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Date: 11/02/00

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    marty wrote
    >With regard to feminism, some of the first feminist activists in NYC (Robin
    >Morgan in particular) were close to the Yippies. But they broke with the
    >Yippies (before Chicago) cause the Yippies didn't take them seriously and
    >because they felt that feminism, and not the vaguer counter-culture Yippie
    >orientation, represented the real revolution.  But that's another thread.
    I was was one "of the first feminists activists in NYC"  (should read sixties 
       activists, as there were many before us).      Not all of us broke with 
    the Yippies.  And, not all us feminists  broke with men.  Lets not forget 
    that Robin Morgan was living with a man and so were others.     Some of us 
    loved the Yippies theater and felt that their politics complimented and added 
    to the anti war movement,  the fight against racisim, and the struggle  for 
    equal rights for  women .   Working with Newsreel I shot film of yippie  
    events.   The Yippies were fun.  I was friends with yippies.   I and a few 
    others in Newsreel  fought with  the majority of others  in Newsreel to have 
    Newsreel distribute the Yippie film.  
            Here is a true story in response to Martys statement.  
    One day after the Chicago Convention Sharon Krebs, Nancy Kurshon, (SP?)  and  
    myself (Roz Payne) had lunch and a meeting at  Ken Pitchford (spell?) and  
    Robin Morgans apartment on Third Ave, over Kiels  Store.
       The   indictments came down from the House Un American Activities Comm.  
    in Washington  inditing the Chicago 8 folks including Abbie, Tom, Bobby, 
    Dave, Lee, Jerry, Rennie, etc........
    We had all worked on organizing the demonstrations at the convention.  None 
    of us had been indicted , no women had been indicted.  The Commeettee decided 
    that only the men were the leaders and left us out of the event. We were 
    We sat around a table discussing  what we were going to do about it.  
    We decided to have a press conference and attend the HUAC hearings in 
    Washington dress as witchs and putting a  hex both  on  HUAC and  on the boys 
    indicted for being responsible for the demonstrations in Chicago.
    We wrote a piece collectivly . 
    We were discussing  what  the letters in the word Witch stood for   When Kens 
    voice from another room came Kens voice saying ,  Womens International 
    Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell?  We all liked it.    
    We notified the press , held our press conference in front of the famous Gem 
    on Second Ave and St. Marks,   home of great egg creams.  We received 
    excellent press.  Including , years later a front page of NY TImes mag. for a 
    story on witches.
      We showed up  for HUAC   hearings on the chicago convention   in 
    washington. With oregino drew a circle on the ground and performed  our hex   
    on all the committe men on HUCA and on our  chicago home boys.  
    This is the hex  .
    Dear Sixties list 
    I've received numerous requests for information on the Newsreel films 
    transfered to video that are in my archive.  Our web page is down right now 
    but will be back up shortly.  In the interest of information I am sending 
    this list some of the Newsreel videos I have, there are more.   My best,  Roz 
    Roz Payne Video/ Film Archives
     POBox 164   Richmond, Vermont 05477
     E mail    roznews@aol.com
    All films have been transferred to video . Large collection of black & white 
    photos, posters, buttons, t shirts, leaflets, newspapers, magazines, small 
    press, and FBI Counter intelligence files on Blacks  are among the artifacts 
    that are available as support material for the films.  Copyright for 
    films/videos  l999 .   For information about orders and prices please contact 
    Roz Payne  
    All descriptions are taken from original Newsreel catalogs
    AMERIKA     Against the background of the November 1969 Anti-Vietnam War 
    demonstration in Washington DC., footage from all over the world and music of 
    the Sixties.    1969     33 minutes
    ARMY    US  Imperialism needs massive military power capable of maintaining 
    its markets overseas and quelling rebellions at home.  This film records the 
    training and  indoctrination given to GIs to produce this force.  The men 
    themselves talk about who the army really serves, and the effect the 
    indoctrination has on them, and the beginnings of resistance to the army and 
    against the war.  l969  25 minutes
    OFF THE PIG (BLACK PANTHER)    This is one of the first films made about the 
    Panthers.  It contains interviews with Party leaders Huey Newton and Eldridge 
    Cleaver describing why the Party was formed and what its goals are.  It also 
    includes footage of Panther recruitment, training and the Party's original 10 
    Point Program laid out by Chairman Bobby Seale.     l968       15 minutes
    La Renovacion Urban  destruyo los hogares de 35,000 familias puertoriquenas 
    de la ciudad de Nueva York para construir Lincoln Center, una vitrina 
    cultural para las clase dominante de la ciudad.  La pelicula explica la 
    coneccion entre esta accion cotidiana y es imperlialismo corporativo 
    norteamericano.     12 minutes
    To keep the well-to-do from continuing to flee the city and depleting its tax 
    base, city, state, and federal government, and the Rockefellers, Morgans, and 
    Mellons finance the prestigious Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  It 
    was built in the middle of a Puerto Rican ghetto, displacing thousands of 
    families and a lively street culture.  Upper-income families move into 
    high-rise apartment houses, financially inaccessible and culturally 
    irrelevant to the lives of the former residents.       11 minutes
    COLUMBIA REVOLT In May l968, the students of Columbia University went on 
    strike after the administrators repeatedly ignored their demand for open 
    discussion of the university's involvement in racist policies, exploitation 
    of the surrounding community of Harlem.  This is the story of our first major 
    student revolt, told from inside the liberated buildings.  (footage includes 
    about a minute of Grateful Dead playing a free concert in support of the 
    strikers , speech by H Rap Brown, shots of Tom Hayden, Mark Rudd, Gustin 
    Reichback, a marriage, Dr. Margaret Mead, students in Presidents office.)    
