Free Venice - Beachhead

What is FREE VENICE?"Free Venice" has a dual meaning - it is a small group of activist who have started many projects in Venice; secondly it is a broader movement of people throughout the

Free Venice was originally formed in 1969 to fight a freeway on West Washington Blvd. (now Abbot Kinney Blvd.) and educate around the detrimental aspects of City Hall''s "Master Plan."

Free Venice joined with other local organizations and Movement groups across Los Angeles, the state and the nation in an intesive Indochina Peace Campaign to end the war not just in Vietnam, but in all of Indochina.

Politic Activity july 2005

Films: "Rush to War"

A showing of the documentary about how the US government got us into war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Interviews with Howard Zinn, Richard Clarke, Noam Chomsky and others. A Films for Peace event. 7 PM. Velocity Caf, 2127 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica.

Films: "Journey to Peace"

Two short political films will be shown. "Journey to Peace" about Nadia McCaffrey, the mother who defied Bush by allowing the media to view her sons flagged draped coffin. Also "Caught in the Cross Fire" about the American attack on Fallujah. Sponsored by the Topanga Peace Alliance

Political Meeting: Westside Greens
The Westside Greens regular monthly meeting, On the first Saturday of the Month. Call to make sure. 10:30 AM to12:30 PM. The Unurban Caf Pico and 33rd, Santa Monica. (310) 281-1870 Website: <>.

Political Action: March against Vigilantes
Rally & march against racist vigilante "minutemen" and continued violence targeting migrant workers on the border. We cannot allow human beings to be hunted down and humiliated this way. Not in AZ, TX, CA or anywhere!

Art: Sirens of Surrealism
Three artists, Renate Druks, Dame Darcy and Bernica Agostini present their surrealistic art, Reception today.Clair Obscur Gallery

Happy 100th Birthday, Venice!
Celebrate the Venice Centennial in film, poetry, and history. With Philomene Long Thomas, John OKane, Gerry Fialka. With the premiere of selections from Marry Kerrs documentary portrait of Venice West, "Swinging in the Shadows." 7:30 PM. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006. Email: <

Local poet and author Gerard Kuc

Political Action: Caravan for Palestine
A vehicular caravan from Strasbourg (France) through Geneva, Bologna, Ancona, Patras, Athens, Thessalonica, Bosphor, Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Alep, Damas, Amman and Alleby Bridge on the way to Jerusalem seeking the application of international law as the key to resolve the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Website: <>.

Films: Mods and Rockers
American Cinematheques annual Mods And Rockers film festival where they bring movies from the Fifties and Seventies. Includes "Goldfinger", "A Hard Days Night", Valley of the Dolls", "Petula", "Woodstock" and others. Runs July 5-12 at Egyptian and July 8-10 at the Aero in Santa Monica. Today beings with "Rock Around the Clock" and "Dont Knock the Rock, both with Bill Haley and the Comets.

Films: "Winter Kills"
A screening of the 1981 Directors cut of the conspiracy thriller by William Richert, "Winter Kills" with Jeff Bridges and John Houston. Also "JFK II: The Bush Connection" by John Hankey. Arrive early. 8 PM. Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice. (310) 306-7330. Website: <>.

Political meeting: OC Peace Coalition
Usually Second and Fourth Saturdays. Well discuss ideas for the future of the anti-war movement in Orange County, in particular, a fundraiser for OCPC sometime in August, and support of the Sept. 24th events in DC and LA. 10 AM. Sisters of St. Joseph Justice Center, 480 S. Batavia, Orange. In the last wing of the building on the south side, look for signs to direct you to the room. (714) 637-8313. Website: <>.

Books: Beyond Chick-Lit
A forum on Chick-Lit Stereotypes, "Beyond Chick-Lit: Busting the stereotypes and literary limitations of women who write." Meghan Daum, Janet Fitch, Kate Gale, Nina Revoyr, Susan Straight & Leslie Schwartz (moderator). 5 PM. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., LA 323) 660-1175. Email: <>. Webpage: <>.

Political Action: Cuba Peace Caravan
Pastors for Peace Cuba Caravan Send Off Event! Come see the buses and meet this years "caravanistas." Speakers & fun. 7 PM. $10 suggested donation. Dolores Mission, Boyle Heights, 171 Gless Street (at 1st and Gless), LA; parking at 3rd and Gless. (212) 926-5757 (national office). Email: <> (preferred, local organizer) or <> (national). Website: <>. Check for updates and info for events in San Diego, Santa Barbara & elsewhere in CA at webpage: <>.

