Rag (Austin, Tex. : Print), Volume 1, no.29, October 2, 1967

Austin's alternative newspaper from 1966-1977. It covers political and cultural topics, including Vietnam, and was a member of the Underground Press Syndicate, sometimes sharing articles from other underground papers around the country.


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University of Texas THE RAG 15 ¢ Vol. `1. No. 9~ OCT. 2, 1967 |C 1967| 20 ¢ OUTSIDE OF - Austin, Houston....


by Fred Maxwell

Settegast has rebelled. After several years of promises and disappointments from the Northeast Independent School Board, Settegast community has acted to form Freedom Independent Scool District. Taking up from Watts Harlem, Newark, and Detroit Houston Negroes now have their own rebellion.

Freedom Independent School District opened its doors September 11 to some 1250 students of all ages. Complexity and confusion reigned sepreme the first few days, although things have quieted somewhat.

I joined Freedom School as a teacher and had the rare opportunity of teaching over one hundred students on the fourth grade level. In working with the children I've become very discouraged because of the poor facilities.

The first day I start ed my class day by singing "God Bless America". WHAT BULLSHIT. We're now singing "Bettle Hym of the Republic". As we began the study sessions, I was astounded to find that many of the students were unable to perform simple addition, I later discovered that several of them could not read or write more than three or four letter words, and a few more cannot recognize numbers at all. The "American Way" has let them down,

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by Dick Reavis

The black Power movement is the necessary consequence of the historical experience of black men as Americans. During slavery, the Afro-American masses were given few grounds on which to identify with or enter into the institutions of the general society. In fact, even the freedman was barred from participation in almost all American institutions including church. Althought the conversion of the African was often cited in apology for slavery, contrary to what we have been taught in moviehouses, most missionaries to the slaves were English Methodists, and until Emancipation, less than 5% of the black population was "Christianized". Following, membership in black congregations rose phenomenally, until eight of the ten Afro-Americans were formally affiliated with an orthodox religious congregation. In effect, the black American chose the grounds of common Christianity as the first approack to respectability in America.

At about the same time, black men also sought acceptance in the broader society through patriotic endeavor. There is a record of black heroism in combat, especially during the Spanish-American War, (when, for example, black troops went up San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt, and preceeded his troops

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Letters the Funnel 810 Preston Houston 77002 Funnel:

Many are the times that educators have stressed the importance of a high school ecucation. It has often been pointed out that in the United States, education is free and open to anyone, regardless; yet this is not entirely true.

It has been brought to my attention that a young high school student has been denied the privelege of entering the school of her choice. Refusal of her entry is due to the fact that she is independent of her parents or any legal guardian.

She has for the last two years been independent of her parents and they are fully aware and in agreement with her pursuits. She has in this period of time supported herself on thrity dollars a week and rode a city bus twenty miles each day to attend classes at Spring Branch High School.

This summer she had moved from Spring Branch into the Austin High School district. Since commuting thrity miles to school on the Houston bus system was impractical, she attempted to transfer to Austin High School, and was refused admittance by an indifferent and sisinterested school principle.

I believe anyone with the drive and sincere desire to learn should not be refused an education on any grounds. Education should be free and open to anyone with the desire and mental capacity to learn.

The Houston Independent School District sucks!

Biance Ellis

Dear Rag

Here is $7.50

Pleeze send me the Rag for one (one) year.

I am: E. Moen 508 W. 12th B

Austin, Texas 78701

Funnel: A POEM FOR OCTOBER 21, 1967

Here we go again, Upsy daisy, Watch closely, Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay.

What will happen On Oct. 21? I'll tell you what will Happen on Oct 21:

Father Gapon Luther King Will lead the be-belled Bubble-blowing Peasants In presenting a petition To the king


Laying on his hand (as kings will do)

Will give everyone He touches Scrofula Or the Clap

While ordering out The helicopters And the cops And the guns To kill the people

You don't believe me?


By Joanne Syrek


by Trudy Minkoff

Hippies and long haired Americans in general are returning from sunny summer days in Mexico with tales of atrocities.

Some people in Austin recently told of approximately thrity heads who were busted in Huatla, Wahaka (that's mushroom country) in late August and deported from Mexico after being jailed for two or three days. No charges were ever made and apparently immigration authorities never checked to see if any laws had been broken. Every American in town was simply rounded up and expedited. Deportation from Mexico means that an individual may not return without facing up to 10 years in prison.

Another group of hip types from Austin spent a night in jail in friendly Neuvo Larado. When their car became wedged upon rail road tracks they were accused of obstructing traffic which apparently is a capital crime in the category of sabotage.

A rumour we get from California has immigration in some small border town holding bearded folk incognito until they shave.

People who have been travelling south of the broder for years are now getting hassled. The Mexican consulate here in Austin refused some hairly friends the papers required to get into Mexico.

Some speculate that it is the American tourist industry that is the most disturbed by our presence in Acalpulco, etc.



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The RAG is returning to Austin!! We will begin publishing regularly the week of Oct. 9th. The RAG is now at 609 W. 23rd. Volunteers are wanted.

RAG RESURRECTION BENEFIT!! HILLEL HOUSE - 2105 San Antonio = SHIVA'S HEAD BAND = Light Show!! 8 - 12 p.m. $1 a person - $1.75 a couple THURSDAY OCT 12

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