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We traverse the grounds of the old military base and discover histories of farms, soldiers, abolitionists, and a lost lagoon. From the Fontana Towers to Aquatic Park we discuss urban development, ecology, slavery, World’s Fairs, and militarism. There are some sound issues in a few spots, but mostly it's clearly audible.
Topics: Fort Mason, anti-slavery, Duel, slavery, Indian slavery, Panama-Pacific International Exposition,...
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Founded in 1886 by Unitarian (who moved rapidly leftwards!) Charles H. Kerr, the Charles H Kerr Publishing Co. has been a mainstay of non-sectarian left publishing, and culture since its inception. The first to publish Marx's Capital in English, and the pre-eminent publisher of the IWW for the last century, please join Kerr Co. biographer Allen Ruff in interrogating, analyzing and celebrating the previous 115, and looking forward to the next. Allen Ruff is an independent writer, and researcher....
Topics: Charles H. Kerr publishing, Midwest radicalism, Wisconsin, Madison, public workers, occupations
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A dozen political print and poster makers gather to discuss Josh MacPhee's new book Paper Politics, as well as the current state of political graphics making: What are we doing? Why? And is it working? Short presentations by a couple of the artists will be followed by a large roundtable discussion. Audience participation is encouraged. Co-sponsored by PM Press.
Topics: Printmaking, Politics, Lithography, Art, graphics, screenprinting, silkscreen, political art
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A talk on the coloniality of power and knowledge, transmodernity, border knowledge, indigenous socialism and the socialization of power, solidarity economies, and other contemporary practices, theories and radical political alternatives emerging from the Global South. The panelists will discuss autonomous self-activity in Venezuela, Amazonian social forums, poly-culturality, global indigenous movements, the conditions and politics of knowledge production during the early colonization of the...
Topics: Indigenous movements, theory, exteriority, mestizo, anti-colonialism, socialism, modernism
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What can sounds tell us about the geography, people, and politics of a particular place? This panel explores the role sounds play in our everyday lives as well as how they can attune us to below-the-radar experiences and often “off the map” histories of the urban. Discover the intersection between sound and history with Jeremiah Moore and Sound Mappers Bruno Ruviaro and Christina Zanfagna .
Topics: Sound, audible cities, acoustic ecology, sound environment, streetscape
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Mat Callahan and Lincoln Cushing present an incredible slide show of dozens of rock and political posters from the 1960s and1970s, discussing the role of music and art in the politics of the era, and the way the commercial culture worked to co-opt and reintegrate that burst of creativity into the demands of consumer capitalism.
Topics: Rock, posters, art, Bill Graham, KMPX, KSAN, politics, festival, rock concerts, capitalism
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In recent years, much has made about the opposition between urban strategies and urban tactics. One is supposedly rooted in technocratic control of the city by a planning elite, the other is the response of artists and activists determined to reclaim the right to an environment generated by, and for, citizens themselves. Rebar has explored this territory through tactical urban interventions -- both sactioned and unsanctioned -- but is also interested in going beyond the simple opposition...
Topics: design, tactical urbanism, urbanism, public space, park(ing) day, intervention, art, commons,...
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Rethinking 1968: What Happened, How Has It Shaped Us? Rarely has the entire globe seen such a far-reaching revolt as the revolutionary upheavals of the 1968-70 era, whose effects continue to reverberate for better and worse through to our time. Join critical analysts and participants  Judy Gumbo, George Katsiaficas, Mat Callahan , and  Carlos Muñoz  for a provocative historical inquiry.  Co-hosted by PM Press .
Topics: Protest, social movements, feminism, women's movement, Yippies, Black Panthers, Chicano Moratorium,...
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Crossing centuries and social mores, editors  Ivy Anderson  and  Devon Angus  ( Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute ) and author  Clare Sears  ( Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco ) take us into 19th Century San Francisco’s underworld of prostitutes, cross dressers, and others who transgressed the strict gender norms of the time. We look at how normative gender and sexuality were policed and created by widespread mid-1800s...
Topics: gender, sexuality, sex work, transgender, cross-dressing, crime, punishment, normative, Barbary...
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Amy Franceschini is a pollinator who creates formats for exchange and production that question and challenge the social, cultural and environmental systems that surround her. An overarching theme in her work is a perceived conflict between humans and nature. Her projects reveal the ways that local politics are affected by globalization. In 1995, Amy founded Futurefarmers, an international collective of artists. In 2004, Amy co-founded Free Soil, an international collective of artists,...
Topics: art, farm, agriculture, urban, food, politics, commodity, whimsy
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Rigo 95, Rigo 23, Rigo Rigo Rigo! Heâll be here to give us a taste of his amazing work, from huge mosaics and building-size murals, street sign satires, and commemorative sculptures. Come and meet one of the giants of our local scene, who also happens to be an international star too, and yet is one of the most relaxed people youâll ever meet.
Topics: murals, sculpture, public art
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Ellen Ullman  writes in her new book  Life in Code  “The penetration of technology into the interstices of human existence is nearly complete,” and then demystifes how humans turn their intentions and ideas into the computer codes that are the language of computers.  Katja Schwaller  puts “Twitterlandia” under the microscope of her critical gaze, showing how the reconfiguration of mid-Market embodies a larger capture and repurposing of public space by private interests. And ...
Topics: software, coding, commons, Twitterlandia, tech tax, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, programming,...
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How Can Making Products Locally From Recyclables Solve Local Economic Challenges? "We need to make products locally from local recyclables." said Peter Berg. "Remanufacturing provides meaningful work, closes the energy loop, and stimulates creativity. It is a practical response to the economic slump that builds on our physical and human resources." Featuring: Neil Seldman, President of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute For Local Self-Reliance, Peter Berg, Planet Drum...
