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Social Justice

Celebrate the Coming of the Marker

A permanent monument commemorating the incarceration of a thousand local Japanese-Americans during World War II will not be istalled on the 70th anniversary, April 25, despite high hopes of many Venetians. Instead an open-air event will take place beginning at 10am, April 25, at the northwest corner of Lincoln and Venice Blvds., the site of...

Free Speech on Ocean Front Walk?

By Bill Mitchell ‘Dissident speech’ is the revolutionary Right protected by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution of the United States.  It is not a permit to make a buck, but awaken public consciousness to the horrors of government abuse, criminality, duplicity, war crimes, and with the passage and signing...

Martin Luther King, Jr. – The Unknown Anti-War Activist

On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke from the pulpit of the Riverside Church in New York City and called for an end to the Vietnam War. Exactly one year later, King was assassinated in Memphis. King’s speech in New York set the tone for the last year of his life. Inside the...

Venice Memorial to Japanese-Americans Incarcerated During World War II Moves Forward

By Don E. Geagan and Suzanne Thompson In a time when we are consistently threaded by the loss of public space and facilities, such as the Venice Post Office, a very special building continues to serve the community. On Saturday, October 29th, a place dedicated to the possibilities of language, housed in the Old Venice...

Growing Up Latino: How Cesar Chavez Inspired A Generation

By Yolanda Miranda Latinos were once known as the “sleeping giant.” Not only did they wake up, but they have roared in disenchantment over the proposed policies of this government against them and their families. ¡Ya Basta! Enough is Enough! Although they cross the border to come work in this country illegally, the majority of...

Lest We Forget Japanese-American Memorial Marker Groundbreaking

69 Years Later: Returning to the corner of Venice and Lincoln Blvds on April 25, 2011, Japanese-American camp survivors and friends gather to launch a reminder of their ordeal. Top row (standing): Noboru Kamibayashi, Linda Lucks, Hideyo Takimoto, Mitzi Takimoto, Brian Maeda, Bill Rosendahl, Scott Pine, Arnold Maeda, Suzie Yamato, Aya Masada,  Hiram Ohta, John Marumoto,...

Recognizing A Tragedy: 69 Years Later

It has been nine long years since a small group of Venetians came together to call attention to a terrible wrong that had been committed in our community. On April 25, 1942, approximately 1,000 Japanese-Americans living in Venice, Santa Monica and surrounding farms were required to report to Lincoln and Venice Blvds. with only what...

Community Leader Handcuffed, Harassed by Los Angeles Police

When an elected official is subjected to intimidation and humiliation by “law” enforcement, are any of us really safe? And if there is no public outcry, can we be assured that it won’t happen again to another law-abiding Venetian? Ivonne Guzman, elected board member of the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) and outspoken community member, was...

When the Shooting Starts

By Jim Smith Back in the ‘60s, the level of paranoia in Venice was high. Most of us held radical views, were poor or black or brown. We endured daily harassment by L.A.’s finest. Our heroes JFK, RFK, Martin Luther King, Fred Hampton, Malcolm X and others were being gunned down by either overt or...

Lawsuit filed to protect civil rights of RV Residents

By Peggy Lee Kennedy A civil rights lawsuit has been filed in federal court on November 23 against the City of Los Angeles for violation of the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments, and the Americans With Disabilities Act. The plaintiffs in this civil rights lawsuit are part of the Venice community. Most are people who...
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