history

Seattle’s Free University is inaugurated amidst much publicity

November 1966

The Free University of Seattle has just been organized and is presently conducting classes in various makeshift classrooms. The regular premises leased for FUS could not be utilized since the local Fire Department swooped down on opening day and suspended operations. A temporary victim of its own success, FUS has been labeled by the local… Read more »

The First Three Months of Life

November 1966

With this issue of our paper, the Freedom Socialist Party is scarcely three months old. Without patting ourselves on the back, we can feel proud of what we did accomplish — including surviving these last hectic ninety days. At the time of the founding of FSP, we held a Press Conference and a few weeks… Read more »

FSP announces Reconstitution at press conference

November 1966

The Freedom Socialist Party of Washington held its first news conference on August 19 at the Olympic Hotel in Seattle. Representatives from all four television stations, both daily newspapers, and key radio stations were present, and most of them carried the story that evening or the following day. Waymon Ware and Frank Krasnowsky were spokesmen… Read more »

Native American Women in Action

Fall 1976

I don’t want to come here just to entertain you. I’m not here to stimulate you. If it had been anybody else but the Radical Women group that asked me to speak, I wouldn’t have come. Does it do any good to open up our wounds and speak to you from our hearts, not only… Read more »

FSP Conference Resolution on Native Americans

Fall 1976

The April, 1976 Tenth Anniversary Conference of the Freedom Socialist Party featured an extensive discussion of the Native American movement for self-determination. The last issue of the Freedom Socialist contained a brief summary of the major point of that discussion. The summary expresses the FSP’s basic programmatic approach to the Indian struggle and reaffirms its… Read more »

Return of the Native, 1976

Fall 1976

Before issuing the injunction ordering the Puyallups to leave Cascadia, Judge Morrell Sharp lashed out at the tribe with classic petty bourgeois indignation over its “aggression” against the State of Washington. “It’s like taking over your neighbor’s house and then telling them that they’ll have to sue you to get it back,” intoned this dignitary…. Read more »

War in the Pacific

Fall 1976

The spectacle of the blood-splattered gillnet boat” Alaska Revenge,” tied empty to its dock, serves as a grim reminder of the inevitable outbreak of violence that erupted on October 24 when a shotgun blast from the gun of a State Fisheries Patrol officer shattered the window of the vessel’s pilot house and seriously wounded the… Read more »

National Roundup of Indian News

Fall 1976

Oregon: Butler and Robideau Two FBI agents, part of a huge federal armed invasion of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, in 1973, were found dead on June 26, 1975. An armada of 350 FBI agents, state troopers and BIA police, backed up by tanks and airplanes, swept through the Indian reservation in Pine Ridge, completely violating… Read more »

Clara Fraser interviews Ramona Bennett

Fall 1976

Ramona Bennett, the leader of the Puyallup Tribe and chief organizer of the Cascadia Center takeover, granted an hour-long interview on October 25 to Clara Fraser, a Freedom Socialist editor, FSP founder and spokesperson, and longtime activist in support of the struggle for Native American rights. The interview took place in the lounge of the… Read more »