Topics: Recycling, waste, remanufacturing, materials, sustainability, green jobs, work
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A spirited urban meander starting at the foot of the Visitacion Valley Greenway, with a presentation on its evolution from activist Fran Martin, then looping back through the neighborhood and down Leland Avenue, the main shopping street, checking out historic architecture along the way with commentary from Visitacion Valley Historical Society members Cynthia Cox and Edie Eps. Once we emerged onto Bayshore Boulevard we went slightly north to cross over and enter Little Hollywood where we heard...
Topics: Visitacion Valley, Little Hollywood, Bayview, Greenway, parks, Schlage Lock, architecture, walking...
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Editor  Jai Sen  of  Movements of Movements  joins  Shaping San Francisco and YOU  for an open discussion. Breaking with our usual format, this entire evening is a discussion open to all participants.  Here are articles  from the two-volume  Movements of Movements  to help shape the discussion.  Co-hosted by PM Press .
Topics: Movements, anti-globalization, anti-capitalism, IMF, World Bank, WTO, horizontalism, anarchism,...
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Part of the "Ecology Emerges" oral history interviews covering the last 50 years history of Bay Area ecological activism, from conservation to environmental justice. Karen Pickett was an early participant in the Berkeley Ecology Center, worked on its early recycling effort, later set one up at Merritt College, and more recently has been a staffer for the Bay Area Coalition for the Headwaters. She's been part of the Earth First! movement too.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, recycling, Berkeley Ecology Center, Headwaters, Earth First!
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An interview with Carole Schemmerling, cofounder of the East Bay Urban Creeks Council. The interview was in Berkeley at her home, part of the "Ecology Emerges" collection of oral histories, investigating the arc of conservation to environmentalism to ecology, environmental justice and finally, social justice.
Topics: ecology, environmental justice, Urban Creeks Council, urban waterways, daylighting creeks, water...
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The City and Lennar Corporation are promulgating a redevelopment plan, but what about ecology, wildlife and the human community? Come learn about ArcEcology's recent report that illustrates brand new and exciting alternatives for the Bayview-Hunter's Point Redevelopment. How is Candlestick Point State Recreation Area affected? Isn't Bayview-Hunter's Point entitled to its own Crissy Field? How can (re)development benefit the current residents and be driven by their needs and wants? (Saul Bloom,...
Topics: redevelopment, toxic waste, Yosemite slough, Candlestick Point, Hunter's Point, Navy Base,...
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Oscar Grande is an organizer with PODER in San Francisco's Mission District, an organization dedicated to environmental and social justice.
Topics: Environmental justice, ecology, urban agriculture, economic growth, transportation, urban gardens,...
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Nikki Henderson, executive director of People's Grocery in Oakland, sits down to add her story to our Ecology Emerges series of interviews, tracking the arc of ecological activism from the early conservation movement to the environmentalism of the late 1960s and early 1970s, through the radicalizing direct action ecologists and finally to the environmental and social justice activists of the early 21st century.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, urban agriculture, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental...
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Excerpted from Alejandro Murguia's essay "Poetry and Solidarity in the Mission" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Topics: poetry, Third World Communications, literary underground
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(This Talk's recording started about 5 minutes in, after the introduction. The first voice is Sin Sirocco.) A panel of ex-cons discussing the myriad ways resistance continues and perseveres behind bars, and how such herstories are, or are not, recorded and celebrated. Featuring: Ida McCray, former black conscious feminist prisoner. Supporter of love and life for all: present educator; lifetime involvement to make a better world gang; Rita Bo Brown has been a prison abolitionist for 40 years. An...
Topics: jail, prisons, Prison-Industrial Complex, women, feminism, Black Panthers, Hunters Point Riot,...
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Few San Francisco neighborhoods have gone through as dramatic a change as Dogpatch. East of Potrero Hill, once an industrial neighborhood making warships, steel, sugar, rope, and more, where flimsy wooden structures teetered on long-gone hills, the area has had an arts renaissance that is now giving way to high-end condos, the encroaching medical/biotech industry, and even more grandiose plans for highrise development. A microcosm of San Francisco’s history from the 1860s to the present....
Topics: Irish Hill, Potrero, Dutchman's Flat, Dogpatch, Noonan Building, Shipyard Trust for the Arts, Tubbs...
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Progress to Poverty: Land and Rents On the 140th anniversary of Henry George’s Progress and Poverty, his land tax and radical reform of land use are worth a critical re-examination. Geographer Richard Walker along with Ted Gwartney of the California chapter of Common Ground USA, untangle what George proposed, what happened as a result of his ideas, and what the future holds. In conjunction with the San Francisco Public Library exhibit Who Owns the Earth? Henry George’s Progress &...
Topics: Single tax, Land Tax, taxes, Proposition 13, state, California, 19th century, 1870s, railroads,...
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If there were a single event of the 20th century that we could magically undo, would it not be the war of 1914-1918? It led to some 20 million military and civilian deaths, the rise of Nazism, the Russian Revolution, and another even more destructive world war. On the centennial of WWI, the “War to End All Wars,” eminent historian  Adam Hochschild  revisits that pivotal epoch. His 2011 book  To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918  reminds us of the shock provoked...
Topics: war, peace, WWI, World War I, 1914-1918, fraternization, revolution, sedition, press censorship,...
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Susan Greene is a public artist, activist, educator and clinical psychologist. Her practice straddles a range of cultural arenas, focusing on borders, migrations, decolonization and memory. Greene is one of four Jewish American women artists who in 1989 founded the ongoing âBreak the Silence Mural Projectâ in solidarity with Palestine. This was part of the ongoing Shaping San Francisco Talks series at CounterPULSE, held May 27, 2009.
