate in the Yellow Pages. Size up the coins with a

token from your subway system. You can get any of these coins in

bulk from a large dealer. Generally they are about l,000 for five

dollars. Tell him you make jewelry out of them if he gets

suspicious. Giving what almost amounts to free subway rides away is

a communal act of love. The best outlaws in the world rip-off shit

for a lot more people than just themselves. Robin Hood lives!


Despite what you may have heard, there is still some rural

land left in Amerika. The only really free land is available in

Alaska and remote barren areas of the western states. The latest

information in this area is found in a periodic publication called

Our Public Lands, available from the Superintendent of Documents,

Washington, D.C. 20402. It costs $1.00 for a subscription. Also

contact the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land

Management, Washington, D.C. 20240 and ask for information on

"homesteading." By the time this book is out though, the Secretary

of the Interior's friends in the oil companies might have stolen

all the available free land. Being an oil company is about the

easiest way to steal millions. Never call it stealing though,

always refer to it as "research and development."

Continental United States has no good free land that we know

of, but there are some very low prices in areas suited for country

communities. Write to School of Living, Freeland, Maryland, for

their newspaper Green Revolution with the latest information in

this area. Canada has free land available, and the Canadian

government will send you a free list if you write to the Department

of Land and Forests, Parliament Building, Quebec City, Canada. Also

write to the Geographical Branch, Department of Mines and Technical

Surveys, Parliament Building, Quebec City, Canada. Correspondence

can be carried out with the Communications Group, 2630 Point Grey

Road, Vancouver 8, British Columbia, Canada, for advice on

establishing a community in Canada. The islands off the coast of

British Columbia, its western region and the area along the

Kootenai River are among the best locations.

If you just want to rip off some land, there are two ways to

do it; openly or secretly. If you are going to do it out front,

look around for a piece of land that's in dispute, which has its

sovereignty in question-islands and deltas between the U.S. and

Canada, or between the U.S. and Mexico, or any number of other

borderline lands. You might even consider one of the abandoned

oil-drilling platforms, which are fair game under high seas salvage

laws. The possibilities are endless.

If you intend to do it quietly, you will want a completely

different type of location. Find a rugged area with lots of elbow

room and plenty of places to hide, like the Rocky Mountains,

Florida swamps, Death Valley, or New York City. Put together a

tight band of guerrillas and do your thing. With luck you will last


If you just want to camp out or try some hermit living in the

plushest surroundings available, you'll do best to head for one of

the national parks. Since the parks are federal property, there's

very little the local fuzz can do about you, and the forest rangers

are generally the live-and-let-live types, although there have been

increasing reports of long-hairs being vamped on by Smokey the Pig,

as in Yosemite. You can get a complete list from National Park

Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240. The

following is a list of some good ones:

  • ALABAMA-Russell Cave National Monument, Bridgeport 35740
  • ARIZONA-Grand Canyon National Park, Box 129, Grand Canyon 86023
  • ARKANSAS-Hot Springs National Park, Box 1219, Hot Springs 71901
  • CALIFORNIA-Yosemite National Park, Box 577, Yosemite 95389*
  • COLORADO-Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, 80517
  • FLORIDA-Everglades National Park, Box 279, Homestead 33030
  • IDAHO-Boise National Forest, 413 Idaho Street, Boise 83702
  • ILLINOIS-Shawnee National Forest,Harrisburg National Bank Building, Harrisburg 62946
  • KENTUCKY-Mammoth Cave National Park, Mammoth Cave 42259
  • LOUISIANA-Kisatchie National Forest, 2500 Shreveport Hwy., Pineville 71360
  • MAINE-Acadia National Park, Box 338, Bar Harbor 04609
  • MARYLAND-Assateague Island National Seashore, Rte. 2 Box 111, Berlin 21811
  • MASSACHUSETTS-Cape Cod National Seashore, South Wellfleet 02663
  • MICHIGAN-Hiawatha National Forest, Post Office Building, Escanaba 49829
  • MISSOURI-Mark Twain National Forest, 304 Pershing St., Springfield 65806
  • NEVADA-Lake Mead National Recreation Area, 601 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City 89005
  • NEW MEXICO-Aztec Ruins National Monument, Route 1, Box 101, Aztec 87410
  • NEW YORK-Fire Island National Seashore c/o New York City National Park Service Group, 28 E. 20th St., New York, NY 10003
  • NORTH CAROLINA-Wright Brothers National Memorial Box 457, Manteo 27954
  • OKLAHOMA-Platt National Park, Box 201, Sulphur 73086
  • OREGON-Crater Lake National Park, Box 7, Crater Lake 97604
  • UTAH-Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon 84717
  • WYOMING-Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone Park 83020

*This summer Yosemite forest rangers tried to evict a group of

Yippies from their encampment. The Yippies rioted in the valley,

spooked the tourists, burned cars and fought for their right to


Earth People's Park is an endeavor to purchase land and allow

people to come and live for free. They function as a clearing house

for people that want to donate land and those who wish to settle.

They own 600 acres in northern Vermont and are trying to raise

money to buy more. Write to Earth People's Park, P.0. Box 313,

1230 Grant Ave., San Francisco, California 94133.

People's Parks are sprouting up all over as people reclaim the

land being ripped off by universities, factories, and corrupt city

planning agencies. The model is the People's Park struggle in

Berkeley during the spring of 1969. The people fought to defend a

barren parking lot they had turned into a community center with

grass, swings, free-form sculpture and gardens. The University of

California, with the aid of Ronald Reagan and the Berkeley storm

troopers, fought with guns, clubs and tear gas to regain the land

from the outlaw people. The pigs killed James Rector and won an

empty victory. For now the park is fenced off, tarred over and

converted into unused basketball courts and unused parking lots.

Not one person has violated the oath never to set foot on the site.

It stands, cold and empty, two blocks north of crowded Telegraph

Avenue. If the revolution does not survive, all the land will

perish under the steam roller of imperialism. People's Death Valley

will happen in our lifetime.


If you are in a city without a place to stay, ask the first

group of hip-looking folks where you can crash. You might try the

office of the local underground newspaper. In any hip community,

the underground newspaper is generally the source of the best

up-to-the-moment information. But remember that they are very busy,

and don't impose on them. Many churches now have runaway houses. If

you are under sixteen and can hack some bullshit jive about

"adjusting," "opening a dialogue," and "things aren't that bad,"

then these are the best deals for free room and board. Check out

the ground rules first, i.e., length of stay allowed, if they

inform your parents or police, facilities and services available.

Almost always they can be accepted at their word, which is

something very sacred to missionaries. If they became known as

double-crossers, the programs would be finished.

Some hip communities have crash pads set up, but these rarely

last more than a few months. To give out the addresses we have

would be quite impractical. We have never run across a crash pad

that lasted more than a month or so. If in a cit, try hustling a

room at a college dorm. This is especially good in summer or on

week-ends. If you have a sleeping bag, the parks are always good,

as is "tar jungle" or sleeping on the roofs of tall buildings.

Local folks will give you some good advice on what to watch out for

and information on vagrancy laws which might help you avoid getting


For more permanent needs, squatting is not only free, it's a

revolutionary act. If you stay quiet you can stay indefinitely. If

you have community support you may last forever.


In the city or in the country, communes can be a cheap and

enjoyable way of living. Although urban and rural communes face

different physical environments, they share common group problems.

The most important element in communal living is the people, for

the commune will only make it if everyone is fairly compatible. A

nucleus of 4 to 7 people is best and it is necessary that no member

feels extremely hostile to any other member when the commune gets

started. The idea that things will work out later is pig swill.

More communes have busted up over incompatibility than any other

single factor. People of similar interests and political

philosophies should live together. One speed freak can wreck almost

any group. There are just too many day-to-day hassles involved

living in a commune to not start off compatible in as many ways as

possible. The ideal arrangement is for the people to have known

each other before they move in together.

Once you have made the opening moves, evening meetings will

occasionally be necessary to divide up the responsibilities and

work out the unique problems of a communal family. Basically, there

are two areas that have to be pretty well agreed upon if the

commune is to survive. People's attitudes toward Politics, Sex,

Drugs and Decision-making have to be in fairly close agreement.

Then the even most important decisions about raising the rent,

cleaning, cooking and maintenance will have to be made. Ground

rules for inviting non-members should be worked out before the

first time it happens, as this is a common cause for friction.

Another increasingly important issue involves defense. Communes

have continually been targets of attack by the more Neanderthal

elements of the surrounding community. In Minneapolis for example,

"headhunts" as they are called are commonplace. You should have

full knowledge of the local gun laws and a collective defense

should be worked out.

Physical attacks are just one way of making war on communes

and, hence, our Free Nation. Laws, cops, and courts are there to

protect the power and the property of those that already got the

shit. Police harassment, strict enforcement of health codes and

fire regulations and the specially designed anti-commune laws being

passed by town elders, should all be known and understood by the

members of a commune before they even buy or rent property. On all

these matters, you should seek out experienced members of communes

already established in the vicinity you wish to settle. Work out

mutual defense arrangements with nearby families-both legal and

extralegal. Remember, not only do you have the right to

self-defense, but it is your duty to our new Nation to erase the

"Easy-Rider-take-any-shit" image which invites attack. Let them

know you are willing to defend your way of living and your chances

of survival will increase.


If you're headed for city living, the first thing you'll have

to do is locate an apartment or loft, an increasingly difficult

task. At certain times of the year, notably June and September, the

competition is fierce because of students leaving or entering

school. If you can avoid these two months, you'll have a better

selection. A knowledge of your plans in advance can aid a great

deal in finding an apartment, for the area can be scouted before

you move in. Often, if you know of people leaving a desirable

apartment, you can make arrangements with the landlord, and a

deposit will hold the place. If you let them know you're willing to

buy their furniture, people will be more willing to give you

information about when they plan to move. Watch out for getting

screwed on exorbitant furniture swindles by the previous tenants

and excessive demands on the part of the landlords. In most cities,

the landlord is not legally allowed to ask for more than one

month's rent as security. Often the monthly rent itself is

regulated by a city agency. A little checking on the local laws and

a visit to the housing agency might prove well worth it.

Don't go to a rental agency unless you are willing to pay an

extra month's rent as a fee. Wanted ads in newspapers and bulletin

boards located in community centers and supermarkets have some

leads. Large universities have a service for finding good

apartments for administrators, faculty and students, in that order.

Call the university, say you have just been appointed to

such-and-such position and you need housing in the area. They will

want to know all your requirements and rent limitations, but often

they have very good deals available, especially if you've appointed

yourself to a high enough position.

Aside from these, the best way is to scout a desired area and

inquire about future apartments. Often landlords or rental agencies

have control over a number of buildings in a given area. You can

generally find a nameplate inside the hall of the building. Calling

them directly will let you know of any apartments available.

When you get an apartment, furnishing will be the next step.

You can double your sleeping space by building bunk beds. Nail two

by fours securely from ceiling to floor, about three feet from the

walls, where the beds are desired. Then build a frame out of two by

fours at a convenient height. Make sure you use nails or screws

strong enough to support the weight of people sleeping or balling.

Nail a sheet of 3/4 inch plywood on the frame. Mattresses and

almost all furniture needed for your pal can be gotten free (see

section on Free Furniture). Silverware can be copped at any

self-service restaurant.


If you are considering moving to the country, especially as a

group, you are talking about farms and farmland. There are some

farms for rent, and occasionally a family that has to be away for a

year or two will let you live on their farm if you keep the place

in repair. These can be found advertised in the back of various

farming magazines and in the classified sections of newspapers,

especially the Sunday editions. Generally speaking, however, if

you're interested in a farm, you should be considering an outright


First, you have to determine in what part of the country you

want to live in terms of the climate you prefer and how far away

from the major cities you wish to locate. The least populated

states, such as Utah, Idaho, the Dakotas, Montana and the like,

have the cheapest prices and the lowest tax rates. The more

populated a state, and in turn, the closer to a city, the higher

the commercial value of the land.

There are hundreds of different types of farms, so the next

set of questions you'll have to raise concerns the type of farm

activity you'll want to engage in. Cattle farms are different than

vegetable farms or orchards. Farms come in sizes: from half an acre

to ranches larger than the state of Connecticut. They will run in

price from $30 to $3000 an acre, with the most expensive being

prime farmland in fertile river valleys located close to an urban

area. The further away from the city and the further up a hill, the

cheaper the land gets. It also gets woodier, rockier and steeper,

which means less tillable land.

If you are talking of living in a farm house and maybe having

a small garden and some livestock for your own use, with perhaps a

pond on the property, you are looking for what is called a

recreational farm. When you buy a recreational farm, naturally you

are interested in the house, barn, well, fences, chicken-coop,

corrals, woodsheds and other physical structures on the property.

Unless these are in unusually good condition or unique, they do not

enter into the sale price as major factors. It is the land itself

that is bought and sold.

Farmland is measured in acreage; an acre being slightly more

than 43,560 square feet. The total area is measured in 40-acre

plots. Thus, if a farmer or a real estate agent says he has a plot

of land down the road, he means a 40-acre farm. Farms are generally

measured this way, with an average recreational farm being 160

acres in size or an area covering about 1/2 square mile. A

reasonable rate for recreational farmland 100 miles from a major

city with good water and a livable house would be about $50 per

acre. For a 160-acre farm, it would be $8,000, which is not an

awful lot considering what you are getting. For an overall view,

get the free catalogues and brochures provided by the United Farm

Agency, 612 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo. 64112.

Now that you have a rough idea of where and what type of farm

you want, you can begin to get more specific. Check out the

classified section in the Sunday newspaper of the largest city near

your desired location. Get the phone book and call or write to real

estate agencies in the vicinity. Unlike the city, where there is a

sellers' market, rural estate agents collect their fee from the

seller of the property, so you won't have to worry about the

agent's fee.

When you have narrowed down the choices, the next thing you'll

want to look at is the plot book for the county. The plot book has

all the farms in each township mapped out. lt also shows terrain

variations, type of housing on the land, location of rivers, roads

and a host of other pertinent information. Road accessibility,

especially in the winter, is an important factor. If the farms

bordering the one you have selected are abandoned or not in full

use, then for all intents and purposes, you have more land than you

are buying.

After doing all this, you are prepared to go look at the farm

itself. Notice the condition of the auxiliary roads leading to the

house. You'll want an idea of what sections of the land are

tillable. Make note of how many boulders you'll have to clear to do

some planting. Also note how many trees there are and to what

extent the brush has to be cut down. Be sure and have a good idea

of the insect problems you can expect. Mosquitoes or flies can bug

the shit out of you. Feel the soil where you plan to have a garden

and see how rich it is. If there are fruit trees, check their

condition. Taste the water. Find out if hunters or tourists come

through the land. Examine the house. The most important things are

the basement and the roof. In the basement examine the beams for

dry rot and termites. See how long it will be before the roof must

be replaced. Next check the heating system, the electrical wiring

and the plumbing. Then you'll want to know about services such as

schools, snow plowing, telephones, fire department and finally

about your neighbors. If the house is beyond repair, you might

still want the farm, especially if you are good at carpentry.

Cabins, A-Frames, domes and tepees are all cheaply constructed with

little experience. Get the materials from your nearest military


Finally, check out the secondary structures on the land to see

how usable they are. If there is a pond, you'll want to see how

deep it is for swimming. If there are streams, you'll want to know

about the fishing possibilities; and if large wooded areas, the


In negotiating the final sales agreement, you should employ a

lawyer. You'll also want to check out the possibility of

negotiating a bank loan for the farm. Don't forget that you have to

pay taxes on the land, so inquire from the previous owner or agent

as to the tax bill. Usually, you can count on paying about $50

annually per 40-acre plot.

Finally, check out the federal programs available in the area.

If you can learn the ins and outs of the government programs, you

can rip off plenty. The Feed-Grain Program of the Department of

Agriculture pays you not to grow grain. The Cotton Subsidy Program

pays you not to grow cotton. Also look into the Soil Bank Program

of the United States Development Association and various Department

of Forestry programs which pay you to plant trees. Between not

planting cotton and planting trees, you should be able to manage.


The most complete list of city and country communes is

available for $1.00 from Alternatives Foundation, Modern Utopian,

1526 Gravensteur Highway North, Sebastopol, California 95427. The

phone is (707) 823-6168. The list is kept up to date. For all

communes, you must write in advance if you plan to visit. Almost

every commune will give you information about the local conditions

and the problems they face if you write them a letter. Here is a

list of some you might like to write to for more information. Avoid

becoming a free-loader on your sisters and brothers.

  • California
    • ALTERNATIVES FOUNDATION-Box 1264, Berkeley, California 94709.

      (Dick Fairfield) Communal living, total sexuality, peak

      experience training centers. Dedicated to the

      cybernated-tribal society.

    • BHODAN CENTER OF INQUIRY-Sierra Route, Oakhurst, California 93644.

      Phone (209) 683-4976.. (Charles Davis) Seminars on Human

      Community, IC development on the land, founded 1934, 13

      members. Trial period for new members. Visitors check in


  • Colorado
    • DROP CITY-Rt. 1, Box 125, Trinidad, Colorado 81082. Founded 1965.

      New members must meet specific criteria. Anarchist, artist,

      dome houses.

  • New Mexico
    • LAMA FOUNDATION-Box 444, San Cristobal, N.M.

  • New York
    • CITY ISLAND COMMUNE-284 City Island Avenue, Bronx, NY. Visitors

      check in advance. Revolutionary.

    • ATLANTIS I-RFD 5, Box 22A, Saugerties, NY 12477. Visitors and new

      members welcome.

  • Oregon
    • FAMILY OF MYSTIC ARTS--Box 546, Sunny Valley, Oregon

  • Pennsylvania
    • TANGUY HOMESTEADS-West Chester, Pennsylvania. Suburban,

      non-sectarian, co-op housing and community fellowship.

  • Washington
    • MAGIC MOUNTAIN-52nd and 19th Streets, Seattle, Washington.

      (c/o Miriam Roder).


Usually when you ask somebody in college why they are there,

they'll tell you it's to get an education. The truth of it is, they

are there to get the degree so that they can get ahead in the rat

race. Too many college radicals are two-timing punks. The only

reason you should be in college is to destroy it. If there is stuff

that you want to learn though, there is a way to get a college

education absolutely free. Simply send away for the schedule of

courses at the college of your choice. Make up the schedule you

want and audit the classes. In smaller classes this might be a

problem, but even then, if, the teacher is worth anything at all,

he'll let you stay. In large classes, no one will ever object.

If you need books for a course, write to the publisher

claiming you are a lecturer at some school and considering using

their book in your course. They will always send you free books.

There are Free Universities springing up all over our new

Nation. Anybody can teach any course. People sign up for the

courses and sometimes pay a token registration fee. This money is

used to publish a catalogue and pay the rent. If you're on welfare

you don't have to pay. You can take as many or as few courses as

you want. Classes are held everywhere: in the instructor's house,

in the park, on the beach, at one of the student's houses or in

liberated buildings. Free Universities offer courses ranging from

Astrology to the Use of Firearms. The teaching is usually of

excellent quality and you'll learn in a community-type atmosphere.


  • Alternative University-69 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10011

    (catalogue on request)

  • Baltimore Free U-c/o Harry, 233 E. 25th St., Baltimore, Maryland


  • Berkeley Free U-1703 Grove St., Berkeley, California 94709

  • Bowling Green Free U-c/o Student Council, University of Bowling

    Green, Bowling Green Ohio 43402

  • Colorado State Free U-Box 12-Fraisen, Colorado State College,

    Greeley, Colorado 80631

  • Detroit Area Free U-Student Union, 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit,

    Michigan 48221

  • Detroit Area Free U-343 University Center, Wayne State University,

    Detroit, Mich.

  • Georgetown Free U-Loyola Bldg., 28, Georgetown University

    Washington D.C. 20007

  • Golden Gate Free U-2120 Market St., Rm. 206, San Francisco,

    California 94114

  • Heliotrope-2201 Filbert, San Francisco, California 94118

  • Illinois Free U-298A Illini Union, University of Illinois,

    Champaign, Illinois 61820

  • Kansas Free U-107 W. 7th St., Lawrence, Kansas 66044

  • Knox College Free U-Galesbury, Illinois 60401

  • Madison Free U-c/o P. Carroll, 1205 Shorewood Blvd., Madison,

    Wisconsin 53705

  • Metropolitan State Free U-Associated Students, 1345 Banrock St.,

    Denver, Colorado 80204

  • Michigan State Free U-Associated Students, Student Service Bldg.,

    Michigan State College, East Lansing, Michigan 48823

  • Mid-Peninsula Free U-1060 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, California


  • Minnesota Free U-1817 S. 3rd St., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

  • Monterey Peninsula Free U-2120 Etna Place, Monterey, California

    New Free U-Box ALL 303, Santa Barbara, California 93107

  • Northwest Free U-Box 1255, Bellingham, Washington 98225

  • Ohio-Wesleyan Free U-Box 47-Welsh Hall, Ohio Wesleyan University,

    Delevan, Ohio 43015

  • Pittsburgh Free U-4401 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

    Rutgers Free U-Rutgers College, Student Center, 1 Lincoln Ave.,

    Newark, NJ 07102

  • St. Louis Free U-c/o Student Congress, 3rd floor BMC, St. Louis

    University, St. Louis, Missouri 63103

  • San Luis Obispo Free U-Box 1305, San Luis Obispo, California 94301

  • Santa Cruz Free U-604 River St., Santa Cruz, California 95060

  • Seattle Free U-4144½ University Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105

  • Southern Illinois Free U-Carbondale, Illinois 62901

  • Valley Free U-2045 N. Wishon Ave., Fresno, California 93704

  • Washington Area Free U-5519 Prospect Place, Chevy Chase, Maryland

    20015 and 1854 Park Rd. NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

  • Wayne-Locke Free U-Student Congress, University of Texas,

    Arlington, Texas 76010

And a complete list of experimental schools, free

universities, free schools, can be obtained by sending one dollar

to ALTERNATIVES! 1526 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol,

California 97452, and requesting the Directory of Free Schools.


Due to the efforts of the Medical Committee for Human Rights,

the Student Health Organization and other progressive elements

among younger doctors and nurses. Free People's Clinics have been

happening in every major city. They usually operate out of store

fronts and are staffed with volunteer help. An average clinic can

handle fifty patients a day.

If you've had an accident or have an acute illness, even a bad

cold, check into the emergency room of any hospital. Given them a

sob story complete with phony name and address. After treatment

they present you with a slip and direct you to the cashier. Just

walk on by, as the song suggests. A good decoy is to ask for the

washroom. After waiting there a few moments, split. If you're

caught sneaking out, tell them you ran out of the house without

your wallet. Ask them to bill you at your phony address. This

billing procedure works in both hospital emergency rooms and

clinics. You can keep going back for repeated visits up to three

months before the cashier's office tells the doctor about your

fractured payments.

You can get speedy medical advice and avoid emergency room

delays by calling the hospital, asking for the emergency unit and

speaking directly to the doctor over the phone. Older doctors frown

on this procedure since they cannot extort their usual exorbitant

fee over the phone. Younger ones generally do not share this


Cities usually have free clinics for a variety of special

ailments. Tuberculosis Clinics, Venereal Disease Clinics, and Free

Shot Clinics (yellow fever, polio, tetanus, etc.) are some of the

more common. A directory of these clinics and other free health

services the local community provides can be obtained by writing

your Chamber of Commerce or local Health Department.

Most universities have clinics connected with their dental,

optometry or other specialized medical schools. If not for free,

then certainly for very low rates, you can get dental work

repaired, eyeglasses fitted and treatment of other specific health


Free psychiatric treatment can often be gotten at the

out-patient department of any mental hospital. Admission into these

hospitals is free, but a real bummer. Use them as a last resort

only. Some cities have a suicide prevention center and if you are

desperate and need help, call them. Your best choice in a

psychiatric emergency is to go to a large general hospital, find

the emergency unit and ask to see the psychiatrist on duty.


Planned Parenthood and the Family Planning Association staff

numerous free birth control clinics throughout the country. They

provide such services as sex education, examinations, Pap smear and

birth control information and devices. The devices include pills, a

diaphragm, or IUD (intra-uterine device) which they will insert. If

you are unmarried and under 18, you might have to talk to a social

worker, but it's no sweat because anybody gets contraceptive

devices that wants them. Call up and ask them to send you their

booklets on the different methods of birth control available.

If you would rather go to a private doctor, try to find out

from a friend the name of a hip gynecologist, who is sympathetic to

the fact that you're low on bread. Otherwise one visit could cost

$25.00 or more.

Before deciding on a contraceptive, you should be hip to some

general information. There has been much research on the pill, and

during the past 10 years it has proven its effectiveness, if not is

safety. The two most famous name brands are Ortho-Novum and Envoid.

They all require a doctor's prescription. Different type pills are

accompanied by slightly different instructions, so read the

directions carefully. In many women, the pills produce side effects

such as weight increase, dizziness or nausea. Sometimes the pill

affects your vision and more often your mood. Some women with

specialized blood diseases are advised not to use them, but in

general, women have little or no trouble. Different brand names

have different hormonal balances (progesterone-estrogen). If you

get uncomfortable side effects, insist that your doctor switch your

brand. If you stop the pill method for any reason and don't want to

get pregnant, be very careful to use another means right away.

Another contraceptive device becoming more popular is the IUD,

or the loop. It is a small plastic or stainless steel

irregularly-shaped spring that the doctor inserts inside the

opening of the uterus. The insertion is not without pain, but it's

safe if done by a physician, and it's second only to the pill in

prevention of pregnancy. Once it's in place, you can forget about

it for a few years or until you wish to get pregnant. Doctors are

reluctant to prescribe them for women who have not borne children

or had an abortion, because of the intense pain that accompanies

insertion. But if you can stand the pain associated with three to

four uterine contractions, you should push the doctor for this

method. Inserting it during the last day of your period will make

it easier.

The diaphragm is a round piece of flexible rubber about 2

inches in diameter with a hard rubber rim on the outside. It used

to be inserted just before the sex act, but hip doctors now

recommend that it be worn continuously and taken out every few days

for washing and also during the menstrual period. It is most

effective when used with a sperm-killing jelly or cream. A doctor

will fit you for a proper size diaphragm.

The next best method is the foams that you insert twenty

minutes before fucking. The best foams available are Delfen and

Emko. They have the advantage of being nonprescription items so you

can rush into any drug store and pick up a dispenser when the

spirit moves you. Follow the directions carefully. Unfortunately,

these foams taste terrible and are not available in flavors. It

just shows you how far science has to go.

