Legal Fund to Save Historic African American Site

Be a part of making history.  The Oakwood community of Venice, CA is home to a rich and beautiful  African-American legacy. Our flagship battle is centered around a 110 year old African-American landmark called the First Baptist Church of Venice (FBCV) which has been the heart of this community for over 110 years.  Our unique historic community is also known as "the last community of color on the California coast.'   We are entrenched in defending our community, which is quickly homogenizing,  from predatory real estate speculation and displacement. 

This fund will benefit the the legal defense  to save the FBCV which is the heart of the corner properties ceremonially and legally dedicated as E. L. Holmes Square . We have been effective in our organizing thus far. However, we are in a new stage of political battle and up against big money,  millionaires,  and illogically apathetic political leaders.

By supporting this fund you will be a part of history when we claim victory in saving this rich historied African-American community landmark. You will also indirectly be  investing in supporting the historic community that has been a driving force in helping  shape the world famous Venice Beach culture . You will  be investing in reinforcing inclusive community values and sending a message to our political leaders that people and community come first, and yes, the common people can be successful in  holding big money and apathetic  politicians accountable.

Many of us leading this fight for this community landmark are multi-generational  residents of Venice, CA. In a political climate where the fight for economic and racial equity is threatened it would mean the world to us to have your contribution and support.

We have over 32, 000 signatures on our petition .  If everyone invested $1  right now we would energize the defense of this historic community, site, and world-famous culture.

Donations

  • Ariel Thompson 
    • $20 
    • 4 d
  • Farm League 
    • $600 
    • 4 d
  • Ruby Chase 
    • $5 
    • 6 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $15 
    • 6 d
  • Lizeth Dominguez 
    • $25 
    • 6 d
See all

Organizer

Mike Bravo 
Organizer
Venice, CA
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