Topics: Art, politics, murals, borders, migrations, decolonization, Palestine, Israel
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satirical advertisement for the May 12, 1984 End of the World's Fair held in San Francisco.
Topics: satire, Reagan, subversive culture, humor
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Tim Stroshane  ( Restore the Delta ) and  Brenda Goeden  ( San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission ) discuss the politics and prospects of facing our rapidly changing future around and health of the bayshore. Wetlands restoration, Sea Level Rise, Delta Tunnels, Clean Water Act, future of EPA, and more.
Topics: Delta, Tunnels, Bayshore, sediment, rock, sand, sand budget, levees, salination, agriculture,...
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Mark Twain once quipped, "I never let school get in the way of my education!" This panel of educators will share how they live that idea working in school systems. All three educators have successfully co-created programs with their communities that are progressive, develop student leadership, and empower communities to address social justice issues. Their work ranges from recreating schools as centers for social research and action in Berkeley and New Mexico to shifting the dialog...
Topics: education, charter schools, Africa, poverty, community, adult education, student led curriculum
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During a Shaping San Francisco Public Talk on Storytelling and Memory Keepers, artist Susan Schwartzenberg describes the development and creation of "Philosophers Way," a meandering circular path that integrates older paths around McLaren Park into a new circumnavigation of the whole park. Elegant marble plaques quoting historic events, musings, and set in under-appreciated view spots, highlight the tour.
Topics: Public art, philosophy, plaques, views, McLaren Park, Visitacion Valley, Portola, Excelsior, public...
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A short film clip from Greta Snider's Flight .  Used by permission of the artist Greta Snider.
Topics: Snider, Film
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Molly Martin arrived in San Francisco in the mid-1970s, and lived through the long heyday of the lesbian scene along Valencia, worked as an electrician and founded the Wonder Women electrical collective (and wired many of the women's businesses in the Mission), competed in the Gay Games in weight lifting, frequented numerous bars and clubs. She also worked at dozens of blue collar work sites and was part of a major lawsuit to open the trades to women workers, after which she founded Tradeswomen.
Topics: lesbian culture, women's electrical collective, sex discrimination, Project One, Valencia Street,...
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San Francisco artist and muralist Brian Barneclo is all about making connections. In his Systems and Foodchain murals, bold images in motion - almost like stills from a film - link natural and creative processes to show complex processes of interconnectivity. From Nopa to Shotwell to Mission Bay to iPad cases, Brian's quick and direct strokes amplify the cityscape with one of his own creation. Come have a conversation with Brian as he shows and talks about his work with us.
Topics: art, murals, public space
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Former SDS activist Bruce Hartford describes how the local chapter at San Francisco State College created a game called "Americana" on the commons prior to the big strike in 1968. A Shaping San Francisco interview conducted by LisaRuth Elliott and shot by Chris Carlsson in June 2011.
Topics: San Francisco State, 1968, SDS, anti-war, 60s, Sixties, alienation, student movement
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Adaptation Infrastructure and Rising Seas: the Delta, the Delta Tunnels, restoration projects around the bay..... Tim Stroshane  ( Restore the Delta ) and  Brenda Goeden  ( San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission ) discuss the politics and prospects of facing our rapidly changing future around and health of the bayshore. Wetlands restoration, Sea Level Rise, Delta Tunnels, Clean Water Act, future of EPA, and more.
Topics: restoration, wetlands, rising seas, delta tunnels, california plumbing, adaptation, dredge,...
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A Slide Lecture by Eric Drooker, who designed animation for the recent film, "Howl," and the new book, "Howl: A Graphic Novel," written by Alan Ginbserg. (Accompanied by the artist on a variety of musical instruments.) A visual and musical tour through Eric's years of graphic work for the New Yorker, street protests, and Alan Ginsberg, including a visit to the West Bank.
Topics: art, politics, HOWL, Alan Ginsberg, Beats, New Yorker, street protest, West Bank, apartheid wall,...
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As Biophilic Cities are becoming a part of international consciousness, urban spaces are adding green roofs and elevated walking paths that traverse urban canopies, even daylighting creeks. How does San Francisco fit into all this? Could San Francisco could become a City of Biodiversity? Do we use the great work done by other cities as inspiration to celebrate our relationship with the natural world, or in friendly competition with them to become the “greenest”? How can San Franciscans...
Topics: biodiversity, species, habitats, nature, nature in the city, urban nature, flowers, butterflies,...
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Art & Politics: Ilana Crispi — Tenderloin and Mission Dirt Ilana Crispi  is a Mission District ceramicist with a curiosity of what makes up a place. In her recent projects MISSION DIRT and TENDERLOIN DIRT she literally digs in to the earth to extract the soil and transform it, inviting residents to take a look at an invisible past and consider its future. Dirt taken from an excavated Boeddeker Park in 2013 became furniture and vessels to eat out of and created to give Tenderloin...
Topics: Tenderloin, Mission, art, ceramics, pottery, soil, dirt, subterranean, Barcelona, excavation,...
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Owen Hill, Summer Brenner, Barry Eisler, and Michael Harris. Co-Presented by PM Press "Crime fiction is almost like a product of capitalism. It's about social inequality" --Ian Rankin, best-selling crime novelist Join some of the finest exponents of crime and noir as they discuss how fiction is not just a mirror to the seamier sides of life, but the proverbial hammer with which to shape it. Owen Hill is the author of two novels and many books of poetry. Of his latest, The Incredible...
Topics: Crime, fiction, novels, writing, politics, revolution, noir
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Today’s San Francisco and our village-like neighborhoods, charming architecture, and quality of life is indebted to the Freeway Revolt that shocked the nation between 1956 and 1965. Most histories have focused on the politicians and city leaders who argued and voted in those years, overlooking the vital role of the emergent middle-class women who spearheaded the Revolt, and kept it going against overwhelming odds. Decades later, a second Freeway Revolt helped reclaim the Embarcadero and Hayes...