Another device is the prophylactic, or rubber as it is called.

This is the only device available to men. It is a thin rubber

sheath that fits over the penis. Because they are subject to

breaking and sliding off, their effectiveness is not super great.

If you are forced to use them, the best available are lubricated

sheepskins with a reservoir tip.

The rhythm method or Vatican roulette as it is called by hip

Catholics, is a waste unless you are ready to surround yourself

with thermometers, graphs and charts. You also have to limit your

fucking to prescribed days. Even with all these precautions, women

have often gotten pregnant using the rhythm method.

The oldest and least effective method is simply for the male

to pull out just before he comes. There are billions of sperm cells

in each ejaculation and only one is needed to fertilize the woman's

egg and cause a pregnancy. Most of the sperm is in the first

squirt, so you had better be quick if you employ this technique.

If the woman misses her period she shouldn't panic. It might

be delayed because of emotional reasons. Just wait two weeks before

going to a doctor or clinic for a pregnancy test. When you go, be

sure to bring your first morning urine specimen.


The best way to find out about abortions is to contact your

local woman's liberation organization through your underground

newspaper or radio station. Some Family Planning Clinics and even

some liberal churches set up abortions, but these might run as high

as $700. Underground newspapers often have ads that read "Any girl

in trouble call - -," or something similar. The usual rate for an

abortion is about $500 and it's awful hard to bargain when you need

one badly. Only go to a physician who is practicing or might have

just lost his license. Forget the stereotype image of these doctors

as they are performing a vital service. Friends who have had an

abortion can usually recommend a good doctor and fill you in on

what's going to happen.

Abortions are very minor operations if done correctly. They

can be done almost any time, but after three months, it's no longer

so casual and more surgical skill is required. Start making plans

as soon as you find out. The sooner the better, in terms of the


Get a pregnancy test at a clinic. If it is positive and you

want an abortion, start that day to make plans. If you get negative

results from the test and still miss your period, have a

gynecologist perform an examination if you are still worried.

If you cannot arrange an abortion through woman's liberation,

Family Planning, a sympathetic clergyman or a friend who has had

one, search out a liberal hospital and talk to one of their social

workers. Almost all hospitals perform "therapeutic" abortions. Tell

a sob story about the desertion of your boy friend or that you take

LSD every day or that defects run in your family. Act mentally

disturbed. If you qualify, you can get an abortion that will be

free under Medicaid or other welfare medical plans. The safest form

of abortion is the vacuum-curettage method, but not all doctors are

hip to it. It is safer and quicker with less chance of

complications than the old-fashioned scrape method.

Many states have recently passed liberalized abortion laws,

such as New York* (by far the most extensive), Hawaii and Maryland,

due to the continuing pressure of radical women. The battle for

abortion and certainly for free abortion is far from over even in

the states with liberal laws. They are far too expensive for the

ten to twenty minute minor operation involved and the red tape is

horrendous. Free abortions must be look-on as a fundamental right,

not a sneaky, messy trauma.

*There is a residence requirement for New York but using a friend's

New York address at the hospital will be good enough. The procedure

takes only a few days and costs between $200 and $500, depending on

the place. The best advice is to call one of the New York Abortion

Referral Services or Birth Control Groups listed in the New York

Directory section.


Syph and Clap (syphilis and gonorrhea) are two diseases that

they are easy to pick up. They come from balling. Anyone who claims

they got it from sitting on a toilet seat must have a fondness for

weird positions.

Both men and women are subject to the diseases. Using a

prophylactic usually will prevent the spreading of venereal

disease, but you should really seek to have it cured. Syphilis

usually begins with an infection which may look like a cold sore or

pimple around the sex organ. There is no pain associated with the

lesions. Soon the sore disappears even without treatment. This is

often followed by a period of rashes on the body (especially the

palms of the hands) and inflammation of the mouth and throat. These

symptoms also disappear without treatment. It must be understood,

however, that even if these symptoms disappear, the disease still

remains if left untreated. It can cause serious trouble such as

heart disease, blindness, insanity and paralysis. Also, it can fuck

up any kids you might produce and is easily passed on to anyone you


Gonorrhea (clap) is more common than syphilis. Its first signs

are a discharge from your sex organ that is painful. Like syphilis,

it affects both men and women, but is often unnoticed in women.

There is usually itching and burning associated with the affected

area. It can leave you sterile if left untreated.

Both these venereal diseases can be treated in a short time

with attention. Avail yourself of the free V.D. clinics in every

town. Follow the doctor's instructions to the letter and try to let

the other people you've had sexual contact with know you had VD.

There are other fungus diseases that resemble syphilis or

gonorrhea, but are relatively harmless. Check out every infection

in your crotch area, especially those with open sores or an unusual

discharge and you'll be safe.

Crabs are not harmful, but they can make you scratch your

crotch for hours on end. They are also highly transmittable by

balling. Actually they are a form of body lice and easy to cure. Go

to your local druggist and ask him for the best remedy available.

He'll give you one of several lotions and instructions for proper

use. We recommend Kwell.

A common disease in the hip community is hepatitis. There are

two kinds. One you get from sticking dirty needles in your arm

(serum hepatitis) and the other more common strain from eating

infected food or having intimate contact with an infected carrier

(infectious hepatitis). The symptoms for both are identical;

yellowish skin and eyes, dark piss and light crap, loss of appetite

and total listlessness. Hep is a very dangerous disease that can

cause a number of permanent conditions, including death, which is

extremely permanent. It should be treated by a doctor, often in a



If you don't like the news, why not go out and make your own?

Creating free media depends to a large extent on your imagination

and ability to follow through on ideas. The average Amerikan is

exposed to over 1,600 commercials each day. Billboards, glossy ads

and television spots make up much of the word environment they live

in. To crack through the word mush means creating new forms of free

communication. Advertisements for revolution are important in

helping to educate and mold the milieu of people you wish to win


Guerrilla theater events are always good news items and if

done right, people will remember them forever. Throwing out money

at the Stock Exchange or dumping soot on executives at Con Edison

or blowing up the policeman statue in Chicago immediately conveys

an easily understood message by using the technique of creative

disruption. Recently to dramatize the illegal invasion of Cambodia,

400 Yippies stormed across the Canadian border in an invasion of

the United States. They threw paint on store windows and physically

attacked residents of Blair, Washington. A group of Vietnam

veterans marched in battle gear from Trenton to Valley Forge. Along

the way they performed mock attacks on civilians the way they were

trained to do in Southeast Asia.

Dying all the outdoor fountains red and then sending a message

to the newspaper explaining why you did it, dramatizes the idea

that blood is being shed needlessly in imperialist wars. A special

metallic bonding glue available from Eastman-Kodak will form a

permanent bond in only 45 seconds. Gluing up locks of all the

office buildings in your town is a great way to dramatize the fact

that our brothers and sisters are being jailed all the time. Then,

of course, there are always explosives which dramatically make your

point and then some.


Another way of using the news to advertise the revolution and

make propaganda is to call a press, conference. Get an appropriate

place that has some relationship to the content of your message.

Send out announcements to as many members of the press as you can.

If you do not have a press list, you can make one up by looking

through the Yellow Pages under Newspapers, Radio Stations,

Television Stations, Magazines and Wire Services. Check out your

list with other groups and pick up names of reporters who attend

movement press conferences. Address a special invitation to them as

well as one to their newspaper. Address the announcements to "City

Desk" or "'News Department." Schedule the press conference for

about 11:00 A.M. as this allows the reporters to file the story in

time for the evening newscast or papers. On the day of the

scheduled conference, call the important city desks or reporters

about 9:00 A.M. and remind them to come.

Everything about a successful press conference must be

dramatic, from the announcements and phone calls to the statements

themselves. Nothing creates a worse image than four or five men in

business suits sitting behind a table and talking in a calm manner

at a fashionable hotel. Constantly seek to have every detail of the

press conference differ in style as well as content from the

conferences of people in power. Make use of music and visual

effects. Don't stiffen up before the press. Make the statement as

short and to the point as possible. Don't read from notes, look

directly into the camera. The usual television spot is one minute

and twenty seconds. The cameras start buzzing on your opening

statement and often run out of film before you finish. So make it

brief and action packed. The question period should be even more

dramatic. Use the questioner's first name when answering a

question. This adds an air of informality and networks are more apt

to use an answer directed personally to one of their newsmen.

Express your emotional feelings. Be funny, get angry, be sad or

ecstatic. If you cannot convey that you are deeply excited or

troubled or outraged about what you are saying, how do you expect

it of others who are watching a little image box in their living

room? Remember, you are advertising a new way of life to people.

Watch TV commercials. See how they are able to convey everything

they need to be effective in such a short time and limited space.

At the same tune you're mocking the shit they are pushing, steal

their techniques.

At rock concerts, during intermission or at the end of the

performance, fight your way to the stage.


Announce that if the electricity is cut off the walls will be

torn down. This galvanizes the audience and makes the owners of the

hall the villains if they fuck around. Lay out a short exciting rap

on what's coming down. Focus on a call around one action. Sometimes

it might be good to engage rock groups in dialogues about their

commitment to the revolution. Interrupting the concert is frowned

upon since it is only spitting in the faces of the people you are

trying to reach. Use the Culture as ocean to swim in. Treat it with


Sandwich boards and hand-carried signs are effective

advertisements. You can stand on a busy corner and hold up a sign

saying "Apartment Needed," "Free Angela," "Smash the State" or

other slogans. They can be written on dollar bills, envelopes that

are being mailed and other items that are passed from person to


Take a flashlight with a large face to movie theaters and

other dark public gathering places. Cut the word "STRIKE" or

"REVOLT" or "YIPPIE" out of dark cellophane. Paste the stencil over

the flashlight, thus allowing you to project the word on a distant


There are a number of all night call-in shows that have a

huge audience. If you call with what the moderator considers

"exciting controversy," he may give you a special number so you

won't have to compete in the switchboard roller-derby. It often can

take hours before you get through to these shows. Here's a trick

that will help you out if the switchboard is jammed. The call-in

shows have a series of hones so that when one is busy the next will

take the call. Usually the numbers run in sequence. Say a station

gives out PL 5-8640, as the number to call. That means it also uses

PL 5-8641, PL 5-8642 and so on. If you get a busy signal, hang up

and try calling PL S-8647 say. This trick works in a variety of

situations where you want to get a call through a busy switchboard.

Remember it for airline and bus information.


One of the best forms of free communication is painting

messages on a blank wall. The message must be short and bold. You

want to be able to paint it on before the pigs come and yet have it

large enough so that people can see it at a distance. Cans of spray

paint that you can pick up at any hardware store work best. Pick

spots that have lot of traffic. Exclamation points are good for

emphasis. If you are writing the same message, make a stencil. You

can make a stencil that says WAR and spray it on with white paint

under the word "STOP" on stop signs. You can stencil a five-pointed

star and using yellow paint, spray it on the dividing line between

the red and blue on all post office boxes. This simulates the flag

of the National Liberation Front of Vietnam. You can stencil a

marijuana leaf and using green paint, spray it over cigarette and

whisky billboards on buses and subways. The women's liberation sign

with red paint is good for sexist ads. Sometimes you will wish to

exhibit great daring in your choice of locations. When the

Vietnamese hero Nguyen Van Troi was executed, the Viet Cong put up

a poster the next day on the exact spot inside the highest security

prison in the country.

Wall postering allows you to get more information before the

public than a quickly scribbled slogan. Make sure the surface is

smooth or finely porous. Smear the back of the poster with

condensed milk, spread on with a brush, sponge, rag or your hands.

Condensed milk dries very fast and hard. Also smear some on the

front once the poster is up to give protection against the weather

and busy fingers that like to pull at corners. Wallpaper pastes

also work quickly and efficiently. It's best to work both painting

and postering at night with a look-out. This way you can work the

best spots without being harassed by the pig patrol, which is

usually unappreciative of Great Art.


The generally agreed upon flag of our nation is black with a

red, five pointed star behind a green marijuana leaf in the center.

It is used by groups that understand the correct use of culture and

symbolism in a revolutionary struggle. When displayed, it

immediately increases the feelings of solidarity between our

brothers and sisters. High school kids have had great fights over

which flag to salute in school. A sign of any liberated zone is the

flag being flown. Rock concerts and festivals have their generally

apolitical character instantly changed when the flag is displayed.

The political theoreticians who do not recognize the flag and the

importance of the culture it represents are ostriches who are

ignorant of basic human nature. Throughout history people have

fought for religion, life-style, land, a flag (nation), because

they were ordered to, for fortune, because they were attacked or

for the hell of it. If you don't think the flag is important, ask

the hardhats.


Want to construct your own neighborhood radio station? You can

get a carrier-current transmitter designed by a group of brothers

and sisters called Radio Free People. No FCC license is required

for the range is less than 1/2 mile. The small transistorized units

plug into any wall outlet. Write Radio Free People, 133 Mercer St.,

New York, New York 10012 for more details. For further information

see the chapter on Guerrilla Broadcasting later in the book.


Ripping off the phone company is so common that Bell Telephone

has a special security division that tries to stay just a little

ahead of the average free-loader. Many great devices like the coat

hanger release switch have been scrapped because of changes in the

phone box. Even the credit card fake-out is doomed to oblivion as

the company switches to more computerized techniques. ln our

opinion, as long as there is a phone company, and as long as there

are outlaws, nobody need ever pay for a call. In 1969 alone the

phone company estimated that over 10 million dollars worth of free

calls were placed from New York City. Nothing, however, compares

with the rip-off of the people by the phone company. In that same

year, American Telephone and Telegraph made a profit of 8.6 billion

dollars! AT&T, like all public utilities, passes itself off as a

service owned by the people, while in actuality nothing could be

further from the truth. Only a small percentage of the public owns

stock in these companies and a tiny elite clique makes all the

policy decisions. Ripping-off the phone company is an act of

revolutionary love, so help spread the word.


You can make a local 10 cent call for 2 cents by spitting on

the pennies and dropping them in the nickel slot. As soon as they

are about to hit the trigger mechanism, bang the coin-return

button. Another way is to spin the pennies counter-clockwise into

the nickel slot. Hold the penny in the slot with your finger and

snap it spinning with a key or other flat object. Both systems take

a certain knack, but once you've perfected the technique, you'll

always have it in your survival kit.

If two cents is too much, how about a call for 1 penny? Cut a

1/4 strip off the telephone book cover. Insert the cardboard strip

into the dime slot as far as it will go. Drop a penny in the nickel

slot until it catches in the mechanism (spinning will help). Then

slowly pull the strip out until you hear the dial tone.

A number 14 brass washer with a small piece of scotch tape

over one side of the hole will not only get a free call, but works

in about any vending machine that takes dimes. You can get a box of

thousands for about a dollar at any hardware store. You should

always have a box around for phones, laundromats, parking meters

and drink machines.

Bend a bobby pin after removing the plastic from the tips and

jab it down into the transmitter (mouthpiece). When it presses

against the metal diaphragm, rub it on a metal wall or pipe to

ground it. When you've made contact you'll hear the dial tone. If

the phone uses old-fashioned rubber black tubing to enclose the

wires running from the headset to the box, you can insert a metal

tack through the tubing, wiggle it around a little until it makes

contact with the bare wires and touch the tack to a nearby metal

object for grounding.

Put a dime in the phone, dial the operator and tell her you

have ten cents credit. She'll return your dime and get your call

for free. If she asks why, say you made a call on another pay

phone, lost the money, and the operator told you to switch phones

and call the credit operator.

This same method works for long distance calls. Call the

operator and find out the rate for your call. Hang up and call

another operator telling her you just dialed San Francisco direct,

got a wrong number and lost $.95 or whatever it is. She will get

your call free of charge.

If there are two pay phones next to each other, you can call

long distance on one and put the coins in the other. When the

operator cuts in and asks you to deposit money, drop the coins into

the one you are not using, but hold the receiver up to the slots so

the operator can hear the bells ring. When you've finished, you can

simply press the return button on the phone with the coins in it

and out they come. If you have a good tape recorder you can record

the sounds of a quarter, dime and nickel going into a pay phone and

play them for the operator in various combinations when she asks

for the money. Turn the volume up as loud as you can get it.

You can make a long distance call and charge it to a phone

number. Simply tell the operator you want to bill the call to your

home phone because you don't have the correct change. Tell her

there is no one there now to verify the call, but you will be home

in an hour and she can call you then if there is any question. Make

sure the exchange goes with the area you say it does.

Always have a number of made-up credit card numbers. The code

letter for 1970 is S, then seven digits of the phone number and a

three digit district number (not the same as area code). The

district number should be under 599. Example: S-573-2100-421 or

S-537-3402-035. Look up the phone numbers for your area by simply

requesting a credit card for your home phone which is very easy to

get and then using the last three numbers with another phone

number. Usually making up exotic numbers from far away places will

work quite well as it would be impossible for an operator to spot a

phony number in the short time she has to check her list.

We advise against making phony credit card calls on a home

phone. We have seen a gadget that you install between the wall

socket and the cord which not only allows you to receive all the

calls you want for free, but eliminates the most common form of

electronic bugging. They are being manufactured and sold for fifty

dollars by a disgruntled telephone engineer in Massachusetts.

Unfortunately you are going to have to find him on your own or

duplicate his efforts, for he has sworn us to secrecy. If someone

does, however, offer you such a device, it probably does work. Test

it by installing it and having someone call you from a pay phone.

If it's working, the person should get their dime back at the end

of the call.

Actually if you know the slightest information about wiring,

you can have your present phone disconnected on the excuse that

you'll be leaving town for a few months and then connect the wires

into the main trunk lines on your own. Extensions can easily be

attached to your main line without the phone company knowing about


You can make all the free long distance calls you want by

calling your party collect at a pay phone. Just have your friend go

to a prearranged phone booth at a prearranged time. This can be

done on the spot by having the friend call you person to person.

Say you're not in, but ask for the number calling you since you'll

be "back" in five minutes. Once you get the number simply hang up,

wait a moment and call back your friend collect. The call has to be

out of the state to work, since operators are familiar with the

special extension numbers assigned to pay phones for her area and

possibly for nearby areas as well. If she asks you if it is a pay

phone say no. If she finds out during the call (which rarely

happens) and informs you of this, simply say you didn't expect the

party to have a pay phone in his house and accept the charges. We

have never heard of this happening though. The trick of calling

person-to-person collect should always be used when calling long

distance on home-to-home phones also. You can hear the voice of

your friend saying that he'll be back in a few minutes. Simply hang

up, wait a moment and call station to station, thereby getting a

person-to-person call without the extra charges which can be

considerable on a long call during business hours.

If you plan to stay at your present address for only a few

more months, stop paying the bill and call like crazy. After a

month you get the regular bill which you avoid paying. Another

month goes by and the next bill comes with last month's balance

added to it. Shortly thereafter you get a note advising you that

your service will be terminated in ten days if you don't pay the

bill. Wait a few days and send them a five or ten dollar money

order with a note saying you've had an accident and are pressed for

funds because of large medical bills, but you'll send them the

balance as soon as you are up and around again. That will hold them

for another month. In all, you can stretch it out for four or five

months with a variety of excuses and small payments. This also

works with the gas and electric companies and with any department

stores you conned into letting you charge.

You can get the service deposit reduced to half of the normal

rate if you are a student or have other special qualifications.

Surprisingly, these rates and discounts vary from area to area, so

check around before you go into the business office for your phone.

There is an incredible 50 cents charge per month for not having

your phone listed. If you want an unlisted phone, you can avoid

this fee by having the phone listed in a fictitious name, even if

the bill is sent to you. Just say you want your roommate's name

listed instead of your own.



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


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.


If you have access to a few addresses, you can get all kinds

of records and books from clubs on introductory offers. Since the

cards you mail back are not signed there is no legal way you can be

held for the bill. You get all sorts of threatening mail, which, by

the way, also comes free.

If you have a friend who is a member of a record club, ask him

to submit your name as a free member. He gets 4 free records for

getting you signed up. A soon as you get the letter saying how

lucky you are to be a member, quit. Your friend's free records have

already been shipped. We used to have at least 10 different names

and addresses working on all the record and book companies. Every

other day we would ride around collecting the big packages. To cap

it off, we opened a credit account at a large department store and

used to return most of the records and books to the store saying

that they were gifts and we wanted something else. Since we had an

account at the store, they always took the merchandise and gave

credit for future purchases.

You can always use the public libraries. Find out when they do

their yearly housecleaning. Every library discards thousands of

books on this day. Just show up and ask if you can take some.

Almost anything you might want to know from plans for

constructing a sundial to a complete blueprint for building a house

may be obtained free from the Government Printing Office. Write: to

Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington

D.C. 20402. Most publication are free. Those that are not are dirt

cheap. Ask to be put on the list to receive the free biweekly list

of Selected U.S. 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 one-Dig!


No book on survival should fail to give you some good tips on

how to rip-off bread. Really horning in on this chapter will put

you on Free-loader Street life, 'cause with all the money in

Amerika, the only thing you'll have trouble getting is poor.


It's easy to get on welfare that anyone who is broke and

doesn't have a regular relief check coming in is nothing but a

goddamn lazy bum! Each state has a different set up. The racist

penny-pinchers of Mississippi dole out only $8.00 a month. New York

dishes ont the most with monthly payments up to $120.00. The

Amerikan Public Welfare Association publishes a book called The

Public Welfare Directory with information on exactly what each

welfare agency provides and how you go about qualifying. You can

read the directory at any public library to find out all you can

about how your local office operates.

When you've discovered everything you need to know, head on

down to the Welfare Department in your grubbiest clothes. Not

sleeping the night before helps. The receptionist will assign an

"intaker" to interview you. After a long wait, you'll be directed

to a desk. The intaker raps to you for a while, generally showing

sympathy for your plight and turns you over to the caseworker who

will make the final and ultimate assessment.

Have your heaviest story ready to ooze out. If you have no

physical disabilities, lay down a "mentally deranged" rap. Getting

medical papers saying you have any long-term illness or defect

helps a lot. Tell the caseworker you get dizzy spells on the job

and faint in the street. Keep bobbing your head, yawning, or

scratching. Tell him that you have tried to commit suicide recently

because you just can't make it in a world that has forgotten how to

love. Don't lay it on too obviously. Wait till he "pries" some of

the details from you. This makes the story even more convincing.

Many welfare workers are young and hip. The image you are working

on is that of a warm, sensitive kid victimized by brutal parents

and a cold ruthless society. Tell them you held off coming for

months because you wanted to maintain some self-respect even though

have been walking the streets broke and hungry. If you are a woman

tell him you were recently raped. In sexist Amerika, this will

probably be true.

After about an hour or so of this soap-opera stuff, you'll be

ready to get your first check. From then on it's a monthly check,

complete medical care for free and all sorts of other outasight

benefits. Occasionally the caseworker will drop by your pad or ask

you down to the office to see how you're coming along, but with

your condition, things don't look so good. Don't abandon hope

though. Hope always helps fill in a caseworker's report.

The real trick is to parlay welfare payments in a few

different states. Work out an exchange system with a buddy and mail

each other the checks when they come in. If the caseworker comes

by, your roommate can say you went to find a job or enrolled in a

class. We know cats who have parlayed welfare payments up to six

hundred dollars 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 bucks.

Call the telephone operator from time to time and tell her you

lost some change in a pay phone. They will mail you the cash.

You can get $150 to $600 in advance by willing your body to a

University medical school. They have you sign a lot of papers and

put a tattoo on your foot. You can get the tattoo removed and sell

your body to the folks across the street. The universities can be

ripped off by enrolling, applying for a loan and bugging out after

the loan comes through. This is a lot easier than you might imagine

and you can hit them for up to $2,500 with a good enough story.

Put a number 14 brass washer in a newspaper vending machine

and take out all the papers. Stand around the corner or go into the

local bar and sell them. You often get tipped. Don't do this with

underground papers. Remember they're your brothers and sisters.

The airlines will give you $250 for each piece of luggage you

lose when flying. The following is a good way to lose your luggage.

When you get off a plane, have a friend meet you at the gate. Give

him your luggage claim stubs and arrange to meet at a washroom or

restaurant. Your friend picks up the bags and takes them out of the

baggage room. Before he leaves the airport, he turns over the stubs

to you at your prearranged rendezvous. You casually wander over to

the baggage department and search for your elusive luggage. When

all the baggage has been claimed, file a complaint with the lost

and found department. They'll have you fill out a form, explain

that it probably got misplaced on another carrier and promise to

send it to you as soon as it is located. In a month you'll receive

a check for $250 per bag. Enjoy your flight.


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

    • 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.

    • 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


    • works in new (one slot) telephone and

      some electric cancerette machines, but does not work as many places

      in the Uruguay, Danish and Peruvian coins.

    • 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


Dime Size Coins

    • 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.

    • generally works the same as Malaysian Penny.

New York Subway Tokens

    • works in 95% of all subway turnstiles. A very

      safe coin to use since it will not jam the turnstile. It is

      5/l000th of an inch bigger than a token.

    • the average Portuguese Centavo Piece is

      2/1000th of an inch smaller than a token.

    • 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


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 475-9897.

Washers are the most popular types of slugs. You can go to any

hardware store and match them up with various coins. Sometimes you

might have to put a small piece of scotch tape over one side of the

hole to make it more effective. Each washer is identified by its

material and number, i.e. No. 14 brass washer with scotch tape on

one side is a perfect dime. When you get the ones you want, you can

buy thousands for next to nothing (especially at industrial supply

stores) and pass them out to our friends.

Xerox copies of both sides of a dollar bill, carefully glued

together, work in most machines that give you change for a dollar.

Excuse us, there is a knock at the door. . .Fancy that! It's the

Treasury Department. Wonder what they want?



As you probably know, most dope is illegal, therefore some

risks are always involved in buying and selling. "Eternal vigilance

and constant mobility are the passwords of survival," said Che

Guevara, and nowhere do they apply more than in the world of dope.

If you ever have the slightest doubt about the person with whom

you're dealing-DON'T.


