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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COUGARLAND FANTASY A RAG BED-TIME STORY by David Ciscel Once there was a pleasant kingdom called Uofh ruled by the benevolent and omni potent King Hoff. This small land was surrounded by four hostile kingdoms of Freeway, Slaughtered Cow, Depressed Black, and White Enclave. Many of the subjects of King Hoff travelled through these hostile lands to be at Uofh, and the subjects were very grateful for the many gifts King Hoff showered upon them-- (for a small fee). Within this gentle kingdom two powers fought for the pleasure of the King. The two groups, the Scholars and the Bureaucrats, realized that the ultimate winner would have the pleasure of administering all the kingdom's subjects. The struggle for supremacy was continuous. The Scholars, a gentle and intelligent type, were forever sponsoring leadership conferances, student govts, and other programs to gain the subjects' undying allegiance. The Bureaucrats, a dull-witted but brutal bunch, thought force to be the preferable means of gaining the subjects' allegiance. To such an end the Bureaucrats staged week-long reigns of terror several times a year. After many years these weeks became known as Registration Week by the subjects. The Registration was ruled over by Prince Vitality and his loyal Knight Herr Zhimmler. These short pogroms had continued for so many years that most considered them part of the culture. As such, Registration was so traditional that even the Scholars' front groups were allowed to proselytize the subjects during the torture. Knight Zhimmler was often mightily disturbed because he was always losing some of his followers to the tables of the Scholars. Into this pleasant traditionalist society came a local SDS (Society of Disgruntled Students) chapter. Organizing under the authority of Scholars, it joined the others at the tables during Registration. However, SDS openly allowed its sedititous literature to be picked up at its table--a type of conduct strictly forbidden by Knight Zhimmler. When it was pointed out that the Scholars' other tables also pushed propaganda, Zhimmler responded by stopping their actions also. SDS, believing in free speech, justice, and other cilly notions, still refused to remove its literature. Reasoned one bushy-headed SDSer, "Just because every one else accepts a bad deal, why shouw we?" What the naive members of SDS did not realize was that this incident reuslted in a major disturbance of the institutionalized struggle between the Scholars and the Bureaucrats. The top Scholar, the Prince of Yard, quickly dispatched his most favored Knight, the White of Head. This Knight quickly came to the defense of the Scholars' tables in Registration. The SDSers were jubilant until Knight Zhimmler brought in Prince Vitality. Knight White of Head quickly got cold feed explaining that after all, the SDSers disturbed the Status Quo. The SDSers responded that, for all they cared, both Knight Zhimmler and Knight White of Head could drop dead. Knight Zhimmler promptly lost his cool and began to rant, while Knight White of Head ran quickly to inform his superior the Prince of Yard. Prince of Yard called for lenght discussion and negotiation between the Scholars and the Bureaucrats. Aftere several hours of discussion, the SDSers built up enough nerve to ask why they were not included in the discussions since they had made the main complaint, and anyway they said, "Weren't subjects equal to others in this day and age?" The Prince of Yard was furious but determined not to let a bunch with this much spunk be captured by the Bureaucrats. The Prince of Yard returned to his office shortly thereafter, announcing that the Bureaucrats had been defeated and that was great. The Prince of Yard invited he SDSers to visit his office and view the bodies of Prince Vitality and Knight Zhimmler. The SDSers rejoiced. After promising to go easy on the free speech-social justice routine, they were formally accepted by the Fraternal Order of the Scholars. Afterwards the SDSers wondered, for a short while if they had gotten what they really wanted. Things are pretty much the same al over, aren't they?

RAG BUST Registration is not the only time when University of Houston bureaucrats have had to deal with maverick SDSers; once againt he guardians of Safety and Security have found it necessary to detain a suspicious looking character selling The Rag Bob Pustejovsky was not a registered student at the time, so he was busted, following in the bootsteps of Bill Watson. (see last issue)



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Question: Can anything be done to increase penis size at the age of about twenty? I feel I am under-developed and have always felt a little inadequate because of it. Answer: When I was a high schools student, a friend felt he had the same problem. Each day he would tie a weight to his penis, swinging it like pendulum and gradually increasing the weight. He worked his way up to ten or fifteen pounds, setting some sort of record in masochism but his member remained unchanged except for some rope burns. Only in rare instances is there a real problem of physical incompatability between male and female. When this does occur, the problem is likely to be as illustrated by the remark of a topless dance, "I'd rather be tickled than choked." Sexually experienced and mature women will tell you that quality, not quantity, is where it's at when making love. If a woman feels she is truly wanted and loved as demonstrated by your words and sexual foreplay, she is not going to meausre your penis. The thrust of my answer, and this is not a tongue in cheek reply, is that the measure of a person and his sexuality is not the size of his genitalia. Question: I would liek to use birth control pills to cut down the frerquency of menstrual periods or avoid them altogether. Do you have any advice on how long it is safe to postpone periods? Answer: Some state mental hospitals use birth control pills to stop or decrease the frequency of menstrual periods in mentally retarded or severly disturbed female patients who are unable to attend to their own needs. But relatively large doses of birth control pills must be given to prevent "breakthrough bleeding," a procedure certainly not recommended for normal females. It is only done because of the hygenic problem presented to the hospital nursing staff and is potentially dangerous. My question to you is why this normal physiologic function of your body should be the cause

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