    50 minutes
    THE EARTH BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE A  analysis of the ecology crisis, this film 
    dispels the myths that big business and big government have been telling the 
    people about the world-wide ecological crisis.  Is there really 
    over-population in the world, or is there an unequal distribution of wealth 
    and food?  Do people or large industries ruin the environment?  Will the 
    earth survive for the people or for corporate profit?   l971   10 minutes  
    (One of the first simply made ecology films. )
    GARBAGE     Bringing the revolution to the ruling class in The Sixties, the 
    Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers  (an New York anarchistic group ) export 
    garbage from their Lower East Side ghetto to the halls of Lincoln Center for 
    the Performing Arts-all the while, New York was in its longest bitterest 
    sanitation workers strike.   10 minutes
    HIGH SCHOOL RISING      High school corridors patrolled by narcotics agents 
    and police, distortion of the history of black, brown, and poor white people, 
    provoked student attacks on the tracking system.  Stills, live footage and 
    rock music.  (Note:  This film is not technically excellent, but it is very 
    useful in understanding the problems occurring in most high schools across 
    the nation today)      l969     15 minutes
    LOS SIETE DE LA RAZA         This film is about the oppression of the Third 
    World community in the Mission district of San Francisco.  It deals 
    specifically with seven Latino youths who were recruiting street kids into a 
    college Brown Studies Program.  They are accused of killing a 
    plainclothesman.  While they become victims of a press and police campaign to 
    "clean-up" the Mission, their defense becomes the foundation of a 
    revolutionary community organization called Los Siete       1969    30 
    minutes.  Available in Spanish and English.  Spanish soundtrack is poor 
    MAKE OUT       The oppressive experience of making-out in a car...from the 
    woman's point of view.  Short and sweet.  (The entire film is of a couple 
    making out and the sound track is what is going through the mind of the girl. 
      It can be shown a second time with the sound off and the males can make up 
    their own sound track.          5 minutes
    MAYDAY (BLACK PANTHER)    On May l, 1969 the Black Panther Party held a 
    massive rally in San Francisco.  Speakers Kathleen Cleaver, Bobby Seale, and 
    Charles Garry present the rally's demands for the release of Huey Newton and 
    all political prisoners.  The film includes footage of the police raid on 
    Panther headquarters in San Francisco a few days prior to the rally and the 
    Panther's Breakfast for Children Program.   1969      15 minutes
    ONLY THE BEGINNING    For years the sentiment against the war in Vietnam has 
    been growing.  The latest polls show that 73% of the US. population want the 
    troops out of Vietnam now GI^s are among the most active protesters against 
    the war.  In April, l971, thousands of GI's-Marines and regular army, 
    veterans and active duty personnel came to Washington, DC., to denounce their 
    participation in that "dirty war," and to demand it be ended immediately.  
    The film begins with the demonstration in Washington.  In front of the 
    Capitol, we see the veterans come before the crowd and throw their medals 
    away.  The film moves to Vietnam where the devastating effects of US. bombs 
    are documented.  ONLY THE BEGINNING is about the GI movement to end the war.  
        1971    20 minutes      color
    MISS AMERICA, UP AGAINST THE WALL      A now historical film about the 
    disruption of the Miss America pageant of l968.  With raps, guerrilla 
    theater, and original songs .  Women stress the (mis)use of their sisters, by 
    the pageant, as mindless sexual objects.  Footage includes Attorney /activist 
    Flo Kennedy  and music written and sung by Bev Grant.   6 minutes
    RICHMOND UNION OIL STRIKE        In January, l969 oil workers in  Richmond , 
    California struck.  The local police and the Standard Oil goon squads 
    attacked the strikers and their families,  killing one and injuring others. 
