Free City News (1967-68)
Single Street Sheets
Scanned images and full text transcriptions
of the street sheets distributed from Fall 1967 to Spring 1968.
Note: click on any image to view a large version of each sheet.
October Sixth Nineteen Hundred and Sixty Seven
MEDIA CREATED THE HIPPIE WITH YOUR HUNGRY CONSENT. BE SOMEBODY. CAREERS ARE TO BE HAD FOR THE ENTERPRISING HIPPIE. The media cast nets, create bags for the identity-hungry to climb in. Your face on TV, your style immortalized without soul in the captions of the Chronicle. NBC says you exist, ergo I am. Narcicism, plebian vanity. The victim immortalized. Black power, its transcendant threat of white massacre the creation of media-whore obsequious bowers to the public mind which they recreate because they too have nothing to create and the reflections run in perpetual anal circuits and the FREE MAN vomits his images and laughs in the clouds because he
is the great evader, the animal who haunts the jungles of image and sees no shadow, only the hunter's gun and knows sahib is too slow and he flexes his strong loins of FREE and is gone again from the nets. They fall on empty air and waft helplessly to the grass.
DEATH OF HIPPY END/FINISHED HIPPYEE GONE GOODBYE HEHPPEEEE DEATH DEATH HHIPPEE
death 1. the act or fact of dying; permanent ending of all life in a person, animal, or plant. 2. (D-), the personification of death, usually pictured as a skeleton in a black robe, holding a scythe. 3. the state of being dead. 4. any ending resembling dying: as, the death of fascism. 5. any
condition or experience thought of as like dying or being dead: as, it was death for her to have to see him again. 6. the cause of death: as, the atomic bomb was death to thousands. 7. murder or bloodshed. 8. (Obs.), pestilence: as, the Black Death.
EXORCISE HAIGHT/ASHBURY CIRCLE THE HASBURY FREE THE BOUNDARIES OPEN EXORCISE
exorcise 1. to drive (a supposed evil spirit or spirits) out or away by ritual charms or incantation. 2. to summon or command (such a spirit or spirits) 3. to free from such a spirit or spirits.
YOU ARE FREE. WE ARE FREE. DO NOT BE RECREATED. BELIEVE ONLY YOUR OWN INCARNATE SPIRIT. Create, Be.....Do not be created. This is your land, your City. No one can portion it out to you. The H/Ashbury was portioned to us by Media-Police and the tourists came to the Zoo to see the captive animals and we growled fiercely behind the bars we accepted and now we are no longer hippies and never were and the City is ours to create from, and to be in. It is our tool, part of the first creation which the FREE MAN creates his new world from.
BIRTH OF FREE-MAN FREE SAN FRANCISCO INDEPENDENCE FREE AMERICANS BIRTH
birth 1. the act of bringing forth offspring. 2. a person or thing born or produced. 3. the act of being born; nativity. 4. descent or origin. 5. descent from nobility. 6. the beginning of anything as, the birth of a nation. 7. an inherited or natural inclination to act in certain ways: as, an actor by birth.
DO NOT BE BOUGHT WITH A PICTURE, A PHRASE,,,,DO NOT BE CAPTURED IN WORDS. THE CITY IS OURS. YOU ARE ARE ARE. TAKE WHAT IS YOURS.....TAKE WHAT IS YOURS
THE BOUNDARIES ARE DOWN SAN FRANCISCO IS FREE NOW FREE THE TRUTH IS OUT OUT OUT
truth 1. the quality or state of being true; specifically, a) formerly, loyalty; trustworthiness. b) sincerity; genuineness; honesty. c) the quality of being in accordance with experience, facts, or reality; conformity with fact. d) reality; actual experience. e) agreement with a standard, rule, etc.; correctness; accuracy. 2. that which is true; statement, etc., which accords with fact or reality. 3. an established or verified fact, principle, etc.
WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.-That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.-That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
OCTOBER 6, 1967
[Late April, 1968]
Free Housing Being
Readied In So. Of Market.
May "Strike For Free"
Beginning May 1
Public Giving Daily
(Free) City Center Plaza
Noon-One, Give It Away
The Mayor's Committee for Civic Renaissance invites you to participate
in a daily (week days) pot-luck lunch in the park at the southwest corner
of City Hall Plaza. Get to know your neighbors.
Surplus food to be distributed from free food warehouses... Prime the
pump Bring surplus food to 15 Lafayette St. off Mission nr. Van Ness
S.F. International New Music Festival June
Palace of Fine Arts
The Sun is in Taurus
Eat and enjoy.
