Interview with James Figgs

Did you feel like things were going downhill?


Honestly, y- yes, I felt, I felt, there's something, you got the feeling, you really got the feeling that, that things, ah, were beginning to go downhill and that you had reached a peak there. And that, ah, ah, it, it was time to get, it was time to go. You know, we had nothing new was exciting, ah, nothing, ah, ah, that you could look forward to the next day that we were going to be in front of the Justice Department raising hell. You couldn't look forward to the next day, we were going to be, ah, at some Congressman's office raising hell with the Congressman about his voting record, you know. So none of that excitement kinds of stuff that, you know, that, that we wanted, at my age at that time, you know, wanted to go on, it wasn't going on. And it became various disagreements within Resurrection City with some of the various groups, you know. You had, ah, 'cause, ah, we hear a lot about gangs today, but you had gangs from New York, Chicago and California in Resurrection City at that time. And, of course, they were being monitored and, and we had a little disturbance but not, nothing, ah, to the point that the press would get hold to because they would do a job on 'em. You just kept--if there was some disturbance among, ah, those of us who were there, we just kept it among ourselves. But in terms of being aggressive from 10 to 5 each day after the first several days and that began to go downhill and, ah, many of us felt, ah, that it was time to pack up. And course, I guess that was one of the things that scared us. Now we been here, now we gonna return, and what's going to happen. And that, that really when you got ready to get out of Resurrection City you, many of us have felt that, ah, we should go a different direction than come back home because you knew what was going to happen. You sort of felt that you was going to meet all kinds of repercussions from the establishment.


Why don't we stop for one second.