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Social Justice

The First Baptist Church of Venice is the Living History of Venice

The Black History display at the Abbot Kinney Library in Venice will be up until the end of March.In recognition of Black History Month for 2019, an exhibit and discussion session was held on Saturday, February 16 in the meeting room of the library.

March for Humanity on MLK’s Birthday!

MONDAY, JANUARY 15 @ 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Western and MLK Jr. Blvd. Los Angeles. Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition of Greater LA in partnership with the Poor People’s campaign will be marching for Human Rights Issues in the Los Angeles Kingdom Day Parade.  Healthy California Campaign coalition have been asked to join them as they...

There’s a Monolith at Venice and Lincoln

By Jim Smith, photos by Margaret Molloy. The intersection of Lincoln and Venice Blvd. is now my favorite corner in Venice. It’s hard to believe, but there’s a shiny, new black monolith on the northwest sidewalk. If you haven’t been reading the Beachhead or didn’t come to the dedication, April 27, you may think it...

Why Property Owners Should Vote NO to the Venice Beach Business Improvement District

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are, by design, controlled by a very small group of commercial property owners, excluding the voice of most paying into the BID and completely excluding residential property owners, tenants, commercial operators who lease their sites, and other stakeholders in Venice. Venice Beach has long been a center for democracy and diversity...

Ending Police Brutality

by Michael Wamback From Ferguson to Venice, police abuse of power has been a hot topic. We get upset about it, and rightly so. But where does it come from, and what can we do about it? The history of police abuse of power goes back to the beginning of time. To me, it’s a...

My World: Race in America

By Ronald K. Mc Kinley I recently had a conversation, discussion, with someone I held in some regard. What we discussed is not important. We did not agree. This someone said to me “In your world,” when we did not concur. I could not respond. It was strange. We were not alone; others were listening,...

Letter: LOST IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST

Dear Beachhead LOST IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST -as told to Chee Wah Wah seagull- written anonymously out of fear. I was hanging out one evening by the pagoda on Dudley Avenue in Venice. The memorial photo of Shakespeare watched over us. He was gunned down there a week earlier by order of the...

THE REAL BILL OF RIGHTS – by Marty Liboff

1. Congress shall make no law respecting an estab-lishment of religion; you must worship the Republicans or Democrats. Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or the press, or the right to peacefully assemble as long as you’re rich and White and say noth-ing bad about the police, military or Mickey Mouse...

The Sunshine Is Free: The Aftermath of the LAPD's Beating of Samuel Calhoun Arrington

By Krista Schwimmer A year ago on August 7th, Samuel Calhoun Arrington, a 52 year old mentally disabled, homeless, African-American man, was sitting under his umbrella where Ocean Front Walk intersects with Sunset Avenue. Like the many thousands of people who visit Venice, he was there to enjoy a day at the beach. Instead, in...

Beachhead Interviews Cleo Battle, Sister to Samuel Calhoun Arrington

(Note: This interview was conducted on April 26, 2015) Beachhead: First of all, I would like to ask you how you think things are progressing with Samuel? Cleo Battle: In what respect? BH: Well, overall. Do you feel like the case is going well, that there is enough evidence to succeed and therefore change lives...
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