FREEDOM FIGHTERS OF THE MONTH
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DOODAHS FOR HEMP
Imagine my joy when I clicked on the tube one Saturday afternoon in December and saw a taped broadcast of Pasadena’s infamous Doodah Parade. Vicki Lawrence and Jay Thomas were the TV hosts of this rather bizarre 16year-old Southern Cali spectacle. Recapping the parade so far, Thomas said, “We saw a guy who was all smoked up on hemp.” Damn, I thought—missed the Doodahs for Hemp. Not so! Marching down the block one commercial break later were the hemp doodahs with their banner, “MEDICAL & CHIROPRACTIC DRs for HEMP.” Then came the signs: “[pot leaf] FOR MIGRAINE, IMPOTENCE,” “WAR of 1812 FOUGHT OVER RUSSIAN HEMP” and my personal favorite, “Queen Victoria used HEMP for Menstrual Cramps.”
The hempsters paraded by and out of the picture for good, but not before Thomas proclaimed, “Hemp is really well-represented out here in Pasadena.” Well done, Doodhahs! •
CHAIM ELI JEHU
Quiet and unassuming, Chaim Eli Jehu does the work of five Freedom Fighters every time he stops by HIGH TIMES and volunteers his services and time. Chaim traveled hundreds of miles last year with his fiancee, Joanne, attending hemp rallies in Ann Arbor and Madison from his native New York. While he awaits this year’s Hash Bash, Chaim has been painstakingly tranferring the Freedom Fighter mailing list from one computer system to another here at HT. So, when you receive your next copy of Let Freedom Ring (the official newsletter of the Freedom Fighters of America), think of Chaim Eli Jehu. He’s the reason why it reached your mailbox. •
GREEN PANTHERS BOOT CAMP
The Green Panthers targeted the Herman Toulson Correctional Boot Camp in Jessup, MD in a November action. Led by Loey Glover and Terry Mitchell (Feb. ’91 FFOM), the Panthers blocked the main road leading to the prison camp with a banner proclaiming, “This Drug War Prison Camp Closed By The Green Panthers!”
“The prisoners were totally surprised to see us,” Mitchell reported. “Many of them are not even aware of the full political scope of their incarceration.” The Panthers’ protest was quickly met by a phalanx of guards, followed by state troopers, who informed the brave Panthers that they would be charged with trespassing and inciting to riot if they did not disperse.
“This act of civil protest can be likened in many ways to those which occurred when the Third Reich was consolidating its power. Continuing these protests will insure that the process of fascism stops here,” Mitchell added resolutely.
In a frightening display of fascism, Zeal Stefanoff, the second of the San Marcos Seven hemp protestors to go to trial for lighting up in a Texas police station last March, was sentenced to six months in jail. “It was like the jury from hell,” Zeal said after the January trial. “My witnesses were great. My lawyer was real good. The jury just didn’t hear a word we said.”
The word “hemp” couldn’t be used during the trial. The prosecuting attorney filed 11 different motions that prevented Stefanoff, his witnesses and attorney Jim Simons from discussing hemp. In his closing argument, Zeal invoked the “h-word”: “What if I knew a secret—one that I can’t even talk about here in the courtroom—a secret that could save the planet...?”
In November, Joe Gaddy received a four-month sentence for his part in the San Marcos civil-disobedience action. Stefanoff’s sentencing closes the case on the San Marcos Seven trials. The rest of the defendants accepted plea bargains.