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Who is the most significant person in Venice History, you ask?
By Marizsa Bravo-Casillas
(originally published in 2005 as "100 Years of Solicitude in Venice" by Free VeniceBeachhead http://x.co/6lijX )

Who is the most significant person in Venice History, you ask? This question is easy for me to answer. It would be my Great-Great Grandmother Secundina Roman Villa (my Nana), my Great-Grandmother Guadalupe Francisca Villa, and my Grandmother Irene Vasquez. The reason is simple, because they are the only women who are able to share the truth about how it was to live in Venice as Mexican women. A story that I can connect with.


What was it like to live in Venice, you ask? My Great-Grandmother Lupe has told me stories about how she searched for work to support her family and children, but no one wanted to hire a “dirty Mexican.”
She almost got a job at the Pioneer Bakery, but the other women working there at the time, refused to work with her, so she was let go.

My grandmothers often recall the most difficult times of living through the depression. They explain with pride how they survived during those times, boiling beans, making tortillas by hand, cooking nopales (cactus), and gathering yerbas (herbs and greens) from areas in the city that are now populated by condos and businesses.

It was my Uncle Magie who shared with me that celery use to grow along Culver Blvd., a story told to him by my Great-Grandfather Santiago Bravo, who fathered 8 children and also lived in Venice. Along Olympic Blvd., my Nana and Grandmas use to go into the fields to gather yerbas, and shared how corn use to grow where SMC now stands.

To live off the land, as our ancestors before had done, is one of the most precious gifts that has been passed down. That is how my Great Grandparents survived during the Depression. The strength and determination in these women, this is what runs through my body, mind and soul. I come from strong roots. Strong roots in family, culture, and of Venice running through my veins.

My grandmother Irene, shares stories of dances at OPP (Ocean Park Pier) where she met my Grandfather Jimmy Bravo and where Zoot Suit riots took place. She also shared how she would walk in the sand from Sunset Ave. to the Pier, during her first pregnancy with my Uncle Frankie, so that he would come out. A story that my mother also recalls as her own, in the same way that I can say... I have made that walk myself.

Venice is where, my grandparents lived, on both sides of my family. Members of the Bravo Family, and the Villa Family still do. This is where my father ran the streets with all his cousins and friends. He shared stories of playing in the boat, outside of what is now Washington Mutual bank, on Lincoln Bl. I loved going to Venice Boardwalk with him, where he knew almost everyone there. From the handball courts, the performers, even the “winos” (before they were called homeless.) He knew them all, and everyone knew him. Mousie, they called him because of his ears. Even today, when I put on my Rollerskates and dance down in Venice to the music, I stare out into the ocean, and am grateful to have been blessed with the stories and memories of my family living in Venice way back when. Back when we knew are neighbors, when all of my family could afford to live in Venice, even back when the Pitbulls use to roam the streets of Venice.

I am blessed to be able to say, “My Great Grandfather and my Great-Great Grandmother have been living in Venice since the early 1900s.” Not too many people living in Venice can say that. My Great-Great Grandmother Lupe Villa who is currently 96 years old, is STILL living in Venice. This is her home, this is our home. This is where the spirits of my father, Tia Linda, Uncle Frankie, Nana, Uncle Berna, and so many more relatives, come to visit us.

I am blessed to be able to say, “My Great Grandfather and my Great-Great Grandmother have been living in Venice since the early 1900s.” Not too many of people living in Venice can say that. My Great-Great Grandmother Lupe Villa who is currently 96 years old, is STILL living in Venice. This is her home, this is our home.

#‎Villa‬ ‪#‎Cancino‬ ‪#‎Bravo‬ ‪#‎Mayorga‬ ‪#‎VeniceOriginals‬ | #venicebeach   #California #Indigenous #Native
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CAUGHT IN MY SIGHTS by Steve White
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Police State Brutality - Everyone Should be Upset

Whites, Blacks, Natives, Asian, Pac-Islanders and everyone in this country should be appalled at the rate of police murders. Not just for Black people but for the murders of their own people too. In this regard our adversary is the same. Some are getting killed more than others and have longer duration of dealing with the low-intensity genocide. Oppression Olympics is not where we should focus our attention.

Point your arrows at the Police state complex. Track down the origins and creators of police and law enforcement policies. Call out those gentrifying colonial mentalities that cry for police to intervene and take action on for every incident to their discomfort. Mental health services for all these combat veterans suffering from PTSD returning from wars they shouldn’t have even been in, who come back to join law enforcement agencies.

It’s social chemistry. The trickster spirits in authority are orchestrating a combustible environment.

Be mad, yes you should. Chop down white supremacy, yes you should. Just don’t forget your human essence. Don’t let puppet masters pull your emotional and psychological strings into impulsive actions toward their designs. Stay on the path of your own beautiful justice filled visions and designs for All Creation.

#BlackLivesMatter #AllLifeIsSacred #IdleNoMore  

Here's another throwback Mexica blurb back from 2009:
http://mexica-tolteca.blogspot.com/2016/10/sexual-violations-by-men-spiritual.html

I see the topic to the sentiment of ''Brown/Red people critiquing why their deaths don't garner the same media attention as Black lives" circulating on my feed tonight. Most merely state " oh its because they make noise whenever something happens" which is definitely a factor but leaves out a lot, or they infer that somehow Mexicans are being oppressive to our Black relatives.. Off the top of my head thoughts..we need to remember/realize that..

1) Corporate Media are ministers of deception. Don't be so quick to suck on their psychological and emotional strings, they're job is to create conflict and chaos, it's what American authority thrives on.

2) Let's create our own media, we have photographers,
videographers, and web designers, we cant always wait for status quo media devils to cover our issues. Even "liberal" or "left wing" (which is not even in the dimension of Indigenous worldview) media won't cover you if you're too un-Western in your styles of expressions. I had to create all the media hype for Indigenous People's Day in Venice because i got ZERO media inquiry or attention, in the same time frame a dog went missing and it was a media spectacle getting local newsletters and even an LA Times article. Point being, don't be surprised because they don't cover our Native or Brown issues.

3) Brown people historically are left out of the media. Thats why they always get a White person to play a Native American in the movies, or a White (Spanish-Latino) to play a Native Mexican. We shouldn't be surprised by lack of media representation.

4) Black and Brown/Red peoples are two different cultures with distinct and unique modes & energies

5) While both of us have similar parallels in the blows we've been dealt (and deal with) by European colonization & occupation, there are also distinct differences with Black and Nativ relationships and experience with Europeans in the U.S. government. Even more distinct when you consider the dynamics of Spanish speaking Natives coming from the south who were colonized at least 200 hundred years before British Europeans touched the midwest.

6) When it comes to Mexican area Ndgns we have to also remember that Spanish (Latin) Europeans who colonized Mexico and south-of had distinct differences with the Britannic European colonizers that colonized the US area. The US area came for land and business ( the word 'gentrification' ring a bell?) whereas the Spanish (Latino) Europeans came for lust of riches and for the spreading of Roman Catholicism.

7) Most Black folks know they're Black. Most Brown people don't even remember they are Natives. When you psyche people out of their identity you psyche them out of the connection to their history. (eg. "Why seek justice when we're all mestizos anyway?")

8) Be mindful of where your the emotional triggering comments are coming from. Who said it, what's their intention. Provocateurs are very real, don't fall for teh okey doke.

People's distinct personality, culture, and social historical experiences and awareness dictates a lot of how people respond to colonial/oppressive stressors. Please go learn your history. That's all the steam from my head right now...peace.

~ Juchari Uinapikua
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