Topics: Freeway Revolt, Highways, Department of Highways, I-280, Embarcadero Freeway, Central Freeway, Glen...
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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Alvin Duskin was a hero in San Francisco's anti-highrise movement of the early 1970s, helped direct and finance the anti-nuclear movement in the mid-1970s, became a wind entrepreneur by the end of the decade. He tells about his relationships with Jerry Mander, Saul Alinsky, Saul Landau, and many others in...
Topics: Anti-highrise, anti-nuclear, anti-nuke, Alcatraz, wind power, Saul Alinsky
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Jerry Mander, an advertising guy in the 1960s who collaborated with David Brower's early Sierra Club campaigns against damming the Grand Canyon and many others, went on to write "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television", "In the Absence of the Sacred" and was a cofounder of the International Forum on Globalization. He is interviewed here as part of the wide-ranging "Ecology Emerges" oral histories of the early ecology movement, traversing the era from the...
Topics: David Brower, Sierra Club, Grand Canyon, Friends of the Earth, indigenous rights, International...
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This is a Shaping San Francisco Urban Forum: Walk & Talk, a popular and compact walk around a part of San Francisco with locals who add knowledge and stories. Saturday June 26, 2021: Dogpatch, Pier 70, Warm Water Cove Explore the ecological, architectural, and social history of the oldest industrial enclave in San Francisco, now taking on new life adjacent to Mission Bay with thousands of residents and businesses pouring in. With informal talks by Peter Linethal of the Potrero Hill Archives...
Topics: Dogpatch, shipyards, Union Ironworks, Bethlehem Steel, Irish Hill, Warm Water Cove, sewers, Save...
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Josephine and Regina Alioto recount the story of Pietro Alioto and his candy and ice cream parlor at Lombard and Mason, 1910-1930s.
Topics: Italians, North Beach, Alioto, small business, 1930s, prohibition
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In Adriana Camarena's new work the most precarious residents of the Mission are the central storytellers. In this, the latest presentation of her ongoing work-in-progress, she tells the story of El Cabe, accompanied by Los Alegres del Bajio. Her project covers a range of historic tales of Californian daily life: Indigenous migrants on their day off from construction or cooking on the line, watch movies inside their shared group apartments. Parents, raising children in the Mission, fend off...
Topics: migration, border, desert crossing, Guadalajara, Los Angeles, Mexico, Cesar Chavez, trust,...
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Join a challenging conversation some have dubbed "environmental communications in the Anthropocene" to discuss the problems with presenting complex ecological information publicly. Rose Aguilar from KALW's Your Call radio , Brent Plater of the Wild Equity Institute , and environmental scientist and climate change activist Azibuike Akaba discuss and debate issues of scientific literacy, critical thinking, basic education, attention spans, buzzwords, guest selection, framing and...
Topics: Environmentalism, ecology, anthropocene, communications, meaning, language, memes, propaganda,...
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Nina Serrano, longtime activist and poet, talks about her years around Editorial Pocho-Ché, Comunicación Aztlan, Festival Sexto Sol, and a remarkable panoply of stellar local poets and writers who she worked with on these and other projects from apx. 1968-present...
Topics: poetry, Latino, Chicano, El Sexto Sol, Pocho-Ché, Comunicación Aztlan, Third World...
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Excerpt from an 1850s song popular in San Francisco, having to do with the freeing of Archy Lee from jail. He had been seized by fugitive slave bounty hunters but a mob set him free. This rendition by Blackberry, recorded in 1980 for the Haight Ashbury Community Radio project.
Topics: slavery, song, 1850s, San Francisco
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Doing science and making culture are increasingly intertwined as more and more amateur naturalists crowdsource the multi-layered experience of life on this planet. Authors of two new books  Mary Ellen Hannibal  ( Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction ) and  Ursula Heise  ( Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species ) illuminate the tangled, dynamic processes of thinking and doing that help us understand where we are and what we...
Topics: Citizen Science, scientist, amateur, natural selection, Darwinism, cooperation, species, habitat,...
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Developing Reciprocal Bio-Regional Culture from the Bay Area to the Mountains of California Join a dynamic panel to discuss the historical and emerging relationships among humans, and between humans and the waterways on which they live. The indigenous peoples who formed bio-regional culture-sheds aligned with natural watersheds in California start our eco-historyâwith particular focus on the Bay Area and delta areas. It continues with a short history of the California gold mining...
Topics: Watersheds, Culture Sheds, culture, art, cultural politics, restoration, ecology, rivers, riparian,...
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50 years ago this fall, on November 20, a group of people that came to be known as Indians of All Tribes began a 18-month occupation of Alcatraz Island. This act of self-determination emerged from conditions faced on reservations and in urban centers, from the activism of the Third World Strike at San Francisco State, and resulted in major changes taking place across the continent. From a new consciousness of sovereignty to at least ten major policy and law shifts, Mary Jean Robertson , host of...
Topics: occupation, 1969, Alcatraz, Indians of All Nations, AIM, indigenous, canoe, San Francisco, American...
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We bring together story shapers, story sharers, and story collectors for this evening taking a close look at oral histories and memory keeping. Susan Schwartzenberg hosts a discussion series at the Bay Observatory at the Exploratorium intertwining personal stories and scientific study to understand climate change, Brandi Howell and Mary Franklin Harvin of Tales from North Beach are currently producing a podcast series to document the aging, forgotten, and hidden people and places of North...
Topics: Public art, Philosophers Way, Rosie the Riveter, Fab Mab, Mabuhay Gardens, storytelling, stories,...
