“Sleep Out” To End Homelessness August 6th

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From the organizers:

You are invited to “Sleep Out To End Homelessness” in Venice and Los Angeles on August 6th, 2011 from 7:30 p.m.—7: 30 a.m. at 681 Venice Blvd in Venice (on the lawn in front of Beyond Baroque and SPARC).

SPARC Venice Beach

Show support for our homeless neighbors
Demand an end to the criminalization of homeless people
Advocate for positive solutions to end homelessness

There will be a short program beginning at 7:30 p.m. to include:
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
Stephen Longfellow Fiske, folk singer

After the program enjoy an evening of entertainment including folk singing, poetry, dramatic readings, skits and maybe a full length movie. You are encouraged to bring your sleeping bag or cardboard condo and stay all night. Don’t panic! Rest room facilities will be available all night, snacks will be provided Saturday evening, and pastries and coffee will be served on Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m.

The Sleep Out is sponsored by the following organizations under the banner 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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