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The Christ Of Marijuana

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It makes one weep that a man like John Sinclair is imprisoned when crimináis like Kenneth Conboy, the board of directors of Minneapolis Honeywell (the fragmentation bomb company) and Meivin Laird are allowed to roam about destroying the noble spirit of humanity. John Sinclair was sentenced to 10 years in the Southern Michigan Prison for passing out, free, two joints to a bearded undercover agent who with a policewoman posing as nis wife, was running a psychedelic candle shop in the Detroit poetry-rock-publishing community. 10 years for 2 cigarettes of marijuana, the benevolent herb of Ra. 10 years! One ought to be given AWARDS for turning on a cop. Instead he may be forced to tithe one-seventh of his alloted earthly time for dispensing 2 items of pleasure.' On Friday, August 1, a Michigan court of appeals refused to grant an appeal bond so that Sinclair might be free to join his expectant wife and baby while the case is considered in the various appeal courts. Perhaps Sinclair will find some justice in the U. S. Supreme Court but that might not occur until 1971. John Sinclair must be f reed! On Monday, August 4, John's lawyers, Charles Ravitz and Sheldon Otis, will have carried the hearing to the Michigan Supreme Court in a further attempt to get bond set. Should bond not be granted on the state level, then tlulawyers will carry the hassle into the federal courts. In the meantime one af the most benevolent leaders of our era will be locked up away from his beloved music and poetry, surrounded by beastish quards and godless walls of metal. Is John Sinclair a Sauceroid? Who is this ravening beast of pornsmut that the pólice and courts are so anxious to remove from the civilization for 10 years? John Sinclair is a successful leader and that is what it's really all about. Since 1964 he has labored with brilliance and legendary energy to créate an integrated community of artists, first in Detroit with the Artist-Writers Workshop and then in Ann Arbor where he set up the famous Love Energies community. His success has been amazing. John has that rarest quality among leaders, the ability to inspire love, energy and self-confidence in fellow creators so that as the Trans-Love community grew, the energy was directed toward art and stability. His printing presses have produced over the years books and magazines uf brilliant quality in the fields of poetry and music criticism. Whereever he has lived, he has done much to establish communal housing for artists and musicians. Countless are the myriads of leaflets and broadsides spewed out by Sinclair in order to instruct, foment thrill and win the favor of the young who were just learning the true nature of western civilization, So, Sinclair's open loving community of houses and storel'ronts became a magnetic mecca attracting hundreds of strong dedicated radical creators. This pissed off the authorities. Here was a long-haired mauiac telling the truth to the young with well reasoned fervor and total devotion. This man had to be stomped off the set. John Sinclair was the Jesus Christ of Marijuana. Only this time tlv:re are many of us ready to die defnding our selfcreated culture within the rotting fabric of America. Our religión is pure. Our hearts are fierce. Th message is this: sharing porn-ii. lis wül conquer the Aeon, During the past mur has been most active in managing the MC a rock group that has rocketed f irward with John into national prominence under the aegis of social change. rocklust and Ra music. Also during this period he was co-founder of tho White Panther Party and has been serving as Minister of Information. Now. let us blend in the fact that for three years he has been active in LEMAR, the organization to legalize marijuana. People like "Judge" Robort Colombo, who sentenced Sinclair to the 10 year term, would probably like to murder him because they are angered at what they consider to be John's real crime: standing up tall in the hail of paralyzed rat vomit and napalm that is the psyche of America and declaring himself to be a man f reed f rom the repressive fascistic marijuana legislations What can we do. A difficult question. First, you can write to Govenor William Millikin, State Capítol Building, Lansing, Michigan, 48904, and urge him to commute John Sinckir's sentence. Remember to make your letter calm enough to be read and forceful but not threatening. We must exhaust certain legal avenues before we may have to Jesse James him out of the slams Money. as always is crucial at this point, to keep the campaign going and provide the necessary materials . People can help by organizing concerts, film showings, poetry readings, dinners, pot sales, etc, in their own areas to raise the incredible sums needed to spew something into the Supreme Court avenue, and pay for the bond--if we win it, Send you lifesaving contributions to: John Sinclair Freedom Fund 715 E. Grand Blvd. Detroit, Michigan 48207 We will try to free John Sinclair on bail and attempt to reason with the media. Senators, liberáis, legislators, etc. to secure some trace of justice. H we fail, we shall be forced to mount , a campaign to alter, if necessary, the nature of the government of the state of Michigan to free one of the most important men of our time. We will mount a campaign of 10's of 1, 000's of the pot smokers of America to spill thru creep jails of tle heartland. We shall not be stopped! ! Every set of luns filled with the benevolent smoke of God is locked up with John Sinclair this very moment as he sits reft of his godly lion mane of hair, his books of poetry and the sweet comfort of feminine conjoinment alone and forlorn in a castle of satan, In the name of Jesus, Buddha, Thoth, Jehovah, Aphrodite, Poesy, Justice, Peace and Communality, we shall bring our brotlier Lorth in to the light of freedom! ! '.Freedom! ! Freedom Colombo! Freedom, Michigan We have the God-Breath. --editors note: This article originally appeared in the East Village Other, soon after John was sentenced in 1969.