In the purchasing of dope, arrests are not a problem unless

you're the fall guy for a bust on the dealer. The major hazard is

getting burned. Buy from a friend or a reputable dealer. If you

have to do business with a stranger, be extra careful. Never front

money. One of the burn artist's tricks is to take your money, tell

you to wait and split with your dough. There are various side show

gimmicks each burn artist works. The most common is to ask you to

walk with them a few blocks and then stop in front of an apartment

building. He then tells you the dope is upstairs and asks you to

hand over the money in advance. He explains that his partner is the

real uptight 'cause they were raided once and won't let anybody in

the pad. He takes your dough and disappears inside the building.

Out the back door or up to the roof and into his getaway

helicopter. You are left on the sidewalk with anxious eyes and that

"can this really be happening to me" feeling.

Another burn method is to substitute oregano, parsley or

catnip for pot, camel shit for hash, saccharin or plain pills for

acid. If you got burned for heroin or speed, you're better off

being taken, because these are body-fuck drugs that can mess you up

badly. The people that deal them are total pigs and should be

regarded as such. When you're buying from strangers, you have a

right to sample the merchandise free unless it's coke. Check the

weight of grass with a small pocket scale. Feel the texture and

check out how well it has been cleaned of seeds and twigs. Smoke a

joint that is rolled from the stuff you get. Don't accept the

dealer's sample that he pulled out of his pocket. When you are

buying a large amount of acid, pick a sample. You should never buy

acid from a stranger as it is too easy a burn.

If you buy cocaine, bring along a black light. Only the

imparities glow under its fluorescence, thus giving you an idea of

the quality of the coke. Make sure it's the real thing. Sniffing

coke can perforate your nasal passages, so be super moderate. Too

much will kill you. A little bit goes a long way.


Dealing, although dangerous, is a tax-free way of surviving

even though it borders on work. The best way to start is to save up

a little bread and buy a larger quantity than you usually get. Then

deal out smaller amounts to your friends. The fewer strangers you

deal with, the safer you are. The price of dope varies with the

amount of stuff on the market in your area, the heat the narks are

bringing down and the connections you have. A rough scale, say, for

pot is $20 an ounce, $125 a pound and $230 a kilo (2.2 pounds). The

price per ounce decreases depending on the amount you get. It's

true you make more profit selling by the ounces, but the hassle is

greater and the more contacts you must make increases the risk.

Screwing your customers will prove to be bad karma (unless you

consider dying groovy), so stick to honest dealing. Never deal from

your pad and avoid keeping your stash there. Get into searching out

the best markets which are generally in California, given its close

proximity to good ol' Mexico. Kansas is a big distribution center

for Mexican grass, too. You can ship the stuff (safer than

carrying) via air freight anywhere in the country for about $30 a

trunk. Keep the sending and receiving end looking straight. We have

one friend who wears a priest's outfit to ship and receive dope. In

fact, every time we see nuns or priests on the street, we assume

they're outlaws just on their way to the next deal or bombing. For

all we know, the church actually is nothing but a huge dope ring in

drag. Anybody gotten high off communion 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.


Pot is a weed and as such grows in all climates under every

kind of soil condition. We have seen acres and acres of grass

growing in Kansas, Iowa and New Jersey. If you're not located next

door to a large pot field growing in the wild, maybe you would have

some success in growing your own. It's well worth it to try your


The first thing is to start with a bunch of good-quality seeds

from grass that you really dig. Select the largest seeds and place

them between two heavy-duty napkins or ink blotters in a pan. Soak

the napkins with water until completely saturated. Cover the top of

the pan or place it in a dark closet for three days or until a

sprout about a half inch long appears from most of the seeds.

During this incubation period, you can prepare the seedling

bed. Use a low wooden box such as a tomato flat and fill it with an

inch of gravel. Fill the rest of the box with some soil mixed with

a small amount of fertilizer. Moisten the soil until water seeps

out the bottom of the box, then level the soil making a flat

surface. With a pencil, punch holes two inches apart in straight

rows. You can get about 2 dozen in a tomato flat.

When the incubation period is over, take those seeds that have

an adequate sprout and plant one in each hole. The sprout goes down

and the seed part should be a little above ground. Tamp the soil

firmly (do not pack) around each plant as you insert the 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 flowers.

Inside or outside, the plants will be best if allowed to reach

maturity, although they are smokeable at any point along the way.

When you want to harvest the crop, wet the soil and pull out the

entire plant. If you want to separate the top leaves from the rest,

you can do so and make two qualities of grass. In any event, let

the plants dry in the sun for two weeks until they are thoroughly

dried out. If you want to hurry the drying process, you can do it

in an oven using a very low heat for about twenty minutes. After

you've completed the drying, you can "cure'" the grass by putting

the plants in plastic bags and sprinkling drops of wine, rum or

plain booze on them. This greatly increases the potency.

There are two other ways that we know work to increase the

potency of grass you grow or buy. One consists of digging a hole

and burying a stash of grass wrapped in a plastic bag. A few months

in the ground will produce a mouldy grass that is far fuckin' out.

A quick method is to get a hunk of dry ice, put it in a metal

container or box with a tight lid (taping the lid airtight helps),

and sprinkling the grass on top. Allow it to sit tightly covered

for about three days until all the dry ice evaporates.



Wait in a laundromat. Tell someone with a light load that

you'll watch the machine for them if you can stick your clothes in

with theirs.


Your local ASPCA will give you a free dog, cat, bird or other

pet. Have them inspect and inoculate the animal which they will do

free of charge. You can get free or very cheap medical care for

your pet at a school for veterinary medicine.

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 them.

Every year the National Park Service gives away surplus elks

in order to keep the herds under its jurisdiction from outgrowing

the amount of available land for grazing. Write to: Superintendent,

Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone, Wyoming 83020. You must be

prepared to pay the freight charges for shipping the animal and

guarantee that you can provide enough grazing land to keep the big

fellow 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 1793.


Beautiful wall posters are available by writing to the

National Tourist Agencies of various countries. Most are located

between 42nd and 59th Streets on Fifth Ave. in New York City. You

can find their addresses in the New York Yellow Pages under both

National Tourist Agencies and Travel Agencies. There are over fifty

of them. Prepare a form letter saying you are a high school

geography teacher and would like some posters of the country to

decorate your classroom. In a month you will be flooded with them.

Airline companies also have colorful wall posters they send out



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



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 Associates.


Don't you just have to have a huge, glossy color photo of

Houston's famed Astrodome to show all your friends? Use the teacher

bit and write to: Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Council,

1600 Main St., Houston, Texas 77002.


Above the paper towel dispenser in a service station restroom

was written: "San Francisco State Diplomas." If you really need a

college or a high school diploma, send $2.00 to Glenco, Box 834,

Warren, Michigan 48090. They send you one that looks real

authentic. It ain't Harvard, but it looks good enough to frame and

put on your wall.


Sneak Under!


Tell It All, Brothers and Sisters


Leaflets, posters, newsletters, pamphlets and other printed

matter are important to any revolution. A printing workshop is a

definite need in all communities, regardless of size. It can vary

from a garage with a mimeograph machine to a mammoth operation

complete with printing presses and fancy photo equipment. With less

than a hundred dollars and some space, you can begin this vital

service. It'll take a while before you get into printing

greenbacks, phony identification papers and credit cards like the

big boys, but to walk a mile you must start with one step as

Gutenberg once said.


The standard size for paper is 8½" x 11". It comes 500 sheets

to a "ream" and 10 reams to a case. You want a 16-20 bond weight

sheet. The higher weights are better if you are printing on both

sides. You can purchase what are termed "odd lots" from most paper

companies. This means that the colors will be assorted and some

sheets will be frayed at the edges or wrinkled. Odd lots can be

purchased at great discounts. Some places sell paper this way for

10% of the original price and for leaflets, different colors help.

Check this out with paper suppliers in 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



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.

Mimeograph Machines

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.

Electronic Stencils

If you use electronic stencils you can do solid lettering,

line drawings, cartoons and black and white pictures with good

contrast. To make an electronic stencil, you map out on a sheet of

paper everything you want printed. This is a photo process, so make

sure only what you want printed shows up on the sheet. You can use

a light blue pencil for guide lines as it won't photograph, but be

neat anyway. Printing shops will cut a stencil on a special machine

for about $3.00.

The Gestefax Electronic Stencil Cutter can be leased or rented

in the same way as the duplicator. If you are doing a lot of

printing for a number of different groups, this machine will

eliminate plenty of hassle. The stencils cost about 20¢ each and

take about fifteen minutes to make.

If you have an electronic stencil cutter, duplicator, electric

typewriter and a cheap source of paper, you can do almost any

printing job imaginable. Have a dual rate system: one for community

groups and another for regular business orders. You can use the

profits to go towards the purchasing of more equipment and to build

toward the day when you can get your own offset press.

Silk Screening

Posters banners and shirts that are unbelievable can be

printed by this exciting method. The process is easy to learn and

teach. You'll need a fairly large area to work in since the posters

have to be hung up to dry. Pick up any inexpensive paperback book

on silk screening. The equipment costs less than $50.00 to begin.

Once you get good at it, you can print complicated designs in a

number of different colors, including portraits.


Food conspiracies, bust trusts, people's clinics and

demonstrations are all part of the new Nation, but if asked to name

the most important institution in our lives, one would have to say

the underground newspaper. It keeps tuned in on what's going on in

the community and around the world. Values, myths, symbols, and all

the trappings of our culture are determined to a large extent by

the underground press. Each office serves as a welcome mat for

strangers, a meeting place for community organizers and a rallying

force to fight pig repression. There are probably over 500

regularly publishing with readerships running from a few hundred to

over 500,000. Most were started in the last three years. If your

scene doesn't have a paper, you probably don't have a scene

together. A firmly established paper can be started on about

$2,500. Plan to begin with eight pages in black and white with a

5,000 copy run. Each such issue will cost about $300 to print. You

should have six issues covered when you start. Another $700 will do

for equipment. Offset printing is what you'll want to get from a

commercial printing establishment.

You need some space to start, but don't rush into setting up a

storefront office until you feel the paper's going to be

successful. A garage, barn or spare apartment room will do just

fine. Good overhead fluorescent lighting, a few long tables, a

bookcase, desk, chairs, possibly a phone and you are ready to


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


All black and white photographs from newspapers and magazines

can be used directly. Color pictures can also be used but it's

tricky and you'll have to experiment a little to get an

understanding of what colors photograph poorly. Glossy black and

white photographs must be shot in half tones to keep the grey

areas. You can have them processed at any photo lab. You might also

need the photo lab for enlargements or reductions, so make contact

and establish a good working relationship.

An Exacto knife is available for 29¢ and you can get a package

of 100 blades for $10.00. A few metal rulers, a good pair of

scissors, some spray adhesive or rubber cement and you're ready to

paste the pages that will make up the "dummy" that goes to the

printer. Each page is laid out on special layout sheets with faint

blue guide lines that don't photograph. Any large art supply store

sells these sheets and all the other supplies.

By working over a light-table, the paste-up can be done more

professionally. Experiment with many different layouts for each

page before finally pasting up the paper. Don't have a picture in

the corner and the rest solid columns. Print can be run over

pictures and sketches by preparing two sheets for that page and

shooting background in half-tones. The columns don't have to be run

straight up and down, but can run at different angles. The most

newsworthy articles should be towards the front of the paper. The

centerfold can be treated in an exciting manner. A good idea is to

do the centerfold so that it can be used as a poster to put on a

wall after the paper is read. If you have ads, they should be kept

near the back. The masthead, which gives the staff, mailing

address, and similar info, goes near the front. Your focus should

be the local activities. A section should be reserved for a

directly of local services and events. People giving things away

should have a section. The rest really depends on the life style

and politics of the staff.

National stories can be supplied by one or more of the news

services. Nothing in the underground press is copyrighted, so you

can reprint an interesting article from another paper. It's

customary to indicate what paper printed it first, or news service

it was sent out by. Any underground paper has permission to reprint

hunks of this book.


Most papers find it necessary to get some advertising to help

defray the production costs. Some rely totally on subscription;

some are outgrowths of organizations and still others are printed

up and just handed out free. The ones with ads seem to have the

longest life. Make up an ad rate before you put out the first

issue. Ads are measured in inches of length. The width is

understood by everyone to be the width of the column. If you use

the 3¼" column, however, you'll want to let potential advertisers

know you have wide columns.

The way to arrive at a reasonable rate is to estimate the

total budget for each issue (adding some for overhead and labor),

then each page and finally each column inch. After a little

arithmetic you can get a good estimate of your printing cost per

inch. Using our figures throughout this section, it should come to

about $2.00 per inch. Double this figure and you'll arrive at the

correct rate per advertising inch-$4.00. There should be special

lower rates for large ads, such as half or full pages. There should

also be a special arrangement for a continuous subscriber. If you

have a classified section, another rate based on number of words or

lines is constructed. A service charge is fixed if you make up the

ad layout rather than the advertiser. The whole formula should be

worked out and printed up before you lay out the first issue.

The best place to get advertising is locally. Theaters, hip

clothing stores, ice cream parlors, and record stores are among the

type of advertisers you should approach. After you build up a

circulation, you might want to seek out national advertisers. The

Underground Press Syndicate, Box 26, Village Station, New York, NY

10014, can be joined for $25.00, no dues thereafter. They try to

get national ads for you in addition to sending out a newsletter, a

news service, and making sure you get free subscriptions to the

other underground papers. The U.P.S. can also do many other things

for you, like list you in their directory, obtain legal advice, and

bring you together with other underground papers for mutual benefit

and defense. Another way to get national advertising is to see who

tends to advertise in other underground papers. Send the publicity

department of these companies letters and samples of your paper.

Never let ads make up more than half the paper.


At the beginning you should aim for a bi-weekly paper with a

gradual increase in the number of pages. The price should be about

25¢. Check out the local laws about selling papers on the street.

It's probably allowed and is a neat way to get the paper around.

Give half to the street hawkers. Representatives at high schools

and colleges should be sought out. Bookstores and newsstands are

good places to distribute. After your paper gets going well, you

might try for national distribution. The Cosmep Newsletter is put

out by the Committee of Small Magazines, Editors and Publishers, PO

Box 1425, Buffalo, NY 14214. In addition to good tips if you want

to start a small literary magazine or publish your own book, they

provide an up-to-date list of small stores around the country that

would be likely to carry your paper. Subscriptions should be sought

in the paper itself. If you get a lot, check out second class

mailing privileges. UPS can help with out-of-city distribution.

If you're in a smaller town, you might have to shop around or

go to another city to get printing done. Many printers print only

pig swill, which brings up the point of getting busted for

obscenity which can be pretty common. You probably should

incorporate, but contact a sympathetic lawyer before you put out

your first issue. During the summer there are usually a few

alternative media conferences organized by one group or another.

You can pick up valuable information and exchange ideas at these

gatherings. UPS and the news services will keep you posted. Good

luck and write on!


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


Many schools do not allow papers to be handed out on the

school premises. These cases are generally won by the newspapers

that take the school to court. You can challenge the rule and make

the administration look like the dinosaurs they are by distributing

sheets of paper with only your logo and the school rule printed. By

gaining outside publicity for the first distribution of the paper,

you might put the administration up tight about clamping down on

you. It might be difficult to explain in civics class when they get

to the freedom of the press stuff. Your paper should have one

purpose in mind¾to piss off the principal and radicalize the

students. If you run into problems, seek out a sympathetic lawyer.

You can get a helpful pamphlet from the ACLU, 156 5th Ave.,

New York, NY 10010, called Academic Freedom in the Secondary

Schools" for 25¢.

Tell your lawyer about the most recent (July 10, 1970)

decision of the United States District Court in Connecticut which

ruled that the high school students of Rippowan High School in

Stanford can publish independent newspapers without having the

contents screened in advance by school officials.

The same info for underground papers applies to high school

rags, only the price should be much less if not free. To begin

with, you might just mimeograph the first few issues before trying

photo-offset printing. It is very important to get the readers

behind you in case you have to go to war with the administration in

order to survive. Maintain friendships with above ground reporters,

the local underground paper and radical community groups for



A heavier scene than even the high schools exists in No-No

Land of the military. None-the-less, against incredible odds,

courageous G.I.'s both here and overseas have managed to put out a

number of underground newspapers. If you are a G.I. interested in

starting a paper, the first thing to do is seek out a few buddies

who share your views on the military and arrange a meeting,

preferably off the base. Once you have your group together, getting

the paper published will be no problem. Keeping your staff secret,

you can have one member contact with someone from a G.I. coffee

house, anti-war organization or nearby underground newspaper. This

civilian contact person will be in a position to raise the bread

and arrange the printing and distribution of the paper. You can

write one of the national G.I. newspaper organizations listed at

the end of this section if you are unable to find help locally. The

paper should be printed off the base. Government equipment should

be avoided.

Correspondence and subscriptions can be solicited through the

use of a post office box. Such a box is inexpensive and secret (at

least that's what the G.I. papers now publishing report) from

military snoopers up tight about bad publicity if they get caught

spying. If you are mailing the paper to other G.I.'s use first

class mail and a plain envelope. This is advice to anybody sending

stuff to a G.I. The mail is handled by "lifers" who will report

troublemakers to their C.O. (Commanding Officer) if they notice

anti-war slogans on envelopes or dirty commie rags coming their


You'll want to publish stuff relevant to the lives of the

G:I.'s on your base. News of demonstrations, articles on the war,

racism, counter-culture and vital info on how to bug the higher-ups

and get out of the military service are all good. Get samples of

other newspapers already in operation to get the flavor of writing

that has become popular.

Distributing the paper is really more of a problem than the

publishing. Here you run smack into Catch 22, which says, "no

printed matter may be distributed on a military base without prior

written permission of the commanding officer." No such permit has

been granted in military history. A few court battles have had

limited success and you should go through the formality of

obtaining a permit. Send the first issue of the paper to your C.O.

with a cover letter stating where and when you intend to distribute

the paper on the base. In no part of the application should you

list your names. Have a civilian, preferably a civil liberties

lawyer, sign the declaration of intent. If more info is requested,

go over it with the lawyer before responding, Natch, they're going

to want to know who you are and where you get your bread, but fuck

'em. Whether or not you get a permit or have a successful court

battle is pretty academic. If the military pigs catch you handing

out an underground paper on the base, you're headed for trouble.

Use civilian volunteers from your local peace group in as many

public roles as possible. They'll be glad to help out.

Print and distribute as many copies as you can rather than

concentrating on an expensively printed paper with numerous pages.

The very existence of the paper around the base is the most

important info the paper can offer. Leave some in mess halls,

theaters, benches, washrooms, and other suitable spots. Off base

get the paper to sympathetic reporters, coffee houses, colleges and

the like. Outside U.S.O. centers and bus terminals are a good place

to get the paper out. Rely on donations, so you can make the paper

free. Get it together. Demand the right to join the army of your

choice. The People's Army! As Joe Hill said in one of his songs,

"Yes, I'll pick up a gun but I won't guarantee which way I'll point



Aside from UPS, which is the association of papers, there are

five news services that we know of that you might be interested in

subscribing to for national stories, photos, production ideas, news

of other papers and general movement dope. LNS is the best known.

It sends out packets once a week that include about thirty pages

with original articles, eye-witness reports, reprints from foreign

papers and photographs. They tend to be heavily political rather

than cultural and view themselves as molders of ideology rather

than strictly a service organization of the underground papers. A

subscription costs $15.00 per month, but if you're just starting

out they are good about slow payments and such.

You should get in the habit of sending special articles, in

particular eye-witness accounts of events that other papers might

use, to one or more of the news services for distribution. If you

hear of an important event that you would like to cover in your

newspaper, call the paper in that area for a quick report. They

might send you photos if you agree to reciprocate.

  • LIBERATION NEWS SERVICE-160 Claremont Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027

    (212) 749-2200

  • COLLEGE PRESS SERVICE-1779 Church St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

    (202) 387-7575

  • CHICANO PRESS ASSOCIATION-La Raza, Box 31004, Los Angeles,

    California 90031

  • G.I. PRESS SERVICE-Rm 907, 1029 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.



    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.


  • 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.


  • BERKELEY BARB, Box 1247, Berkeley, Calif. 94715 $6/yr.
  • BERKELEY TRIBE, Box 9049, Berkeley, Calif. 94709 $8/
  • BOTH SIDES NOW, 10370 St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. 32217

    $2/12 iss.

  • BROADSIDE/FREE PRESS, Box 65, Cambridge, Mass. 02139 $4.50/yr.
  • BURNING RIVER NEWS, 12027 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44112 $5/yr.
  • CHINOOK, 1452 Pennsylvania St., Denver, Col., 80203 $6/50 iss.
  • THE CLAM COMMUNITY LIBERATOR, Box 13101, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33733
  • COME OUT, Box 92, Village Station, New York, N.Y. 10014,

    $6.50/12 iss.

  • COUNTRY SENSES, Box 465, Woodbury, Conn. 06798 $5/yr.
  • CREEM, 3729 Cass Ave., Detroit, Mich. 48201 $5/24 iss.
  • DAILEY PLANET, Suite 2-3514 S. Dixie Hwy., Coconut Grove, Fla.

    33133 $5/yr.

  • DALLAS NOTES, Box 7140, Dallas, Texas 75209 $5/yr.
  • DIFFERENT DRUMMER, Box 2638, Little Rock, Ark. 72203 $2/14 iss.
  • DISTANT DRUMMER, 420 South St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 $7/yr.
  • DOOR TO LIBERATION, Box 2022, San Diego, Calif. 92112 $4/26 iss.
  • DWARFF, Box 26, Village Station, N.Y., N.Y. 10014
  • EAST VILlAGE OTHER, 20 E. 12 St., N.Y., N.Y. 10003 $6/yr.
  • EL GRITO DEL NORTE, Box 466, Fairview Station, Espanola, N.M.


  • 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 $10/yr.

  • HARRY, 233 East 25th St., Baltimore, Md., 21218 $4/yr.
  • INDIANAPOLIS FREE PRESS, Box 225, Indianapolis, Ind. 46206

    $5/26 iss.

  • INQUISITION, Box 3882, Charlotte, N.C. 28203 $2/6 iss.
  • KALEIDOSCOPE, Box 5457, Milwaukee, Wisc. 53211 $5/26 iss.
  • KUDZU, Box 22502, Jackson, Miss. 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, Calif. 91504

  • MEMPHIS ROOT, Box 4747, Memphis, Tenn. 38104 $3.50/yr.
  • METRO, 906 W. Forest, Detroit, Mich. 48202 $4/yr.
  • MODERN UTOPIAN, P.0. Drawer A; Diamond Hts. Sta., S.F., Ca.

    94131 $4/yr.

  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Box 38 Madison, Ohio 44057 $5/yr
  • NEWS FROM NOWHERE, Box 501, Dekalb, Ill. 60115 $5/yr.
  • NEW PRAIRIE PRIMER, Box 726, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613 $4/20 iss.
  • NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, 110 St. Marks Place, N.Y. $5/lifetime
  • NOLA EXPRESS, Box 2342, New Orleans, La. 70116 $3/yr.
  • NORTH CAROLINA ANVIL, Box 1148, Durham, N.C. 27702 $7.50/yr.
  • NORTHWEST PASSAGE, Box 105, Fairhaven Sta., Bellingham, Wash. 98225


  • 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


  • 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


  • ROOSEVELT TORCH, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60605
  • SAN DIEGO STREET JOURNAL, Box 1332, San Diego, Calif. 92112
  • SECOND CITY, c/o The Guild, 2136 N. Halsted, Chicago, Ill. 60614

    $6/26 iss.

  • SECOND COMING, Box 491 Ypsilanti, 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.


  • 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. 62025

  • ALLIANCE MAGAZINE, Box 229, Athens, Ohio 45701
  • ALL YOU CAN EAT, R.P.O. 4949, New Brunswick, N.J. 08903 $3/yr.
  • ALLTOGETHER, 44208 Montgomery-33 Palm Desert, Calif. $10/yr.
  • ALBION'S VOICE, P.0. Box 9033, Savannah, Ga. 31401 $4/yr.
  • AQUARIAN HERALD, Box 83, Virginia Beach, Va. 23458
  • ATLANTIS, 204 Oxford, Dayton, Ohio
  • BOTH SIDES NOW, 10370 St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. 33217

    $3.50/12 iss.

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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,


  • 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.


  • 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,


  • 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

    ...Membership list temporarily unavailable.


A good way to quickly communicate what's coming down in the

community is to build a telephone tree. It works on a pyramid

system. A small core of people are responsible for placing five

calls each. Each person on the line in turn calls five people and

so on. If the system is prearranged correctly with adjustments made

if some people don't answer the phone, you can have info

transmitted to about a thousand people in less than an hour. A

slower but more permanent method is to start a Switchboard.

Basically, a Switchboard is a central telephone number or numbers

that anybody can call night or day to get information. It can be as

sophisticated as the community can support. The people that agree

to answer the phone should have a complete knowledge of places,

services and events happening in the community. Keep a complete

updated file. The San Francisco Switchboard (see below) puts out an

operator's manual explaining the organization and operation of a

successful switchboard. They will send it out for 12¢ postage. San

Francisco has the longest and most extensive Switchboard operation.

From time to time there are national conferences with local

switchboards sending a rep.

San Francisco

  • THE SWITCHBOARD - 1830 Fell St., San Francisco, Calif. 94117

    (415) 387-3575

  • MUSIC SWITCHBOARD - 1826 Fell St., San Francisco, Calif. 94117

    (415) 387-8008

  • MISSION SWITCHBOARD - 848 14th St., San Francisco, Calif. 94110

    (415) 863-3040

  • CHINATOWN EXCHANGE - 1042 Grant Ave., San Francisco, Calif. 94108

    (415) 421-0943

  • THE HELP UNIT - 86 3rd St., San Francisco, Calif. 94103

    (415) 421-9850

  • WESTERN ADDITION SWITCHBOARD - Fell & Fillmore, San Francisco,

    Calif. (415) 626-8524


  • CHICO SWITCHBOARD - 120 W. 2nd St., Chico, Calif. (916) 342-7546
  • EAST OAKLAND SWITCHBOARD - 2812 73rd Ave., Oakland, Calif.


  • MARIN MUSIC SWITCHBOARD - 1017 "D" St., San Rafael, Calif.

    (415) 457-2104

  • WEST OAKLAND LEGAL SWITCHBOARD - 2713 San Pablo, Oakland, Calif.

    (415) 836-3013

  • SWITCHBOARD OF MARIN - 1017 "D" St., San Rafael, Calif.

