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Carol Fondiller

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...

From the Beachhead Archives Nov. 1977: Remembering Bingo: “Daughter-of-Darkness, Sister of Light”

By Carol Fondiller People gathered on the rocks at Brooks Avenue Beach to remember a very important person. The people who are moving in and building Valley-sized houses on Venice lots, whimpering that less than 2,000  square feet for a family is a slum, wouldn’t think  “Bingo” Bingham important at all.  In their eyes she...

So Long, Carol –It’s Been A Blast!

Carol Fondiller Berman June 22, 1936 – Jan. 9, 2010 A Community Celebration of the life of Carol Fondiller Berman who dedicated herself and her writings to the preservation and betterment of Venice Saturday, February 13 at Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Blvd. 1pm – Reception 2-4pm – Program All Beachhead Readers are invited. For more...

Carol Fondiller

By Pam Emerson When I met Carol in 1975, she was engaged in a struggle to preserve space for poor people – benches to sit on, apartments to live in, small groceries and small places to eat. She had been doing this for years in several venues, including the Beachhead. She was also a story...

When wasn’t there Carol?

By Lance Diskan The first Venice neighborhood meeting I went to – 1968 – there she was. When I visited Venice to celebrate our Centennial in 2005, there she was. For us, it’s been forty years of shared struggle, joy, language and solidarity. She’s irreplaceable, and a fundamental personality in Venetian history. Abbot would have...

Carol by any other Name

By Lynne Bronstein She called herself the Harpy, Essie LaYenta, and numerous other soubriquets. She was also known as Carol Berman via a former husband’s surname. When one of her Beachhead articles appeared with the byline Carol Berman, she wrote the paper two letters, one from Carol Berman and one from Carol Fondiller. In the...

A Fighter for Justice

This is so shocking and upsetting. Carol was so unique and an incredible fighter for economic and social justice. It would be important to include in any description of her life the significant role that she played with Coalition for Economic Survival (CES), particularly in our efforts to preserve Housing and Urban Department (HUD) subsidized...

Carol Fondiller – It’s been good to know you

By Jim Smith I can’t remember when I first met Carol. It may have been at a Venice Town Council meeting in the 1970s. I do remember that, to me, Carol was a fearsome presence. I knew that she was hell-on-wheels in the Beachhead, but she was just as capable of taking someone apart face-to-face....

My Friend Carol

By Ravi Kristin A true Old Venice Icon has died. Carol Fondiller and I had a relationship that goes back to the early “70s.  When I cooked at the Meatless Messhall she was already a stalwart of the OFW.  We didn’t always agree (HA!) but she always had a point that made sense.  She died...

Carol’s White Rose

By Chuck and Terry Bloomquist We didn’t know Carol well enough to write even a sketchy obituary. We have, however, known her and loved her forever, or so it seems. We would see her at meetings of the original Venice Town Council and at other Venice-promoting activities, when we could liberate ourselves from providing and...
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