^ tV # * # #
2609 N. PEARL
* (off CEDAR SPRINGS)
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
7221 Santa Monica Bl.
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
E the ACLU. At t
lot guilty" and i
j Gay t
) 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
pay the bail fees.
> do j
: in 1
■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