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Human Rights/Constitution

That Dark Parade: Protesters Take to Venice Streets Over Gentrification & Brendon Glenn's Killing

By Krista Schwimmer In a strange, dark twist of fate, a state-wide, two day protest organized by more than a dozen groups representing the voices of First Nations, black, brown, and poor people united with the Venice community’s outrage over the recent LAPD officer killing of an unarmed, houseless young man, Brendon Glenn. Although planned...

We Must Stop the TPP/Fast Track and Patriotic Act Renewal

By Anthony Castillo In the next few weeks the US Congress could hold votes on two issues that would, if passed, continue the undemocratic and unconstitutional course our country has been on since the 80s. One would further increase wealth inequality, the other continue the erosion of our civil liberties. The first is the potential...

SMPD Profiling of Venice Homeless

By Brian Connolly I was lying down in Ozone Park (“behind Whole Foods”) minding my own business with a sleeping bag over me due to a chilly wind when a cop approached me. Though alone in the sunny palm tree-lined park and clearly not doing anything wrong, the officer demanded to see my ID. I was...

Vietnam, Viet Nam

By Jim Smith We never even learned the way the Vietnamese write the name of their country (Việt Nam), before we lost the war. It was 40 years ago, April 30, that TV viewers witnessed our Vietnamese lackeys being kicked away from overloaded Hueys as the helicopters fled from the land our rulers thought they...

Deborah Lashever: Shero of Venice

By Greta Cobar Community activism and participation in the struggle for equality for all members of our community are Deborah Lashever’s trademarks. It is an honor to commemorate International Women’s Day by spotlighting her efforts in the Beachhead. Beachhead: How did you and Venice find each other? Deborah Lashever: I’ve been coming to Venice since...

Venice Beach: The People's Beach

By Peggy Lee Kennedy Why did the City of Los Angeles close the people’s beach from midnight to five in the morning? I have heard it all: the gangs, the homeless, drugs, prostitution, et cetera, et cetera. The truth is that Ordinance 164209, amending LAMC 63.44 in 1988, does not say why the City of Los...

Net Neutrality Update: We Won!

By Anthony Castillo In January the Beachhead ran my article on Net Neutrality and the non role Google was taking in the fight to stop the corporate takeover of the internet. On Thursday, February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held its highly anticipated vote on Net Neutrality. The vote pitted big telecom companies like Comcast...

Je Suis Beachhead; Charlie Hebdo: Not So Much

By Jim Smith This month, the Free Venice Beachhead celebrates the publication of its 400th issue and the opening of an on-line archive of every page and every issue we ever published. Meanwhile, in Paris, an anti-Muslim publication, not much larger than the Beachhead, attracted world-wide attention when 10 of its editorial staff, and two...

The Illusion of Crime and Enforcement of Poverty

By Mark Lipman   A lot has been said in the chat-rooms of Venice regarding “crime” in our community. It’s no coincidence that every single incident of “crime” that is cherry-picked to report is about someone who is homeless. The comparison and subsequent demonization of an entire economic class of our society has become so prevalent that...

Get That Filthy Rag Out Of My Yard!

By Carol Fondiller This is a re-print from the April 1978 100th edition The Free Venice Beachhead. My funny Valentine. Your columns not so straight. Shaky grammar. Earnest, pompous, sincere, mistaken, precise, and homey. One hundred issues. Who’d uv thunk it! Who’d’ve thought that The Free Venice Beachhead would be cherished and needed enough by...
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