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Social Justice

Los Angeles City Council approves Venice Japanese American Memorial Marker motion

By Phyllis Hayashibara The Los Angeles City Council on November 2, approved 11th District Councilmember Bill Rosendahl’s motion of July 16 that “the Bureau of Street Services, with the assistance of the Planning Department (Office of Historic Resources), the Department of Transportation and the Office of Council District 11 be directed to report with recommendations...

60 Years Later / After the Internment Camps

They were our neighbors Torn from our community How could this happen How could this happen Nurseries and barber shops Sold at bargain rates Sold at bargain rates “Please, take the horse and chickens” And the fields left fallow And the fields left fallow Crying for children’s laughter Young lovers’ meeting Young lovers meeting Near...

Court Order Puts End to Ocean Front Lottery; Reinstates Amplified Music

By Greta Cobar The boardwalk lottery, which somewhat changed the free spirit of Venice over the past two years, was deemed to violate the 1st Amendment’s right to free speech by the US District Judge Dean D. Pregerson. A temporary injunction is taking place immediately to make all boardwalk spaces available on a first-come basis....

Who’s the Boob?

Women – and Men – have nipples!!! Why should Women have to hide theirs? … Said the sign on the Boardwalk last week held up by a man with his own impressive pair of breasts. Not Man Boobs either … straight-up, ladylike boobs. The police presence was overkill, per usual, and gave me the idea...

Support Building for Japanese Internment Memorial at Venice and Lincoln Boulevards

A campaign promoted by the Beachhead since 2002 is gaining new supporters. At a meeting of the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) Board, June 15, a slide show was presented, two former internees spoke, Arnold Maeda and Yosh Tomita. Everyone who spoke in public comment was in favor, including Scott Pine, a Venice High School student,...

Remarks of Former Internee Arnold Maeda to the Venice Neighborhood Council

I was born in Santa Monica, in 1926 and have lived in Mar Vista since 1958. I am here this evening to voice my support for the MARKER project sponsored by various individuals and organizations of the Venice community. I feel that this is a worthy project, especially today, to highlight and educate the people...

WHEN VENICE STOPPED A (POLICE) RIOT BY STOPPING A PARADE

By Carol Fondiller The Establishment Parade vs. the “People’s Parade” but first, background. Background is all. I remember the parade that didn’t happen in Venice. Those nasty un-patriotic beer swilling pot smoking coffee drinking hippies and Beats and Commies as Werner Scharff and the Venice Civic Union used to call them, and if one indulges...

Sinking Arizona

By Jim Smith Oh Arizona, where the elderly go to die a Death’s Head has gripped your state. Immigrants raise their eyes and ask why they must suffer such a criminal’s fate. Sunstroke has come early to Arizona this year, or so it would seem. The Anglo majority in the Arizona government has tyrannized the...

Japanese-American Memorial Marker at Lincoln and Venice Boulevards?

By Phyllis Hayashibara Were you one of these Japanese-Americans who lined up on Venice Boulevard, west of Lincoln Boulevard on April 25, 1942 in compliance with Civilian Exclusion Order No. 7? Exclusion Order No. 7 directed “all persons of Japanese ancestry, both alien and non-alien,” to send “a responsible member of each family” on “Tuesday,...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – Monday, January 18

All too many of those who live in affluent America ignore those who exist in poor America; in doing so, the affluent Americans will eventually have to face themselves with the question that Eichmann chose to ignore: How responsible am I for the well-being of my fellows? To ignore evil is to become an accomplice...
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