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November 1, 2013

50 Years After the Coup That Changed America Forever

By Jim Smith Have you heard it on the news About this fascist groove thang Evil men with racist views Spreading all across the land Don’t just sit there on your ass Unlock that funky chaindance Brothers, sisters shoot your best We don’t need this fascist groove thang –Heaven 17 This is the 50th anniversary...

Letters

Della Franco Suzanne Verdal Lola Terrell Gene Mendez Michael Millman Ted ———————————— Dear Beachhead, I would like to thank the Beachhead for printing the article by Brian Connolly “On Being Homeless in Venice”. I thought the article was extremely well written and the content and message stayed with me long after after reading it. I think it is important...

Town Hall: Venetians Say No to Bollards and Cameras

By Greta Cobar Town Halls are held for those in charge to listen to the public. If anyone was listening during the October 29 Town Hall on Ocean Front Walk safety, what was to be heard was NO to bollards, NO to security cameras, YES to bathroom upkeep. Those were the only things being re-iterated...

EPIC Peace and Freedom Campaign: End Poverty in California

By Eric Ahlberg Now you may ask yourself, “How can I wave my freak flag high?” How can I stick it to the man? How can I express my utter disgust at what this country is being driven into?  Police Violence, stop and frisk, forfeiture laws, gun violence, horrendous war making, idiotic Republicans, and some...

Dream Come True: Equal Access to Justice

By Greta Cobar Equal access to justice is just another one of the many American dreams that we are still dreaming about. This is a story about a group of committed individuals dedicated to closing the access to justice gap. The dedicated staff of the Eviction Defense Network, a nonprofit community based organization, provide affordable...

The Townhouse: Drinking Up Venice History

By CJ Gronner There has been a bar operating out of 52 Windward Avenue continuously since 1915, even when it had to be disguised as a grocery during Prohibition. Today it is The Townhouse and The Del Monte Speakeasy, and both tip their hats to the venue’s past, yet keep it modern with the entertainment...

Affordable Housing: Basic Human Right

By Greta Cobar Shelter is a big deal – according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, it is just as important as food. With the aim of preventing friends, family and neighbors from getting kicked out of the neighborhood and/or being homeless, Venice Community Housing (VCH) was formed in 1988. It has since provided low-income, affordable...

Remembering Lou Reed, a Rock n' Roll Animal

By Anthony Castillo When I first heard the news of Lou Reed’s passing I said to myself “not Lou!” As you age you expect your rock n’ roll heroes to fall. But not Lou, at least not yet. He was still vital, still exploring new musical ideas, and his bullet proof cool was still intact....

Poetry

1963 (The year the real America died) – by Ronald K. Mc Kinley Miss Suzy – A Love Song – by Mary Getlein Cosmic Grandeurs and Warfare – by Laura Shepard Townsend Lives Without Time – by Humberto Gomez Sequeira-HuGoS Forgetting – by Emily Wood beats – by Steve Tegel Reflectionless – by Arist Niciforos...

Assault of a Neighborhood

By Laura Shepard Townsend I saw they took the roof off Elinore Crawford’s house today. Oh, it’s only a house, I tell myself, but I know how much love Elinore poured into that house for many years. I am no practitioner of organized religion, but I do believe that houses possess spiritual essences of their...