Fifth Estate # 96, January 8-21, 1970

TO SERVE THE PEOPLE. Brothers and sisters all over pigamerika are waging war, making revolution. To so serve the people, the STP coalition has been formed.

As brother Fred Hampton said: “…theory’s cool, but theory without practice ain’t shit. You got to have both of them—the two go together.” He was talking the truth.

We’re hip to this. But “practice” ain’t nothing like what you maybe had to do when you were taking piano lessons. It ain’t doin’ your thing, anymore. It’s everybody, together, doing a number, kicking out jams til it all comes down.

This means bringing our fingers of energy into a fist. That’s what STP Coalition is about—and we got the set covered. The Fifth Estate, Ann Arbor Argus, Michigan YIP/Panthers, Creem Magazine, Weathermen, Newsreel, Yipfugs and others are STP, so you won’t have to look far to find us.

The first thing that STP is doing is the January 24-25 FREE JOHN SINCLAIR—LEGALIZE MARIJUANA benefits. It’s a monster thing—details all over (this paper, walls, the radiowaves) so we won’t get too deep into who’s playing, etc., here. But dig, before you set this down—ain’ no way you can lay back till January 24 and expect it to happen. Making revolution is not a spectator sport, because the playing-field is too big and you can’t get off it.

What this means is that you got to give us a call, or drop a line to: David Gaynes c/o The Fifth Estate, 1107 W. Warren, Detroit 48201, phone 831-6800, or Skip Taube, c/o Youth International Party, 1520 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104, phone 761-1709.

Let us know what you can do—distribute leaflets, talk to bands, anything at all that will build enough energy to roll on up to Marquette Prison and snatch Brother John out!

There’s a whole lot more to come—your ideas and energies, for one thing. Our resources are at your disposal, as it should be. FREE JOHN SINCLAIR—LEGALIZE MARIJUANA, and MAKE REVOLUTION IN OUR LIFETIME!!