    (415) 456-5300

  • BERKELEY SWITCHBOARD - 2389 Oregon, Berkeley, Calif. (415) 549-0649
  • SANTA CRUZ SWITCHBOARD - 604 River St., Santa Cruz, Calif.

    (408) 426-8500

  • PALO ALTO XCHANGE - 457 Kingsley Ave., Palo Alto, Calif.

    (415) 327-9008

  • SAN JOSE SWITCHBOARD - 50 S. 4th St., San Jose, Calif. (408)


  • SANTA BARBARA SWITCHBOARD - 6575 Seville, Isla Vista, Calif.

    (805) 968-3564

  • EUREKA SWITCHBOARD - 1427 California, Eureka, Calif. (707) 443-8901

    & 443-8311

  • UC DAVIS SWITCHBOARD - (on campus), UC Davis, Calif. (916) 752-3495

Other Western States

  • TURNSTILE - 1900 Emerson, Denver, Colorado (303) 623-3445
  • BLACKHAWK INFORMATION CENTER - 628 Walnut St., Waterloo, Iowa

    (319) 234-9965

  • TAOS SWITCHBOARD - c/o Gen. Del., Taos, New Mexico (505) 758-4288
  • PORTLAND SWITCHBOARD - 1216 SW Salmon, Portland, Oregon

    (503) 224-0313

  • HOUSTON SWITCHBOARD - 108 San Jacinto, Houston, Texas

    (713) 228-6072

  • YOUTH EMERGENCY SERVICE - 623 Cedar Ave. So., Minneapolis, Minn.

    (612) 338-7588

Eastern States

  • POWELTON TROUBLE CENTER - 222 N. 35th St., Phila., Penna..

    (215) 382-6472

  • WASHINGTON D.C. SWITCHBOARD - 2201 P St. NW, Washington, D.C.

    (202) 667-4684

  • MIAMI CENTER FOR DIALOG - 2175 NW 26th St., Miami, Fla.

    (305) 634-7741

  • CANTERBURY HOUSE - 330 Maynard S, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    (313) 665-0606

  • THE LISTENING EAR - 547 E. Grand River, East Lansing, Michigan

    (517) 337-1717

  • THE ECSTATIC UMBRELLA - 3800 McGee Kansas City, Missouri

    (816) 561-4524

  • OPEN CITY - 4726 3rd St., Detroit, Michigan (313) 831-2770
  • SWITCHBOARD INC. - 1722 Summit St., Number 6, Columbus, Ohio

    (614) 294-6378

  • HELP - c/o Marby Beil, 1708 E. Lafayette, Number 5, Milwaukee,

    Wisconsin (414) 273-5959

  • UNITED CHURCH PRESBYTERIAN - 181 Mount Horeb Rd., Warren, N.J.

    (201) 469-5044

  • BOSTON SWITCHBOARD - 45 Bowdoin St., Boston, Mass. (617) 246-4255
  • PROJECT PLACE - 37 Rutland St., Boston, Mass.(617)267-5280
  • BEVERLY SWITCHBOARD - Beverly Hospital, Beverly, Mass.

    (617) 922-0000


    (617) 263-3940

  • HALF WAY HOUSE - 20 Linwood Sq., Roxbury, Mass. (617) 442-7591
  • ACID - 13 Linden Ave., Malden, Mass. (617) 342-2218
  • PROJECT ASSIST - 945 Great Plain Ave., Needham, Mass.

    (617) 444-1902& 3

  • LEXINGTON - ARLINGTON HOT LINE - 1912 Mass. Ave., Lexington, Mass.

    (617) 862-8130&1

  • COMMUNITY YOUTH COMMISSION - 945 Great Plain Ave., Needham, Mass.

    (617) 444-1795

  • HOT LINE - 429 Cherry St., West Newton, Mass. (617) 969-5906

Other Countries

  • 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.

Guerrilla Broadcasting


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 soon.

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

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every day from 3:00 to 3:30 PM at 15013 kilocycles on the 19 meter



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


The date, time and place of the demonstration all have to be

chosen with skill. Know the projected weather reports. Pick a time

and day of the week that are convenient to most people. Make sure

the place itself adds some meaning to the message. Don't have a

demonstration just because that's the way it's always been done. It

is only one type of weapon and should be used as such. On the other

hand, don't dismiss demonstrations because they have always turned

out boring. You and your group can plan a demonstration within the

demonstration more accurately. Also don't tend to dismiss

demonstrations outright because the repression is too great. During

World War II the Danes held street demonstrations against the Nazis

who occupied their country. Even today there are public

demonstrations against the Vietnam War in downtown Saigon.

Repression is there, but overestimating it is more a tactical

blunder than the reverse. None the less, it's wise to go to all

demonstrations prepared for a vamping by the pigs.


Most vamping is accompanied by clubbing, rough shoving and

dragging, gassing and occasional buckshot or rifle fire. The

clothing you wear should offer you the best protection possible,

yet be light weight enough to allow you to be highly mobile. CS and

CN are by far the most commonly employed tear gas dispersibles.

Occasionally they are combined with pepper gas to give better

results. Pepper gas is a nerve irritant that affects exposed areas

of the skin. Clothing that is tight fitting and covers as much of

the body surface as possible is advisable. This also offers some

protection if you are dragged along the ground. Gloves come in

handy as protection and if you want to pick up gas canisters and

throw them back at the pigs or chuck them through a store window.

Your shoes should be high sneakers for running or boots for

kicking. Hiking boots sold in army surplus stores serve both

purposes and are your best selection for street action. Men should

wear a jock strap or protective cup. Rib guards can be purchased

for about $6.00 at any sporting goods store. Shoulder pads and leg

pads are also available, but unless you expect heavy fighting and

are used to wearing this clumsy street armor, you'll be better off

without it.


Everyone should have a helmet. Your head sticks out above the

swarming crowd and dents like a tin can. Protect it! The type of

helmet you get depends on what you can afford and how often you'll

be using it. The cheapest helmet available is a heavy steel tank

model. This one is good because it offers ear protection and has a

built-in suspension system to absorb the blow. It is also bullet

proof. It's disadvantages are that it only comes in large sizes and

is the heaviest thing you'll ever have on your head. It costs about

$3.00. For $5.00 you can get a Civil Defense helmet made for

officers. It's much lighter, but doesn't offer protection for the

ears. It has a good suspension system. If you get this model, paint

it a dark color before using it and you'll be less conspicuous. Our

fashion consultants suggest anarchy black.

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 chemical filter.

The U.S. Navy ND Mark IV Mask is the most effective gas mask

available. It has replaceable filter canisters and fits snugly to

the head. It costs about $12.00. Its disadvantage is its dual tube

filter system, which is somewhat bulky. Fix it so the canister

rests on the back of your needs. It's more difficult to grab and

easier to 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


Someone in your group should carry a first aid kit. A Medical

Emergency Aeronautic Kit, which costs about $5.00 has a perfect

carrying bag for street action.

Ideally you should visit the proposed site of the

demonstration before it actually takes place. This way you'll have

an idea of the terrain and the type of containment the police will

be using. Someone in your group should mimeograph a map of the

immediate vicinity which each person should carry. Alternative

actions and a rendezvous point should be worked out. Everyone

should have two numbers written on their arm, a coordination center

number and the number of a local lawyer or legal defense committee.

You should not take your personal phone books to demonstrations. If

you get busted, pigs can get mighty Nosy when it comes to phone

books. Any sharp objects can be construed as weapons. Women should

not wear earrings or other jewelry and should tie their hair up to

tuck it under a helmet. Wear a belt that you can use as a

tourniquet. False teeth and contact lenses should be left at home

if possible. You can choke on false teeth if you receive a sharp

blow while running. Contact lenses can complicate eye damage if gas

or Mace is used.

If it really looks heavy, you might want to pick up on a

lightweight adjustable bullet-proof vest, available for $14.95 from

Surplus Distributors, Inc., 6279 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys,

California 91401. Remember what the Boy Scouts say when they go

camping: "Be Prepared". When you go to demonstrations you should be

prepared for a lot more than speeches. The pigs will be.


Ever since the Chicago pigs brutalized the demonstrators in

August of 1968, young people have been read to vent their rage over

Amerika's inhumanity by using more daring tactics than basic

demonstrations. There is a growing willingness to do battle with

the pigs in the streets and at the same time to inflict property

damage. It's not exactly rioting and it's not exactly guerrilla

warfare; it has come to be called "Trashing." Most trashing is of a

primitive nature with the pigs having the weapon and strategy

advantage. Most trashers rely on quick young legs and a nearby

rock. By developing simple gang strategy and becoming acquainted

with some rudimentary weapons and combat techniques, the odds can

be shifted 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 results.

You should trash with a group using a buddy system to keep

track of each other. If someone is caught by a pig, other should

immediately rush to the rescue if it's possible to do so without

sustaining too many losses. If an arrest is made, someone from your

gang should take responsibility for seeing to it that a lawyer and

bail bread are taken care of. Never abandon a member of your gang.

Avoid fighting in close quarters. You run less risk by

throwing an object than by personally delivering the blow with a

weapon you hold in your hand. We suppose this is what pigs refer to

as "duty fighting." All revolutionaries fight dirt in the eyes of

the oppressors. The British accused the Minutemen of Lexington and

Concord of fighting dirty by hiding behind trees. The U.S. Army

accuses the Viet Cong of fighting dirty when they rub a pointed

bamboo shoot in infected shit and use it as a land mine. Mayor

Daley says the Yippies squirted hair spray and used golf balls with

spikes in them against his innocent blue boys. No one ever accused

the U.S. of being sneaky for using an airforce in Southeast Asia or

the Illinois State Attorney's office of fighting dirty when it

murdered Fred Hampton and Mark Clark while they lay in bed. We say:

all power to the dirty fighters!


Spray Cans

These are a very effective and educating method of property

destruction. If a liberated zone has been established or you find

yourself on a quiet street away from the thick of things, pretty up

the neighborhood. Slogans and symbols can be sprayed on rough

surfaces such as brick or concrete walls that are a real bitch to

remove unless expensive sandblasting is used.

The Slingshot

This is probably the ideal street weapon for the swarms of

little Davids that are out to down the Goliaths of Pigdom. It is

cheap, legal to carry, silent, fast-loading and any right size rock

will do for a missile. You can find them at hobby shops and large

sporting goods stores, especially those that deal in hunting

supplies. Wrist-Rocket makes a powerful and accurate slingshot for

$2.50. The Whamo Sportsman is not as good but half the price. By

selecting the right "Y" shaped branch, you can fashion a home-made

one by using a strip of rubber cut from the inner tube of a tue as

the sling. A few hours of shooting stones at cans in the back yard

or up on the roof will make you marksman enough for those fat bank

windows and even fatter pigs.


A sling is a home-made weapon consisting of two lengths of

heavy-duty cord each attached securely at one end to a leather

patch that serves as a pocket to cradle the rock. Place the rock in

the pouch and grab the two pieces of cord firmly in your hand.

Whirl the rock round and round until gravity holds it firmly in the

pouch. When you feel you have things under control, let one end of

the cord go and the rock will fly out at an incredible speed. You

should avoid using the sling in a thick crowd (rooftop shooting is

best). Practice is definitely needed to gain any degree of



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.

Anti-Tire Weapons

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 very useful.

Most inexperienced knife fighters use a blade incorrectly.

Having seen too many Jim Bowies slash their way through walls of

human flesh, they persist in carrying on this inane tradition.

Overhead and uppercut slashes are a waste of energy and blade

power. The correct method is to hold the knife in a natural, firm

grip and jab straight ahead at waist level with the arm extending

full length each time. This fencing style allows for the maximum

reach of arm and blade. By concentrating the point of the knife

directly at the target, you make defense against such an attack

difficult. Work out with this jabbing method in front of a mirror

and in a few days you'll get it down pretty well.


Let's face it, when it comes to trashing in the streets, our

success is going to depend on our cunning and speed rather than our

strength and power. Our side is all quarterbacks, and the pigs have

nothing but linemen. They are clumsy, slobbish brutes that would be

lost without their guns, clubs and toy whistles. When one grabs you

for an arrest, you can with a little effort, make him let go. In

the confusion of all the street action, you will then be able to

manage your getaway.

There are a variety of defensive twists and pulls that are

easy to master by reading a good, easily understandable book on the

subject, such as George Hunter's How To Defend Yourself (see

appendix). If a pig grabs you by the wrist you can break the grip

by twisting against his thumb. Try this on yourself by grabbing one

wrist with your hand. See how difficult it is to hold someone who

works against the thumb. If he grabs you around the waist or neck,

you can grab his thumbs or another finger and sharply bend it

backwards. By concentrating all your energy on one little finger,

you can inflict pain and cause the grip to be 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


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.

People's Chemistry


You can purchase buteric acid at any chemical supply store for

"laboratory experiments." It can be thrown or poured directly in an

area you think already stinks. A small bottle can be left uncapped

behind a door that opens into the target room. When a person

enters they will knock over the bottle, spilling the liquid. Called

a "Froines," by those in the know, an ounce of buteric acid can go

a long way. Be careful not to get it on your clothing. A home-made

stink bomb can be made by mixing a batch of egg whites, Drano,

(sodium hydroxide) and water. Let the mixture sit for a few days in

a capped bottle before using.


Sometimes it becomes strategically correct to confuse the

opposition and provide a smoke screen to aid an escape. A real

home-made stroke bomb can be made by combining four parts sugar to

six parts saltpeter (available at all chemical supply stores). This

mixture must then be heated over a very low flame. It will blend

into a plastic substance. When this starts to gel, remove from the

heat and allow the plastic to cool. Embed a few wooden match heads

into the mass while it's still pliable and attach a fuse.*

The smoke bomb itself is a non-explosive and

non-flame-producing, so no extreme safety requirements are needed.

About a pound of the plastic will produce thick enough smoke to

fill a city block. Just make sure you know which way the wind is

blowing. Weathermen-women! If you're not the domestic type, you can

order smoke flares (yellow or black) for $2.00 a flare [12 inch]

from Time Square Stage Lighting Co., 318 West 47th Street,

New York, NY 10036.

*You can make a good homemade fuse by dipping a string in glue and

then rolling it lightly in gunpowder. When the glue hardens, wrap

the string tightly and neatly with scotch tape. This fuse can be

used in a variety of ways. Weight it on one end and drop a rock

into the tank of a pig vehicle. Light the other end and run like



LACE (Lysergic Acid Crypto-Ethelene) can be made by mixing LSD

with DMSO, a high penetrating agent, and water. Sprayed from an

atomizer or squirted from a water pistol, the purple liquid will

send any pig twirling into the Never-Never Land of chromosome

damage. It produces an involuntary pelvic action in cops that

resembles fucking. Remember when Mace runs out, turn to Lace.

How about coating thin darts in LSD and shooting them from a

Daisy Air Pellet Gun? Guns and darts are available at hobby and

sports shops. Sharpening the otherwise dull darts will help in

turning on your prey.


Molotov cocktails are a classic street fighting weapon served

up around the world. If you've never made one, you should try it

the next time you are in some out-of-the-way barren place just to

wipe the fear out of your mind and know that it works. Fill a

thin-walled bottle half full with gasoline. Break up a section of

styrofoam (cups made of this substance work fine) and let it sit in

the gasoline for a few days. The mixture should be slushy and

almost fill the bottle. The styrofoam spreads the flames around and

regulates the burning. The mixture has nearly the same properties

as napalm. Soap flakes (not detergents) can be substituted for

styrofoam. Rubber cement and sterno also work. In a pinch, plain

gasoline will do nicely, but it burns very fast. A

gasoline-kerosene mixture is preferred by some folks.

Throwing, although by far not the safest method, is sometimes

necessary. The classic technique of stuffing a rag in the neck of a

bottle, lighting and tossing is foolish. Often gas fumes escape

from the bottle and the mixture ignites too soon, endangering the

thrower. If you're into throwing, the following is a much safer

method: Once the mixture is prepared and inside the bottle, cap it

tightly using the original cap or a suitable cork. Then wash the

bottle off with rubbing alcohol and wipe it clean. Just before you

leave to strike a target, take a strip of rag or a tampax and dip

it in gasoline. Wrap this fuse in a small plastic baggie and attach

the whole thing to the neck of the capped bottle with the aid of

several rubber bands. When you are ready to toss, use a lighter to

ignite the baggie. Pall back your arm and fling it as soon as the

tampax catches fire. This is a very safe method if followed to the

letter. The bottle must break to ignite. Be sure to throw it with

some force against a hard surface.

Naturally, an even safer method is to place the firebomb in a

stationary position and rig up a timing fuse. Cap tightly and wipe

with alcohol as before. The alcohol wipe not only is a safety

factor, but it eliminates tell-tale fingerprints in case the

Molotov doesn't ignite. Next, attach an ashcan fire cracker (M-80)

or a cherry bomb to the side of the bottle using epoxy glue. A

fancier way is to punch a hole in the cap and pull the fuse of the

cherry bomb up through the hole before you seal the bottle. A dab

of epoxy will hold the fuse in place and insure the seal. A

firecracker fuse ignites quickly so something will have to be

rigged that will deal the action enough to make a clean getaway.

When the firebomb is placed where you want it, light up a

non-filter cancerette. Take a few puffs (being sure not to inhale

the vile fumes) to get it going and work the unlighted end over the

fuse of the firecracker. This will provide a delay of from 5 to 15

minutes. To use this type of fuse successfully, there must be

enough air in the vicinity so the flame won't go out. A strong wind

would not be good either. When the cancerette burns down, it sets

off the firecracker which in turn explodes and ignites the mixture.

The flames shoot out in the direction opposite to where you attach

the firecracker, thus allowing you to aim the firebomb at the most

flammable material. With the firecracker in the cap, the flames

spread downward in a halo. The cancerette fuse can also be used

with a book of matches to ignite a pool of gasoline or a trash can.

Stick the unlighted end behind the row of match heads and close the

cover. A firecracker attached to a gallon jug of red paint and set

off can turn an office into total abstract art.

Commercial fuses are available in many hobby stores. Dynamite

fuses are excellent and sold in most rural hardware stores. A good

way to make a homemade fuse is described above under the Smoke Bomb

section. By adding an extra few feet of fuse to the device and then

attaching the lit cancerette fuse, you add an extra measure of

caution. It is most important to test every type of fuse device you

plan to use a number of times before the actual hit. Some

experimentation will allow you to standardize the results. If you

really want to get the job done right and have the time, place

several molotov cocktails in a group and rig two with fuses (in

case one goes out). When one goes, they all go . . .BAROOOOOOOOOOM!


One of the simplest bombs to make is the converted sterno can.

It will provide some bang and a widely dispersed spray of jellied

fire. Remove the lid from a standard, commercially purchased can

and punch a hold in the center big enough for the firecracker fuse.

Take a large spoonful of jelly out of the center to make room for

the firecracker. Insert the firecracker and pull the fuse up

through the hole in the lid. When in place, cement around the hole

with epoxy glue. Put some more glue around the rim of the can and

reseal the lid. Wipe the can and wash off excess with rubbing

alcohol. A cancerette fuse should be used. The can could also be

taped around a bottle with Molotov mixture and ignited.


You can purchase smokeless gunpowder at most stores where guns

and ammunition are sold. It is used for reloading bullets. The back

of shotgun shells can be opened and the powder removed. Black

powder is more highly explosive but more difficult to come by. A

graduate chemist can make or get all you'll need. If you know one

that can be trusted, go over a lot of shit with him. Try turning

him on to learning how to make "plastics" which are absolutely the

grooviest explosive available. The ideal urban guerrilla weapons

are these explosive plastic compounds.

The neat homemade bomb that really packs a wallop can be made

from a regular aerosol can that is empty. Remove the nozzle and

punch in the nipple area on the top of the can. Wash the can out

with rubbing alcohol and let dry. Fill it gently and lovingly with

an explosive powder. Add a layer of cotton to the top and insert a

cherry bomb fuse. Use epoxy glue to hold the fuse in place and seal

the can. The can should be wiped clean with rubbing alcohol.

Another safety hint to remember is never store the powder and your

fuses or other ignition material together. Powder should always be

treated with a healthy amount of respect. No smoking should go on

in the assembling area and no striking of hard metals that might

produce a spark. Use your head and you'll get to keep it.


Perhaps the most widely used homemade concussion bombs are

those made out of pipe. Perfected by George Metesky, the renown

New York Mad Bomber, they are deadly, safe, easy to assemble, and

small enough to transport in your pocket. You want a standard steel

pipe (two inches in diameter is a good size) that is threaded on

both ends so you can cap it. The length you use depends on how big

an explosion is desired. Sizes between 3-10 inches in length have

been successfully employed. Make sure both caps screw on tightly

before you insert the powder. The basic idea to remember is that a

bomb is simply a hot fire burning very rapidly in a tightly

confined space. The rapidly expanding gases burst against the walls

of the bomb. If they are trapped in a tightly sealed iron pipe,

when they finally break out, they do so with incredible force. If

the bomb itself is placed in a somewhat enclosed area like a

ventilation shaft, doorway or alleyway, it will in turn convert

this larger area into a "bomb" and increase the over-all explosion


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).


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.


Your attitude in dealing with an injured person is extremely

important. Don't panic at the sight of blood. Most bloody injuries

look far worse than they are. Don't get nervous if the victim is

unconscious. If you're not able to control your own fear about

treating someone, call for another person. It helps to attend a few

first aid classes to overcome these fears in practice sessions.

When you approach the victim, identify yourself. Calmly, but

quickly figure out what's the matter. Check to see if the person is

alive by feeling for the pulse. There are a number of spots to

check if the blood is circulating, under the chin near the neck,

the wrists, and ankles are the most common. Get in the habit of

feeling a normal pulse. A high pulse (over 100 per minute) usually

indicates shock. A low pulse indicates some kind of injury to the

heart or nervous system. Massaging the heart can often restore the

heartbeat, especially if its loss is due to a severe blow to the

chest. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation should be used if the victim is

not breathing. Both these skills can be mastered in a first aid

course in less than an hour and should become second nature to

every street fighter.

When it comes to dealing with bleeding or possible fractures,

enlisting the victim's help as well as adopting a firm but calm

manner will be very reassuring. This is important to avoid shock.

Shock occurs when there is a serious loss of blood and not enough

is being supplied to the brain. The symptoms are high pulse rate;

cold, clammy, pale skin; trembling or unconsciousness. Try to keep

the patient warm with blankets or coats. If a tremendous amount of

blood has been lost, the victim may need a transfusion. Routine

bleeding can be stopped by firm direct pressure over the source of

bleeding for 5 to 10 minutes. If an artery has been cut and

bleeding is severe, a tourniquet will be needed. Use a belt, scarf

or torn shirtsleeve. Tie the tourniquet around the arm or leg

directly above the bleeding area and tighten it until the bleeding

stops. Do not loosen the tourniquet. Wrap the injured limb in a

cold wet towel or ice if available and move the person to a doctor

or hospital before irreparable damage can occur. Don't panic,

though, you have about six hours.

A painful blow to a limb is best treated with an ice pack and

elevation of the extremity by resting it on a pillow or rolled-up

jacket. A severe blow to the chest or side can result in a rib

fracture which produces sharp pains when breathing and/or coughing

up blood. Chest X-rays will eventually be needed. Other internal

injuries can occur from sharp body blows such as kidney injuries.

They are usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, shock and

persistent abdominal pain. If you feel a bad internal injury has

occurred, get prompt professional help.

Head injuries have to be attended to with more attention than

other parts of the body. Treat them by stopping the bleeding with

direct pressure. They should be treated before other injuries as

they more quickly can cause shock. Every head injury should be

X-rayed and the injured person should be watched for the next 24

hours as complications can develop hours after the injury was

sustained. After a severe blow to the head, be on the look-out for

excessive sleepiness or difficulty in waking. Sharp and persistent

headaches, vomiting and nausea, dizziness or difficulty maintaining

balance are all warning signs. If they occur after a head injury,

call a doctor.

If a limb appears to be broken or fractured, improvise a

splint before moving the victim. Place a stiff backing behind the

limb such as a board or rolled-up magazine and wrap both with a

bandage. Try to avoid moving the injured limb as this can lead to

complicating the fracture. Every fracture must be X-rayed to

evaluate the extent of the injury and subsequent treatment.

Bullet wounds to the abdomen, chest or head, if loss of

consciousness occurs are extremely dangerous and must be seen by a

doctor immediately. If the wound occurs in the limb, treat as you

would any bleeding with direct pressure bandage and tourniquet only

if nothing else will stop the bleeding.

If you expect trouble, every person going to a street scene

should have a few minimum supplies in addition to those mentioned

in the section on Demonstrations for protection. A handful of

bandaids, gauze pads (4x4), an ace bandage (3 inch width), and a

roll of 1/2 inch adhesive tape can all easily fit in your pocket. A

plastic bag with cotton balls pre-soaked in water will come in

handy in a variety of situations where gas is being used, as will a

small bottle of mineral oil. You should write the name, phone

number and address of the nearest movement doctor on your arm with

a ballpoint pen. Your arm's getting pretty crowded, isn't it? If

someone is severely injured, it may be better to save their life by

taking them to a hospital, even though that means probable capture

for them, rather than try to treat it yourself. However, do not

confuse the police with the hospital. Many injured people have been

finished off by the porkers, and that's no joke. It is usually

better to treat a person yourself rather than let the pigs get

them, unless they have ambulance equipment right there and don't

seem vicious. Even then, they will often wait until they get two or

three victims before making a trip to the hospital.

If you have a special medical problem, such as being a

diabetic or having a penicillin allergy, you should wear a

medi-alert tag around your neck indicating your condition. Every

person who sees a lot of street action should have a tetanus shot

at least once in every five years.

Know just this much, and it will help to keep down serious

injuries at demonstrations. A few lessons in a first aid class at

one of the Free Universities or People's Clinics will go a long way

in providing you with the confidence and skill needed in the



Here is a partial list of some Medical Committees for Human

Rights. They will be glad to give you first aid instructions and

often organize medical teams to work demonstrations. A complete

list is available from the Chicago office.

  • BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, 21215 - 6012 Wallis Ave.
  • BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, 94609 - 663 Alcartz
  • BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, 35205 - 2122 9th Ave. South
  • CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - 1512 E. 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)

Hip-Pocket Law


Any discussion about what to do while waiting fur the lawyer

has to be qualified by pointing out that from the moment of arrest

through the court appearances, cops tend to disregard a defendant's

rights. Nonetheless, you should play it according to the book

whenever possible as you might get your case bounced out on a

technicality. When you get busted, rule number one is that you have

the right to remain silent. We advise that you give only your name

and address. There is a legal dispute about whether or not you are

obligated under the law to do even that, but most lawyers feel you

should. The address can be that of a friend if you're uptight about

the pigs knowing where you live.

