Red Tide Los Angeles Timeline (Former Wikipedia Entry)

The Red Tide

The Red Tide was the underground campus newspaper, the first issue of which appeared in November 1971. Soon, the paper had moved from “Yippie” to Marxist.

Highlights of the Red Tide at Uni include the following events:

November 1, 1971
On publication of first issue of the Red Tide, school administration immediately expels staff member Howard Carlip.

March 14, 1972
After Michael Letwin and Robin Prentiss are suspended for distributing Red Tide #2, 500-700 Uni students occupy the Administration Building. [15]

April 1972
Red Tide challenges Warrior mascot as racist. Twenty-five years later, mascot is removed for that reason.[16]

May 1972
Red Tide organizes student walkouts and demonstrations against Nixon’s escalation of Vietnam War.

September 1972
Lawsuit challenges school censorship of the Red Tide (Cynthia Hummel, plaintiff).

February 22, 1973
After long campaign and controversy, Red Tide hosts Jane Fonda antiwar speech at Uni.[17]

March 16, 1973
Two Red Tide members, Michael Letwin and Karen Pomer, are among sixteen people arrested by the FBI for trying to bring supplies to the American Indian Movement occupation at Wounded Knee, SD.

May 1974
UCLA Law School Professors Leon Letwin and Richard Wasserstrom bring lawsuit (Susie Bright, plaintiff) challenging suppression of Red Tide #13 for article challenging truthfulness of principal at Locke High School, where Red Tide member Larry Robinson is suspended. In 1976, California Supreme Court rules Red Tide’s favor, striking down prior censorship of unofficial student publications.[18]

October 1974
Citywide Red Tide campaign against police in presence in the schools.

December 1974
LA Red Tide merges with the Contra Costa Socialist Coalition (Concord, CA), and the enlarged Red Tide becomes youth organization of the International Socialists.

Fall 1975
LA and Bay Area Red Tide branches move to Detroit, where the Red Tide organizes to free Gary Tyler and other campaigns against racism.[19]

Further information

David McBride, “Death City Radicals: The Counterculture in Los Angeles,” in John Campbell McMillian and Paul Buhle, eds., The New Left Revisited (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003), pp. 125-126.[20]

Hillary Carlip, Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan (New York: Harper, 2006).[21]

Ann Japenga, Activist Memories Fuel Former Red Tide Staff – Radical High School Paper Celebrated in 15-Year Reunion, LA Times, August 24, 1986.[22]

Susie Bright’s Red Tide photo page.[23]

Contact: mletwin@gmail.com, susie@susiebright.com

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