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Social Justice

Open Letter About Public Urination, Stuff on Sidewalks … and Parking

By Deborah Lashever If you are concerned with the urination and defecation in your neighborhood, lobby Bonin to install more public restrooms! Do you realize that we have 16 million visitors a year and about 20 public restrooms – that all close in the early evening and open at 8 am? Not one public restroom...

The Drum Circle and the Criminalization of Free Speech

By Ronald Keith McKinley The Drum Circle has been under siege since its inception twenty-five years ago. A loud vocal minority has always found it offensive. Randy Banks, ex-marine and capoeira instructor, started this drum circle in response to suppression of drumming on Ocean Front Walk. Randy took us to the hill just east of...

New Bollards, More Yellow Than the Old Bollards

By Greta Cobar It is unclear why Mike Bonin, our Councilperson, held a Town Hall meeting on October 29, 2013 to hear the public’s input concerning bollards, cameras and blocking off the streets leading to Ocean Front Walk (OFW). During the meeting the public was vehemently against all such so-called “safety measures.” Speaking as any...

Hey Google, Don't Be Evil!

By Anthony Castillo The image that relatively new Venice resident Google puts forth to the general public is one of a progressive company guided by it’s company motto “Don’t Be Evil. “ Former Google CEO and current Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said in an interview with NPR recently “I thought it was the stupidest rule...

Guantanamo, Revisited

By Mary Getlein The Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba needs to be closed, now. Obama promised to close it when he was running for office in 2010. After he was elected, the issue disappeared from his agenda. Guantanamo has been in place for 11 years and has been a center of human rights violations...

Starbucks Brings Jim Crow to Venice

By Brian Connolly I ran up the sidewalk to the Starbucks on Navy & Main near Venice Beach, California. It was still dark out at 6:10 AM, but I had to get to my new job with the Salvation Army. I’d been sleeping on the sidewalk nearby for the last few months, homeless. I’d lost...

TO STORE and/or TO DISCARD: That is the Question for Venice

By Laura Shepard Townsend On December 11th, 2013, L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin stated in a letter to the Venice Neighborhood Council that he is authorizing a voluntary storage program for those participating in the emergency winter shelter program I would say it is about time since up to now all unattended belongings have been...

Emergency Services: Enabling Life

By Peggy Lee Kennedy There has been an upsurge of homeless deaths reported this winter, especially with the recent cold snap we had in November and December.  There should be distress and horror regarding this happening here in Los Angeles, but not surprise. Los Angeles has for years carried the shame of being the Homeless...

Cruel, Unnecessary, Illegal and Immoral Harassment of the Houseless by LAPD

By Brian Connely On the streets between Venice and Santa Monica, the LAPD handed out twenty $160 tickets to homeless individuals the other night. Their crime? Where they’re going to sleep that night. It’s against the law to place a sleeping bag, etc., down on a Los Angeles sidewalk before 9:00 p.m. No camping. A...

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...
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