Strike for Peace

May 19, 1970
1970 HFP, Volume 2 Number 10

Our "Strike for Peace" issue appeared just two weeks after the shooting of student antiwar protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, and only five days after a similar tragic incident at Jackson State College in Mississippi, events that would mark a turning point in the war in Vietnam and the protests against it. Dissent now meant risking one's life as well as one's freedom, as those in power had made it clear they would tolerate only so much opposition in the name of free speech.

It was also rapidly becoming clear at several Los Angeles area colleges that free speech was not meant to include the Jesus People and our message. This edition hit the campuses just before the end of the 1969/70 school year, and Dale Yancy's front page editorial cartoon (pictured here at lower right) was designed to "talk back" to those in charge of free speech on Cal State University campuses. Yancy's cartoon depicted wild revolutionaries harassing a young Jesus freak standing on the college's free speech platform. The brutally satirical cartoon asked a provocative question -- whether the Jesus People who were denied their freedom of speech were in fact the "oppressed minority" in that scenario.

Peace, pollution, racial harmony, depression, and even the 1969 Jon Voight film "Midnight Cowboy" were all topics of discussion in this edition, in each case bringing the conversation back to the ultimate questions of personal freedom and inner renewal. The articles challenged readers to experience the kind of personal encounter with Jesus that transcends empty human solutions like politics and religious legalism and changes our lives from the inside out, replacing our anger and hatred with joy and love.

Summer days and nights were becoming busy for Jesus freaks in southern California. The Jesus People Training Center was open in Hollywood and its first class was scheduled for the Friday evening after this issue went to press. Readers were encouraged to bring a Bible, notebook, pencil and an open mind. The Sunday afternoon worship gatherings had moved to Santa Monica beach for the summer, with free food and music, swimming, Bible study and fellowship. An ad for the gathering quoted Acts 8:36, suggesting there may have been a beach baptism in the works as well. Concerts were coming up featuring Dennis Agajanian, Salt Company, Andrae Crouch and others; ticket prices ranged from $1.00 to $3.00, a lot different than today's concert prices! Another 'happening' in Glendale was underway, welcoming "big wheels, little wheels, square wheels [and] no wheels."

Our back page poster, pictured at upper right, conveyed a warm message of racial harmony as children of all colors joined hands in a circle.

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