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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 3, No. 10, October 1972 - File 012. 1972-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 4, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/3505/show/3491.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 3, No. 10, October 1972
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Publisher City Art Studio
Date October 1972
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript • * ** ^ tV # * # # 2609 N. PEARL * (off CEDAR SPRINGS) 742-3269 SUN. 7 to 9 - All the hambergers and beer you can eat and drink - $1.50 plus show. MON. - All drinks '/i price Bridge Tournament - $30.00 prize TUE. - Draft Beer - I5( WED. - Drink Special - Beer - 35< THU. - Pool Tournament - $50.00 prize Friday and Saturdays - $1.50 admission FREE Draft beer 7 to 9 (Instant Bar Service) STARRING THE FANTASTIC "MR. DAVID" SHOWPLACE OF THE SOUTHWEST Dear Friends and Membei of H.E.L.P., H.E.L.P. INCORPORATED 7221 Santa Monica Bl. L.A.90046/ 463-3146 As I i i sure most of you are aware, we were recently subjected to a reprehensible and inted attack by officers of the LAPD. Because the Newsletter had been "put to bed" a couple of days prior to "Black Sunday", the H.E.L.P. Board of Directors has asked me to write this letter, explaining exactly what happened and what we aire doing about it. Although there are still a few issues to be decided, we are hopeful that the following account will lay to rest a number of rumors and misapprehensions. I would further preface this statement with the assurance that H.E.L.P. as an organization is not in any danger of faltering. We are receiving tremendous support from our own Community, from many officials on the City, County and State level, and from various professional and political groups. The H.E.L.P. Center will open on schedule at 7221 Santa Monica Blvd., and the H.E.L.P. Carnival will be held as per our previously stated plans, (I would note that the Center is located in LA County territory, outside the jurisdiction of the LAPD, and will be closely monitored by our own security guards and interested, outside observers.) Now, as to exactly what happened: On Sunday, August 20, 1972, H.E.L.P. held a fund-raising "Summer festival" at the Black Pipe. This activity was planned well ahead and was openly advertised on the front page of the July newsletter, copies of which are regularly mailed to Public Relations Officers in all LAPD Divisions in the northern & western parts of the city. There was certainly not any attempt to keep the gathering secret. At approximately 6:00PM, just as ue were winding up the Festival, a dozen uniformed officers from the LAPD Uilshire Division burst into the front patio, stating! "Stand against the wall. There is going to be a mass arrest. Some of you will be arrested; some of you will not." A total of 22 people were taken out, 21 of whom (including TGA/U.E.L.P. Chairman Duane "oiler and Yours Truly) were hauled off to the Wilshire Station. The 22nd arrestee was booked on drunk charges and subsequently released. The other 21 were charged with Lewd Conduct (PC 647a), held at the MUshire Station for approximately 45 minutes, then chained like aninals and herded into a van that was made to accomodate only 10 to 12 people,for transportation to Parker Center for booking. While this was happening to us, H.E.L.P. Vice President Steve Sciioch and Secretary Jerry Howard were .^oin;; into action on the phones. Almost as soon as ' arrived downtown, the first attorney and bondsman appeared in the lobby, ilefort :otal o£ four attorneys and four bondsmen. For as we were booked - the only delay being caused i the LAPD jail staff. All arrest > bailed E the ACLU. At t lot guilty" and i j Gay t imunit; ) H.E.L.P. officers met with 12 attorneys and a represent- ■int, all 21 defendants had indicated that they wished to :ed jury trials. Our attorneys have not only offered to but have promised additional lawyers to permit out assign- we wish. All defendants will be represented by these H.E.L.P. i retain their own counsel. The police have asked for a : it to them! rests are obvious. A couple of "fag-hating" vice cops simply :emnt to stop us from opening our Center and expanding our They were also seeking to prevent our registering voters, >m selection of victims several officers were heard to ask: .ng at that (voter registrar) table?" motivations, the hue and cry from the heterosexual community our own. As a result of this raid and the crystalization in a stronger position today than it has ever been before, spontaneously, but we will need more. Ue are asking for because of these obviou's ni is even more vehement than from of all this support, H.E.L.P. ii Donations are already coning in whatever assistance our many friends and members being accounted for separately, and we intend to use the money I whatever costs may later arise relative to appeals, etc., should ai surplus will be maintained in an on-going fund to offer defense fo future, who cannot afford to defend their own cases. Will you help us? Vie need cash donations, both for the War Ci °* *-h3 H.E.L.P. Center, vie need j>eople_ to work wit. us in getting :ting Chest" pay the bail fees. S15.0O. e Ing else, rill i club c > do j : in 1 ill L ible ■■ opening iijiaii ■ feel ■lding a public meeting or function within the City of Los Angeles. If we maintain the strong position we have already assumed, it can only be to the benefit of our entire Gay Community. Larry Townsend
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