Free Venice Beachhead

Free Venice Beachhead Published by a Collective of volunteers since 1968, the Free Venice Beachhead is not only the oldest Published by a Collective of volunteers since 1968, the Free Venice Beachhead is not only the oldest free publication in the country, but also one of the last underground papers still in existence.

On the first edition front page, this poem. This paper is a poem. It is the first of a series. Your participation will decide how often we appear. This paper is a poem for the people. We decided not to sell it to you, but to give it to all of you. It is a poem for all the people. It is also a paper made by people who love to make poems and dig doing a newspaper which is also a poem. Our subject th

On the first edition front page, this poem. This paper is a poem. It is the first of a series. Your participation will decide how often we appear. This paper is a poem for the people. We decided not to sell it to you, but to give it to all of you. It is a poem for all the people. It is also a paper made by people who love to make poems and dig doing a newspaper which is also a poem. Our subject th

Operating as usual

The Venice Sign Story, a story of civic pride gone wrong.
01/15/2022
THE VENICE SIGN STORY, A Story of Civic Pride, gone wrong.

The Venice Sign Story, a story of civic pride gone wrong.

By Jon Wolff The following is from a recent conversation with Venice Sign Restoration Team Project Manager Todd von Hoffmann. In late 2003, the Venice Centennial was coming up. Venice resident Todd…

Fresh from the intertubes, the fabulous furry Free Venice Beachhead January 2022.  We have Gerry Fialka's Venice Photo S...
01/10/2022
Free Venice Beachhead January 2022

Fresh from the intertubes, the fabulous furry Free Venice Beachhead January 2022. We have Gerry Fialka's Venice Photo Show links, and they remind me of what a fine set of photographers we have in Venice. I personally join Team Bonin to sharpen up my wits for battling DINO trolls! We have Marty Liboff's Alta C**a Songfest. We hear from the Venice Equity Alliance. We hear about Olla Mitchell. Mark Lipman has a new poetry anthology out, Reimagining America, and I hear it and it sounds good.

CONTENTS Perfect Partnerships Provide Provisions – 1 The Venice Sign Story – 1 Bonin Recall Shenanigans – 1 Black History at Venice Library – 2 Venice Equity Alliance Statement – 2 Free Legal Clinic – 3 Abbot Kinney – 2 Articles – 4-5 Venice Photo and Film – 6 Venice – A Poem –...

Photos from Stop the Recall's post
12/10/2021

Photos from Stop the Recall's post

Photos from Stop the Recall's post
12/10/2021

Photos from Stop the Recall's post

12/09/2021

We are distributing the Free Venice Beachhead today. Let us know of places you would like to see it.

Here's your December Free Venice Beachhead
12/05/2021
Free Venice Beachhead December 2021

Here's your December Free Venice Beachhead

CONTENTS Unzipped Film Premieres – 1 Historic Celebration – 1 Peter Demian – 1 VCH Architecture Awards – 1 Jody Evans Interview - hereinla – 2 Venice Storytellers – 3 SPY Update – 3 Why Can’t We Be Friends – 4 Planning Watch – 5 Marty’s Page – 8 Shefayoga resurrected – 10 P...

11/24/2021

Los Angeles is preparing to take a major step forward in phasing out fossil fuels - thanks to the dogged determination of residents who have been directly impacted by oil drilling in their neighborhoods.

This week, our Budget & Finance Committee voted unanimously in favor of legislation that would phase out oil drilling city-wide, clean up existing sites, and implement a just transition jobs plan.

If approved by council, this will be the culmination of years of effort by Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling, a coalition of environmental, faith and neighborhood organizations that have pushing for years to “end drilling where we’re living.” I have been a champion of this proposal from the very start, and look forward to voting for it when it reaches the full City Council.

11/23/2021

There was no November 2021 issue. There will be a December 2021 issue.

God himself dare not appear to a hungry man except in form of bread.
10/21/2021
ARE YOU HUNGRY? FREE FOOD AT VENICE BEACH

God himself dare not appear to a hungry man except in form of bread.

ARE YOU HUNGRY? FREE FOOD AT VENICE BEACH (times and places occasionally change) *Hope for the Hearts of the Homeless- Pam & Joel and friends. Coffee, pastries, sandwiches. Thursday & Sunda…

Are we trying to get more control over our spontaneity? What is irreverent? What is essential? What evokes extemporaneou...
10/21/2021
V.I.P. as VIP – by Gerry Fialka

Are we trying to get more control over our spontaneity? What is irreverent? What is essential? What evokes extemporaneousness? What adds to our pleasures? Go with the flow?

