Month

December 2018

A Poem by Nazim Hikmet – 1948

ON LIVING I. Living is no laughing matter : you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel, for example- I mean without looking for something beyond and above living. I mean living must be your whole occupation. Living is no laughing matter : you must take it seriously, so much so and to such...

A Poem by Helene Wolff

Are they blinded by the rays of sun and floodlights? Do they look the other way and cup their hands to fog-stopped ears, those scornful sneerers by the Bay? Here inside my heart is where it lies! Here laughter rules, jazz wails and beats for dancers in the surf. Helene Wolff 1972

3 Poems by Marty Liboff

HAPPY HOLIDAZE marty liboff It should be Christmas every day of the year give gifts to the poor and those who are dear. Give love, kindness, compassion and joy to every man, woman, girl and boy. Don’t just be good on December 24 th every day let your love go forth. The homeless, poor and...

Trust We Will

by Alan Rodman We rented a portable black and white tv set from a repair shop in the summer of 1968, just in time for me to see the success of the Apollo 8 orbital mission of the Moon. My dad agreed to pay .50 a day for the rental, which was a week’s allowance...

Melvoin Deceives West Side Community on Behalf of Billionaire Privatizers.

By: Soni Lloyd Two roads diverged in LAUSD, one leads to a massive New Deal style reinvestment in our public schools saving the lives of tens of thousands of students, and the other to layoffs, school closures and reductions in student services. In a series of visits to West LA schools, the billionaire’s candidate, Democrat...

Staying Alive To Create A Better World: A Trans-National Alliance Invitation

By Pat Raphael 20 We have made it! We’ve arrived at the end of another year and none of us were taken out by our heart giving up and stopping to beat, or falling to that big C cancer, or going to the doctor and having a well meaning medical professional make a fatal mistake...

THE FIGHT FOR THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF VENICE RAGES ON -conversations with Venice Activist Laddie Williams, Venice Elder Jataun Valentine, and Dr. Naomi Nightingale

By Jon Wolff The following is from conversations with Venice Activist Laddie Williams, Venice Elder Jataun Valentine, and Dr. Naomi Nightingale about the recent staff report from the Office of Historical Resources regarding the application for historical designation for the First Baptist Church of Venice. Jon Wolff: What can you tell us about the outcome...

NOVEMBER 2018 B.I.D. MEETING OBSERVATIONS

By John Okulick I did attend. I had only two minutes to read a list of questions that I would like answers to, as a CPRA request. After several attempts to get answers, Tara Devine, manager of the BID, said she would get back to me, which really means she will do nothing as usual....

Reese Davidson vs. the Venice Nimby pt.2

Venice, CA— Comparing the facts of the Reese-Davidson project against NIMBY concerns.

50th Anniversary Beachhead Bacchanal

Monday December 31, at Beyond Baroque. Times-ish: 7pm Socialist Hour Mingle, Tingle, Lobby 8pm Poets and Singers 9:40 awards/blessings 10:00-1 The Beachheaders We have added some performers since the December issue was printed.  Notably Kristina Olsen, Karl Abrams, Jim Smith, Rob Mullins, Carol Chaiken. The Free Venice Beachhead is published by a volunteer collective of...