Easter March

March 17, 1970
1970 HFP, Volume 2 Number 5

In this edition we had the exciting privilege of coordinating information on Easter marches and rallies in three cities across the US - in Seattle on Thursday three days before Easter, in Minneapolis on Saturday, and in Los Angeles on Easter Sunday. For each city the HFP provided dates, times and the place to meet, ending with the hearty challenge "Roll on, Jesus People!"

A stoned-out 'hippie' in striped pants and paisley shirt sat grooving to some psychedelic rock tunes in Dale Yancy's front page cartoon, pictured at right. With music blasting from two speaker cabinets and his headphones, the young man was unable to hear the persistent knocking of Jesus on his bedroom door.

A new logo appeared on this issue, including a small drawing depicting fishermen casting their nets from their boat, a meaningful New Testament reference. For reasons that have been lost to history, the March 1970 issues appeared on the third and fourth, rather than the first and third, Tuesdays.

Spring break and summer were rapidly approaching, and plans were being made to take Jesus to popular southern California resort areas to reach the many vacationers. The high desert resort community of Palm Springs one hundred miles east of Los Angeles, a popular spring break destination, was bracing itself for a different kind of Easter Week onslaught. "Heads up Palm Springs," our article began, "here's how it's stacking up: Agape is invading!" And invade they did, beginning with a concert at Salton Sea the Tuesday before Easter, a teen fair and concert on Wednesday, then a four-day series of concerts and other activities "under the big Agape tent" in Palm Springs. Events included a communion service on Good Friday and a sunrise service and baptism on Sunday.

Laguna Beach, a seaside resort community about 50 miles south of Los Angeles, had also recently been "invaded" by throngs of Jesus People, and our "Earth Tremors" section in this issue told the story of some fifty brothers and sisters hitting the streets and beaches. Plans were already being made for Easter weekend, and readers were asked to meet "around noon near the Taco Bell." Jesus People from Hollywood were planning open-air coffeehouses under tents at a half dozen locations around L.A. during the summer months, while brothers and sisters from Berkeley were planning to do the same in Monterey on the central California coast. A group of seventy Jesus People from San Diego and La Mirada (a Los Angeles suburb) were self-organizing an invasion of the Colorado River.

But it was not all fun under the California sun. A Cal State Fullerton student described a recent confrontation with police on his campus where "a lot of heads were cracked, a lot of hot words were flung," and he and other students were arrested and "hustled off to jail." After a long wait in the holding tank he was finally booked and placed in a small cell with another student. They "rapped" about Jesus until their release from jail around midnight.

Phil Smith's "Christ's Patrol," the Christian biker crew we met in the February 3 issue, was now operating out of the old Garvey theatre in Rosemead, a rough-edged suburb of Los Angeles. A photo showed their new message on the theatre's marquee: "Welcome Hell's Angels - Sorry About Departed Brother - Jesus Loves You." Motorcyle crews were in the spotlight, as H.R. Kaye's sensationalist novel "A Place in Hell," promoted as "the inside story of the Hell's Angels, the world's wildest outsiders," had just been released in paperback and was starting to gain momentum.

Our back-cover poster, pictured below right, featured George Washington staring balefully out of a stained and crumpled dollar bill. "Give to Washington the things that are Washington's," the poster admonished, and "to God that which belongs to God ... your life."

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