Venice Improv Percepts render Very Important People. And versa vice. Whenever I travel through Venice, I run into people, and the improv begins. We engage in the paradoxical exuberance of being thr…

Or read it online
10/12/2021
Free Venice Beachhead October 2021

Or read it online

Save Venice wins Historic Designation – 1 Stobo’s 100th Venice Music Box – 1 Venice America – Culture Heals – 2 V.I.P as VIP - 5 BIrth Announcement Merle Rebeca Anderegg-Pulido – 6 Emily Winters goes to court over mural tagger – 6 Mega-Marty Liboff poems and songs – 8 Manzanar Pilgri...

OK, got her done.  Download the PDF right here.Save Venice wins Historic Designation – 1Stobo’s 100th Venice Music Box –...
10/12/2021
October_2021.pdf

OK, got her done. Download the PDF right here.
Save Venice wins Historic Designation – 1
Stobo’s 100th Venice Music Box – 1
Venice America – Culture Heals – 2
V.I.P as VIP - 5
BIrth Announcement Merle Rebeca Anderegg-Pulido – 6
Emily Winters goes to court over mural tagger – 6
Mega-Marty Liboff poems and songs – 8
Manzanar Pilgrimage Grant available – 10
Poems – 11
Remembering Fred Dewey – 11
The Venice West - Review. – 12

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Good reading on zoning issues.
10/08/2021
Crackpot Realism in LA Housing Crisis

Good reading on zoning issues.

CityWatch is published 24/7 with special e-news blasts on Monday and Thursday evening, with Extras as appropriate around special events such as elections or important issues. Share it with your Neighborhood Council and other activists.

10/06/2021
How NIMBY Hate Culture Impacts Homelessness
10/05/2021
How NIMBY Hate Culture Impacts Homelessness

How NIMBY Hate Culture Impacts Homelessness

Most hate groups justify their animosity toward a specific type of people because the targeted people are publicly and culturally devalued.

Eden Ahbez
09/15/2021
Nature Boy in Venice

Eden Ahbez

by Gerry Fialka “Nature Boy,” one of the greatest songs ever written, was composed by Eden Ahbez, who hung out in Venice for a while in the 1950s and ‘60s. He slept in friends’ backyards, including…

How Social Media Misrepresents Homelessness
08/07/2021
How Social Media Misrepresents Homelessness

How Social Media Misrepresents Homelessness

The NIMBY narrative is rooted in fake concern and uses social media as a weapon against homeless people to instill false fear in the public.

08/06/2021
The Web Of Corruption Behind The Eviction Moratorium

Jeffery Katzenberg was out lobbying the LA City Council, to get the homeless camping ban. Two Black Rock executives, who are major residential real estate investors, sit on Biden's economic advisory board.

Bridge Home success story.
08/06/2021

Bridge Home success story.

Stacy went into the homeless shelter in Venice Beach, where she received mental health counseling and other badly-needed support. As a result, Stacy was able to get her daughter back, and they are both in Project Roomkey on a path to housing. WATCH ➡️ https://youtu.be/RfKza8cIlSU

Dr. Arnold Springer former Beachhead Collective member has passed away about a week ago.
06/08/2021

Dr. Arnold Springer former Beachhead Collective member has passed away about a week ago.

05/29/2021

The First Baptist Church of Venice (located at 685 Westminster Ave. in Venice, CA) is on the agenda for consideration for historic cultural monument status on Thursday, June 3. This building is part of Venice's Black history. Save Venice, the group attempting to landmark the church has a petition and more info. on their site, but here is a brief history of this project: The Church has an historic legacy in the Venice Community for over 111 years. According to the First Annual Report recorded January 02, 1914 African American residents came together to develop a worship place of their own on July 17, 1910.. a mere 45 years after slavery was abolished. Although the group met in various places at that time, the original church edifice was built in 1927 across the street from the current edifice. That land was donated by Arthur Reese, a black man and seminal figure in Venice, CA history. Arthur Reese came to California seeking refuge for himself and his family from the remnants of slavery in hopes of building a better life. A very remarkable accomplishment considering this was an era of restrictive covenants and the Klu Klux Klan highly active in political and institutional leadership in West Los Angeles. https://savevenice.ca/campaigns/save-historical-black-church-venice-ca/

Charlatan Ben Decker, artwork by Jon Wolff
05/28/2021

Charlatan Ben Decker, artwork by Jon Wolff

Charlatan Ben Decker, artwork by Jon Wolff

Fresh off the SSD Drive.
05/27/2021
Free Venice Beachhead June 2021

Fresh off the SSD Drive.

