Editors’ Notes


Fifth Estate # 79, May 15-28, 1969

Trouble time again at Northland. The punk rent-a-pigs out there have been giving our salesmen such a hard time when they are trying to sell that we are going to begin a suit against the shopping center to enforce our legal right to sell in a public area.

Our staff and our attorney, James Lafferty, met with the jerks that run the place last year and came to an agreement whereby the harassment of sellers would stop, but apparently it meant nothing to the businessmen who are trying to drive elements of the free community out of the shopping center.

One pig in particular has been extremely zealous in bullying our salesmen. His name is Sgt. Daniels. This piece of meat with two eyes seems to enjoy bullying teenagers half his size and even threatened to punch a member of our staff who was out investigating the matter.

If you have been harassed at Northland anytime in the past while selling the paper please contact us and tell us what happened. This is very important.

We also plan to continue selling there no matter what happens. We are planning a “sell-in” if this shit continues. Maybe Daniels and his squad of bullies can push two teenagers around, but it would be interesting to see what they would do with two or three hundred.

PARANOIA DEPT. All unmarked Detroit Police cars now have the prefix EU-1 on their license plates. They generally use late model Plymouth Furys but they have been seen on other vehicles. Is there one outside your house?

Happy Birthday to the Fifth Estate ( maybe). As of this issue we are beginning our fourth volume, but the paper actually began in November of 1965. It’s hard to believe that we have been around so long. Hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have. It would be impossible to thank individually the cast of thousands (including the readers) who have made it possible so we offer up a collective expression of gratitude.

Thank you.

John Sinclair, White Panther Minister of Information, will face sentencing May 22 after being convicted April 17 of “assaulting a police officer,”

The White Panthers are calling for the presence of the people to support the brother. The Fifth Estate urges its readers to attend. Sentencing will be at the Oakland County courthouse, on North Telegraph in Pontiac at 9 a.m.

The charges stem from an incident last July at a teen club where Sinclair and MC5 guitarist Fred Smith were attacked by rent-a-pigs and Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies. Smith was acquitted.