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Friday, August 5, 2011

Sleep Out To End Homelessness

Beach locals are invited to “Sleep Out To End Homelessness” in Venice Beach, California on August 6th, 2011, pulling an all-nighter from 7:30pm—7: 30am. Organizers planned the event in order to show support for their homeless neighbors, demand an end to the criminalization of homeless people and to advocate for positive solutions to end homelessness.

The evening begins at 7:30pm with a short program that includes words from: Paule Cruz Takash, President of the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, Suzanne Verdal, conceptual artist and inspiration for Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne”, Pastor Horace Allen, 1st Baptist Church of Venice, Carol Sobel, civil rights attorney and Vice-President National Lawyers Guild and Stephen Longfellow Fiske, folk singer.

After the program, the temporary homeless (encouraged to bring sleeping bags) are treated to an evening of entertainment including folk singing, poetry, dramatic readings, skits and a full length movie. Rest room facilities are made available all night as well as snacks and pastries and coffee served on Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m.

The Sleep Out is sponsored by a group called Community Unity: Beyond Baroque, Church In Ocean Park, Common Ground, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, First Baptist Church of Venice, Holiday Venice Tenant Action Committee, Latino Resources Organization, Lincoln Place Tenants Association, Mildred Cursh Foundation, Neighborhood Youth Association, Peace with Justice Pantry, POWER, Reach for the Top, SPARC, Spirit of Venice, St. Joseph Center, Stand Up For Kids, Tech Team, The Free Venice Beachhead, Venice 2000, Venice Action Alliance, Venice Arts Council, Venice Community Housing Corporation, Venice Community Coalition, Venice Family Clinic, Venice Neighborhood Action Coalition, Venice Town Council, Westside Center for Independent Living.
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