Jerry P. Shinley Archive:From: firstname.lastname@example.org
CIA vs. SCEF?
Subject: CIA vs. SCEF?
Date: 06 Jan 1999 00:00:00 GMT
From an account by James Forman:
While SNCC faced the viciousness of the Southern way of life, we were also under constant attack by the white liberal establishment - especially in New York and especially by way of Red-baiting. In February, 1962, demonstrations were taking place at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dion Diamond, a SNCC field secretary was arrested for trespassing, disorderly conduct, and vagrancy when he stepped out of a taxi onto the campus, and he was held on six thousand dollars bond. SNCC chairman Charles McDew and Bob Zellner, the white field secretary who had been choked by a racist in McComb, went to visit him in jail. They were arrested as they were leaving for "criminal anarchy" - described as "an attempt to overthrow the government of the United States or the state of Louisiana" - because they were members of SNCC, an organization which allegedly opposed the laws of Louisiana by force and violence. McDew and Zellner were held on seven thousand dollars bond. Fortunately the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF) came to our aid once again and bailed them out. Not long after that I was in New York with McDew and went to see Andrew Norman and a colleague of his from the Norman Fund. We were told that it would be impossible to get money from them as long as we accepted help from the SCEF - which was still being intensively Red-baited. McDew asked what the people were supposed to do - stay in jail indefinitely? The Norman Fund was later implicated as a CIA conduit in the exposure of the operations of the CIA and the National Student Association.
James Forman. _The Making of Black Revolutionaries_.
Open Hand; Seattle, WA; 1990
The SCEF was the civil rights group in New Orleans whose members were indicted by Garrison's office.
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