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In 1997, 1998, and 1999, a small band of bicycling protesters rode across the Bay Bridge to demonstrate against the lack of planning for bike access on the Bridge, especially with regards to the new east span being constructed to replace the old one after it was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Dress Wedding was a participant and this is his recollection of that period.
Topics: Bay Bridge, Bike the Bridge, bicycle activism, bicycle access, car-centrism, traffic, traffic...
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Weâll look the possibilities of a radically different relationship to our local water supplies, including our aquifer, creeks and rainfall. But most of San Franciscoâs water is supplied by the Tuolumne River, which flows through a series of reservoirs, aqueducts and tunnels to our taps. These facilities are being rebuilt now, along with yet another massively expensive sewer system overhaul. Joel Pomerantz, Spreck Rosenkrans (Environmental Defense Fund), Ruth Gravanis.
Topics: water, aquifer, aqueducts, creeks, landfilll, sewers, reservoirs, public utility
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Emerging visions for public thoroughfares challenge the 20th century paradigm of automobile-centric streets. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and wild critters are all demanding their own ways to cross the city. San Francisco's "Green Connections" project seeks to integrate these new visions into San Francisco's urban grid. Join Andy Thornley (SF Bike Coalition), Peter Brastow (Nature in the City), Elizabeth Stampe (Walk SF), and the SF Planning Dept.'s Kearstin Dischinger to critically...
Topics: Streets, public space, thoroughfares, green connections, wildlife corridors, bikeways, bike...
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Will Grant researches successes in global movements on climate change and environmental solutions. His work is creating understandable paths to an economy that is sustainable and even environmentally regenerative. Meanwhile, Tom Athanasiou directs EcoEquity.org, a small but vital contributor to the global negotiations over climate change. Enthusiastic hope and acerbic realism meet head-to-head in this panorama of environmentalist politics and practice.
Topics: Climate Change, Paris, Resilience, Renewal, Redistribution, Drawdown, permaculture, restoration,...
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50 years after the arrest of seven young men from the Mission District galvanized a movement, women gather who were active in creating the multi-faceted community response that grew out of the Los Siete Defense Committee. From Basta Ya! —the newspaper—to Centro de Salud and La Raza Information Center and a free breakfast program, explore a lasting legacy in this plática including  Donna James Amador, Yolanda M. Lopez, Judy Drummond,  and author  Marjorie Heins  ( Strictly Ghetto...
Topics: Los Siete de la Raza, Mission District, police, police harassment, officer shot, Brodnick,...
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T he California Historical Society, Shaping San Francisco, and the Oakland Public Library, Main Branch, host a panel discussion that explores the intentions, planning, and outcomes of the historic October 1967 protests against the United States draft and the Vietnam War in general. Organizers, including members of the “Oakland Seven,” who were tried for conspiracy and found not guilty by an Oakland jury, and historians and others share context and stories of that era. With  Frank Bardacke,...
Topics: Vietnam, draft, draft resistance, resistance, race, black, African American, ILWU, longshoremen,...
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From H.G. Wells to Octavia Butler, from New Wave to Cyberpunk to the Slipstream of today, SF has been a tool to agitate, organize speculate and explore utopian alternatives. Join a panel of working SF pros in a lively discussion of the perils and possibilities-- JOHN SHIRLEY Bram Stoker award winner, cyberpunk pioneer, author of Bleak History , Black Glass ... LISA GOLDSTEIN, American Book Award winner, charter member of SF's"Shameless Hussies," author of The Red Magician, The Divided...
Topics: science fiction, writing, fantasy, utopia, dystopia, publishing, cyberpunk, space opera, e-books
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Christina Gerhardt , author of  The Atlas of (Remote) Islands and Sea Level Rise , explores the effects and responses to climate-warming on low-lying Pacific Ocean islands. Urbanist  Laura Tam  addresses sea level rise on vulnerable shorelines around the Bay Area. Learn about indigenous inhabitants’ adaptive solutions in the South Seas and local grassroots efforts to prepare our bay shore.
Topics: Sea Level Rise, Climate Change, mitigation, adaptation, coral reefs, oyster beds, managed retreat,...
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How the Non-Aligned Movement founded at the 1961 Belgrade Conference in Yugoslavia challenged the post-WWII world system based on the bipolar US-USSR Cold War. Yugoslavia, Indonesia, African decolonization struggles, Indian independence and partition, nationalism, third world socialism, and Third Worldism in the U.S. left with Eddie Yuen , Andrej Grubacic , and Walter Turner .
Topics: Non-Aligned Movement, Third World, Third Worldism, Yugoslavia, Africa, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice...
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Yolanda Lopez, 1942-2021, was a San Francisco artist and activist whose early life was in San Diego. She went on to a long engagement with the Mission District community, co-founding Basta Ya! Newspaper in conjunction with the Committee to Defend Los Siete in 1970. Her art has come to be more recognized since her passing, with a major show in San Diego in late 2021. In this clip she discusses her parents and grandparents and their trajectories that led to her childhood in San Diego. Her arc...
Topics: art, politics, San Diego, New York, tailor, seamstress, garment work, border, Mexican-American,...
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Doug Minkler was one of the first political artists to embrace the Mac and heâs been making scathing collages and edgy, often hilarious posters for several decades. See his solo show and find out how heâs kept himself going all these years!
Topics: Art, politics, labor, movements, left wing, social services, social movements, expressionism,...
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Before San Francisco: Spanish and Mexican Peninsula From the original encounters between local indigenous peoples and the first Spanish arrivals, to the spread of the disruptive Mission cattle-based economy, Mexican independence, and eventual abolition of Indian slavery, the peninsula that became San Francisco had a fascinating and overlooked pre-urban history. Author Adriana Camarena covers the period when Mexico was fragmenting and local Californios existed in a pastoral but brutal local...
