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The Wende Museum is in talks with the City to demolish the AMVETS Post II building in Culver City effectively evicting and displacing the American Veteran community. The AMVETS have been based out of this post for over 60 years. To get a sense of the organization that is being bullied out literally onto the streets to find their own way, this is the AMVETS mission statement: "To enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services."
AMVETS have been in agreement with the City to raise funds to make necessary improvements to the building for its continued use as a resource for developing community ties and activities that benefit all aspects and elements of Culver City community. The AMVETS Post 2 building space offers free exercise and movement classes for Veterans as well as an extensive dance, movement and exercise program predominantly for children but also for adults run by Blue8 House of Warrior Poetry.
Blue8 is partnered with AMVETS and we believe in healing and self developments through the art.
Unfortunately the Wende Museum have decided that they are not going to wait for the Veterans to see through their vision and have already forcibly come onto the property and cut down their trees and cactus that have been growing for over 60 years. This action has subsequently destroyed homes and habitats for various birds and an endangered species of non-stinging bee that inhabited the cactus area. This has understandably upset and unnerved the Veterans. This and other disrespectful actions by the Wende Museum demonstrates a lack of honor and respect for the Veterans and their Post seemingly attempting to destroy all they have built in the name of progress.
We are asking the Wende Museum to completely and immediately cease their aggressive pursuit to take control of the space and to take the pressure off the Veterans to give them the time and the space to raise the funds and to make the needed improvements. We are also asking that the City honor it's original agreement with the AMVETS and give them the opportunity to raise the appropriate funds and make the improvements to the post.
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