When the pigs grab you, chances are they are going to insult

you, rough you up a little and maybe even try to plant some

evidence on you. Try to keep your cool. Any struggle on your part,

even lying on the street limp, can be considered resisting arrest.

Even if you beat the original charge, you can be found guilty of

resisting and receive a prison sentence. Often if the pigs beat

you, they will say that you attacked them and generally charge you

with assault.

If you are stopped in the street on suspicion (which means

you're black or have long hair), the police have the right to pat

you down to see if you are carrying a weapon. They cannot search

you unless they place you under arrest. Technically, this can only

be done in the police station where they have the right to examine

your possessions. Thus, if you are in a potential arrest situation,

you should refrain from carrying dope, sharp objects that can be

classified as a weapon, and the names and phone numbers of people

close to you, like your dealer, your local bomb factory, and your

friends underground.

Forget about talking your way out of it or escaping once

you're in the car or paddy wagon. In the police station, insist on

being allowed to call your lawyer. Getting change might be a

problem so you should always have a few dimes hidden. Since many

cases are dismissed because of this, you'll generally be allowed to

make some calls, but it might take a few hours. Call a close friend

and tell him to get all the cash that can be quickly raised and

head down to the court house. Usually the police will let you know

where you'll be taken. If they don't, just tell your friend what

precinct you're being held at, and he can call the central police

headquarters and find out what court you'll be appearing in. Ask

your friend to also call a lawyer which you also should do if you

get another phone call. Hang up and dial a lawyer or defense

committee that has been set up for demonstrations. The lawyer will

either come to the station or meet you in court depending on the

severity of the charge and the likelihood you'll be beaten in the

station. When massive demonstrations are occurring where a number

of busts are anticipated, it's best to have lawyers placed in

police stations in the immediate vicinity.

The lawyer will want to know as many details as possible of

the case so try and concentrate on remembering a number of things

since the pigs aren't going to let you take notes. If you can,

remember the name and badge number of the fink that busted you.

Sometimes they'll switch arresting officers on you. Remember the

time, location of the bust and any potential witnesses that the

lawyer might be able to contact.

If you are unable to locate a lawyer, don't panic, the court

will assign you one at the time of the arraignment. Legal Aid

lawyers are free and can usually do as good a job as a private

lawyer at an arraignment. Often they can do better, as the judge

might set a lower bail if he sees you can't afford a private

lawyer. The arraignment is probably the first place you'll find out

what the charges are against you. There will also be a court date

set and bail established. The amount of bail depends on a variety

of factors ranging from previous convictions to the judge's

hangover. It can be put up in collateral, i.e., a bank book, or

often there is a cash alternative offered which amounts to about

10% of the total bail.

Your friend should be in the court with some cash (at least a

hundred dollars is recommended). For very high bail, there are the

bail bondsmen in the area of the courthouse who will cover the bail

for a fee,generally not to exceed 5%. You will need some signatures

of solid citizens to sign the bail papers and perhaps put up some


Once you get bailed out, you should contact a private lawyer,

preferably one that has experience with your type of case. If you

are low on bread, check out one of the community or movement legal

groups in your area. It is not advisable to keep the legal aid

lawyer beyond the arraignment if at all possible.

If you're in a car or in your home, the police do not have a

right to search the premises without a search warrant or probable

cause. Do not consent to any search without a warrant, especially

if there are witnesses around who can hear you. Without your

consent, the pigs must prove probable cause in the court. It's

unbelievable the number of defendants that not only come naked, but

pull their own pants down. Make the cops kick in the door or break

open the trunk themselves. You are under no obligation to assist

them in collecting evidence, and helping them weakens your case.


National Lawyers Guild

The "Guild" provides various free legal services especially

for political prisoners. If you have any legal hassles, call and

see if they'll help you. You can call the one nearest you and get

the name of a good lawyer in your area.

  • BOSTON - 70 Charles St.
  • DETROIT - 5705 N. Woodward St.
  • LOS ANGELES - c/o Haymarket, 507 N. Hoover St.
  • NEW YORK - 1 Hudson St.
  • SAN FRANCISCO - 197 Steiner St.

Outside of these areas, there are no offices, but people to

contact in the following cities are:

  • FLINT, MICH., Carl Bekofske, 1003 Church St.
  • PHILADELPHIA, PA. - A. Harry Levitan, 1412 Fox Building
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - S. David Levy, 2812 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

American Civil Liberties Union

The ACLU is not as radical as the Guild, but will in rare

instances provide good lawyers for a variety of civil liberty cases

such as censorship, denial of permits to demonstrations, and the

like. But beware of their tendency to win the legal point while

losing the case. Here is a list of some of their larger offices.

  • ALABAMA - Box 1972, University, Alabama 35486
  • CALIFORNIA - ACLU of Northern California, 503 Market St.,
  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA - 94105 (EX 2-4692)
  • COLORADO - 1452 Pennsylvania St., Denver, Colorado 80203


  • GEORGIA - 5 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303 (404-523-5398)
  • ILLINOIS - 6 S. Clark, Chicago, Illinois 60603 (312-236-5564)
  • MICHIGAN - 234 State St., Detroit, Mich. 48226 (313-961-4662)
  • MONTANA - 2707 Glenwood Land, Billings, Montana 59102


  • NEW MEXICO - 131 La Vega S.W., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87105


  • NEW YORK - 156 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010 (212-WA9-6076)
  • NORTH DAKOTA - Ward County (Minot), Box 1000, Minot, North Dakota

    58701 (702-838-0381)

  • OHIO - Suite 200, 203 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • WASHINGTON, DC - (NCACLU) 1424 16th St. NW, Suite 501,
  • WASHINGTON, DC - 20036 (202-483-3830) (202-483-3830)
  • WEST VIRGINIA - 1228 Seventh St., Huntington, West Virginia 25701
  • WISCONSIN - 1840 N. Farwell Ave., Rm. 303, Milwaukee, Wisc. 53202


To obtain a complete list of all the ACLU chapters, write:

American Civil Liberties Union, 156 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010,

or call them at (212) WA 9-6076.


The first rule of our new Nation prohibits any of us from

serving in the army of a foreign power with which we do not have an

alliance. Since we exist in a state of war with the Pig Empire, we

all have a responsibility to beat the draft by any means necessary.

First check out your medical history. Review every chronic or

long-term illness you ever had. Be sure to put down all the serious

infections like mono or hep. Next, make note of your physical

complications. When you have assembled a complete list, get a copy

of Physical Deferments or one of the other draft counseling manuals

and see if you qualify. If you have a legitimate deferment,

document it with a letter from a doctor.

The next best deal is a Conscientious Objection status (C.O.)

or a psychiatric deferment (psycho). The laws have been getting

progressively broader in defining C.O. status during the past few

year s. The most recent being, "sincere moral objections to war,"

without necessarily a belief in a supreme being. There are general

guidelines sent out by the National Office of Selective Service

that say it is a matter of conscience. The decision, however, is

still pretty much in the hands of the local board. Visit a Draft

Counseling Center if you feel you have a chance for this type of

story. They'll know how your local board tends to rule. There are

still some more cases to be heard by the Supreme Court before

objection to a particular war is allowed or disallowed. It is not

grounds for deferment as of now.

Psychos are our specialty. Chromosome damage has totally wiped

out our minds when it comes to concentrating on killing innocent

people in Asia. When you get your invite to join the army, there

are lots of ways you can prepare yourself mentally. Begin by

staggering up to a cop and telling him you don't know who you are

or where you live. He'll arrange for you to be chauffeured to the

nearest mental hospital. There you repeat your performance,

dropping the clue that you have used LSD in the past, but you

aren't sure if you're on it now or not. In due time, they'll put

you up for the night. When morning comes, you bounce out of bed,

remember who you are, swear you'll never drop acid again and thank

everyone who took care of you. Within a few hours, you'll be

discharged. Don't be uptight about thinking how they'll lock you up

forever cause you really are nuts. The hospitals measure victories

by how quickly they can throw you out the door. They are all

overcrowded anyway.

In most areas, a one-night stand in a mental hospital is

enough to convince the shrink at the induction center that you're

capable of eating the flesh of a colonel. Just before you go, see a

sympathetic psychiatrist and explain your sad mental shape. He'll

get verification that you did time in a hospital and include it in

his letter, that you'll take along to the induction center.

When you get to the physical examination, a high point in any

young man's life, there are lots of things working in your favor.

Here, long hair helps; the army doesn't want to bother with

trouble-makers. Remember this even though a tough looking sergeant

runs down bullshit about "how they're gonna fix your ass" and

"anybody with a trigger finger gets passed." He's just auditioning

for the Audie Murphy movies, so don't believe anything he lays


Talk to the other guys about how rotten the war in Vietnam is

and how if you get forced to go, you'll end up shooting some

officers. Tell them you'd like the training so you can come back

and take up with the Weathermen.

Check off as many items as can't be verified when given the

forms. Suicide, dizzy spells, bed-wetting, dope addiction,

homosexuality, hepatitis. Be able to drop a few symptoms on the

psychiatrist to back up your story of rejection by a cold and

brutal society that was indifferent, from a domineering father that

beat you, and mother that didn't understand anything. Be able to

trace your history of bad family relationships, your taking to the

streets at 15 and eventually your getting "hooked." Let him "pry"

things out of you if possible. Show him your letter if you had the

foresight to get one.

Practice a good story before you go for the physical with

someone who has already beat the system. If your local board is

fucked up, you can transfer to an area that disqualifies almost

everyone who wants out, such as the New York City boards. If you

can't think of anything you can always get FUCK ARMY tattooed on

the outside of the baby finger of your right hand and give the

tough sergeant a snappy salute and a hearty "yes sir!"*

*If unfortunately you get hauled in. The Army gives you a life

insurance policy. By making Dan Berrigan or Angela Davis the

beneficiary you might avoid front-line duty.


If you've totally fucked up your chances of getting a

deferment or already are in the service and considering ditching,

there are some things that you should know about asylum.

There are three categories of countries that you should be

interested in if you are planning to ship out to avoid the draft or

a serious prison term. The safest countries are those with which

Amerika has mutual offense treaties such as Cuba, North Korea and

those behind the so-called Iron Curtain. The next safest are

countries unfriendly to the U.S. but suffer the possibility of a

military coup which might radically affect your status. Cambodia is

a recent example of a border-line country. Some cats hijacked a

ship bound for Vietnam and went to Cambodia where they were granted

asylum. Shortly thereafter the military with a good deal of help

from the CIA, took over and now the cats are in jail. Algeria is

currently a popular sanctuary in this category.

Sweden will provide political asylum for draft dodgers and

deserters. It helps to have a passport, but even that isn't

necessary since they are required by their own laws to let you in.

There are now about 35,000 exiles from the Pig Empire living in

Sweden. The American Deserters Committee, Upplandsgaten 18,

Stockholm, phone 08-344663, will provide you with immediate help,

contacts and procedural information once you get there. If you

enter as a tourist with a passport, you can just go to the local

police station, state you are seeking asylum and fill out a form.

It's that sample. They stamp your passport and this allows you to

hustle rent and food from the Swedish Social Bureau. It takes six

months for you to get working papers that will permit you to get

employment, but you can live on welfare until then with no hassle.

The following places can be contacted, for additional help. They

are all in Stockholm:

  • Reverend Tom Hayes 82-42-11 or 21-45-86
  • Kristina Nystrom of the Social Bureau 08-230570
  • Bengt Suderstrom 31-84-32 (legal)
  • Hans-Goran Franck 10-25-02(legal)

Canada does not offer political asylum but they do not support

the U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia so they allow draft

dodgers and deserters to the current tune of 50,000 to live there

unmolested. Do not tell the officials at the border that you are a

deserter or draft dodger, as they will turn you in. Pose as a

visitor. To work in Canada you have to qualify for landed

immigration status under a point system.

There will be a number of background questions asked and you

have to score 50 points or better to pass and qualify. You get one

point for each year of formal education, 10 points if you have a

professional skill, 10 points for being between 18-35 years of age,

more points for having a Canadian home and job waiting for you, for

knowing English or French and a whopping 15 points for having a

stereotyped middle class appearance and life-style. Letters from a

priest or rabbi will help here. Some entry points are easier than

others. Kingsgate, for example, just north of Montana is very good

on weekdays after 10:00 P.M.

The best approach if you are considering going to Canada is to

write or, better still, visit the Montreal Council to Aid War

Resisters, Case Postale 5, Westmount, Montreal, 215 Quebec or

American Deserters Committee, 3837 Blvd., Saint Laurent, St. Louis,

Montreal 3, Quebec. They will provide you with the latest info on

procedures and the problems of living in Canada as a war resister.

If you can't make it up there, see a local anti-war organization

for counseling. If you are already in the army, you should find out

all you need to know before you ditch. It's best to cross the

border while you're on leave as it might mean the difference

between going AWOL and desertion if you decide to come back. In any

event, no one should renounce their citizenship until they have

qualified for landed immigration status as that would classify the

person as a non-resident and make it possible for the Canadian

police to send you back, which on a few rare occasions has


Because there have been few cases of fugitives from the U.S.

seeking political asylum, there is not a clear and ample formula

that can be stated. Germany, France, Belgium and Sweden will often

offer asylum for obvious political cases but each case must be

considered individually. Go there incognito. Contact a movement

organization or lawyer and have them make application to the

government. Usually they will let you stay if you promise not to

engage in political organizing in their country. In any event if

they deport you these countries are good enough to let you pick the

country to which you desire to be sent.

We feel it's our obligation to let people know that life in

exile is not all a neat deal, not by a long shot. You are removed

from the struggle here at home, the problems of finding work are

immense and the customs of the people are strange to you. Most

people are unhappy in exile. Many return, some turn themselves in

and others come back to join the growing radical underground making

war in the belly of the great white whale.

Steal Now, Pay Never


This section presents some general guidelines on thievery to

put you ahead of the impulse swiping. With some planning ahead,

practice and a little nerve, you can pick up on some terrific


Being a successful shoplifter requires the development of an

outlaw mentality. When you enter a store you should already have

cased the joint so don't browse around examining all sorts of

items, staring over your shoulder and generally appearing like

you're about to snatch something and are afraid of getting caught.

Enter, having a good idea of what you want and where it's located.

Camouflage is important. Be sure you dress the part by looking

like an average customer. If you are going to rip-off expensive

stores (why settle for less), act like you have a chauffeur driven

car double parked around the corner. A good rule is dress in the

style and price range of the clothes, etc., you are about to

shoplift. The reason we recommend the more expensive stores is that

they tend to have less security guards, relying instead on

mechanical methods or more usually on just the sales people. Many

salespeople are uptight about carrying out a bust if they catch

you. A large number are thieves themselves, in fact one good way to

steal is simply explain to the salesclerk that you're broke and ask

if you can take something without paying. It's a great way to

radicalize shop personnel by rapping to them about why they

shouldn't give a shit if the boss gets ripped off.

The best time to work out is on a rainy, cold day during a

busy shopping season. Christmas holiday is a shoplifter's paradise.

In these periods you can wear heavy overcoats or loose raincoats

without attracting suspicion. The crowds of shoppers will keep the

nosy "can-I-help-you's" from fucking up your style.

Since you have already checked out the store before hitting

it, you'll know the store's "blind-spots" where you can be busy

without being observed too easily. Dressing rooms, blind alley

aisles and washrooms are some good spots. Know where the cashier's

counter is located, where the exits to the street and storage rooms

are to be found, and most important, the type of security system in


If you are going to snatch in the dressing room, be sure to

carry more than one item in with you. Don't leave tell-tale empty

hangers behind. Take them out and ditch them in the aisles.

An increasingly popular method of security is a small

shoplifting plastic detector attached to the price tag. It says "Do

Not Remove" and if you do, it electronically triggers an alarm in

the store. If you try to make it out the door, it also trips the

alarm system. When a customer buys the item, the cashier removes

the detector with a special deactivation machine. When you enter

the store, notice if the door is rigged with electronic eyes. They

are often at the waist level, which means if the item is strapped

to your calf or tucked under your hat, you can walk out without a

peep from the alarm. If you trigger the alarm either inside the

store or at the threshold, just dash off lickety-split. The

electronic eyes are often disguised as part of the decor. By

checking to see what the cashier does with merchandise bought, you

can be sure if the store is rigged. Other methods are undercover

pigs that look like shoppers, one-way mirrors and remote control

television cameras. Undercover pigs are expensive so stores are

usually understaffed. Just watch out (without appearing to watch

out) that no one observes you in action. As to mirrors and cameras

there are always blind spots in a store created when displays are

moved around, counters shifted, and boxes piled in the aisles.

Mirrors and cameras are rarely adjusted to fit these changes.

Don't get turned off by this security jazz. The percentage of

stores that have sophisticated security systems such as those

described is very small. If you work out at lunch time, the

security guards and many of the sales personnel will be out of the

store. Just before closing is also good, because the clerks are

concentrating on going home.

By taking only one or two items, you can prevent a bust if

caught by just acting like a dizzy klepto socialite getting kicks

or use the "Oh-gee-I-forgot-to-pay" routine. Stores don't want to

hassle going into court to press charges, so they usually let you

go after you return the stuff. If you thought ahead, you'll have

some cash ready to pay for the items you've pocketed, if caught.

Leave your I.D. and phone book at home before going shopping.

People rarely go to jail for shoplifting, most if caught never even

see a real cop. Just lie like a fucker and the most you'll get is a

lecture on law and order and a warning not to come back to that

store or else.


The lining of a bulky overcoat or loose raincoat can be

elaborately outfitted with a variety of custom-made large pockets.

The openings to these pockets are not visible since they are inside

the coat. The outside pockets can be torn out leaving only the

opening or slit. Thus you can reach your hand (at counter level)

through the slit in your coat and drop objects into the secret

pockets sewn into the lining. Pants can also be rigged with secret

pockets. The idea is to let your fingers do the walking through the

slit in your coat, while the rest of the body remains the casual

browser. You'll be amazed at how much you can tuck away without any

noticeable bulge.

Another method is to use a hidden belt attached to the inside

of your coat or pants. The belt is specially designed with hooks or

clothespins to which items can be discretely attached. Ditching

items into hidden pockets requires a little cunning. You should

practice before a mirror until you get good at it.

A good idea is to work with a partner. Dig this neat duet. A

man and woman walk into a store together looking like a respectable

husband and wife. The man purchases a good belt or shirt and

engages the salesman in some distracting conversation as he rings

up the sale. Meanwhile, back in the aisle, "wife" is busy rolling

up two or three suits. Start from the bottom while they are still

on the rack and roll them up, pants and jackets together, the way

you would roll a sleeping bag. The sleeves are tied around the roll

making a neat little bundle. The bundle is then tucked between your

thighs. The whole operation takes about a minute and with some

practice you can walk for hours with a good size bundle between

your legs and not appear like you just shit in your pants. Try this

with a coat on in front of a mirror and see how good you get at it.

Another team method is for one or more partners to distract

the sales clerks while the other stuffs. There are all sorts of

theater skits possible. One person can act drunk or better still

appear to be having an epileptic fit. Two people can start a fight

with each other. There are loads of ways, just remember how they do

it in the next spy movie you see.

One of the best gimmicks around is the packaging technique.

Once you have the target item in hand, head for the fitting room or

other secluded spot. Take out a large piece of gift wrapping and

ribbon. Quickly wrap up the item so it will look like you brought

it in with you. Many stores have their own bags and staple the cash

register receipt to the top of the bag when you make a purchase.

Get a number of these bags by saving them if you make a purchase or

dropping around to the receiving department with a request for some

bags for your Christmas play or something. Next collect some sales

receipts, usually from the sidewalk or trash cans in front of the

store. Buy or rip-off a small pocket stapler for less than a

dollar. When you get the item you want, drop it in the bag and

staple it closed, remembering to attach the receipt. This is an

absolutely perfect method and takes just a few seconds. It

eliminates a lot of unsightly bulges in your coat and is good for

warm-weather heisting.

A dummy shopping bag can be rigged with a bit of ingenuity.

The idea is to make it look like the bag is full when there's still

lots of room left. Use strips of cardboard taped to the inside of

the bag to give it some body. Remember to carry it like it's filled

with items, not air. Professional heisters often use a "booster

box," usually a neatly wrapped empty package with one end that

opens upon touch. This is ideal for electrical appliances, jewelry,

and even heavy items such as portable television sets. The trick

side can be fitted with a spring door so once the toaster is inside

the door slams shut. Don't wear a black hat and cape and go around

waving a wand yelling "Abracadabra," just be your usual shlep

shopper self. If you can manage it, the trick side just can be an

opening without a trick door. Just carry the booster box with the

open side pressed against your body. Briefcases, suitcases and

other types of carrying devices can all be made to hold items. Once

you have something neatly tucked away in a bag or box, it's pretty

hard to prove you didn't come in with it.


By far the easiest and most productive method of stealing is

on the job. Wages paid to delivery boys, sales clerks, shippers,

cashiers and the like are so insulting that stealing really is a

way of maintaining self-respect. If you are set on stealing the

store dry when you apply for the job, begin with your best foot

forward. Make what employment agencies call a "good appearance."

Exude cleanliness, Godliness, sobriety and all the other WASPy

virtues third grade teachers insist upon. Building up a good front

will eliminate suspicion when things are "missing."

Mail clerks and delivery boys can work all sorts of neat

tricks. When things get a little slow, type up some labels

addressed to yourself or to close friends and play Santa Claus.

Wrap yourself a few packages or take one that is supposed to go to

a customer and put your label over theirs. Blame it on the post

office or on the fact that "things get messed up `cause of all the

bureaucracy." It's great to be the one to verbalize the boss's own

general feelings before he does when something goes awry. The best

on-the-job crooks always end up getting promoted.

Cashiers and sales persons who have access to money can pick

up a little pocket change without too much effort, no matter how

closely they are watched by supervisors. Women can make use of torn

hems to stash coins and bills. Men can utilize cuffs. Both can use

shoes and don't forget those secret little pockets you learned

about in the last section. If you ring up items on a cash register,

you can easily mistake $1.39 for 39¢ or $1.98 for 98¢ during the

course of a hectic day. Leave pennies on the top shelf of the cash

register and move one to the far right side every time you skip a

dollar. That way at the end of the day, you'll know how much to

pocket and won't have to constantly be stuffing, stuffing,


If you pick up trash or clean up, you can stick all sorts of

items into wastebaskets and later sneak them out of the store.

There are many ways of working heists with partners who pose

as customers. See the sections on free food and clothing for these.

There are also ways of working partnerships on the job. A cashier

at a movie theater and a doorman can work out a system where the

doorman collects the tickets and returns them to the cashier to

sell again.

A neat way to make a large haul is to get a job through an

agency as a domestic for some rich slob. You should use a phony

identification when you sign up at the agency. Once you are busy

dusting the town house, check around for anything valuable to be

taken home. Pick up the phone, order all sorts of merchandise, and

have it delivered. A friend with a U-haul can help you really clean



Any discussion of shoplifting and forgeries inevitably leads

to a rap on credit cards; those little shiny plastic wonder passes

to fantasy land that are rendering cash obsolete. There are many

ways to land a free credit card. You can get one yourself if your

credit is good, or from a friend: report it stolen and go on a

binge around town. Sign your name a little funny. Super underworld

types might know where you can purchase a card that's not too hot

on the black market. You might heist one at a fashionable party or

restaurant. If you're a hat check girl at a night club, don't

forget to check out pockets and handbags for plastic goodies.*

Finally, you can redo a legitimate card with a new number and

signature and be sure that it's on no one's "hot list." Begin by

removing the ink on the raised letters with any polyester resin

cleaner. Next, the plastic card should be held against a flat iron

until the raised identification number is melted. You can use a

razor blade to shave off rough spots. This combination of razor

blade and hot iron, when worked skillfully, will produce a perfect

blank card. When the card is smooth as new, reheat it using the

flat iron and press an addressograph plate into the soft plastic.

The ink can be replaced by matching the original at any stationary

store. If this is too hard, you can buy machines to make your own

credit cards, which are made for small department stores. Granted,

this method is going require some expertise, but once you've

learned to successfully forge a credit card, buy every item

imaginable, eat fancy meals, and even get real money from a bank.

*The absolute best method is to have an accomplice working in the

post office rip off the new cards that are mailed out. They get to

know quickly which envelopes contain new credit cards. Since the

person never receives the card it never dawns on them to report it

stolen. This gives you at least a solid month of carefree spending

and your signature will be perfect.

Whether your credit card is stolen, borrowed or forged, you

still have to follow some guidelines to get away without any

hassle. Know the store's checking method before you pass the hot

card. Most stores have a fifty-dollar limit where they only call

upstairs on items costing fifty dollars or more. In some stores

it's less. Some places have a Regiscope system that takes your

picture with each purchase. You should always carry at least one

piece of back-up identification to use with the phony card as the

clerk might get suspicious if you don't have any other ID. They can

check out a "hot list" that the credit card companies send out

monthly, so if you're uptight about anything watch the clerk's

movements at all times. If things get tight, just split real quick.

Often, even if a clerk or boss thinks it's a phony, they'll OK the

sale anyway since the credit card companies make good to the stores

on all purchases; legit or otherwise. Similarly, the insurance

companies make good to the credit companies and so on until you get

to a little group of hard working elves in the basement of the U.S.

Mint who do nothing but print free money and lie to everybody about

there being tons of gold at Fort Knox to back up their own little

forging operation.

Monkey Warfare

If you like Halloween, you'll love monkey warfare. It's ideal

for people uptight about guns, bombs and other children's toys, and

allows for imaginative forms of protesting, many of which will

become myth, hence duplicated and enlarged upon. A syringe (minus

the needle) or a cooking baster can be filled with a dilute

solution of epoxy glue. Get the two tubes in a hardware store and

squeeze into a small bottle of rubbing alcohol. Shake real good and

pour into the baster or syringe. You have about thirty minutes

before the mixture gets too hard to use. Go after locks, parking

meters, and telephones. You can fuck up the companies that use IBM

cards by buying a cheap punch or using an Exacto knife and cutting

an extra hole in the card before you return it with your payment.