Topics: Ohlone, indigenous, Californios, ranchos, Spanish empire, Mexico, Mexican Independence,...
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The largest coastal lagoon between Point Reyes and Pescadero, Lake Merced is an incomparable natural resource for San Francisco. A controversial preserve has been proposed for East Lake and some intact habitats, to protect wildlife and threatened species. Dan Murphy GG Audubon Society, David Behar, SF Public Utilities Commission. A Nature in the City co-production (www.natureinthecity.org)
Topics: Lake Merced, aquifer, golf courses, habitat, species, wildlife, birds, Audubon, southwest San...
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with Glenn Lym. It is a common assumption that street grids were imposed easily on San Franciscoâs original landscape, resulting in the cityâs photogenic hillside streets that poke up from otherwise large flat planes. We assume that the imposition of these grids was benign. But it was not benign. Digging under the streets of early San Francisco, we will find that much of San Franciscoâs flatland was created from land forms that were quite different from what we know today.
Topics: ecology, landscapes, sand dunes, wetlands, landfill, hills, CAD, terrain
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Imagine a time when the land that we know as the Franciscan Peninsula extended out to the Farallones and mastodons and tigers roamed freely. Imagine small seasonal villages along waterways engaged in trading across the bay, and tule canoes making the journey. Park Historian  Breck Parkman  will share his extensive research into the prehistory of the Bay Area, and  Malcolm Margolin  (Heyday Books,  The Ohlone Way ) joins in with his years of exploring the indigenous history of the region. ...
Topics: indigenous, ohlone, Bay Area, pre-urban, pre-Spanish, prehistory
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Who are we, and what is our place in the world of the living? The Modern Synthesis of Biology, much of it conceived and incubated in the San Francisco Bay Area, has become a conceptual steel trap dictating much of what we do not only with our ecosystems, but also with our economy, our politics and our very selves. Liberation Biology proposes a critical approach to the deep roots of our understanding of the living. Based on both an exhumation of forgotten knowledge and on radically...
Topics: Biology, physics, central dogma, dna, code, gene, debunking
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Dancer, Choreographer, and Director, Jess Curtis is interviewed by celebrated Bay Area choreographer Joanna Haigood. Together they will explore Jess' nearly three decades of body-based experiments through peformance and teaching. Like Jess' dancing this will be a night investigating the 'embodied intellect'. Short video clips will be interspersed with smart conversation about the theory and practice of Curtis' Body of Work. As always, there will be a lengthy Q & A so all will have a chance...
Topics: Dance, body, embodiment, communication, politics, art, performance, circus, gesture
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Universal Basic Income, Is It time? Touted by the tech industry as a way to preserve livelihoods in a time of automation replacing workers, Universal Basic Income (UBI) is not a new concept. As a poverty alleviation idea, it has resonance in the EPIC program of 1930s California, and similar ideas were floated by leaders of social movements of the 1960s, including MLK, Jr. and the Black Panthers in their Ten Point Program. Through a discussion of UBI we take a look at the nature of work and...
Topics: Universal Basic Income, Negative Income Tax, redistribution, taxes, income, free money, welfare,...
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One of the emerging zeitgeists of our era is the rediscovery of the water beneath our cities, and redefining the places we are in through awareness of our watersheds. Derek Hitchcock of the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), Joel Pomerantz, a San Francisco water historian, and Sarah Kelly and Arthur Richards, co-directors of Adapting to Scarcity, will share their knowledge and find the common streams uniting their work around indigenous communities reliant on waterways, and the...
Topics: watersheds, creeks, rivers, dams, pollution, silt, contamination, sedimentation, salmon, sea,...
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In 1849 San Francisco was surrounded by wild animals and a flourishing sea and bay, from which most early food was taken. But what is our “wild menu” now? How do foraging, fishing, hunting, and gathering fit into modern life? What role does conservation and ecology play in a contemporary and future wild menu? With  Mark Heath, Kirk Lombard , and  Chris Carlsson . Co-hosted by  Wild Equity Institute  and  Nature in the City .
Topics: Seafood, fish, herring, sea bass, salmon, sturgeon, perch, hunting, wild boar, deer, geese, ducks,...
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How do we “hold” (record/store) history now compared to the past? How do we “tell” history now, and has the relationship between archival sources and narrative arcs/presentation changed with digitalization? What do we learn from narration-free archival materials (a la Prelinger home movies, foundsf photo pages, etc.)? And popular attitudes towards history: who cares about footnotes? How are archivists beginning to shape new ways of making history public? Film archivist and librarian ...
Topics: archives, memory, hypertext, links, nonlinearity, public libraries, public collections, diversity,...
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Ten minutes from the May 5, 2015 demonstration in front of 2840-2848 Folsom Street in San Francisco during the last open house before offers went in... some words from Carin McKay, Kirk Read, and Chris Carlsson, all tenants, and a short postscript from Mokai... video by Nick Kasimatis... many thanks!
Topics: displacement, eviction, San Francisco, housing, Land Trust, SF Community Land Trust, Frances...
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One of the two major bookstore chains in the US is on the verge of collapse, even as authors are being abandoned by publishers to go "indie" via Kindle and iPad. The ebook (r)evolution is here, but its course is not yet chartedâwill the dinosaurs of New York's publishing industry go extinct, and what new species of publication and publisher will emerge? And will writers be able to make a living...not that most of them are doing that even now! Join science fiction writers Terry...
Topics: E-book, pdf, Kindle, Amazon, publishing, books, self-publishing, New York publishing, agents
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A Shaping San Francisco talk held on January 13, 2010: Comparing the alcohol Prohibition of the 1920s-30s to the contemporary prohibition on marijuana. With Dick Boyd, author of "Broadway, North Beach, The Golden Years: A Saloon Keeper's Tales" and former owner of Pierre's, a bar in North Beach from 1960-65, Sean Lavon Nash, and Michael Whitson, a marijuana prohibition expert.
Topics: prohibition, alcohol, temperance, drugs, marijuana, pot, medical marijuana, medicalization,...
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Cris Benton  has used kite photography to document the surprisingly beautiful “saltscapes” of the South Bay, while  Matthew Booker ’s  Down By the Bay  is one of the best recent histories of the long, complicated, and contradictory relationship of urbanizing humans and the amazing inland estuary we enjoy as the Bay. 
Topics: Bay, San Francisco Bay, Bay Area, shorelines, salt ponds, reclamation, marshes, wetlands, salt...
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Longtime poet and activist Nina Serrano describes how she organized, without any prior experience, a demonstration on Market Street to demand the freedom to travel--then, as now, banned or restricted by the U.S. government with respect to Cuba and other countries.
Topics: Travel ban, Freedom to Travel, Cuba, 1960s, San Francisco
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Christopher Richard, aquatic biologist at the Oakland Museum of California, has deciphered the earliest accounts of the water features of the San Francisco peninsula... working with maps, original Spanish diary entries, and a clear understanding of Mission settlement patterns, Richard builds his argument that the century-old myth of a freshwater lake in the Mission is unsustainable.
Topics: water, lakes, ecology, Mission period, Spanish colonization, San Francisco, Mission Dolores,...
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Few events in the past century equal the importance of the Russian Revolution. And yet we only know it through the fog of propaganda and fear, and the actual events of 1917 are long forgotten in the mists of time. Find out what actually happened in that fabled year, and how it fit together with the world events of that epoch. Longtime Russian scholar  Anthony D’Agostino  (SF State) joins Anarchist scholar from socialist Yugoslavia  Andrej Grubacic  (CIIS) to unpack some of those tangled...
Topics: Russian Revolution, Soviet Union, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, workers councils, Soviets, working class,...
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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Antonio Roman-Alcala has been deeply involved in San Francisco permaculture projects over the past decade, notably including the Alemany Farm, the Rhode Island Street garden, and is the producer of the new documentary "In Search of Good Food."
Topics: permaculture, ecology, gardens, horticulture, food security, urban farming
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What actually happened to Darling Clementine? Historian  Joel Pomerantz  explores the California floods of 1862. Learn how this historic storm, which killed thousands and caused a number of San Francisco houses to collapse, can be an example for what a really extreme weather event could be like in our future.
Topics: storms, weather, rain, 1861, 1862, Sacramento, Sacramento River, delta, San Francisco floods,...
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Decades after the Alaska oil pipeline began, we’ve gone through repeated booms and busts in oil production and prices. Antonia Juhasz has studied the history of the oil business and is one of the world’s best-informed critics of the industry. She is joined by Leila Salazar-Lopez of Amazon Watch, a group confronting oil giants in the Amazon, and by Joshua Kahn-Russell , author of A Line in the Tar Sands . All three explain the current balance of forces, and the prospects for keeping the...
Topics: Oil, petroleum, fossil fuels, climate change, climate chaos, burnout, Amazon, Ecuador, Peru,...
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Shaping San Francisco invites you on a tour of India Basin’s shoreline open space, parks, and historic sites. Not only will you get a close-up tour of this much neglected part of San Francisco, but we’ll be discussing San Francisco’s efforts to plan for sea-level rise even while the overlooked shoreline is suddenly spruced up and made publicly available like never before. After our walk we’ll chat at the west end of India Basin.
Topics: Heron's Head, India Basin, redevelopment, Hunter's Point, shoreline, sealevel rise, Islais Creek,...
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Efforts to integrate history and ecological restoration can be found tucked away in most San Francisco neighborhoods. Neighborhood greenways and corridors are most often the result of initial community-based activism to beautify an urban space, and end up becoming much more complex projects. Sophie Constantinou shares stories of creating the Buchanan Street Mall project and a newly accessible open space along the Bernal Cut, and how the different neighborhoods shaped these similar projects....
Topics: public space, neighborhood corridors, wildlife, habitat, gardens, parks, vollunteers, Recreation...
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Art & Politics: Miranda Bergman Miranda Bergman , a Mission District resident for many decades and local icon, has been painting public murals since the 1970s when she started as a member of the Haight Ashbury muralists. Her involvement in Central America, Palestine, and women’s politics has shaped her participation in epic works such as Maestrapeace , a Placa mural in Balmy Alley, and many others around the Bay Area and the world.
Topics: murals, community murals, women, children, seniors, San Francisco, Mission DIstrict, Balmy Alley,...
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On November 30, 1999 the World Trade Organization was prevented from meeting in Seattle by unprecedented phalanxes of self-organized protesters who filled the streets, tied up key intersections, blockaded the convention center, and used video and the internet in ways they’d never been used before. Bay Area activists were in the middle of it all, and veterans of that experience will revisit that moment to help us rethink this moment. With Anuradha Mittal, David Solnit, Eddie Yuen, Steve...
Topics: Globalization, alter-globalization, protest, Seattle, WTO, food politics, campesinos, ILWU, port...
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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, daughter of a landless farmer and half-Indian mother. Her paternal grandfather, a white settler, farmer, and veterinarian, had been a labor activist and Socialist in Oklahoma with the Industrial Workers of the World in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The stories of her grandfather inspired her to lifelong social justice activism. Married at eighteen, she left with her husband for San Francisco, California, where she has lived most...