VNC - Black Lives Matter – 1 FBCV & VNC Election – 1 VNC Election Editorial – 1 Who is Ruining Venice? – 1 Letters – 2 Shared Housing - 3 I Don’t Want to go back to Normal! – 4 The Mexical-American Traquero Monument – 5 Beyond Poetry and Radio – 6 Meandering – 6 Where did all the...

Will Black Lives Matter this VNC Election?— You voted for Bernie and don’t enable #racism or #misogyny right? Drum roll ...
05/27/2021
Will Black Lives Matter this VNC Election?

Will Black Lives Matter this VNC Election?— You voted for Bernie and don’t enable #racism or #misogyny right? Drum roll please. We shall see this 2021 #VNC Election if #BlackLives really do matter to #Venice. http://vog.news/blm-vnc

You voted for Bernie and don’t enable racism or misogyny right? Drum roll please. We shall see this 2021 VNC Election if Black Lives really do matter to Venice.

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Just learned of Fred Dewey's passing. When my wife and I visited LA in 2006, he invited us out for coffee one morning with Philomene Long, an encounter I've always cherished. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-bKiMXQJaBNI/T9qlXFDZygI/AAAAAAAAA6Q/n-KyXelOgh8/w497-h373/2012-06-14?fbclid=IwAR3Njl5vMM12XBuFgiCNtrO9iWm-iwJkXdS8JclwhOzJwgWfdWNCojQjjU4
The artist is a 4th grade elementary school student. "The election made me feel happy and that Christmas came early. I have been doing political cartoons all of this fall because sometimes I have to make fun of things even if they are serious."
https://www.facebook.com/events/471795653594857/ Join your community of 7/21. Get informed about local health and safety. #shutitalldown
Wow, just found an issue from 1988!
Local linguist, author and songwriter, Joseph Aronesty, will be speaking on his unique treatise and book on etymology on Sunday, 4PM - at Mystic Bookstore on Abbot Kinney. "Connecting the Roots of English to Prehistoric Africa." All are invited. 30 minutes.
SPARC will be hosting its annual anti-corporate Art Sale on Saturday December 15, 2018. Support local artists, selling a variety of arts, crafts, fine art posters, jewelry, glassware, ceramics and much more! Come by and pick out a gift for someone special from an array of hand-made and wonderfully inspiring one-of-a-kind pieces. Traditional Oaxacan food will be for sale as well.
NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING ALL NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN IN THE WORLD,ACROSS THE SEAS OF ETERNITY WE ARISE TO TELL OUR TRUTH,THE TRUTH OF THE WORLD OF PEACE AND HARMONY WITH ALL NATURES CHILDREN,THRU THE HARVESTING OF FRUITS ,PLANTS AND THE SOUL CONNECTION TO MOTHER NATURE AND HER ANIMAL KINGDOMS ,WE ONCE LIVED WHERE OUR SPIRITS COULD GROW, OUR FRUIT TREES HAD PEACHES, OUR RIVERS HAD HEALING POWERS OF PLENTY FOR ALL LIFES BREATH,WE CARRY THIS DREAM OF OUR ANCESTORS ,WE ALL CARRY THE PAST INTO OUR FUTURE,AND NOW, WE LIVE IN A LANDSLIDE OF TEARDROPS,THRU THE DIS RESPECT FOR ALL THAT LIVES IN DIVINITY,WE HAVE DIED AND KILLED OUR OWN CHILDREN TO BECOME. GHOSTDANCERS IN MEMORY OF NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN OF THE SEAS,IN MEMORY OF THE GENOCIDE OF OUR ANCESTROS DREAM ANUMPESHI, SINTOLLO, AND PRINCE ZANONI
Casting Call!
happy Friday Free Venice, Beachhead, & happy Friday, to the entire Venice community, including, to all the Gondoliers at VENICE HIGH, & happy Friday, to everyone on OCEAN Frontwalk, & muscle beach, & happy Friday,to the entire Venice community, including Oak wood, I hope all of you there in the Venice community have a Great weekend, to all of you, happy Friday VENICE....
#VeniceUnificationNow Shared to #VeniceLocals #VeniceSk8 #VeniceNow #VeniceArt #VeniceMusic #TheVeniceStreetLegends https://www.facebook.com/VeniceBeachSunsets/photos/a.185476888296103.1073741829.184869801690145/977021782474939/?type=3
Requiem for Mitzi Shore (..."life is hell, and death is the Comedy Store"...)
Looking forward to hosting you at a table on May 19! Venice Spring Fling 8 - May 19, 2018 - Free Happening.