By the way, when you return payments always pay a few cents under

or over. The company has to send you a credit or another bill and

it screws up their bookkeeping system. Remember, always bend, fold,

staple or otherwise mutilate the card. By the way if you ever find

yourself in a computer room during a strike, you might want to fuck

up the school records. You can do this by passing a large magnet or

portable electro-magnet rapidly back and forth across the reels of

tape, thus erasing them. And don't miss the tour of the IBM plant,


Another good bit is to rent a safe deposit box (only about

$7.00 a year) in a bank using a phony name. That usually only need

a signature and don't ask for identification. When you get a box,

deposit a good size dead fish inside the deposit box, close it up

and return it to its proper niche. From then on, forget about it.

Now think about it, in a few months there is going to be a

hell-of-a-smell from your small investment. It's going to be almost

impossible to trace and besides, they can never open the box

without your permission. Since you don't exist, they'll have no

alternative but to move away. Invest in the Stank of Amerika

savings program. Just check out Lake Erie and you'll see saving

fish isn't such a dumb idea. If you get caught, tell them you

inherited the fish from your grandmother and it has sentimental


There are lots of things you can send banks, draft boards and

corporations that contribute to pollution via the mails. It is

possible to also have things delivered. Have a hearse and flowers

sent to the chief of police. We know someone who had a truckload of

cement dumped in the driveway of her boss under the fib that the

driveway was going to be repaved.

By getting masses of people to use electricity, phones or

water at a given time, you can fuck up some not-so-public utility.

The whole problem is getting the word out. For example, 10,000

people turning on all their electrical appliances and lights in

their homes at a given time can cause a blackout in any major city.

A hot summer day at about 3:00 PM is best. Five thousand people

calling up Washington, D.C. at 3:00 PM on a Friday (one of the

busiest hours) ties up the major trunk lines and really puts a

cramp in the government's style of carrying on. Call (202)

555-1212, which is information and you won't even have to pay for

the call. If you call a government official, ask some questions

like "How many kids did you kill today?" or "What kind of liquor do

Congressmen drink?" or offer to take Teddy Kennedy for a ride. A

woman can cause some real excitement by calling a Congressman's

office and screaming "Tell that bastard he forgot to meet Irene at

the motel this afternoon."

A Washington call-in would work even better by phoning direct

to homes of the big boys. For starters you can call collect the


  • Richard M. Nixon - El Presidente - (202) 456-1444
  • Spiro T. Agnew - El Toro - (202) 265-2000 ext. 6400
  • John N. Mitchell - El Butcher - (202) 965-2900
  • Melvin R. Laird - El Defendo - (301) 652-4449
  • Henry A. Kissinger - El Exigente - (202) 337-0042
  • William P. Rogers - El Crapper - (301) 654-7125
  • General Earl G. Wheeler - El Joint Bosso - (703) 527-6119
  • General William C. Westmoreland - El Pollutoni - (703) 527-6999
  • Richard M. Helms - El Assassin - (301) 652-4122
  • John N. Chafee-El Sinko Swimmi-(703) 536-5411

*Any group who elopes with any of the persons listed is entitled to

a free copy of this book. Anyone who parlays all 10 in a lift-off

can have all the royalties. Send ears for verification.

A great national campaign can be promoted that asks people to

protest the presidential election farces on Inauguration Day. When

a president says "So help me God," rush in and flush the toilet. A

successful Flush for God campaign can really screw up the water


If you want to give Ma Bell an electric permanent, consider

this nasty. Cut the female device off an ordinary extension cord

and expose the two wires. Unscrew the mouthpiece on the phone and

remove the voice amplifier. You will see a red and a black wire

attached to two terminals. Attach each of the wires from the

extension cord to each one from the phone. Next plug in the

extension cord to a wall socket. What you are doing is sending 120

volts of electricity back through equipment which is built for only

volts. You can knock off thousands of phones, switchboards and

devices if all goes right. It's best to do this on the phone in a

large office building or university. You certainly will knock out

their fuses. Unfortunately, at home your own phone will probably be

knocked out of commission. If that happens, simply call up the

business office and complain. They'll give you a new phone just the

way they give the other seven million people that requested them

that day.

Remember, January is Alien Registration Month, so don't forget

to fill out an application at the Post Office, listing yourself as

a citizen of Free Nation. Then when they ask you to "Love it or

leave it," tell them you already left!

Piece Now

It's ridiculous to talk about a revolution without a few words

on guns. If you haven't been in the army or done some hunting, you

probably have a built-in fear against guns that can only be

overcome by familiarizing yourself with them.


There are two basic types of handguns or pistols: the

revolver carries a load of 5 or 6 bullets in a "revolving"

chamber. The automatic usually holds the same number, but some

can hold up to 14 bullets. Also, in the automatic the bullets

can be already packed in a magazine which quickly snaps into

position in the handle. The revolver must be reloaded one

bullet at a time. An automatic can jam on rare occasions, or

misfire, but with a revolver you just pull the trigger and

there's a new bullet ready to fire. Despite pictures of Roy

Rogers blasting a silver dollar out of the sky, handguns are

difficult to master a high degree of accuracy with and are

only good at short ranges. If you can hit a pig-size object at

25 yards, you've been practicing.

Among automatics, the Colt 45 is a popular model with a long

record of reliability. A good popular favorite is a Parabellum 9

mm, which has the advantage of a double action on the first shot,

meaning that the hammer does not have to be cocked, making possible

a quick first shot without carrying a cocked gun around. By the

way, do not bother with any handgun smaller than a .38 caliber,

because cartridges smaller than that are too weak to be effective.

Revolvers come in all sizes and makes, as do automatics. The

most highly recommended are the .38 Special and the .357 Magnum.

Almost all police forces use the .38 Special. They are light,

accurate and the small-frame models are easy to conceal. If you get

one, use high velocity hollow pointed bullets, such as the Speer

DWM (146 grain h.p.) or the Super Vel (110 grain h.p.). The hollow

point shatters on contact, insuring a kill to the not-so-straight

shooters. Smith and Wesson makes the most popular .38 Special. The

Charter Arms is a favorite model. The .357 Magnum is an extremely

powerful handgun. You can shoot right through the wall of a thick

door with one at a distance of 20 yards. It has its own ammo, but

can also use the bullets designed for the .38. Both guns are about

the same in price, running from $75-$100 new. An automatic

generally runs about $25 higher.


There are two commonly available types of rifles; the bolt

action and the semi-automatic. War surplus bolt action rifles are

cheap and usually pretty accurate, but have a slower rate of fire

than a semi-automatic. A semi-automatic is preferable in nearly all

cases. The M-1 carbine is probably the best semi-automatic for the

money (about $80). It's light, short, easy to handle and has only

the drawback of a cartridge that's a little underpowered. Among

bolt actions, the Springfield, Mauser, Royal Enfield, Russian 7.62,

and the Lee Harvey Oswald Special, the Mannlicher-Carcano, are all

good buys for the money (about $20).

One of the best semi-automatics is the AR-18, which is the

civilian version of the military M-16. In general, this is a

fantastic gun with a high rate of fire, minimal recoil, high

accuracy, light weight, and easy maintenance. If kept clean, it

will rarely jam, and the bullet has astounding stopping power. It

sells for around $225.


The shotgun is the ideal defensive weapon. It's perfect for

the vamping band of pigs or hard-heads that tries to lynch you.

Being a good shot isn't that necessary because a shotgun shoots a

bunch of lead pellets that spread over a wide range as they leave

the barrel. There are two common types: the pump action and the

semi-automatic. Single shot types and double-barrel types do not

have a high enough rate of fire for self-defense.

The pump action is easy to use and reliable. It usually holds

about five shells in a tube underneath the barrel. For self-defense

you should use 00 buckshot shells. Shotguns come in various gauges,

but you will want the largest commonly available, the 12 gauge. The

Mossberg Model 500 A is a super weapon in this category which sells

for about $90. When buying one, try to get a shotgun with a barrel

as short as possible up to the legal limit of 18 inches. It is easy

to cut down a longer barrel, too. This increases the area sprayed.

The semi-automatic gun is not used too much for self-defense,

as they usually hold only three shells. With some practice, you can

shoot a pump nearly as fast as a semi-automatic, and they are much

cheaper. See the gun books catalogued in the Appendix for more


There are many other good guns available, and a great deal to

know about choosing the right gun for the right situation. Reading

a little right wing gun literature will help.


If you are around a military base, you will find it relatively

easy to get your hands on an M-79 grenade launcher, which is like a

giant shotgun and is probably the best self-defense weapon of all

time. Just inquire discreetly among some long-haired soldiers.


Owning a gun ain't shit unless you know how to use it. They

make a hell of a racket when fired so you just can't work out in

your den or cellar except with a BB gun, which is good in between

real practice sessions. Find a buddy who served in the military or

is into hunting or target-shooting and ask him to teach you the

fundamentals of gun handling and safety. If you're over 18, you can

practice on one of your local firing ranges. Look them up in the

Yellow Pages, call and see if they offer instructions. They are

usually pretty cheap to use. In an hour, you can learn the basics

you need to know about guns and the rest is mostly practice,

practice, just like in the westerns. Contact the National Rifle

Association, Washington D.C. and ask for information on forming a

gun club. If you can, you are entitled to great discounts, have no

trouble using ranges and get excellent info on all matters relating

to weapons.

A secluded place in the country outside city limits, makes an

ideal range for practicing. Shoot at positioned targets. A good

idea is to blow up balloons and attach them to pieces or boxes.

Position yourself downstream alongside a running brook. A partner

can go upstream and release the balloons into the water. As they

rush downstream, they simulate an attacker charging you and make

excellent moving targets. Watch out for ricochetting bullets. Have

any bystander stand by behind you. A clothesline with a pulley

attachment can be rigged up to also allow practice with a moving



Once you decide to get a gun, check out the local laws. There

are federal ones, but they're not stricter than any state

ordinance. If you're unsure about the laws, send 75¢ to the U.S.

Government Printing Office for the manual called Published

Ordinances: Firearms. It runs down the latest on all state laws. In

most states you can buy a rifle or shotgun just for the bread from

a store or individual if you are over 18 years old. You can get a

handgun when you can prove you're over 21, although you generally

need a special permit to carry it concealed on your person or in

your car. A concealed weapon permit is pretty hard to get unless

you're part of the establishment. You can keep a handgun in your

home, though. It's also generally illegal to walk around with a

loaded gun of any type. Once you get the hang of using a gun,

you'll never want to go back to the old peashooter.

The Underground

Amerika is just another Latin dictatorship. Those who have

doubts, should try the minimal experience of organizing a large

rock festival in their state*, sleeping on some beach in the summer

or wearing a flag shirt. Ask the blacks what it's been like living

under racism and you'll get a taste of the future we face. As the

repression increases so will the underground-deadly groups of

stoned revolutionaries sneaking around at night and balling all

day. As deadly as their southern comrades the Tupamaros. Political

trials will only occur when the heavy folks are caught. Too many

sisters and brothers have been locked up for long stretches having

maintained a false faith in the good will of the court system.

Instead, increased numbers have chosen to become fugitives from

injustice: Bernadine Dohrn, Rap Brown, Mark Rudd, hundreds of

others. Some including Angela Davis, Father Berrigan and Pun

Plamondon have been apprehended and locked in cages, but most roam

freely and actively inside the intestines of the system. Their

growth leads to persistent indigestion for those who sit at the

tables of power. As they form into active isolated cells they make

apprehension difficult. Soon the FBI will have a Thousand Most

Wanted List. Our heroes will be hunted like beasts in the jungle.

Anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of a fugitive

is a traitor.

*Unless you want to use our music to attack our politics as the

governor of Oregon did to drain support away from demonstrations

against the AmeriKKKan Legion. In such a situation the concert

should be sabotaged along with political education as to why such

an action has been taken. Don't let the pigs separate our culture

from our politics.

Well fellow reader, what will you do when Rap or Bernadine

call up and ask to crash for the night? What if the Armstrong

Brothers want to drop some acid at your pad or Kathy Boudin needs

some bread to keep on truckin'? The entire youth culture, everyone

who smiles secretly when President Agnew and General Mitchell refer

to the growing number of "hot-headed revolutionaries", all the

folks who hope the Cong wins, who cheer the Tupamaros on, who want

to exchange secret handshakes with the Greek resistance movement,

who say "It's about time" when the pigs get gunned down in the

black community, all of us have an obligation to support the

underground. They are the vanguard of our revolution and in a sense

this book is dedicated to their courage.

If you see a fugitive's picture on the post office wall take

it home for a souvenir. But watch out, because this is illegal.

Soon the FBI will be printing all our posters for free. Right on,

FBI! Print up wanted posters of the war criminals in Washington and

undercover agents (be absolutely sure) and put them up instead.

Since the folks underground move freely among us, we must be

totally cool if by chance we recognize a fugitive through their

disguise. If they deem it necessary to contact you, they will make

the first move. If you are very active in the aboveground movement,

chances are you are being watched or tapped and it would be

foolhardy to make contact. The underground would be meaningless

without the building of a massive community with corresponding

political goals. People above ground demonstrate their love for

fugitives by continuing and intensifying their own commitment.

If the FBI or local subversive squad of the police department

is asking a lot of questions about certain fugitives, get the word

out. Call your underground paper or make the announcement at large

movement gatherings or music festivals; the grapevine will pass

information on to those that need to know.

If you're forced to go underground, don't think you need to

link up with the more well-known groups such as the Weathermen. If

you go under with some close friends, stick together if it's

possible. Build contacts with aboveground people that are not that

well known to the authorities and can be totally trusted.

You should change the location in which you operate and move

to a place where the heat on yon won't be as heavy. A good disguise

should be worked out. The more information the authorities have on

you and the heavier the charges determine how complete your

disguise should be. There are some good tips in the books on

make-up listed in the Appendix. Only in rare cases is it necessary

to abandon the outward appearance of belonging to the youth

culture. In fact, even J. Edgar Freako admits that our culture is

our chief defense. To infiltrate the youth culture means becoming

one of us. For an FBI agent to learn an ideological cover is a

highly disciplined organization is relatively easy. To penetrate

the culture means changing the way they live. The typical agent

would stand out like Jimmy Stewart in a tribe of Apaches.

In the usual case the authorities do not look for a fugitive

in the sense of carrying on a massive manhunt. Generally, people

are caught for breaking some minor offense and during the routine

arrest procedure, their fingerprints give them away. Thus for a

fugitive having good identification papers being careful about

violations such as speeding or loitering, and not carrying weapons

or bombing manuals become an important part of the security. It is

also a good idea to have at least a hundred dollars cash on you at

all times. Often even if you are arrested you can bail yourself out

and split long before the fingerprints or other identification

checks are completed.

If by some chance you are placed on the "10 Most Wanted List"

that is a signal that the FBI are indeed conducting a manhunt. It

is also the hint that they have uncovered some clues and feel

confident they can nab you soon. The List is a public relations

gimmick that Hooper, or whatever his name is, dreamed up to show

the FBI as super sleuths, and compliment the bullshit image of them

that Hollywood lays down. Most FBI agents are southerners who

majored in accounting or some other creative field. When you are

placed on the List, go deeper underground. It may become necessary

to curtail your activities for a while. The manhunt lasts only as

long as you are newsworthy since the FBI is very media conscious.

Change your disguise, identification and narrow your circle of

contacts. In a few months, when the heat is off, you'll be able to

be more active, but for the time, sit tight.


An amateur photographer or commercial artist with good

processing equipment can make passable phony identification papers.

Using a real I.D. card, mask out the name, address, and signature

with thin strips of paper the same color as the card itself. Do a

neat gluing job. Next, photograph the card using bright overhead

lighting to avoid shadows, or xerox it. Use a paper of a color and

weight as close to the real thing as you can get. If you use phony

state and city papers such as birth certificate or driver's

license, choose a state that is far away from the area in which you

are located. Have a complete understanding of all the information

you are forging. Dates, cities, birthdays and other data are often

part of a coding system. Most are easy to figure out simply by

studying a few similar authentic cards.

Almost all I.D. cards use one or another IBM Selectric type to

fill in the individual's papers. You can buy the exact model used

by federal and state agencies for less than $20.00 and install the

ball in 5 seconds on any Selectric machine. When you finish the

typing operation, sign your new name and trim the card to the size

you want. Rub some dirt on the card and bend it a little to

eliminate its newness.

Another method is to obtain a set of papers from a close

friend of similar characteristics. Your friend can replace the

originals without too much trouble. In both cases it might be

advisable to get authentic papers using the phonies you have in

your possession. In some states getting a license or voting

registration card is very easy. Library cards and other

supplementary I.D.'s are simple to get. A passport should not be

attempted until you definitely have made up your mind to split the

country. That way agencies have less time to check the information

and you can decide on the disguise to be used for the picture.

Unless you expect to get hotter than you are right now, in which

case, get it now.

It is wise to have two sets of identification to be on the

safe side but never have both in your possession at the same time.

If you sense the authorities are close to mailing you and choose to

go underground, prepare all the identification papers well in

advance and store them in a secure place. Inform no one of your

possible new identity.

Before you start passing phony I.D.'s to cops, banks and

passport offices, you should have experience with lesser targets so

you feel comfortable using them. There are stiff penalties for this

if you get caught. A few better methods than the ones listed above

exist, but we feel they should not be made this public. With a

little imagination you'll have no trouble. Dig!


Living underground, like exile, can be extremely lonely,

especially during the initial adjustment period when you have to

reshuffle your living habits. Psychologically it becomes necessary

to maintain a few close contacts with other fugitives or folks

aboveground. This is also necessary if you plan to continue waging

revolutionary struggle. This means communication. If you contact

persons or arrange for them to contact you, be super cool. Don't

rush into meetings. Stay OFF the phone! If you must, use pay

phones. Have the contact person go to a prescribed booth at

prescribed time. Knowing the phone number beforehand, you can call

from another pay phone. The pay phone system is superior to

debugging devices and voice scramblers. Even so, some pay phones,

that local police suspect bookies use, are monitored.

Keep your calls short and disguise your voice a bit. If you

are a contact and the call does not come as scheduled, don't panic.

Perhaps the booth at the other end is occupied or the phone you are

on is out of order. In New York, the latter is usually true. Wait a

reasonable length of time and then go about your business. Another

contact will be made. Personal rendezvous should take place at

places that are not movement hangouts or heavy pig scenes.

Intermediaries should be used to see if anyone was followed. Just

groove on a few good spy flicks and you'll figure it all out.

Communicating to masses of people above ground is very

important. It drives the MAN berserk and gives hope to comrades in

the struggle. The most important message is that you are alive, in

good spirits and carrying on the struggle. The communications of

the Weathermen are brilliantly conceived. Develop a mailing list

that you keep well hidden in case of a bust. You can devise a

system of mailing stuff in envelopes (careful of fingerprints)

inside larger envelopes to a trusted contact who will mail the

items from another location to further camouflage your area of

operation. A host of communication devices are available besides

handwritten notes and typed communications. Tape recorders are

excellent but better still are video-tape cassette machines. You

can wear masks, do all kinds of weird theatrical stuff and send the

tapes to television stations. At times you might want to risk being

interviewed by a newsman, but this can be very dangerous unless you

conceive a super plan and have some degree of trust in the word of

the journalist. Don't forget a grand jury could be waiting for him

with a six months contempt or perjury charge when he admits contact

and does not answer their questions.

The only other advice is to dress warm in the winter and cool

in the summer, stay high and.


fuck new york


You can always sleep up in Central Park during the daytime,

although the muggers come out to play at night. Free night crashing

can be found in the waiting room of the Pennsylvania Railroad

station, 34th St. and 7th Ave. The cops will leave you alone until

about 7:00 AM when they kick you out. You can put your rucksack in

a locker for twenty-five cents to avoid it being ripped-off.

The Boys Emergency Shelter, 69 St. Marks Place, (777-1234)

provides free room and board for males 16-20 years of age. The

Living Room can be found on the same block. It's a heavy religious

scene, but they will help with room and board. Their hours are 6:30

PM to 2:00 AM, phone 982-5988. Also on the Lower East Side is the

Macauley Mission at 90 Lafayette St.

On the West Side, there's a poet named Delworth at

125 Sullivan St. that houses kids if he's got room. The Judson

Memorial Church, Washington Square South always has one or more

housing programs going. If you're really hard up, try the Stranded

Youth Program, 111 W. 31st St. (554-8897). Teenagers 16-20 are sent

home; if you don't want to go back but need room and board, give

them phony identification.

The Graymoor Monastery (CA 6-2388) offers free room and board

for young people in the country. They provide transportation.


Hunt's Point Market, Hunt's Point Ave. and 138th St. in the

Bronx will lay enough fruit and vegetables on your family to last a

week or more. Lettuce, squash, carrots, cantaloupe, grapefruit,

even artichokes and mushrooms all crated. You'll need a car or

truck and they only give stuff away in the early morning. Just tell

them you're doing a free food thing and it's yours. Outasight!

The large slaughterhouse area is in the far West Village, west

of Hudson and south of 14th St. Get a letter from a clergyman

saying you need meat for a church-sponsored meal.

The fish market is located on Fulton and South Streets under

the East River Drive overpass in lower Manhattan. You can always

manage to find some sympathetic fisherman early in the morning who

will lay as much fish on you as you can cart away.

If you pick up on a car, take a trip to Long Island City.

There you will find the Gordon Baking Company at 42-25 21st, Pepsi

Cola at 4602 Fifth Ave., Borden Company at 35-10 Steinway St. and

Dannon Yogurt at 22-11 38th Ave. All four places give out samples

for free if you call or write ahead and explain how it's for a

block party.

Along 2nd and 3rd Avenues on the upper east side are a host of

swank bars with free hors-d'oeuvres beginning at five. All

Longchamps are good, as is Max's Kansas City.

For real class, check the back pages of the New York Times for

ocean cruises and those swinging bon voyage parties. If you look

kind of straight or want to disguise yourself and see the other

half at it, sneak into conventions for drinks, snacks and all kinds

of free samples. Call the New York Convention Bureau, 90 E. 42nd

St. MU 7-1300 for info. You can also get free tickets to theater

events here at 9:00 AM on weekdays.

Other free meals can be gotten at the various missions.

  • Bowery Mission - 227 Bowery (674-3456). Pray and eat from 4:00 to

    6:00 PM only. Heavy religious orientation.

  • Catholic Worker - 36 E. First St. Soup line from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.

    Clothes for women on Thursday from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. Clothes for

    men after 2:00 PM weekdays.

    Sometimes lodging.

  • Holy Name Center for Homeless Men - 18 Bleeker St. (CA 6-5848 or

    CA 6-2338) Clothes and morning showers from 7:00 to 11:00 AM.

  • Macauley Mission - 90 Lafayette St. (CA 6-6214) Free room and

    board. Free food Saturdays at 5:00 PM. Sometimes free clothes.

  • Moravian Church - 154 Lexington Ave. (MU 3-4219 or 533-3737) Free

    spaghetti dinner on Tuesday at 1:00 PM.

  • Quakers - 328 E. 15th St. Meals at 6:00 PM Tuesdays.
  • Wayward - 287 Mercer St. Free meals nightly.

The International Society For Krishna Consciousness is located

at 41 Second Ave. Every morning at 7:00 AM a delicious cereal

breakfast is served free along with chanting and dancing. Also at

noon, more food and chanting and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at

7:00 PM, again food and chanting. Then it's all day Sunday in

Central Park Sheepmeadow (generally) for still more chanting (sans

food). Hari Krishna is the freest high going if you can get into it

and dig cereal and of course, more chanting.

The Paradox Restaurant, at 64 E. 7th St. is a neat cheap

health joint that will give you a free meal if you help peel shrimp

or do the dishes.


The latest dope on family planning and the new abortion law

can be obtained from Planned Parenthood, 300 Park Ave. (777-2015).

They provide a free directory on city-wide services in this area.

The Black Panther Free Health Clinic on 180 Sutter Ave. in Brooklyn

is radical medicine in action. If you ripped off this book, why not

send them or another group mentioned in this book a check so they

can continue serving the people. Two fantastic clinics on the Lower

East Side are the St. Marks People's Clinic at 44 St. Marks Place

(533-9500), open weekdays 6-10 PM and NENA at 290 E. Third St.

(677-5040) which also functions as a switchboard for the area.

The Beth Israel Teenage Clinic at 17th St. and 1st Ave.

673-3000 ext. 2424) services young people. Millie at the Village

Project, 88 2nd Ave. can arrange for free glasses. The New York

University Dental Clinic, 421 First Ave. will give you the cheapest

dental care in Gotham. Stuyvesant-Poly Clinic, 137 Second Ave.

(674-0232) has an emergency day clinic with the quickest service.

Dial-a-freakout is 324-0707. Ambulance service is at 440-1234. You

ought to know the cops accompany ambulance calls. The following is

a list of the New York City Health Department Centers. They provide

a number of free services including X-rays, venereal examinations

and treatment, shots for children's diseases, vaccinations, tetanus

shots and a host of other services.


  • Central Harlem-2238 Fifth Ave. AU 3-1900
  • East Harlem-158 E. 115th St. TR 6-0300
  • Lower East Side-341 E. 25th St. MU 9-6353
  • Manhattanville-21 Old Broadway MO 5-5900
  • Morningside-264 W. 118th St. UN6-2500
  • Washington Heights-600 W. 168th St. WA 7-6300


  • Morrisania- 1309 Fulton St. WY 2-4200
  • Mott Haven-349 E. 140th St. MO 9-6010
  • Tremont-Fordham-1826 Arthur Ave. LU 3-5500
  • Westchester-Pelham-2527 Glebe Ave. SY 2-0100


  • Bedford-485 Throop Ave. GL 2-7880
  • Brownsville-259 Briston St. HY 8-6742
  • Bushwick-335 Central Ave. HI 3-5000
  • Crown Heights-1218 Prospect Place SL 6-8902
  • Flatbush-Gravesend-1601 Ave. S NI 5-8280
  • Ft. Greene-295 Flatbush Ave. Ext. 643-8934
  • Red Hook-Gowanus-250 Baltic St. 643-5687
  • Sunset Park-514 49th St. GE 6-2800
  • Williamsburg-Greenpoint-151 Mayier St. EV 8-3714


  • Astoria-Maspeth-12-1631st Ave. L.I.C. AS 8-5520
  • Corona-Flushing-34-33 Junction Blvd., Jackson Heights HI 6-3570
  • Jamaica-90-37 Parsons Blvd. OL 8-6600
  • Rockaway-67-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd.; Arvenne NE 4-7700
  • Richmond-51 Stuyvesant Place SA 7-6000

The key to getting overall medical care for free is to pick up

on a Medicaid card. You can apply at any metropolitan hospital.