Free your car for a day
Give everyone a ride
And see how high you can get.
Realize your spine. Man, woman, reborn Free.
Grow into a Free Form. A Free City is a gathering of free people.
The truth concealed from the priest and revealed to the warrier: that
this world always was and is and shall be ever-living fire. Revealed to
the lover too: every lover is a warrier: love is all fire.
The real fire, the chariot of fire, the fiery chariot of his
contemplative thought. The real fight: poetry, a sword of lightning, ever
unsheathed, that consumes the scabbard that would contain it.
Free People Unite!
The tyranny is real. The tyranny is within us. Act as men and women. Purge the tyrant from within you. We can do what needs to be done. Stand. Be aware of your spine. We are Free People.
Free Cities are where free people gather. Revolution around the spine. Be Free and live with your brothers and sisters. The Revolution is within you.
Praying and voting are not symbolic. Vote for a Free City by being Free. Praying is whatever provides the strength to be free.
Give. Giving is an overflowing of energy. Learn to trust your impulses. Only through trust (letting go) can we be Free.
Our holding back has brought about a tyranny: the centralized government (incorporating mass media, mass religion, mass education
et mass). It is necessary to decentralize. In San Francisco we are making a transition from a U.S. mass city to an international Free City. Allliances between free men, free villages, free cities, free minds, free
countries, free clouds, free children, free women are happening at this moment.
Gather in and create places of public giving. Save your constipated soul. Give and take and take and give. Places for public giving have been established in San Francisco. Take what you need, give what you can. Free Eternity.
Institutional administrations repress energies and cause distrust. Organic spinal administration creates environments where individual energies are realized and overflow. Over flowing
energies!!! Constantly overflowing energies are the dynamic of the revolution. The revolution is an evolutionary party.
(Debauchery is selective letting go)
Free or dead. There is no alternative. We've created a monster in our
imagination...That's the most difficult to slay. Slay it by letting go.
(Literally slaying "demons" commies, gooks, whites, blacks
etc. is not letting go)
Yin Yang. In accepting our weakness we realize our strength. Our enemy
is within us. Give up the war within. Stand. Dance. Heros. Overflow the
Those who can't let go (learn by carnal participation) won't survive:
Grow into a Free Form. A Free City is a gathering of Free People.
[Graphic of a leaf in middle of each side of sheet. Handwritten
notation: "leaves to be dumped under trees in San Francisco.
COUNTERFEIT to be printed (faintly) upon each leaf. FREE CITY"]
[April 25, 1968]
A modest proposal:
San Franciscans, in the interest of eternity, & out of respect for
their mayor, will recommend the following course of action to that office
this afternoon, April 25, at 4PM:
1) that city-owned buildings remaining empty be restored to the people
for reconstruction embellishment, & refurbishment so that those people
might live there freely
2) that all foodstuffs & materials in surplus not accounted for in
current welfare distribution be returned to the people for redistribution
free through ten autonomous neighborhood free stores whose rent shall [be]
paid by the city
3) that presses & trucks be made available for the dissemenation
of free news throughout the city so that the people will come to know one
another & make channels of access available to each other
4) that the city provide resources for autonomous neighborhood
celebrations of the city, the planet, & their own free beings
5) that parks & other public spaces be returned to the people for
free life acts: all permit authority to be rescinded
These are visions which will be realized by the people of San
Francisco. The mayor's office is invited to share in that vision. Citywide
celebration of the summer solstice will mark the entrance of free San
Francisco into eternity.
[Reverse of previous sheet. Continuation of the proclamation with item
no. 5, transcribed above.]
[Ca. 24 Feb 1968]
Supple and turbulent, a ring of men
Shall chant in orgy on a summer morn
Their boisterous devotion to the sun,
Not as a god, but as a god might be,
Naked among them, like a savage source.
Their chant shall be a chant of paradise,
Out of their blood , returning to the sky;
And in their chant shall enter, voice by voice,
The windy lake wherein their lord delights,
The trees, like serafin, and echoing hills,
That choir among themselves long afterward.
They shall know how well the heavenly fellowship
Of men that perish and of summer morn.
And whence they came and whither they shall go
The dew upon their feet shall manifest.
How Does It Feel To Walk In A Street That You Won
is a telephone
is mutual aid
The city of San Francisco relinquished a small section of control
yesterday as Haight Street became free street for 8 sweet hours.
Thousands of people used the street for human dances; police &
automobiles used other sections of the city.
As always happens when systems of control are relinquished,
CELEBRATION broke out.
BREAK OUT OF SYSTEMS OF CONTROL.
Celebrate the free city