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July 2009
5 Years Ago in Venice
–From the Beachhead Archives

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What was Venice really like in the 1960s. Read all about it in the Free Venice Beachhead. The complete set, published in the 1960s, beginning with #1 (Dec. 1, 1968) through #11 (Oct. 1969), is now on-line. Now, on to the Seventies. Virtual Venice includes many articles from early 1980s Beachheads.

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Yikes, take a look at unequal income distribution in the United States.

Historic Post Offices and Murals
in jeopardy around the country.

POST OFFICE SELLS US OUT: Agrees to ONLY Six Days a Year for Public Access to our mural, "The Story of Venice," by noted artist Edward Biberman.


Now we know why it took a Freedom of Information filing to get a copy of the agreement between the USPS and Joel Silver, AKA Ag Media Properties, LLC.

**Read it and weep (see page 6)**

What's our next move, Venice?

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George McGovern Died for Our Sins

Fear and Loathing on the 2012 Campaign Trail

LAPD Gestapo Tactics Must End

The Occupy Movement: When the Other Shoe Drops

How Can Venice Be Preserved?

Gaza, 90291

Rise Venice Rise

A Peek Into The Future: On the 200th Anniversary of the Founding of Venice – July 4, 2105

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July 2004
10 Years Ago in Venice
–From the Beachhead Archives


Sacred Places
(including our Post Office)

There are sacred places in the woods
first recognized by the Tongva people
and revered to this day.

And who would not stand in awe of a mountain spring
or a mighty rock thrusting towards heaven
amid the woodland silence, and the subtle sounds.

The sacred is where you find it.
Here in Venice, the hidden Redwoods,
Japanese gardens and impossible flowers.

And walking toward the center, the Circle,
there is a Temple on a rise of ground,
Inside is a space like the Greeks once knew.

In ancient times they looked up in awe at the mighty Apollo,
or the wise Athena, until their calm places 
were pulled down by Barbarians, blind to the sacred.

Inside our Post Office, the deified Abbot looks down
and watches us through the journeys of our lives
as we embrace the Sacred, or turn away.

And now we face the loss of our holy place
Where joy and sorry were carried in a letter
as the new Barbarians pull down our temple.

-Jim Smith

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