After filling out a long form and waiting three weeks you'll get

your card in the mail. Have a good story when interviewed about why

you're not working or only making under $2900 a year. There is an

age limit in that only folks over 21 can qualify, but the rule is

liberally enforced and younger people can get the card with the

right hardship story.


The Lawyer's Commune is a group of revolutionary young lawyers

pledged to make a limited income and handle the toughest political

cases. They handle all our cases. Find them at 640 Broadway on the

fifth floor (677-1552).

New York radicals are fortunate in having a number of good

legal assistance agencies. One of the following is bound to be able

to help you out of a jam.

  • Emergency Civil Liberties Committee-25 E. 26th St. 683-8120 (civil


  • Legal Aid Society-100 Centre St. BE 3-0250 (criminal matters)
  • Mobilization for Youth Legal Services-320 E. Third St. 777-5250

    (all types of services)

  • National Lawyers Guild-5 Beekman St. 277-0385 or 227-1078


  • New York Civil Liberties Union-156 Fifth Ave. 929-6076

    (civil liberties)

  • New York University Law Center Office-249 Sullivan St. GR 3-1896

    (civil matters)



  • Claremont Neighborhood Center - 169th St. and Washington Ave.

    588-1000. Hours are from 2:00 to 10:00 weekdays.


  • Black Anti-Draft Union - 448 Nostrand Ave.
  • Church of St. John the Evangelist - 195 Mayier St. 387-8721
  • Society for Ethical Culture - 53 Prospect Park West SO 8-2972


  • American Friends Service Committee - 15 Rutherford Place 777-4600
  • Chelsea Draft Information - 346 W. 20th St. WA 9-2391
  • Community Free Draft Counseling Center - 470 Amsterdam Ave.


  • Greenwich Village Peace Center - 137 W. Fourth St. 533-5120
  • Harlem Unemployment Center - 2035 Fifth Ave. 831-6591
  • LEMPA - 105 Avenue B 477-9749
  • New York Civil Liberties Union - 156 Fifth Ave. 675-5990
  • New York Workshop in Nonviolence - 339 Lafayette St. 227-0973
  • Resistance - 339 Lafayette St. 674-9060
  • Union Theological Seminary - 606 W. 122nd St. MO 3-9090
  • War Resisters League - 339 Lafayette St. 228-0450
  • Westside Draft Information - 602 Columbus Ave. (89th St.) 874-7330
  • Woman's Strike for Peace - 799 Broadway 254-1925


Botanical Gardens

  • Conservatory Gardens - Central Park, 105th St. and Fifth Ave.

    Seasonal display. LE 4-4938

  • Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Flatbush and Washington Aves. Rose

    Oriental Garden, Rose Garden, Native Wild Flower Garden, Rock

    Garden, Conservatory. Seasonal display. MA 2-4433.

  • New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx Park, 200th St., east of Webster

    Ave. Gardens and Conservatories. Seasonal displays. Parking fee:

    $1.00 on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Open: Grounds - 10:00 AM to

    dark, Greenhouses - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 933-9400.

  • Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50 Main St., between Dahilia and Elder

    Aves., Flushing. TU 6-3800.

These gardens are really beautiful places to fuck around for a

day. The best ones are the Bronx and Brooklyn. Bring a picnic, a

few friends, some grass, and plant the seeds. It's all free.


  • Central Park - 64th St. and Fifth Ave. Free. Open 11 AM to 5 PM.
  • Children's Zoo - 64th St. and Fifth Ave. Open 10 AM to 5 PM.

    Admission is 10 cents. No tickets are sold after 4:30 PM. Free

    story-telling sessions with motion pictures or color slides at 3:30

    PM, Mondays through Friday.

  • Bronx Park - Fordham Road and Southern Blvd. WE 3-1500. Open daily

    from 10 AM to 5 PM. November, December, January closes at 4:30 PM.

    Admission on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays is 25 cents for

    adults and children over 5 years. Free on other days and all legal

    holidays. Children's Zoo closes November 1st.

  • Barrett Park Zoo - in Richmond, Broadway, Glenwood Place and Clove

    Road. Open daily 10 AM to 5 PM. GI 2-3100.

Unlike the barbaric cages in Central Park, the 18-acre Flushing

Meadow Zoo in Queens has been designed so that visitors can view

the animals and buds in their natural surroundings, without bars.

Take the Main Street Flushing Line Subway (train number 7) from

Times Square to 111th St. in Queens. Bronx Zoo which is the largest

in the United States and Flushing Meadow Zoo are fantastic.


  • Brooklyn - Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk ES 2-1670
  • Manhattan Beach - Oriental Blvd., from Ocean Ave. to Makenzie St.

    DE 26794

  • Bronx - Pelham Bay Park - Orchard Beach and Boardwalk TI 5-1828
  • Queens - Jacob Riis Park - Jamaica Bay, Beach 149 to Beach 169

    GR 4-4600

  • Rockaway Beach - First St. to 149th St. GR 4-3470
  • Richmond - Great Kills Park - Hylan Blvd., Great Kills EL 1-1977
  • South Beach and Boardwalk - Ft. Wadsworth to Miller Field, New Dorp

    YU 7-0709

  • Wolfs Pond Park - Holten and Cornelia Avenues, Princes Bay

    YU 4-0360

Go to the beach on weekdays as it usually is very crowded on the

weekends. The best beach by far is Rockaway. lt has pretty good


Swimming Pools


  • Carmine Street Pool - Clarkson St. and Seventh Ave. WA 4-4246
  • Colonial Pool - Bradhurst Ave. and W. 145th St. WA 6-8109
  • East 23rd Street Pool - Asser Levy Place MU 5-1026
  • Hamilton Fish Pool - E. Houston and Sheriff Streets GR 7-3911
  • Highbridge Pool - Amsterdam Ave. and W. 173rd St. WA 3-2360
  • John Jay Pool - 77th St., east of York Ave. at Cherokee Place.

    RE 7-2458

  • Lasker Memorial Pool - Central Park, 110th St. and Lenox Ave.


  • Thomas Jefferson Pool - 111th St. and First Ave. LE 4-0198
  • West 59th Street Pool - between West End and Amsterdam Avenues.

    CI 5-8519


  • Baruch Pool - Rivington St. and Baruch Place GR 3-6950
  • East 54th Street Pool - 342 E. 54th St. and Second Ave. PL 8-3147
  • Rutgers Place Pool - 5 Rutgers Place GR 3-6567
  • West 28th Street Pool - 407 W. 28th St. CH 4-1896
  • West 134th Street Pool - 35 W. 134th St. AU 3-4612


  • Betsy Head Pool - Hopkinson and Dumont Avenues DI 2-2977
  • McCarren Pool - Driggs Ave. and Lorimer St. EV 8-2367
  • Red Hook Pool - Bay and Henry Streets TR 5-3855
  • Sunset Pool - Seventh Ave. and 43rd St. GE 5-2627


  • Brownsville Recreation Center - Linden Blvd. and Christopher Ave.

    HY 8-1121

  • Metropolitan Avenue Pool - Bedford Ave., no phone; call SO 8-2300
  • St. John's Recreation Center - Prospect Place and Schenectady

    Avenues HY 3-3948


  • Crotona Pool - E. 173rd St. and Fulton Ave. LU 3-3910


  • St. Mary's Recreation Center Pool - St. Ann's Ave. and E. 145th St.

    CY 2-7254


  • Astoria Pool - 19th St. and 23rd Drive, Astoria AS 8-5261
  • Flushing Meadow Amphitheatre - Long Island Expressway and Grand

    Central Parkway, Swimming pool and diving pool. 699-4228.


  • Faber Pool - Faber St. and Richmond Terrace GI 2-1524
  • Lyons Pool - Victory Blvd. and Murray Hulbert Ave. GI 7-6650

The pools are generally crowded but on a warm summer day you

don't care. The pools are open on weekdays from 10 AM to 12:30 PM.

There is a free period for children 14 years of age and under. No

adults are admitted to the pool areas during this free period.

After 1 PM on weekdays and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and

holidays there is a 15 cents charge for children under 14 years and

a 35 cents charge for children over 14 years.

Free Cricket Matches

At both Van Cortland Park in the Bronx and Walker Park on Staten

Island every Sunday afternoon there are free cricket matches. Get

schedule from British Travel Association, 43 W. 61st St. At Walker

Park, free tea and crumpets are served during intermission. I say!

Free Park Events

All kinds of activities in the Parks are free. Call 755-4100

for a recorded announcement of the week's events. The freak center

is the rowing pond around 70th St. and Bethesda Fountain around

72nd St. in Central Park, although it floats. Busts are

non-existent. A complete list of all recreational facilities can be

obtained by calling the New York City Department of Parks.


  • American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Numismatic Society,

    and the American Geographical Society are all located at Broadway

    and 155th St.

  • Asia House Gallery - 112 E. 64th St. Art objects from the Far East.
  • Brooklyn Museum - Eastern Parkway and Washington Ave. Egyptian

    stuff best in the world outside Egypt. Take IRT (Broadway line)

    express train to Brooklyn Museum station. (Don't miss the Gardens

    in back.)

  • The Cloisters - Weekdays 10 AM to 5 PM, Sundays 1 PM to 6 PM. Take

    IND Eighth Avenue express (A train) at 190th Str. station and walk

    a few blocks. The number 4 Fifth Avenue bus also goes all the way

    up and it's a pleasant ride. One of the best trip places in

    medieval setting.

  • Frick Museum - 1 E. 70th St. Great when you're stoned. Closed


  • The Hispanic Society of America - Broadway between 15th and 16th

    Streets. The best Spanish art collection in the city.

  • Marine Museum of the Seaman's Church - 25 South St. All kinds of

    model ships and sea stuff. Also the Seaport Museum on 16 Fulton St.

  • Metropolitan Museum - 5th Ave. and 82nd St.
  • Museum of the American Indian - Broadway at 155th St. Largest

    Indian museum in the world. Open Tuesday to Sunday 1 to 5 PM. Take

    IRT (Broadway line) local to 157th St. station.

  • Museum of the City of New York - 103rd St. and 5th Ave. LE 4-1672
  • Museum of Modern Art - 11 W. 53rd St. CI 5-3200. Monday is free.
  • Museum of Natural History - Central Park West and 79th St. Great

    dinosaurs and other stuff. Weekdays 10-5 PM, Sunday 1-5 PM.

  • Museum of the Performing Arts - Lincoln Center, Amsterdam Ave. and

    65th St. 799-2200

  • New York Historical Society - 77th St. and Central Park West.

    TR 3-3400

  • Chase Manhattan Museum of Money - 1256 6th Ave. All banks,

    especially Chase Manhattan ones are museums when you get right down

    to it. Liberate them!


  • Summer Musical Festival in Central Park. About the closest

    you can come to good free rock music. There are concerts every Monday, Wednesday,

    Friday and Saturday in the months of July and August. It only costs $1.00 or

    $2.00, and everybody in the music world plays at least once. The concerts are

    held at the Wollman Ice Skating Ring. Occasionally there are free rock concerts in

    Central Park.

  • The Greenwich House of Music located at 46 Barrow St. in the

    West Village puts on free concerts and recitals every Friday at

    8:30 PM. For a complete schedule send a stamped, self-addressed


  • The Frick Museum, 1 E. 70th St., BU 8-0700, has concerts every

    Sunday afternoon. The best of the classical offerings. You must

    hassle a little. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope that will

    arrive on Monday before the date you wish to go. One letter, one

    ticket. The Donnell Library, 20 W. 53rd St. also presents free

    classical music. The schedule is found in "Calendar of Events" at

    any library.

  • The Juilliard School presents a variety of free stuff:

    orchestral, opera, dance, chamber music, string quartets and

    soloists. Performances take place most Friday evenings at 8:30 PM,

    from November through May.

  • The Museum of the City of New York, 5th Ave. between 103rd St.

    and 104th St. every Sunday at 2:30 PM, October through April. Phone

    first: LE 4-1672. Classical.

  • New York Historical Society, from December through April, has glee clubs, string

    groups, and classical singers performing on Sundays at 2:30 PM.,

    170 Central Park West (near 77th St.), Phone TR 3-3400 for schedule.

  • Brooklyn Museum has classical concerts by assorted soloists and

    groups and are presented free every Sunday from October through June at

    2 PM, Eastern Parkway and Washington Ave. NE 8-5000.

Television Shows

You can sometimes pick up tickets to television shows at the

New York Convention and Visitors Bureau, 90 E. 42nd St. For the

bigger and better shows you have to write direct to the studios. If

you do write, do it as far in advance as possible. CBS, 51 W. 52nd

St., asks you to write two months in advance. Sometimes you can get

last-minute tickets for the Ed Sullivan Theater, 1697 Broadway. For

NBC shows, write NBC Ticket Division, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. There

is also a ticket desk on the NBC Mezzanine of 30 Rockefeller Plaza

where tickets are given out for the day shows on a

first-come-first-served basis. It's open Monday through Friday from

9-5. ABC, 1330 Sixth Ave. ask you to write two to three weeks in

advance for tickets. You can get tickets up to the day of the show

by calling in or visiting the ticket office of ABC, 79 W. 66th St.

or 1330 6th Ave. (LT 1-7777). Metromedia also gives out free

tickets to their shows and you can get them by writing to WNEW-TV,

205 E. 67th St. (LE 5-1000).


  • The Dramatic Workshop, Studio number 808, Carnegie Hall

    Building, 881 7th Ave. at 56th St. Free on Friday, Saturday and

    Sunday at 8:15 PM. JU 6-4800 for information.

  • New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacourte Theater, Central

    Park. Every night except Monday. Performance begins at 8:00 PM, but

    get there before 6:00 PM to be assured of tickets.

  • Pageant Players, the Sixth Street Theater Group and other

    street theater groups perform on street corners and in parks. Free

    theater is also provided at the United Nations Building and the

    Stock Exchange on Wall Street. If you enjoy seventeenth century


  • The Equity Library Theatre gives performances of old Broadway

    hits at the Masters Institute, 103rd St. and Riverside Drive. They

    perform Tuesday through Sunday at 8:30 PM and Sunday at 2:30 PM.

    Free tickets are not always available so phone ahead (MO 3-2038)

    for reservations. No shows during the summer.

  • The Museum of Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Ave. offers

    plays, dance programs and music. Shows start at 6:30 PM. Tickets

    are handed out at 4:00 PM. Saturday shows start at 2:30 PM. You can

    write for a calendar of events to 1865 Broadway or call 799-2200.


  • The New York Historical Society, Central Park West and 77th

    St. presents Hollywood movies every Saturday afternoon. TR 3-3400

    for a schedule.

  • At the Metropolitan Museum, Fifth Ave. and 82nd St., you can

    see art films every Monday at 3:00 PM. TR 9-5500 for a schedule.

  • New York University has a very good free movie program as well

    as poetry, lectures, and theatre presentations. Call the Program

    Director's Office 598-2026 for a schedule.

  • The Film Library in the Donnell Library, 20 W. 53rd St.,

    790-6463, has a wide variety of films which may be borrowed free of

    charge. The Library system also presents film programs throughout

    the year. Pick up a Calendar of Events which lists the free

    showings at all the branches.

  • The Museum of Modern Art is free every Monday and they have a

    free film showing at 2 and 5 PM. Get a schedule at the Museum. They

    have the largest movie collection in the world.

  • Museum of Natural History, Central Park West between 77th and

    81st St. (TR 3-1300), presents travel and anthropological films on

    Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2:00 sharp, from October

    through May.

Every movie that plays in New York has a series of screenings

for critics, film buyers and friends of the folks that made it.

Look in the Yellow Pages under Motion Picture Studios and Motion

Picture Screening Rooms. Once you get the feel of it, you'll

quickly learn who shows what, where and when. They always let you

in free and if not give some gull story. (See Free Entertainment

section). If you see previews in a theater or notice a publicity

build-up in the newspapers, the movie is being screened at one or

more of the rooms.


  • Daily News-220 E. 42nd St., will answer any questions you put to

    them. Well almost!

    • General information: 883-1122
    • Sports: 883-1133
    • Travel: 883-1144
    • Weather: 883-1155
  • For the latest news, call the wire services:
    • AP is PL 7-1312, UPI is
    • MU 2-0400.
  • The New York Times Research Bureau, 229 W. 43rd St., 556-1651, will

    research news questions that pertain to the past three months.

    Liberation News Service at 160 Claremont Ave., will give you

    up-to-the-minute coverage of radical news. Call 749-2200.


  • East Village Other-20 E. 12th St., 255-2130
  • Liberation-339 Lafayette St., 674-0050
  • Other Scenes-Box 8, Village Station, 242-3888
  • Rat-241 E. 14th St., 228-4460
  • Win-339 Lafayette St., 674-0050
  • For others, call Underground Press Syndicate, Box 26, Village Station,



  • Dial-A-Beating-911
  • Dial-a-Demonstration 924-6315
  • Dial-a-Satellite-TR 3-0404
  • Time-NERVOUS
  • Weather-WE 6-1212.
  • The Switchboard-989-0720, at the Alternate U, is open 6 PM to 3 AM.


The first thing to do is get familiar with the geography of

stops you use most frequently. Locate the token cage. Check to see

whether the exits are within easy view of the teller, off to the

side, or blocked from view by concrete pole-supporters. Next learn

the type of turnstile in use. Follow the hints laid down in the

Free Transportation section.

The rush hours are always the easiest times. Just go through

the exits as people push open the door. Also at crowded hours,

people go single file past the turnstiles, one after another in a

steady stream. Get in line and go under. The people will block you

from view and won't do anything. Even a cop won't give you much

hassle. Some subway stations have concrete supports that block the

teller's view. Where these exist, slip through the exit nearest the

pole or slide by the turnstile.

Turnstile jumping is such a skill, it's going to be added to

the Olympics. There are three basic styles common to New York and

most cities and each needs a slightly different approach.

The Old Wooden Cranker-(Traditional) You have to go under or

sail over this type. Going under is a smoother trip. Going over is

trickier since you need both hands free to hurdle and it's a

quicker, more noticeable motion.


Entrance-Approach it with confidence. Pretend you're putting in a

token with your right hand and pull the bar toward you one third of

the way with your left hand. Go through the space left between the

bars and the barrier. Not for heavyweights!


Used-Only-For-Entrance-They won't pull towards you, and so, you

must go either under or over them.

NOTE: There is no way to tell a


Ways-For-Exit-and-Entrance from a New-Aluminum-Bar-Turnstile-Which-

Can-Be-Used-Only-For-Entrance unless there is a sign. You have to

try it first. Therefore, it is important to remember which kind is

in use at your local station so your technique will be smooth. Once

you're through, remember in your mind you've paid. Ignore everybody

who tries to stop you or tell you different. If someone shouts just

keep on truckin' on toward your track. Don't stop or run. Insist

you are right if you ever get caught. We have been doing it for

years, got caught twice and let go both tunes when other passengers

insisted we paid. Everybody hates the subways, even the tellers.


Clothing Repairs

All Wallach stores feature a service that includes sewing on

buttons, free shoe horns, and shoe laces, mending pants pockets and

linings, punching extra holes in belts, and a number of other free



By far the best place to get free furniture in New York is on

the street. Once a week in every district, the Sanitation

Department makes bulk pick-ups. The night before, residents put out

all kinds of stuff on the street. For the best selection try the

West Village on Monday nights, and the East Seventies on Tuesday

nights. On Wednesday night there are fantastic pick-ups on 35th St.

in-back of Macy's. Move quickly though, the guards get pissed off

easily; the truckers couldn't care less. This street method can

furnish your whole pad. Beds, desks, bureaus, lamps, bookcases,

chairs, and tables. It's all a matter of transportation. If you

don't have access to a car or truck, it's worth it to rent a

station wagon and make pick-ups.


If you would like to meet a real ghost, write Hans Holtzer,

c/o New York Committee for Investigation for Paranormal Research,

140 Riverside Drive, New York, NY. He'll put you in touch for free.

Free Lessons

Lessons in a variety of skills such as plumbing, electricity,

jewelry-making, construction and woodworking are provided by the

Mechanics Institute, 20 W. 44th St. Call or write them well in

advance for a schedule. You must sign up early for lessons as they

try to maintain small courses. MU 7-4279.


are free. Are you a poem or are you a prose?

Liberated Churches

  • Saint Mark's in the Bowery, Second Ave. and 10th ST. (674-


  • Washington Square Methodist Church, 133 W. Fourth St.,
  • Greenwich Village (777-2528); Judson Memorial Church, Washington

    Square South (725-9211).


At about 9:30 AM, free flowers in the Flower District on Sixth

Ave. between 22nd St. and 23rd St. Once in a while, you can find a

potted tree that's been thrown out because it's slightly damaged.

The Staten Island Ferry-Not free, but a nickel each way for a

five mile ocean voyage around the southern tip of Manhattan is

worth it. Take IRT (Broadway line) to South Ferry, local only.

Ferry leaves every half-hour day and night.


In the area along Central Park West in the Seventies and

Eighties are located many doctor's offices. Daily they throw out

piles of drug samples. If you know what you're looking for, search

this area.


You can always use the library. The main branch is on Fifth

Ave. and 42nd St. The Public Library prints a leaflet entitled

"It's Your Library" which lists all the 168 branches and special

services the library provides. You can pick it up at your nearest

branch. They also publish a calendar of events every two weeks

which is available free. If you have any questions call 791-6161.

You can get free posters, literature and books from the

various missions to the United Nations located on the East Side

near the UN Building. The Cuban Mission, 67th St., will give you

free copies of Granma, the Cuban newspaper, Man and Socialism in

Cuba, by Che Guevara and other literature.


A free subway map is available at any token booth. Good if

you're new in the city and don't know your way around.


ASPCA, 441 E. 92nd St. and York Ave., TR 6-7700. Dogs, cats,

some birds and other pets. Tell them you're from out of town if you

want a dog and you will not have to pay the $5.00 license fee. Have

them inspect and inoculate the pet; which they do free of charge. A

place to look for free pets is in the Village Voice under their

column Free Pets.

Radio Free New York

WBAI FM, 99.5 on your dial. 30 E. 39th St. (OX 7-8506).

Free Schools

  • Alternative University, 69 W. 14th St. (989-0666). A good

    radical school offering courses in karate, Mao, medical skills and

    other courses. They will send you a catalogue listing current


  • Bottega Artists Workshop, 1115 Quentin Road, Brooklyn,

    336-3212 has art taught by professionals for a free.


  • Contact-220 E. Seventh St. Open 3 to 10 PM. Raps, contacts, mailing

    addresses, counseling, sometimes food.

  • Traveler's Aid-204 E. 39th St. MU 4-5029
  • Village Project-88 Second Ave. Open 2 to 6 PM. Same as Contact.

fuck chicago


Contrary to rumors, none of us have ever been to Chicago.

None-the-less, we have some friends who have visited the area. In

Chicago, everyone 17 or under must be off the streets by 10:30 PM

and by 11:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Don't sleep in Lincoln

Park during political conventions, but other nights it's O.K.

Wasn't it Hillel who asked, "Why is this night different from all

other nights?" And wasn't it Mayor Richard J. Daley who responded,

"Cause I say get your ass out of the park!"

The Chicago Seed (929-0133) will give you the best advice on

crashing and the local heat scene. Grace Lutheran Church, 555 W.

Beldon St., and the Looking Glass at 1725 W. Wilson also have

crashing places or know where you can find free room and board.

You won't get hassled if you sack out in the Union Station on

Adams Street just over the bridge. There are loads of folks

crashing in abandoned buildings along LaSalle and other streets.

Also the rooftops are cool. Stay off the streets though, unless

you've got good identification.


SCLC (Operation Breadbasket) has a free breakfast program

every morning Monday through Friday from 7-10 AM at St. Anna

Church, 55th St. and LaSalle St., and also at Christ the King

Lutheran Church located at 3700 Lake Park.

You can get free samples of cheese, meat, and coffee everyday

at the Stop and Shop food store located on Washington between

Dearborn and State Streets. At the Treasure Island grocery store

located on Broadway, two blocks north of Belmont, free coffee and

cookies are offered for the people. Halloway House at 27 W.

Randolph gives coupons good for coffee. Also at the Guild Bookstore

at 25 W. Jackson Blvd., and from the machines at the 4th through

14th floors of the Playboy Building.

There are real cheap restaurants. One is a truck-stop in

Skokie called Karl's Cafe. It's just north of Oakton on Skokie

Highway. It's open until 6:00. You get a whole lot of food for

$1.00. Also, under the viaduct at Milwaukee and Damen is a small

restaurant with Polish food. You can get a great meal for $1.35.

It's worth a visit. It closes early in the evening. Another cheap

restaurant is Paul and Ernie's on North Lincoln, just south of

Wrightwood. You can have a beef dinner for about 70 cents.

A good place to pick up free vegetables and fruits is at the

wholesale market on Randolph St. or S. Water St. on Friday

afternoons. Many of the food factories such as Kraft Dairy Products

give away free samples and cases for "charity." Check them out.

It is possible to steal food from the 2nd floor Federal

Building Cafeteria at Adams and Dearborn and the National Cafeteria

at Clark and Van Buren. These cafeterias usually have long lines

and you can eat while standing and just pay for the coffee.

If you have a place to cook and store food, there are a few

places that have pretty cheap food. The east gate of International

Harvester, located at 1015 W. 120th St. is unbelievable. Dig these

bargains! 10 pounds of T-bone steaks (boxed) for $5.25 at midnight.

at 4 PM, the produce man brings a different combination of goods. A

typical bill of fare might include tomatoes, cucumbers,

strawberries, etc. at $1.00 for 10 pounds of any item. The produce

might vary from day to day, but the prices stay the same. On

Thursdays at noon and 4 PM, the Lennell cookie man comes around.

It's $1.25 per box. At 7 PM, the sausage man arrives and the

standard price is $2.00. The standard size is 3 to 5 pounds. He has

salami, liver sausage, polish sausage, and usually odd lunchmeat

such as bologna or summer sausage. All the food is sold out of

trucks, and the prices might not be exact, but they're pretty


Eggs are about 3 dozen for $2.00 on Randolph west of Halsted.