Topics: Dunbar-Ortiz, American Indian Movement (AIM), activism
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Why has the Bay Area been such a cauldron for the melding of art and politics? And what did a period of heightened gentrification do to San Francisco's radical culture? Komotion International, the legendary artist collective and performance, music, and art space -- which nurtured musicians like Michael Franti, Consolidated, and Primus -- epitomized the spirt of rebellion and creativity, leaving a deep mark. Collective co-founders Robin Ballinger and Mat Callahan discuss Komotion's glory years...
Topics: Music, punk, underground, San Francisco, 1980s, 1990s, Komotion, world music
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What does âclassâ or âcommunityâ mean? How does the newbie Midwesterner serving burgers at a Castro street diner relate to the landlord and shop owner âGay Communityâ spokesmen? How do the schisms between different classes of women, whether lesbian or bi or undefined, show up in daily life and local politics (or not)? How does fear of gender bending impact trans and intersexed people when it comes to paying the rent? Solidad de Costa, Keith Hennessy, and Michelle Tea.
Topics: class, community, gender, transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual, worker, labor, economy, housing
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One of the interviews done as part of the "Ecology Emeregs oral history project in 2009-2010 by Shaping San Francisco. Juliet Ellis is the executive director of Urban Habitat in Oakland and here tells how she got involved originally with Carl Anthony and eventually took on the leadership, orienting the organization towards its current activities.
Topics: ecology, environmental justice, social justice, Urban Habitat, planning, regionalism, coalitions,...
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Amidst a general enthusiasm and push for a ânew Green economyâ weâll take a look at both the kinds of work that get labeled green, and how the logic of capitalism impedes a deeper ecological transformation. Jason Mark ("Building the Green Economy," Alemany Farm), Chris Carlsson ("Nowtopia," Shaping San Francisco), and Mary Rick (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies).
Topics: Green Jobs, Green New Deal, Green Economy, Sustainability, small business, government, regulation,...
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The Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park recently underwent extensive renovation, bringing to public view murals and sculptures from the WPA that have long been hidden and overlooked. Other beautiful artworks grace public buildings throughout the East Bay and San Francisco, including Coit Tower, and on Treasure Island, where Maritime Museum artists went on to create work for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939. Join  Richard Everett  (Maritime Museum),  Anne Schnoebelen  (Treasure...
Topics: New Deal, art, architecture, WPA, PWA, murals, Diego Rivera, SF Arts Association, San Francisco Art...
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A deeply informed, irreverent tour through San Francisco before the automobile took over half the City’s physical terrain. Historic photos illustrate many stories, including how Haight Street was named, the City was dominated by steam-powered rail, and San Franciscans lived before parking was an issue! with Angus Macfarlane, Emiliano Echeverria , and David Gallagher .
Topics: Haight Street, Western Addition, 1851 Dexter map, streetcars, steam trains, cable cars,...
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What is the general situation in post-earthquake Haiti? How does disaster particularly affect women and girls, gender issues, and culture? What are the courses of action for victims of gender-based violence in temporary encampments for over a million people left homeless by the earthquake. With so many schools destroyed, how do students get access to education? With Nadege Clitandre, founder and director of Haiti Soleil, which focuses on youth development and empowerment through the creation of...
Topics: Haiti, Disaster, Feminism, Women, UN, NGOs, violence, self-direction, self-organization, art,...
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Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore perform their James Connolly-Easter Rising Tour 2016 singing Connolly’s songs along with others made famous in Ireland’s fight for independence. Elizabeth Creely adds stories of Irish Republicanism in San Francisco during that crucial period a century ago.
Topics: Irish, Ireland, Easter Rising, Easter Rebellion, Dublin, GPO, James Connolly, Irish Home Rule,...
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A Shaping San Francisco Talk held at CounterPULSE, January 26, 2011: Golden Gate Park is a beautiful and complex landscape with a great diversity of natural, historic and recreational features. It is a much different place from, not only what it was before the city of San Francisco, but, increasingly, what John McLaren, it's visionary 19th century superintendent, envisioned for it as a sylvan retreat from urban life. We'll explore the natural history, the natural landscape, and the natural...
Topics: Golden Gate Park, environmental history, parks, parking, Frederick Law Olmsted, William Hammond...
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Yolanda Lopez, 1942-2021, was a San Francisco artist and activist with roots in the San Francisco State College strike 1968-69. She went on to a long engagement with the Mission District community, co-founding Basta Ya! Newspaper in conjunction with the Committee to Defend Los Siete in 1970. Her art has come to be more recognized since her passing, with a major show in San Diego in late 2021. In this clip she discusses her art, the vital centrality of self-representation in her work, how her...
Topics: art, politics, representation, self-representation, Aztec dancing, public murals, Artists as...
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Friends and neighbors from the Mission District, including Mission Archives and Conscious Youth Media Crew folks, came together at CounterPULSE as part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks series on April 11, 2007, to screen raw footage of low-riders on Mission and other lost footage of the 1970s and 1980s. Ray Balbaran, Vero Majana, Roberto Hernandez, and dozens of others... Back in the late 1970s and early â80s Mission St. was home to a wild scene of lowriders every weekend. Bouncing,...
Topics: Mission District, Latino, Low riders, La Raza, The Lot, El Tecolote, Mission Archives, Conscious...
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Lou Dematteis  is an extraordinary social documentarian, photographer and filmmaker. He has been taking photographs of the Mission District since the 1970s, capturing the low-rider scene of that era, and being at the first Carnavals and leaving us a stunning visual record. He has also covered the Nicaraguan Revolution into the mid-1980s, the depradations of the multinational oil industry in the Amazon, and more recently has been making movies, with his “The Other Barrio” capturing the...
Topics: Art and Politics, Low riders, Sandinistas, Nicaragua, Italy, Italians, photographer, documentary...