    The striking students from San Francisco State were asked to join the 
    struggle.  For the first time workers and students fight together against 
    their common enemy.  Footage includes speeches of Bob Avakian.   30 min.
    PEOPLE'S PARK     In the spring of l969 , the Berkeley street community 
    initiated a project to transform a barren and unused university-owned Lot 
    into a park for the whole community to enjoy-a People's Park.  Because the 
    park threatened the control of the university and presented a challenge to 
    the concept of private property, the police and National Guard were used to 
    brutalize the people and destroy the People's Park. This film was made by SF 
    Newsreel and was originally rejected by NY Newsreel  as not being political 
    enough.  The beginning five minute rap by Frank Barnike a peoples park 
    politico was added.     25 minutes
    POR PRIMERIA VEZ (FOR THE FIRST TIME)       The Cuban Film Institute sends 
    mobile film units into the rural provinces-young and old delight on seeing 
    movies "for the first time."  Modern Times with Charlie Chaplin is shown in a 
    rural village.  An enchanting short that leaves you happy and smiling.    10 
    minutes   Available in Spanish
    PEOPLE'S WAR     In the summer of l969, Newsreel went to North Vietnam. From 
    that trip; came PEOPLE'S WAR.  This film moves beyond the perception of the 
    North Vietnamese as victims to a portrait of how the North Vietnamese society 
    is organized.  it shows the relationship of the people to their 
    government-how local tasks of a village are coordinated and its needs met.  
    It deals with the reality of a nation that has been at war for twenty-five 
    years, that is not only resisting US. aggression and keeping alive under 
    bombing, but that is also struggling to raise its standard of living and to 
    overcome the underdevelopment of centuries of colonial rule.  Amid much 
    publicity, the footage was confiscated upon its return to the US. .  Despite 
    this attempt at suppression, PEOPLE'S WAS has become one of the most 
    sought-after films on Vietnam and was chosen for the USA film festival in 
    Houston, Texas. l970        40 minutes
    ROTC         The issue of ROTC is uppermost on many college campuses and is a 
    major focus of anti war activity.  In an interview with the head of Harvard 
    ROTC, the University's ties to the military industrial complex and how ROTC 
    serves this relationship is exposed.    l969     20 minutes
    SEVENTY-NINE SPRINGS OF HO CHI MINH      This film on the life and death of 
    HO Chi Minh is a skillfully interwoven blend of old still photographs and 
    newsreel footage of the DRV's (Democratic Republic of Vietnam)  founder, a 
    man whose life spans three revolutions, three continents and three wars.  It 
    portrays his life: from militant student to revolutionary lead of this 
    country; and his life-long work dedication to the Vietnamese people and their 
    struggle for liberation.  This eulogy was made by Cuba's renowned filmmaker, 
    Santiago Alvarez.  Musical soundtrack, Spanish titles.  (Note: Understanding 
    of the Spanish titles is not necessary for full enjoyment of the 
    film.)"...one of the most moving political films this reviewer has seen. . 
    ."Lenny Rubenstein, Cineaste   25 minutes
    SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY    In a skit presented at an abortion rally 
    in New York City, a beauty contestant is pressured to fulfill certain roles 
    in order to be the "ideal woman", a "winner".  The skit shows how women, 
    especially minority women, are used in this society for profit.  The women 
    who perform also discuss their personal lives and how their struggle as women 
    is expressed in the skit. (Note: Soundtrack is sometimes difficult to 
    understand.)   l967  17 minutes
    STRIKE CITY      Plantation workers in Mississippi having gone on strike 
    against the extreme exploitation of the plantation system, and decide to form 
    their own collective  Their determination to stick together, rather than go 
    back to the plantation or be forced out of the state, is their main resource. 
     After a bitter winter, living in tents, they obtain partial support from 
    private sources and begin building permanent housing.  The poverty program 
    backs down on its promise of support in response to Mississippi senators who 
    fear the implications of collectives of back farmers in Mississippi.    l965  
    30 minutes
    SUMMER 68        Draft resistance organizing in Boston, a Boston organizer's 
    trip to North Vietnam--a GI. coffeehouse in Texas, Newsreel's appearance on 
    Channel 13 in New York--following the production of the Rat's special issue 
    on Chicago--and Chicago during the Democratic Convention, the planning and 
    carriage out of five days of protest.  Each section focuses on an organizer 
    central to each project--the attempt is to define the nature of commitment to 
    "the Movement" against a backdrop of 1968's summer activities.
