California Peace & Freedom Party 50th Anniversary




LA Free Press Helps Push Peace & Freedom Party onto Ballot


Although I was too young to register to vote at the time and we had not yet achieved the 18-year-old vote I urged my parents to join the Peace and Freedom Party to get it on the ballot in 1967. It didn’t take much encouragement for them to do so; my father was a longtime civil rights activist and a communist so he understood the issues of the day and knew that we needed third party to help spearhead the battle. Below follows the Los Angeles Free Press article of January 1968 announcing the success of the fight to qualify the new party for the California ballot.

In subsequent years I would go on at the age of 18 to become the youngest person at that time ever elected  to head the Los Angeles County Central Committee of a California political party as well as to run for state Assembly once, state Senate twice, House of Representatives twice (in 1980, causing the defeat of the ranking California and in Congress James Corman), state Treasurer twice, and Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and United States Senate once each.

About Jan Tucker

The Detectives Diary is an innovative tool combining Private Investigation and Journalism. In 1984, Steve Harvey's Los Angeles Times "Around the Southland" Column entitled Jan Tucker's program of providing low-cost "Opposition Research" services to indigent and working class candidates for public office, "Take Cover: Hired Mudslinger Rides into Town." A 1996 Los Angeles Times article by Henry Chu carried a sub-headline identifying Tucker as a "P.R. Guru." In November 2012, Tucker became Criminal Justice Columnist for Counter Punch Magazine and a commentator for Black Talk Radio. As a private investigator since 1979 and a former First Vice President of Newspaper Guild Local 69, Tucker takes these skills to a new level in the pages of the Detectives Diary with insightful and unique exposures and analysis of history and current events. State Director--California League of Latinos And Chicanos, Former seven term Chairman of the Board of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, Co-President San Fernando Valley/Northeast Los Angeles Chapter-National Organization for Women, former National Commissioner for Civil Rights-League of United Latin American Citizens, former Second Vice President-Inglewood-South Bay Branch-National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, former founding Vice President-Armenian American Action Committee, former First Vice President, Newspaper Guild Local 69 (AFL-CIO, CLC, CWA), Board member, Alameda Corridor Jobs Coalition, Community Advisory Board member--USC-Keck School of Medicine Alzheimer's Disease Research Project
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