Founded and run by 2001 L.A. mayoral candidate Francis DellaVecchia, The Joyful Activist inspires and facilitates real-deal grassroots change, while sprinkling the eleventh-hour revolution in ridiculous amounts of fun. DellaVecchia and volunteers promote local, sustainable, eco-awesome groups, events and activities, while teaming up with sustainable and environmentally friendly outfits (including Venice Whole Foods and the Westside Permaculture Guild) to organize various local planet-improving endeavors, including beach clean-ups and community/teaching garden gatherings. Next on the Joyful Activist agenda is the Dudley Triangle Median Makeover, in which they’re slated to transform the once dried-out, downtrodden and forgotten patch of dirt across from Chiat Day’s infamous oversized Main Street binoculars by planting a great, big batch of native and fragrant blooming things while DJs spin, local musicians strum, and enthusiastic talk-walkers dig, plant, paint and change their (our) Venice for the better. —Dani Katz

LA Weekly