No one seemed to notice that accidently i cut and pasted my catalog of Newsreel films onto the end of my piece on feminist close to Yippies instead of the Hex from Witch. Here is the hex that Sharon Krebs, Nancy Kurshan, Robin Morgan, and I wrote and performed inside a circle drawn with oregino (should have been marijuana) infront of Gem Spa and later in Washington at the HUAC hearings. roz payne W. I. T. C. H. All: In the Holy and Most Powerful Name of WITCH, Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell. we Sister Witches from the one true Underground announce our Presence and commence our spell. SHARON: In the Sacred Name of all our Sister Witches, the original guerrillas and resistance fighters throught the ages, we cast our vengeful Magic on Hu-Wacky judges who dare conduct a witch hunt without real witches. They have created Subpoenas Envy. ROZ: Standing in this Liberated Circle, we throw off our cover of invisibility. We proclaim all those males subpoenaed are pawns in our game, for Yippie, SDS, and Mobilization all are fronts for WITCH. ROBIN: We are the ancient Earth-Mother behind it all: peace groups, the international student conspiracy, the Revolution--all are our children. We concocted Chicago from one bat for Peace, numerous Democratic toads, and a pressured-cooked American flag. NANCY: We who have an ancient stake in freedom (Burn Baby Burn) are responsible for the Secret Marijuana Ritual, which now has subverted people all over America into Flying. Sharon: Lurleen Wallace, ex-witch who let herself be used by racist George, ALL: We snuffed. ROZ: Congressman Poole, who dared smoke Salem cigarettes, ALL: We snuffed. ROBIN: The head of this committee, who just lost his primary election, ALL: We snuffed Nancy: And, Lyndon Johnson could not run again after our Leader, First Witch Ladybird, cast her spell in his large ear. SHARON: Women are the oldest oppressed people on earth, but this, at last, is the Season of the Witch. Satan himself sits on this connittee, and we demand the right to report to him, and kiss his ass as all America does. ALL: O Astarte! O Hecate! O Isis! O Bonnie Parker! Our spirtits inside the committee-room don't need these bodies to put a hex on both their houses of Congress. ROZ: Dead men sit on this committee. ROBIN: We have not finished. NANCY: We have just begun. ALL: We are the Power! W. I. T. C. H. 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 Kurshan, Robin Morgan, and myself (Roz Payne) had lunch and a meeting at Robin Morgans & Ken Pitchford apartment on Third Ave, over Kiels Store. The indictments came down from the House Un American Activities Committee in Washington DC 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 Committee decided that only the men were the leaders and left us out of the event. We were pissed. 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 witches . We would put 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 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 Spa 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. Using oregino we drew a circle on the ground, stood inside of it and performed our hex on all the committe men on HUCA and on our Chicago home boys.
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