Discussion: War Profiting
A discussion on "Racial & Religious Profiling and the War on Terror" with Salam Al-Marayati, Executive Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Sponsored by the ACLU Pasadena/Foothill Chapter. 7-9 PM. Neighborhood Church, 301 North Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 389-4107. Email: <>. Website: <>.

Political Meeting: Americans United
With all our countrys problems, how important is the issue of church/state separation? Panel discussion with Ellie Katzman, Jay Johnson & Mary Goodman. Audience participation welcome. Los Angeles Chapter Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Talk: Sunset Hall
Wendy Caput, Director of Sunset Hall, Retirement home for Progressive Activists talks about its history and how they can continue to survive.

Political Meeting: SF Valley Greens
Second Wednesdays monthly. 7:30 PM. 9743 Noble Ave. (east of Sepulveda Blvd., between Lassen and Plummer), North Hills. 818) 764-7354. Email: <>. Website: <>.

Music: Suzy and Brad
Suzy Williams and Brad perform their repertoire of the works of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and others along with Stormin Norman. Potluck. RSVP. 7 PM Brad Kays House, 732 Superba Ave

Music: Tribal Jazz
An adventurous music project featuring John Densmore of the Doors, which combines traditional Jazz and World Rhythms. Also our friend Cristina Berio, a real life documentary filmmaker, does her wild bit on the drums. 5:30 PM-8:30 PM. Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Discussion: Potluck and More
A progressive potluck with films and speakers. Meets Fridays. 6:30 PM Unitarian Church of Orange County

Music: Hot Music with Suzy Williams
Singer Suzy Williams performs with Stormin Norman. Hot music from the 20s thru the 50s including the music of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Libby Holman and Sophie Tucker. 9:30 PM. Micelis, 1646 Las Palmas Ave.

Talk: RC4 Speaking Tour
The Revolutionary Communist Four are on a speaking tour around the country with a series of talks in LA today. The Four include Carl Dix, RCP National Spokesperson who was an active duty GI who refused to go to Vietnam; Comrade X, who became political while in prison; Akil Bomani, writer, artist, rapper and actor; and Joe Veale, a spokesperson for the LA Branch of the RCP. The topic is the need for the development of a revolutionary movement in the US. (213) 804-7710. Email: <>.

Music: Stormin Norma & Suzy Williams
A house concert at Bill Burnetts place with Stormin Norman and Suzy Williams and their brand of jazz, pop and show tunes. Potluck

Poetry: Mexican Poets
Beyond Baroque presents "Dialogue Across Borders: A Weekend of Mexican and American Poets

July 17 Sunday

Political Action: Break the Cuba Ban

36th Contingent of the Venceremos Brigade. Tentatively July 17 thru August 1. Venceremos Brigade, PO Box 5202, Englewood, NJ 07631-5202. (212) 560-4360. Email: <>. Website: <>.

Conference: Women and Globalization

A conference on Globalization and its Effects on Women. With a range of speakers and attendees and also many avenues of discussion and planning for actions. July 17 thru August 3 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Co-organized by the Argentina Autonomista Project. (802) 223-8455. Email: <>. Website: <>.

Political Meeting: LGBT Coalition

A meeting of the Out Against War LGBT Coalition for Peace & Justice. 1-3 PM. A-1 Pleating, 8426 W. Third St. (near La Cienega). (310) 208-1624. Email: <>.

Discussion: Nation Discussion Group

The "Nation" magazines readers discussion group about articles . Meetings usually on the third Sunday of the month, call first. 2 PM. 4054 Coolidge Ave., Mar Vista, LA. (310) 391-1707.

Books: Military Lesbians

"Secret Service: Untold Stories of Lesbians in the Military" by Zsa Zsa Gershick. Women recount their experiences in the US military, marked by witch hunts, sexual harassment, discharges, and fear. 5 PM. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., LA. 323) 660-1175 Email: <>. Webpage: <>.

Talk: Peak Oil

A lecture by Richard Heinberg, author of "The Partys Over: Energy Resources and the Fate of Industrial Society." Also July 16. 6 PM. Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd., LA. (626) 796-7325. Email: <>. Website: <>.

Art: Wobbly Comics and Posters

"The Traveling Wobbly Show: Comics and Posters". With 25 prints from "Wobblies!: a Graphic History." July 27 thru Sept. 2. Tonight is the reception. 7-9 PM. Workmens Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., LA. (310) 552-2007.