    (Includes footage and discussions of SDS, Dave Dellinger, Osha Newman, and 
    Tom Hayden in disguise)   1968     60 minutes
    TROUBLEMAKERS     In 1965, a group of white organizers went into Newark's 
    central ward to work with the black community, forming the Newark Community 
    Union Project (NCUP).  Traditional forms of protest--letters to city 
    officials, demonstrations, electoral politics--were used as tactics for 
    organizing.  The film focuses on the action undertaken around three issues.  
    The first is an attempt to get housing code enforcement; the second, to get a 
    traffic light installed at a hazardous intersection.  After many months of 
    hallow promises, and inaction on the part of the city government an attempt 
    was made to elect a third party candidate to the City Council.  Lacking the 
    resources of the two major parties, this was doomed to failure too  The film 
    is an absorbing, informative documentary of the frustrating failures of NCUP  
    and the problem of getting even modest reform within the present political 
    structure.  But it goes beyond this--it shows clearly the contradictions in 
    the concept of white groups organizing in black and other third world 
    communities.  A good study in some of the early New Left tactics--how and why 
    they failed.  (footage of Tom Hayden) 1966     53 minutes
    THE WOMAN'S FILM    THE WOMAN'S FILM was made entirely by women in San 
    Francisco NEWSREEL.   It was a collective effort between the women behind the 
    camera and those in front of it.  The script itself was written from 
    preliminary interviews with the women in the film.  Their participation, 
    their criticism, and approval were sought at various stages of production.  
    "... What we see is not only natural and spontaneous, it is thoughtful and 
    beautiful.  It is a film which immediately evokes the sights and sounds and 
    smells of working class kitchens, neighborhood streets, local supermarkets, 
    factories, cramped living rooms, dinners cooking, diaper-washing, 
    housecleaning, and all the other "points of production" and battlefronts 
    where working class women in America daily confront the realities of their 
    oppression.  It is . . . a supremely optimistic statement, showing the sinews 
    of struggle and capturing the essential energy and collective spirit of all 
    working people-and especially that advanced consciousness which working class 
    women bring to the common struggle." Irwin Silber, Guardian.   1971     
    40 minutes
    YIPPIE  YIPPIE is filmed farce, juxtaposing the brutal police riot at the 
    1968 Democratic Convention with the orgy scenes from D.W. Griffith's 
    "Intolerance."  A clear and energetic no-verbal statement of Yippie politics 
    . (This film was Yippies answer to Mayor Daleys film on Educational TV. ) 15 
    minutes   1968
    YOUNG PUPPETEERS OF SOUTH VIETNAM    "A gift from the youth of South Vietnam 
    to the youth of America."  Teenagers in the NLF liberated areas of South 
    Vietnam make beautiful, intricate puppets from scraps of US. war materials.  
    Armed with these puppets, they travel through the liberated zones performing 
    for the local children while our planes "search and destroy".  A poignant 
    film that gives a view of the war even more powerful than images of 
    atrocities.    English sound track.     25 minutes
    TWO HEROIC SISTERS OF THE GRASSLAND A beautiful animated version of a true 
    story about two young sisters who risked their lives to save their commune's 
    sheep heard during a sudden snowstorm.  The film gives us a sense both of the 
    values stressed in the new society, and the people's participation at every 
    level in the transformation of China.   English track   42 minutes
    EL PUEBLO SE LEVANTA (THE YOUNG LORDS FILM) One-third of the Puerto Rican 
    people live in the United States.  Most have come in search for the better 
    life promised them by US. propaganda.  Instead they found slum housing, poor 
    or miseducation,  low-paying jobs, and constantly rising unemployment, in a 
    society determined to destroy their cultural identity  The film traces the 
    growth of the Puerto Rican struggle by focusing on the development of the 
    Young Lords Party.  A Newsreel crew in New York City worked closely with the 
    Lords for a year and a half-participating and recording the events and 
    programs which the Young Lords are using to make significant advances in the 
    Puerto Rican struggle. The take over of a church for a breakfast for children 
    program.   The film deals with the main problems in the Puerto Rican 
    community-health, education, food, and housing.  These problems become the 
    focus of the Young Lords Party.
