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Mary Getlein

Venice is a Poem

By Mary Getlein I walked on the beach, the sun was shining brightly, sweet winds blew over our heads. We looked up: sea gulls riding wind currents over our heads! I was so astonished! It was so beautiful! I was so glad I finally got to California. My boyfriend came back from a summer in...

“Make all those poor people go away, Daddy!”

By Mary Getlein Well, sweetness, we are doing the best we can – we’ve made it illegal to sit in the sand after midnight – that probably gets rid of a bunch right there. It’s illegal to feed them. It’s illegal to give them money. It’s illegal to talk to them. We have to isolate...

Book Review: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in The Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

Reviewed by Mary Getlein Once upon a time there was slavery in this country. Jim Crow laws were laws put in place during the reconstruction of the South, for the management and regulation of freed black slaves. Ladies, when you’re walking down a street and it’s dark, and you see a Black man following you,...

Plantations of Prisons – California’s Biggest Crop

By Mary Getlein Jason stood before us, a 30-year-old Latino man. He was here to tell his story of growing up in East L.A. and how he met Javier Stauring, who changed his life. Javier supervises the Catholic detention ministry programs at all juvenile halls and probation camps in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara...

Venice Artist Diane Butler

Memorial Tribute: Venice Artist Diane Butler – Mary Getlein Song: There’s a ghost at every corner – Diane Buter Poem: To Diane Butler – Suzanne Verdal Poem: My Humble Ode to Diane – Tina Catalina Corcoran Poem: For Diane – Mary Getlein ————————————————- By Mary Getlein The Venice community lost a valuable member when Diane...

The Meeting to Close the Boardwalk

By Mary Getlien I arrived early to the VNC Meeting. The room was filling up with well-dressed people. Marc Saltzberg told everyone the Police would be there soon and they were going to explain the new curfew for the Venice Boardwalk. Between the hours of 12 am and 5 am, the Boardwalk will be closed....

Arrests On Third Street

By Mary Getlein The who, what, where, when, and why of it is! Who gathered long time residents of Venice, mostly artists. What? The LAPD showed up at 5:30 in the morning of December 17. Where? 3rd St. Ibriham Butler heard a sound which was the sound of a tow truck operator, wrapping the chains...

No Thanks for the Hungry on Thanksgiving

By Mary Getlein In many cultures feeding the poor is a mandate: they provide for people who cannot provide for themselves. Not in this country and not even in this little town of Venice. It has been decided by the city of L.A. not to allow a permit to feed people in Venice, on Thanksgiving....

Interview with Artist Ray Packard

By Mary Getlein Raymond Dean Packard was a Venice artist from 1975 to 1989. He is a renowned water colorist and oil painter who did hundreds of beautiful paintings of Venice.Beachhead: Beachhead: When did you feel like an artist? Did you always know you would be an artist? Packard: Yes, as far back as I...

Scott Wannberg Memorial

Scott Wannberg was laid to rest at Beyond Baroque, on September 17. The memorial was planned by S.A. Griffin and his wife, Linda. Many poets of Venice and Los Angeles came to to pay their respects. Scott was a much loved poet, hungry for experience of every kind. Scott loved poetry, other poets, music of...
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