July 18 Monday

Political Meeting: Peace & Freedom Party

The monthly meeting of the Los Angeles Peace and Freedom Party. 7 PM 2617 S. Hauser Blvd., LA. (323) 759-9737. Website: <>.

July 19 Tuesday

Talk: Campaign Finance Reform

A representative from the Coalitions for Campaign Finance Reform speaks on campaign finance reform for the Singles Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Speakers for the July 19 ACLU meeting on Clean Money will be Tobi Dragert and Igor Hagan. 7:30 PM. Westside Pavilion, Community room "C", Third Floor. 10800 W. Pico Blvd., LA. (310) 392-7149 or (310) 559-1493.

July 20 Wednesday

Conference: Tikkun

To "challenge the misuse of God and religion by the Religious Right." July 20-23. Registration may be closed but inquire anyway. $50-$350 for 4 days, discounted for single day, scholarships available. University of CA, Berkeley, CA. (510) 528-6250. Email: <>. Webpage: <>.

Political Action: LA Greens

The LA Greens meet tonight. Get involved in local Green issues, learn about the Green Party and become an active, grassroots citizens. Third Wednesday of the month. 7 PM. Peace Center, 8124 W. Third Street, Los Angeles. (323) 651-5539. Website: <>.

Discussion: "Monthly Review"

The regular "Monthly Review" Discussion Group. Discuss articles that appeared in the political magazine "Monthly Review." This month, various issues of the labor movement from the June issue. 7:30 PM. Warszawa Restaurant, 1414 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 390-0306.

Films: "Z Channel"

A documentary about the life of Jerry Harvey, the programmer for the Z Channel, a cable-like encoded broadcast channel that broadcast a wonderful variety of films in the Seventies. 8 PM. Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice. (310) 306-7330.

July 21 Thursday

Political Meeting: Veterans for Peace

Veterans for Peace meet every third Thursday of the month. 7 PM. Peace Center, 8124 W. Third St., LA. (323) 935-5646.

July 22 Friday

Art: Roberto Palazzo

An art show with Roberto Palazzo titled "for the love of images." Runs thru July 28. 6-10 PM. Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice. (310) 306-7330.

Films: "Riot in Cell Block"

As a part of the UCLA tribute to Director Don Siegel, screenings of "Hitler Lives?," "Riot in Cell Block 11" and "Escape From Alcatraz." Continues thru August 26. 7:30 PM. James Bridges Theatre, UCLA. $8. (310) 206-FILM. Email: <>.

July 23 Saturday

Music: Labor Songs and Poetry

The Workmens Circle presents "To Fan the Flames of Discontent." Wobby songs and poetry, from the IWW songbook. With Ross Altman, and Uncle Ruthie Buell. No one turned away. 8 PM. $8. Workmens Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., LA. (310) 552-2007.

Benefit: Make an Impact

A benefit concert of music, fashion, art and more to raise funds to protect the indigenous people of the Amazon rain forest and the victimized women and children of Juarez. With Fredalba, Naked Rhythm Tribal Drums, dancers, and more. 8 PM to 2 AM. The Day After, 6757 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. $20. (310) 497-6422. Email: <>. Website: <>.

July 24 Sunday

Art: Labor Murals

The Workmens Circle hosts a tour of the great labor murals of Los Angeles. Some walking. 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Workmens Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., LA. $20 (310) 552-2007.

Music: Dave Lippman

Musical satirist and progressive activist Dave Lipping performs in LA. 2 PM. McCambridge Park Recreation Center, Rm #4, 1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank. $5. (818) 842-5005.

Films: "Fidel: The Untold Story"

A showing of the bilingual documentary "Fidel: The Untold Story," which focuses on both the leadership and the human side of Fidel Castro. 3 PM. 4108 Crenshaw Blvd., LA. (818) 982-1412.

July 25 Monday

Political Action: Reform AFL-CIO

End dependence by the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS) (more commonly known as the Solidarity Center) on US government/ NED taxpayer funding. Endorse, have your union local chapter adopt the changes or help support leafleting & rallies demanding a policy change resolution between July 24-25 before the AFL-CIO Convention (July 25-28) in Chicago, IL. Webpage: <>.

July 26 Tuesday

Political Action: Support the Garden Grove 5

Several people were arrested at the May 25 protest in Garden Grove opposing the racist minutemen. You could be next. Please attend and support them at the upc

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