Ad Hoc Committee Part 2:

Hiring protest against Oakland Tribune newspaper

The demonstration at the Oakland Tribune newspaper building in downtown Oakland was perhaps the last effort of the Ad Hoc Committee's campaign to win effective anti-discrimination agreements from major Bay Area employers.  The September 4, 1964 picket and sit-in at the Tribune's gates resulted in several arrests, but no agreement. 


By the fall of 1964, The Ad Hoc Committee fell apart, largely due to the exhaustion of the organizers and protesters, after six months of non-stop activity.  William Knowland, the arch-conservative publisher of the Tribune, refused to negotiate with the Committee, standing by his shocking policy of refusing to hire blacks in any significant numbers.  At the time of the Ad Hoc protests, only 13 of the paper's 1500 employees were black.


William Knowland, noted conservative publisher of the Oakland Tribune watches the demonstration from the sidelines

Ad Hoc Committee demonstration at the Oakland Tribune building in downtown Oakland attracted a somewhat smaller crowd that the San Francisco auto row and Sheraton Palace protests in San Francisco, and more of the protesters were working class guys and people of color.  I knew some of the black guys from Youth For Jobs..


A sit-down in front of the Tribune Gates.  The sit-down led to a number of arrests by Oakland Police, hence the paddy wagon below


The Ad Hoc demonstration brought out the all-white Young Republicans and John Birchers, whose signs  claimed that requiring the Trib to hire more blacks would be an attack on "free enterprise" capitalism.  


Mike Myerson, one of the organizers of the Ad Hoc Committee to End Discrimination


Some of the protesters were actually people who were on the job market


When the Oakland cops weren't arresting us, they stood around and looked "serious."


All right men, advance on my signal.


The Oakland motorcycle cops looked bad-ass in their cool outfits.  I had a not-so-cool motorcyle of my own, but I was envious of their shiny, chromed, custom Harleys


I think the motorcyle cops were there mostly for show.  The didn't seemed to do much except pose.


How could I not take a lot of photos of these guys?


I couldn't resist this kind of blatant fetishism 


If they wouldn't walk to the paddy wagon, they were carried and dumped inside.  Looks like they were taking the news photographers film holder.

Take a number, please


A little backup at the meat wagon