Orange juice is pretty cheap at the Del Farm on Broadway. Wonder

Bread thrift store on Diversey; Butternut, 87th St. and Ridgeland

and 1471 W. Wilson, and Silvercup, 55th and Federal, offer bread

and rolls at big discounts. The Cicero Bottling Company at 31st St.

and 48 Court sell a case of 12 quart bottles for $2.00. Mamas

Cookies, 7400 S. Kastner give 5 pounds for $1.50. At Burhops, State

and Grand, you can get cheap 5-pound boxes of steak. The Railroad

Salvage around Madison and Halsted has dented cans (with stuff

inside) for big discounts. It is also a good place for paper

products. Campbell Soup, 2250 W. 55th St., open Tuesday and

Thursday, will give you cases free or at discounts if you tell them

it's for charity or look straight. Two good spots for all around

shopping are the Hi-Lo on Lincoln, north of Irving. There's lots of

stuff for 10 cents. Marathon Products at Randolph and Halsted is

another good place.

If you can survive on just one meal a day, you're set. The

city has just opened 14 free lunch centers throughout the town.

They are located at:

  • Antgeld Urban Progress Center-967 E. 132nd St.
  • Area II Multi-Service Center of DHR-1500 N. North Park
  • Division Street Urban Progress Center-1940 W. Division
  • DHR Woodlawn District Office-6317 S. Maryland
  • Englewood District Office of DHR-6003 S. Halsted
  • Garfeld Neighborhood Service Program-9 S. Kedzie
  • Halsted Urban Progress Center-1935 S. Halsted
  • Lawndale Urban Progress Center-3818 W. Roosevelt
  • Madden Park Fieldhouse-500 E. 37th St.
  • Martin Luther King Urban Progress Center-4741 S. King Drive
  • Montrose Urban Progress Center-901 W. Montrose
  • North Kenwood CCUO Office-4155 S. Lake Park
  • South Chicago Urban Progress Center-9231 S. Houston
  • Southern District DHR Office-2108 E. 71st St.

The free hot meals consist of meat, potatoes, a vegetable,

dessert, fruit, and coffee or milk. You have to give them a name

and an address.


All three major universities have excellent clinics that do

most kinds of medical work for free. The University of Chicago

maintains a clinic at 950 E. 59th St. The University of Illinois

has one located at 840 S. Wood. In addition to good medical care,

Northwestern University Clinic offers very cheap dental treatment.

The clinic is at 303 E. Chicago. Call the main switchboard of the

schools and ask for the clinics to check out services and hours.

A V.D. clinic is open every weekday and late on Wednesdays at

27 E. 26th St. and N. North Park. Chronic diseases are treated at

2974 N. Clybourn. Free chest X-rays are available at City Hall

downtown, everyday. For mental health problems, try the clinic at

1900 N. Sedgwick (642-3531).

Drug education is offered by Earth Mother on Wednesdays at the

Grace Church, 555 W. Belden. Information and help with bad trips

can be obtained through Just Us, 61 N. Parkside (378-7618) or LSD

Rescue Service, 7717 N. Sheridan (338-6750). Chicago has a number

of good clinics maintained by movement and community groups spread

throughout the city for the people that live in the area. The Black

Panther Party runs the Spurgeon "Jake" Winters Free People's Clinic

at 3850 W. 16th St. (522-3220).

The Young Patriots Uptown Health Service located at 4408 N.

Sheridan (334-8957) serves the people in that community. The Young

Lords maintain the Dr. E. Betances Free People's Health Center at

Peoples Church, 834 W. Armitage (549-8505). The Latin American

Defense Organization has a clinic on 2353 W. North Avenue,

(276-0900). The growing Student Health Organization administers a

number of small clinics in various communities. Call them at

493-2741 or drop into their office at 1613 E. 53rd St. At the Holy

Covenant Church, on Wilton and Diversey, you can get medical

assistance at the Free People's Clinic as well as help with legal,

housing, family planning and nutrition problems. Call 348-6842. All

these clinics provide a variety of services and operate on

different schedules. Call them first to be sure they are open.


Chicago has a number of good law schools and you can often get

some assistance or referral by calling them and speaking to the

editor of the law school paper. You can go to the bathroom for free

in the Julius J. Hoffman Room at Northwestern University Law


The Law Student Commune, 357 E. Chicago, 649-8462, is a group

of young radical lawyers and law students trying to bring legal

assistance into the streets. The People's Law Office 2156 N.

Halsted, 929-1880 operates the same way. For community problems,

call the Lincoln Park Rights Center, 525-9775, or the Community

Legal Counsel, 726-0157. The ACLU maintains a large chapter in

Chicago at 6 S. Clark, 236-5564, and handles cases where civil

liberties are affected.


  • American Friends Service Committee - 407 S. Dearborn St. 427-2533
  • Austin Draft Counseling Center - 5903 Fulton 626-9385
  • Chicago Area Draft Resisters (Cadre) - 519 W. North Ave. 664-6895
  • Chicago Circle Draft Information Organization

    University of Illinois, 317 Chicago Circle Center 663-2557

  • Hyde Park Draft Information Center - Quaker House, 5615 S. Woodlawn

    Ave. 363-1248

  • Kennedy King Draft Counseling Center - 7047 S. Stewart - 488-0900,

    ext. 36

  • Lawndale Draft Counseling - 4049 W. 28th St. 277-3140
  • Loyola Draft Counseling Center 6525 N. Sheridan, 274-3000 ext. 378
  • Mandel Legal Aid Clinic - 6020 S. University Ave. 324-5181
  • Ravenswood Draft Counseling - Barry Memorial Methodist Church, 4754

    N. Leavitt 784-3272

  • Roosevelt Selective Service Counseling Organization - Roosevelt

    University Student Senate Office, Rm. 204, 430 S. Michigan Ave.

    922-3580 ext. 334

  • South Side Draft Information (Mt. Carmel Book Dist.) 2355 W. 63rd

    St. 925-3686

  • Uptown Hull House Draft Information Service - 4520 N. Beacon St.


  • Wellington Avenue Congregational Church Draft Counseling Center -

    615 W. Wellington Ave. 935-0642.



Lincoln Park stretches along Lake Michigan in the Northern

section of the city. It has a Conservatory and Zoo, opened 9 AM to

5 PM. Just south of the zoo is the gathering place for free rock

concerts, be-ins, and the like. There is also a zoo in the

Brookfield section at 8400 W. 31st St. The Morton Arboretium

located on Route 53 in Lisle is open every day till sunset. The

Shedd Aquarium is located at 1200 South Lake Shore Drive at



The Auditorium and Opera House sometimes offers free concerts

on Sunday and weeknights. Hang around the lobby and claim there are

tickets in your name at the box office. Even if it's a pay concert

you can generally bluff your way inside. The Center for New Music,

2263 N. Lincoln, usually has free concerts on Sunday and Monday at

8 PM. WGLD is the local underground station. The Universal Life

Church Coffee House, 1049 W. Polk has free rock and folk music on

the weekends. Free City Music sponsors free rock concerts during

the spring and summer in Lincoln Park.


  • The Art Institute - Adams and Michigan. Opens daily at 10 AM. Great

    art museum.

  • Chicago Academy of Science-Lincoln Park at 2001 N. Clark.

    (LI 9-0606) Open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.

  • Field Museum of Natural History-Roosevelt Road at Lake Shore Drive.

    Time of opening varies from day to day; call 922-9410. Thursday,

    Saturday and Sunday admission is free.

  • Museum of Contemporary Art-237 E. Ontario (943-7755) Open daily.
  • Museum of Science and Industry-57th St. in the Hyde Park area.

    (MU 4-1414) Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. Our all-time favorite


  • The Oriental Institute-University of Chicago campus, 1155 E. 58th

    St. (643-0800) Open daily, except Monday, from 10AM to 5 PM.


The Other Door Coffee House, 3124 N. Broadway, features

nightly poetry readings and music. Call 348-8552. Cafe Pergolesi,

3404 N. Halsted, features poetry readings, baroque music and an art

gallery. There is no cover or minimum. Open 6 to 12 PM, and till

1:00 AM on Saturday.


The Playhouse North, 315 W. North Ave. features free theater.

For $1.00, you can see various groups perform at the Harper Theater

Coffee House at 5238 S. Harper. Second City, l616 N. Wells, has

free improvisations after their evening performances every evening

except Fridays. Free children's theater can be seen at La Dolores,

1980 North Orchard, Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 PM. Call 664-2352.


  • The Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. shows double bills

    for $1.25 and has a penny candy counter. John Dillinger got

    ambushed when he left the place. Free Newsreel films can be seen

    Wednesdays at 8 PM at the Neighborhood Commons, Wisconsin and

    Freemart. Newsreel, 2744 N. Lincoln (248-2018) provides movement

    films for free or law cost to groups.

  • Alice's Revisited, 950 N. Wrightwood, is a restaurant that

    shows free movies. On Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM they have free

    folk-rock-blues music. Saturdays they also have free children's

    theater. Tuesdays they have psychodrama, also for free. Call

    528-4250 for more info.


  • The Switchboard number is 281-7197.

Underground Papers

  • Rising Up Angry - 2261 N. Lincoln 472-1791
  • Second City - 2120 N. Halsted 549-8760
  • The Chicago Seed - 950 W. Wrightwood 929-0133

The Seed features a column called "Making It," which deals

with survival in the Windy City. It is probably the best of its

type in the country.

The Black Panther Party office is located at 2350 W. Madison



  • Agitprop - no office; phone 929-0133
  • Chicago Print Co-op. - 6710 N. Clark
  • J. S. Jordan Memorial Printing Co-op. - 6710 N. Clark
  • Omega Posters - 711 S. Dearborn
  • Red Star Press - 180 N. Wacher


The People's School, 4409 N. Sheridan (561-6737), offers free

courses in many areas of survival and radical politics. The White

Panther Party, 787-1962, offers courses in street fighting, history

of American radicalism, and dialectic sexism.



The Concerned Citizens Survival Front, 2512 N. Lincoln Ave.

has clothes. Try the dry cleaners on Armitage east of Halsted along

the south side of the street. They give away unclaimed stuff. Also

Brazil Cleaners at 3943 Indiana. The Eugene Blue Jean Store at 7017

Paulina has jeans, old army shirts and other items for less than a



The Lake Shore Drive area on collection days has furniture.

Call the bureau of Streets and Sanitation for a collection


Free Store

At 727 S. Laflin, you'll find a genuine free store that gives

away everything you can imagine. It has a tendency to be a floating

free store though.


Pick up some underground papers at any of the offices listed

and hawk them on the streets. You can pull in $6-$10 an hour if you

work at it.

fuck los angeles


There are several crash pads and communes that will put you up

for a few nights. Call the Free Clinic at 938-9141. Floor space is

available at the Sans Souce Temple on S. Ardmore. Women's Emergency

Lodge at 912 W. 9th St. (627-5571) will put up women without a

place to stay or make referrals. Resistance (386-9645) and Green

Power (HQ 9-5184) will be helpful if you have to crash. Sleeping on

the beaches is out, but the roofs are cool. The Midnite Mission at

396 S. Los Angeles (624-9258) has room and board for some boarders.

The parks and streets are certain bust material. The L.A. pigs are

matched in brutality only by their fellow hoggers in Chicago and

South Africa. Every L.A. cop is nine feet of solid chrome. Bite his

toes and down he goes.


Green Power Feeds Millions is a unique organization serving

the nets of people. They provide food for festivals, cancers,

demonstrations, be-ins, sit-ins and similar events for free. In

addition they supply a number of communes and serve food every

Sunday in Griffith Park, the central get-together spot in Los

Angeles. Call them at HO 9-5184 or 938-9141 for information and

also to offer your help.

Free vegetarian lunch can be found at the W. Hollywood

Presbyterian Church at Sunset and Martel (874-1816). For supper,

try the Midnite Mission, 396 S. Los Angeles Street; God Squas, 1412

N. Crescent Heights Blvd. (near Sunset), and His Place, Sunset and

La Cienega.

The Half-Price Bakery at Third and Hill St. gives away free

bakery goods late at night and you can always bum a meal in any

Clifton's Cafeteria with a good story.

The Watts Trojan House is a free store that provides not only

food, both clothing and a variety of other items and service. They

are located at 1822 E. 103rd St. The County Welfare Department at

2707 S. Grand (near Adams Street) has a liberal food stamp program



  • The Free Clinic at 115 N. Fairfax Ave. (938-9141) is very

    popular and provides a number of services at various hours such as:

    • Job Co-ops--Monday thru Friday, 10:00-4:00 PM.
    • Medical--Monday thru Friday, 5:30-l0:00 PM. Saturday 12:30-5:00 PM.
    • Dental--Monday thru Thursday, 7-10 PM.
    • Counseling-Psychiatric, Monday thru Friday, 6-10 PM.
    • Legal Monday thru Friday, 7-10 PM
    • Draft-Monday thru Thursday, 7:30-10:00 PM.
    • Pregnancy and Abortion--Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 7:30. Saturday

      1:30 PM

    • Birth Control-Monday thru Friday, 6-7 PM. Saturday 2-3 PM.
  • The Foothill Clinic, 547 E. Union in Pasadena (795-8088)

    offers similar services free of charge. Call them for a schedule of

    hours. Venereal Diseases are treated in the evenings at a clinic

    maintained by the Committee to Eradicate Syphillis. They are found

    at 5205 Melrose Ave., Hollywood (870-2524).

  • In Venice use the free Youth Clinic at 905 Venice Blvd. (near

    Lincoln). The services are varied and they are only open evenings.

    Call 399-7743 and they'll help you.

  • For specialized problems try:
    • Drugs--Narcotics Anonymous (463-3123)
    • Abortion-The Woman's Center, 1027 S. Crenshaw (near Olympic Blvd.)

      Wednesdays at 7:30 PM.

    • Mental--Central City Community Mental Health Center, 4272 S.

      Broadway (232-2441)

    • Suicide Prevention Center, 2521 W. Pico


  • District Health Centers provide many free services. For exact

    information, call the center or write to:

    • County of Los Angeles

      Health Department, Public Health Education Division, 220 N.

      Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90012. Ask for a list and

      information about their health services.

      • EAST LOS ANGELES-670 S. Ferris Ave. 261-3191.
      • SUBCENTER--MARAVILLA - 915 N. Bonnie Beach Pl. 264-6910.
      • HOLLYWOOD-WILSHIRE-5202 Melrose Ave. 464-0121.
      • SUBCENTER-WEST HOLLYWOOD-621 N. San Vincente Blvd. 652-3090.
      • NORTH HOLLYWOOD-5300 Tujunga Ave. 766-3981.
      • SUBCENTERS-PACOIMA--13300 Van Nuys Blvd. 899-0231.
      • TUJUNGA--7747 Foothill Blvd. 352-1417.
      • SOUTH-1522 E. 102 St. 564-6801
      • SUBCENTER--FLORENCE-Firestone-8019 Compton Ave 583-6241.
      • SOUTHEAST - 4920 Avalon Blvd. 231-2161.
      • SOUTHWEST - 3834 S.Western Ave. 731-8541.


  • The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles at 106 3rd St.

    (628-9126) provides help in civil matters.

  • The ACLU of Southern California is located at 323 W. Fifth St.

    (MA 6-5156).


  • AFSC - 980 N. Fair Oaks, Pasadena 91103 (791-1978)
  • Black Community Draft Assistance-7228 S. Broadway, LA 90003


  • Catholic Peace Assn.--911 Malcolm Ave., Westwood 90024 (474-2683)
  • Counterdraft-PO Box 74881, LA 90004
  • East LA Peace Center-409 N. Soto, LA 90033 (261-2047)
  • Episcopal Draft Counseling Center-514 W. Adams Blvd., LA 90004


  • Fellowship for Reconciliation 4356½ Melrose, LA 90029 (666-0145)
  • First Unitarian Church-2936 W. Eighth St., LA 90005 (389-1356)
  • Free Clinic-115 N. Fairfax, LA 90036 (938-9141)
  • L.A. Comm. for Defense of Bill of Rights-(MA 5-2169)
  • L.A. Draft Help-1018 S. Hill St., LA (RI 7-5461)
  • Myra House-191 N. Sunkist, West Covina (338-9636)
  • Northeast Peace Center-5682 York Blvd., LA 90042 (257-2004)
  • Peace House-724 Morengo, Pasadena 91103 (449-8228)
  • Resistance-507 N. Hoover, LA 90004
  • The Resistance-11317 Santa Monica Blvd., Westwood 90024 (478-2374)
  • SFVSC-Student Service Center, Admissions and Records Office,

    San Fernando Valley State College, Northridge (349-1200, ext. 1181)

  • UCLA Draft Counseling Center--UCLA Law School, 405 Hilgard Ave., LA

    90024 (746-6092)

  • USC Counseling Center-Gould Law School, University Park, Student

    Union Bldg., Rm. 217 (746-6092)

  • Valley Peace Center-7105 Hayvenhurst, Van Nuys 91406 (787-6925).

    Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

  • Venice Draft Info Center--73 Market St., Venice 90291 (399-5812)
  • War Resisters League-1046 N. Sweetzer, LA 90069 (654-4491)
  • Westside Jewish Community Center-5870 W. Olympic Blvd., LA 90046


  • Women Strike for Peace-5899 W. Pico Blvd., LA 90019 (937-0236)



Los Angeles has 14 miles of beaches extending from north of

Pacific Palisades to Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro.

Will Rogers Beach State Park, 15100 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific

Palisades, extends north three miles from the Santa Monica city

limits to a point near Topanga Canyon. This beach has a large,

popular surfing area.

Venice Beach, 2100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, extends from the

Santa Monica city limits south to Marina Del Rey. Six acres have

been developed into a park with picnic areas, shuffleboard courts

and the Venice Beach Pavilion. The huge Venice Fishing Pier is

located here, and there is an area for surfing.

Isidore B. Dockweiler Beach State Park, 11401 Vista del Mar Ave.

extends from Marina del Ray, south of the city of El Segundo. This

beach has 700 fire pits and a surfing area.

Cabrillo Beach, 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro, located at the

northern end of Los Angeles Harbor, has picnic areas, fire pits and

a section for surfing.

Royal Palms Beach, 1799 Paseo del Mar is equipped with picnic areas

and fire pits.


Griffith Park is the largest park and the favorite gathering spot

of the local hip community. It's next to the Ventura and State


Arroyo Seco Park is located along the Arroyo Seco and has picnic,

recreational and bowling-on-the-green facilities. You'll also find

the Los Angeles Zoo at 5333 Zoo Drive in the park.

Brand Park and Memory Garden opposite the old Mission San Fernando

is a real strange place to go.

Echo Park has the largest artificial lake in Los Angeles. Fishing

programs for kids are conducted each summer and electric boats are

available for rent.

Hancock Park, located on Wilshire Blvd, between Odgen and Curson,

has the LaBrea Tar Pits with prehistoric animal and plant fossils

all over the place.

The Exposition Park Rose Garden on Exposition Blvd. is a seven-acre

sunken rose garden that smells great.

Founded by Hubert Eaton as "the first step up to heaven," Forest

Lawn Memorial Park, overlooking beautiful downtown Glendale has to

be the wildest spot around. It is pure L.A. with the largest

collection of reproduced statuary in the world. Jean Harlow, Sabu,

Clark Gable and other loved ones are tucked away here. You can turn

on in front of the Jean Hersholt Memorial, fuck in the Aisle of

Benevolence located in the Great Mausoleum, and trip out on a

stereo sermon emanating from the giant Mystery of Life sculpture.

Far-fucking out!


There are over fifty free museums in the greater Los Angeles

area. We are listing those of special interest.

California Museum of Science and Industry-Exposition Park,


Hollywood Wax Museum-6767 Hollywood Blvd. (near Grauman's Chinese


Los Angeles County Museum of Art-5905 Wilshire Blvd. in Hancock

Park, 937-2590.


Every Sunday there are free music concerts in Griffith Park.


U.C.L.A. has a free experimental film series every year. Call

them at 825-4321 for a schedule.


The Switchboard in Los Angeles has a 24-hour-a-day service

called the Hot Line. It's located at 4650 Sunset Blvd. (663-1015).

Call them for the latest in what's going down in the area. The

L.A. Free Press at 7813 Beverly Blvd. 937-1970, is always a good

source of information. The Black Panther Party Headquarters can be

found at 4115 S. Central Ave., 235-4127, or at 9818 Anzac, in

Watts, 567-8027. The Traveler's Aid Society has offices in the

Greyhound Bus Terminal and International Airport. They provide all

kinds of services and information to lost souls or visitors.




The following spots offer clothes,furniture and other

household items at low prices:

Goodwill Industries-235 So. Broadway 228-1748; 5208 Whittier


St. Vincent de Paul Society-727 N. Broadway 627-8147; 210 San

Fernando Rd. 221-6151

The Volunteers of America maintain a number of thrift stores

throughout the area. Try 8609 S. Broadway or call 750-9251 for the

store near you.

The Salvation Army also has a chain of stores. The main store is at

801 E. 7th St. 620-1270. They can help you there or let you know

where you can shop in your area.


You can sell a pint of blood for $10.00 at the Red Cross Blood

Bank, 1200 S. Vermont (384-5261).


All sorts of free pets are available at the ASPCA, 5026, W.

Jefferson (731-2491).


Los Angeles has a curfew law but you can get a suitable I.D.

with photo for $3.50 at Twelfth and Hill Streets.

fuck san francisco


The nights are chilly in San Francisco but there are places

that offer a free night's lodging. To avoid overcrowding they tend

to employ a ticket system. By showing up in the late afternoon, you

are generally assured a place to stay that night. The following

places work it this way:

  • Brother Juniper's Inn--1736 Haight, tickets on a first-come,

    first-serve basis.

  • Holy Order of Man--937 Fillmore, no tickets.
  • Hospitality House--148 Leavenworth, for people under 18, generally


  • Pinehurst Emergency Lodge--2685 30th Ave., for unwed mothers and

    women with children.

  • St. Mary's Church--660 California, tickets at 6:00 PM.
  • St. Patrick's Church--756 Mission, tickets at 6:00 PM
  • St. Vincent De Paul--235 Minna, tickets at 4:00 PM for single men


  • Salvation Army Harbor Light--290 Fourth St., no tickets.

Traveler's Aid, 38 Mason, 771-0880, will assist in finding

temporary shelter. Young runaways will find it cool to try All

Saint's Church, 1350 Walker (863-9718) for both room and board.

Also Huckleberry's for Runaways, 1347 7th Ave. (731-3921) will

provide these and other services such as counseling.

If you're going to settle for a while in San Francisco, you

might have difficulty finding an apartment to rent. Try the Federal

Housing Information Center, 100 California (556-5900). They

maintain a free listing.

The Community Design Center, 215 Haight (863-3718) provides

free advice on architectural and design of pads inside and out once

you locate a place, speaking, you can find a Traveler's Aid Station

in every place that large numbers of travelers can be found.



12 years 6 months ago

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Submitted by tastybrain on September 28, 2011

Isn't a lot of this information incredible out of date at this point?


6 years 8 months ago

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Submitted by petey on August 6, 2017

ah, memories...


12 years 6 months ago

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Submitted by Samotnaf on September 29, 2011

Abbie Hoffman was incredibly leftist in many ways - uncritical support for Castro's Cuba, the NLF in Vietnam, etc. Also, Emmett Grogan, in Ringolevio, found him to be extremely self-aggrandising. And publicising many of the ways people could live for free, rip off the system that was ripping them off, provided the powers-that-be with a manual for closing up many of the loopholes so that a lot of good ideas that had long been passed on by word of mouth were now no longer available. Though I admit, I was sad when I heard he'd committed suicide, because he had a lot more integrity than that Yippie shithead, Jerry Rubin. For an interesting take on them, check out:


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Submitted by tastybrain on September 29, 2011

FFS, he's telling people to smoke moldy weed and grow their own without even mentioning it's a serious crime. I mean, maybe the laws were different then, but it's a felony now and you can get decades in prison for it. I'm worried about all the wee impresionable young uns reading Libcom lol. Critical introduction maybe? The thing about overdrafting your bank account and taking out a loan for school and then leaving wouldn't work today, I'm pretty sure. I bet the debt-collection industry has gotten way more sophisticated what with technology and all.


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Submitted by Steven. on September 29, 2011

This text is more here for reference really. But good idea, a critical introduction would be beneficial

Jason Cortez

12 years 6 months ago

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Submitted by Jason Cortez on September 29, 2011

I will write an introductionary paragraph, if you want.

Abbie Hoffman was incredibly leftist in many ways - uncritical support for Castro's Cuba, the NLF in Vietnam, etc.

Here in lies the problem of using such terms as 'leftist' whilst he may have had problematic views regarding 'national liberation struggles' that mirrored those of many left wing groups, the Yippies really did attempt to more beyond standard left ideology in practise. And he did more to spread radical thought (if admittedly not in its full communism expression) than Knabb ever has, as much I share some of the latter's criticisms.

Also, Emmett Grogan, in Ringolevio, found him to be extremely self-aggrandising.

Well he had some personality defects, unlike say Marx, Debord, Knabb :roll: . I would imagine that his bi-polar would have effected this aspect as well

publicising many of the ways people could live for free, rip off the system that was ripping them off, provided the powers-that-be with a manual for closing up many of the loopholes so that a lot of good ideas that had long been passed on by word of mouth were now no longer available

Well Hoffman like many of his time thought things were coming to a head in American society, so was a manual for the moment, to enable folks to live for less and to be more effective in their struggles. Also I think it is important to remember that Hoffman, saw the battle between companies and those ripping them off, as engaged in an arms race and that his book would quickly become outdated. Indeed this book was a new enlarged and updated version of his Fuck The System pamphlet. Also I think that this book being a major cause for many of the blags written about ending is over stated. If we look at stealing from shops, the design and lay-out of stores had come under more sciencitific and technological approach, with an emphasis on preventing theft. With the introduction of convex mirrors, careful placing of tills, etc. Indeed CCTV started appearing in London department stores(I would imagine they appeared in the USA earlier) in the early seventies and increasingly spread as costs came down.


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Submitted by arminius on September 29, 2011

The film of this (and I have no idea how close/far it is from the book) used to be on YouTube, fwiw, and maybe still is.


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Submitted by Steven. on September 29, 2011

Jason, thanks for the offer but I wrote an intro straight away