- Reporter's Notebook: A Remembrance of Civil Liberties Activist Frank Wilkinson
Frank Wilkinson died two days ago at the age of 91. A LA City official in the ---50s who espoused public housing in Chavez Ravine, he lost that battle and Dodger Stadium was built where 300 Mexican-American families formerly raised goats. In 1961, he spent nine months in prison for contempt of Congress after he refused to tell the House Committee on Un-American Activities whether he was a Communist. His later civil liberties work earned him a citation from the City of Los Angeles, which had once fired him for political reasons. Kit Gage is Director of the First Amendment Foundation and the National Committee against Repressive Legislation, which Wilkinson founded.
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