imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

latest news
best of news



CopWatch LA


A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network: africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Venice Homeless Sweep Stopped: A Good Day in Venice for Street People

by Venice Justice Committee Tuesday, Apr. 03, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Occupy Venice, Venice Locals, Lawyers with the National Lawyers Guild, and a group called Venice Community Unity all came together on 3rd Ave in Venice to stop a homeless sweep from happening on March 29. It was a good day.

Venice Homeless Swee...
bohrnaginferthheluvittov3edvenice.jpg, image/jpeg, 320x235

Councilman Rosendahl and the City Attorney’s Office of Los Angeles decided to actually move the beach as of February 2012. They claim that Ocean Front Walk (the Venice Boardwalk) is now not a street – they say it is now the beach and the Jones Settlement does not apply there. This moved some of the homeless people who slept on the Boardwalk up to 3rd Ave, the only industrial street in Venice without homes.

On March 7, while most of the street people were off getting services or working, the LAPD came to 3rd Ave with three large trash trucks and had Street Services throw away the personal belongings of over 50 homeless people. The LAPD, Los Angeles Street Services, and Councilman Rosendahl’s Office were all partners on this sweep. People lost back packs, suit cases, sleeping bags, personal items, medication, and papers or pictures that cannot be replaced.

That night a legal clinic was arranged by the Venice Justice Committee and Legal Aid of Los Angeles. Venice Community Housing Corporation accessed emergency blankets. Occupy Venice came with food to give away and handed out the blankets. Without the blankets and the food, along with knowing someone cared, this sweep could have been much more devastating than it already was for the people who lost their property. No one should have to suffer such a clear violation of their civil rights and such a dehumanizing experience.

Some housed Venice people who continually lobby Rosendahl’s office and the LAPD to remove homeless people from Venice think that having to see a homeless person is somehow a violation of a crazy made up NIMBY Constitution and they really believe that homeless people should be denied human or civil rights. They are ignorant. Denying sanitation or sleep to homeless people, criminalizing them, seizing their property and throwing it away are violations of their human and civil rights. Furthermore it is not any type of a solution to homelessness; it is quite costly, and it is very mean.

Until the County and the City of Los Angeles do the right thing by coughing up the money to actually solve homelessness by providing decent housing people can afford near or with services, Los Angeles will continue being the homeless capital.

So, of course, the city planned another sweep on 3rd Ave for March 29. This time they put up one notice that they were coming in to clean the street (remove people’s belonging) and this time they were met with some resistance. Civil rights attorney Carol Sobel issued a press release March 28 (the day before) stating she filed a claim for damages on behalf of the people who lost property in the March 7 sweep, which is a prerequisite to filing a lawsuit against the city. She also asked the Mayor to intercede to stop the March 29 sweep in Venice.

Sobel and Attorneys from the National Lawyers Guild showed up early March 29 on 3rd Ave. Occupy Venice members came out. Venice locals who just knew it was wrong came and Venice Community Unity all came to resist this sweep meant to remove the belonging of homeless people.

There was tension. Despite public resistance, the LAPD and Street Services were going to throw away belongs that were clearly not garbage until Sobel called Rosendahl and convinced him to intercede. So this time no property was seized. Trash was removed from 3rd Ave but the belongings remained. It was a success. The only problem is that the city just keeps doing the same thing.

Maybe it is a fantasy, but wouldn’t it be cool if Rosendahl did something different. He could insist that there be proper notice given before any action where belonging might be seized. The city could provide trash cans with weekly pick up on 3rd Ave. The city could also provide a maintained porta-potty. And if it gets trashy, community people can be notified so they can join with the street people to help take care of it.

Come on Rosendahl; pull something besides an egg out of your bag. Give Venice homeless people some human rights by providing access to sanitation and sleep. Honor their civil rights by not allowing the LAPD or Street Services to seize and throw away their property. You will still get elected and it is the right thing to do.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments

Street Services Trash Trucks

by Venice Justice Committee Tuesday, Apr. 03, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Street Services Tras...
aliviahunterov3rdvenice.jpg, image/jpeg, 320x240

Both Pictures are From Occupy Venice
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments

Carol Sobel Press Release

by Venice Justice Committee Tuesday, Apr. 03, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Carol Sobel Press Re...
venice_press_advisory-1.jpg, image/jpeg, 2550x3300

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments

Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 1 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
THE NIMBY CONSTITUTION Calvin E. Moss Tuesday, Apr. 03, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Local News

Kapparot Chicken Slaughter Causes Outrage: Activists Demand Change O06 1:59PM

Update on WHAT IS HAPPENING AT KPFK and what can be done & elections O05 12:39AM

A Letter (sent) to L.A. Slut Walk O03 12:51PM

Protesters Enact Symbolic "Die In" to Unwelcome Narendra Modi to Silicon Valley S28 3:52PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Russia's Impressive First Week of Real War on Terror O07 11:27AM

Assad's Struggle Against US Imperialism O07 10:55AM

Cochabamba: Water as a Human Right O07 9:57AM

Further redistribution of wealth from West to rest very likely. O07 7:44AM

Some Pest and Crooks O07 7:05AM

Irresponsible NYT Putin Bashing O07 4:31AM

Israel: A Rogue Regime Fostering Violence, Racist Hate and Brutality O07 1:57AM

American Victims of palestinian Terror O06 9:03PM

America The Ugly O06 7:13PM

Como el Urundel O06 4:16PM

Lunatics in Washington Want Direct Confrontation with Russia O06 11:53AM

Steps To Less US Gun Violence O06 11:42AM

Anti-Russian Propaganda War Rages O06 9:21AM

Summary of fbi, doj terrorists' assaults on me O06 8:47AM

NYT Falsely Claims Russia Sending Troops to Syria O06 4:58AM

Israeli Fascist Brutality O06 2:28AM

Honduras coup update September 2015 O05 11:59PM

Désengrammation, l'éloge de la suite O05 11:23PM

gratuitous evil of fbi O05 9:09PM

fbi gratuitous evil O05 8:49PM

US Attorney acomplice to fbi crimes O05 6:37PM


Southern US News and Strategy October 2015 O05 2:22PM

Afghanistans Revolutionary Assoc. of Women of Afghanistan O05 8:06AM

Visa wars: Guatemala vs. El salvador O05 7:34AM

TTIP: Attack on Democracy and the Constitutional State O05 4:42AM

The Latest NYT Propaganda Piece on Syria O05 3:35AM

US and Rogue Allies Plot Plan B in Syria O05 2:08AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy