Joan Baez, a noted U.S. folk singer (concert artist and recording star) has been attempting?
Scenes of Miss Baez at home in her home overlooking the Carmel Valley (sof) and scenes of the school, two miles away. Then scenes of the hearing on dec 1, with first speaker Alan Drake, a local resident, veteran of two wars, and most articulate of those objecting; then Miss Baez in the hearing replies.
NOTE: The building the school occupies was formerly occupied by the So-Help-Me Hannah Laboratory, a firm manufacturing poison oak remedies; and a shutgun shell manufacturing firm.
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Background: Joan Baez, a noted U.S. folk singer (concert artist and recording star) has been attempting to set up a pacifist school known as the Institute for the Study of Non-violence. The school, in a building owned by Miss Baez, has an enrolment of about 15, and offers a six week course in non-violence for $75.00. It is taught by Ira Sandperl, a teacher and long-time friend of Miss Baez'.
The school, in the Carmel Valley, south of San Francisco, has caused considerable local uproar. Although it is in an area zoned for light commercial and industrial structures, its presence caused consider be local argument, which polarised itself along largely ideological lines.
The argument finally reached the Monterrey County Board of Supervisors who voted 3-2 to permit the school to continue operation. (at a meeting on Dec 1). But they imposed a number of restrictions of the school with Miss Baez and Mr. Sandperl considered unreasonable; they are appealing the decision.
The point of all this is that a noted folksinger and devout believer in pacifism and non violence is trying to set up a school, and running head on into the entrenched prejudice of the community.