    THE CASE AGAINST LINCOLN CENTER Urban renewal removes 35,000 Puerto Rican 
    families from New Your City's upper West Side to build Lincoln Center, a 
    cultural show-case for the city's middle and ruling class.   The film 
    discusses the links between the problems of the city, and the forces of 
    American corporate imperialism.   1968        12 minutes       (may be 
    available in Spanish)
    NO GAME October 21, 1967; The pentagon; 100,000 anti-war demonstrators who 
    had not come prepared for a violent confrontation with the military police 
    and Pentagon guards; for the tear gas, and rifle butts.  Allen Ginsburg 
    chanting an exorcism to levitate the Pentagon. 1967     17 minutes ( 
    considered the first Newsreel film)
    PIG POWER      As students take to the streets in New York and Berkeley, the 
    forces of order illustrate Mayor Daley's thesis that the police are there "to 
    preserve disorder", and we must organize to challenge their control and 
    preserve our lives as well as our life styles.   A short impressionistic 
    montage of music and images pointing  up the disparity between their force 
    and ours.  The function of police repressing Black and white demonstrators 
    alike is emphasized.  6 minutes
    COMMUNITY CONTROL   The struggle for Community Control in Black and Puerto 
    Rican communities in New York City.  An examination of colonialism as it 
    manifests itself in many American cities.  In two so called experimental 
    districts, police are constantly called in to enforce the political decisions 
    of the state and city bureaucracy, and the striking teachers; union.  All of 
    this taking place against the legitimate demands of the community (Ocean 
    Hill-Brownsville, and East Harlem).  Filmed inside some of the schools 
    involved in the conflict; contains interviews with Herman Ferguson, Minister 
    of Education for the Republic of New Africa, and Les Campbell, director of 
    The Afro-American Teachers Association.     50 minutes
    VENCEREMOS  A film shot in Cuba in  l970-71 about two brigades of 500 
    Americans that went to Cuba illegally in order to show support by breaking 
    the blockade and to help with the sugar harvest of ten million tons.  They 
    cut cane with brigades that were sent from Vietnam, North Korea, and Latin 
    America.  This is the story of their boat ride from St. Johns, Canada and 
    their stay in Cuba.
    20 minutes
    HIGH SCHOOL A film about high school students and how school becomes a 
    prison. (muddled, sound, poor editing useful footage of high school students) 
       20 minutes
    YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY THE WAR     A speech by former Miss America, Bess 
    Meyerson presented to the group Another Mother for Peace at a gathering in 
    Beverly Hills.  One of the strongest speeches ever given about  who is making 
    money out of the war in Vietnam.  She gives excellent reasons to boycott many 
    everyday products that women buy.        20 min.
    OPEN FOR CHILDREN   One of the first films ever made about the need for 
    childcare.   35 min.
    MAKE IT REAL    This is what Newsreel considered an energy film.  It contains 
    great shots of street actions and hot music.  This short film was made to 
    show between our longer films that were "more serious"  They were made to 
    give youth a feeling that they could get up and become  "street fighting 
    men".   8 minutes
    MCDONNEL DOUGLAS    A film about the Mcdonnel Douglas company and it's 
    relationship to the war machine?    45 min.
    FREE FARM       A film made by Newsreel folks that in 1971 went to live in 
    Vermont.  A story about a community free farm on land loaned by a small 
    college.  It tells the story of coming together to farm the land and to have 
    Sunday community gatherings.  The college calls the cops to kick people off 
    the land in the fall before the harvest and local young men trash the farm.  
    An interesting note is that the poster the hippies are putting up warn the 
    community  that a local bad cop Paul Lawrence, was setting up and beating up 
    people.  Ten years later he was busted for planting drugs and went to jail.  
    A true story of hippies with politics.  18 minutes
    INCITING TO RIOT    A quick montage flirtation with the idea of rural 
    guerrilla struggle in the US returning repeatedly to the reality of pig power 
    in the cities and space technology.  A flashing image of a state of mind 
    common among hip and political youth.   10 minutes
    DON'T BANK ON AMERICA   This is the story of one of the first ecological 
    political actions of the period, the burning of the Bank of America.    (Made 
    by Peter Biskin and Distributed by Newsreel)
    Mighty Mouse and Little Eva      This is a 1930's racist cartoon, taking off 
    on Uncles Tom Cabin.  Distributed by Newsreel. 8 Minutes
    ICE   A film made by Newsreel member Robert Kramer with a production team 
    made up of Newsreel members.  A story of a time in the future when the US is 
    at war with Mexico and the Americans are living in a police state.  The film 
    includes a kidnapping, a murder, prison break, takeover of an apartment house 
    for political education, sex, and violence.  150 Minutes    (sale needs 
    special permission) 
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