The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world.
Gay pride – Wikipedia
This issue celebrates the 45th anniversary of Topanga’s iconic Memorial Day celebration, Topanga Days. As the key fundraiser to keep the Topanga Community Club doors open–a non-profit 501C3 formed to support the only private community center in California–Topanga Days brings back a little bit of the hippy heydays of yore.
Check out all the original poetry in our second installment for Poetry Month.
Our striking cover this issue was drawn by Nicole Martinez aka Calamity Cole. She chose to draw Emma Gonzalez, a student activist born of the Parkland Florida school shooting. “She inspires me a lot and I think the simplicity of a close-up portrait of her could be very powerful,” says Nicole.
“The fierceness of her stare speaks loudly to guns rights advocates; that a victim is fighting back!”
Be sure to check out page 21 where we show how the image evolved.
It’s the height of the flu season and here in the Santa Monica Mountains the winter cold has finally settled in. Enjoy another cover illustration by the gifted Calamity Cole with her depiction of Gaia being treated with love and care by a bevy of astronauts; obviously she is fighting more than the flu. Look long to see all the details.
And don’t we all know it. The Messenger plans to keep you up to date on all of the local, county and state government news as the country grapples with enormous change and hopefully–intense interest in voting to be heard. We start with our youngest citizens as they learn about running for office themselves.
Enjoy our first issue of 2018.
And a note of special thanks to our cover illustrator, Calamity Cole, who has brought us some hope, whimsy and persistence to our first issue of the year.
Enjoy this issue and please “believe in the season” after this tumultuous year. The Messenger team is on hiatus until our next issue January 12, 2018.
We are so grateful for the support of our readers, advertisers and contributors.
Bonnie & Flavia
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