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Shaping San Francisco
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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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Bishop Mark Hurley played an important and largely invisible role in mediating the epic 1968-69 student strike at San Francisco State University. Professor Emeritus William Issel presents his research into Hurley's pivotal role as a Catholic liberal, and recounts his own history in the social gospel movement that helped shape the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Topics: Catholic, liberal, student strike, 1968, mediation, conflict
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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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The Jazz of Modern Basketball:  Racism and Virtuosity at the Roots of the Golden State Warriors Shaping San Francisco’s  Chris Carlsson  digs into the long history of basketball as another season begins. The first African-American players entered the NBA in 1950, while black college stars led the USF Dons to consecutive national championships in 1955 and 1956, inventing a new style of aggressive defensive basketball. Today’s outspoken Warriors embody the decades-long Heritage in which...
Topics: Golden State Warriors, USF Dons, NBA, NCAA, NIT, racism, Jim Crow, Adolph Rupp, John McLendon, Bill...
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Carlo Middione describes living in the Upper Haight when it was still red-lined by local banks, insurers, and real estate companies.
Topics: Haight-Ashbury, Upper Haight, redlining, housing
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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. Sam Schuchat is the executive director of the California Coastal Commission and has been something of an "undeveloper" as he put it, facilitating a number of initiatives from the state agency.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, urban agriculture, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental...
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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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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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Are There Marxist Robots?!? Kal Spelletich, robot-maker and long-time artist, professor, actor, and all around raconteur of machinic chaos and dissent combines with Chris Carlsson, a persistent critic of the Planetary Work Society, to confront our collective anxiety. As Nick Dyer-Witheford ably puts it: "Digital capital [is] making a planetary working class tasked with working itself out of job, toiling relentlessly to develop a system of robots and networks, networked robots and robot...
Topics: robots, robot labor, automation, cybernetics, computers, artificial intelligence, labor theory of...
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers remembers the early Willie Brown when he was an attorney at Scott and Sutter, and details the attitudes of the black community towards one of "its" most illustrious and well-known leaders, up to and including the enormous disillusionment he left behind.
Topics: Willie Brown, corruption, black San Francisco, African American, Fillmore, Hunter's Point, Bayview,...
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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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The longest strike on the West Coast was held in 1971 by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The reasons for the strike were disputed, but as told here by longtime Secretary-Treasurer of Local 10 Herb Mills, the rank-and-file were in revolt against the "steady man" provision (9.43) of the 1966 second version of the Mechanization and Modernization Agreement between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association. This rank-and-file revolt pitted them against Harry Bridges,...
Topics: 1971 strike, longshoremen, ILWU, Harry Bridges, rank and file, steady men, 9.43, crane operators,...
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Jerry Mander describes being an advertising guy in the mid-1960s,hired to help promote the legendary comedic truope The Committee. While working in North Beach Mander rented a small apartment above City Lights Books and tells how he saw Lenny Bruce fall out of a window across the street.
Topics: Jerry Mander, Lenny Bruce, The Committee, 1960s, comedy, City Lights, Purple Onion
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250 years ago, life along the edges of what we now know as San Francisco Bay changed forever when the Portola Expedition came upon this hidden magnificent body of water. The Spaniards couldn’t quite understand it when they saw this marvelous sight for the first time on November 2, 1769, but this confluence of many rivers was a thriving home to thousands of people, not to mention an abundance of species of water, land, and sky. Join us to talk with Gregg Castro , t’rowt’raahl...
Topics: First contact, Ohlone, shellmounds, bayshore, wetlands, swamps, San Francisco Bay, grizzly bears,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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John Ross - Marxist. Maoist, Journalist, Revolutionary:  One of the leaders of the Progressive Labor Party in San Francisco.  He was involved in progressive movement in the 1960's and 70's.  Was instrumental in rent strikes and the Tenants' Union for the betterment of urban housing in San Francisco.
Topics: Marxist, Journalist, Progressive, Labor, Housing
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Jay Rosenblatt is an internationally recognized artist who has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1980 and has completed over twenty-five films.  His work explores our emotional and psychological cores. They are personal in their content yet universal in their appeal. His films have received over 100 awards and have screened throughout the world. A selection of his films had theatrical runs at the Film Forum in New York and at theaters around the country. His most recent films...
Topics: Filmmaker, award winner, San Francisco
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This is a short movie clip of Jay Rosenblatt's film Phantom Limb .  Used by permission and courtesy of Jay Rosenblatt.
Topics: Jay Rosenblatt, film
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A walk up Owl Canyon and then down Buckeye Canyon on San Bruno Mountain, led by David Schooley, long time organizer and defender of the remarkable Mountain. A home to endangered plants and butterflies, and the last intact remnant of the ecological niche that once covered most of the San Francisco peninsula, and a place with incredible views from dense oak forests, San Bruno Mountain is also home to some key environmental battles of the 1970s to the present.
Topics: habitat, species, endangered species, Habitat Conservation Plan, San Bruno Mountain Watch, David...
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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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Yolanda Lopez, 1942-2021, was a San Francisco artist and activist with a long engagement with the Mission District community going back to the founding of 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 passionately argues for taking citizenship and voting very seriously because it provides a unique arena for social and political engagement.
Topics: voting, engagement, Mission, politics, art, elections, citizenship, citizens, Americans,...
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Ed Dunne, longtime member of the Haight Ashbury Recycling Center, describes how he got involved, how the center works, and what some of the problems are of solid waste disposal.
Topics: recycling, HANC, Ed Dunne
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Nina Serrano, longtime activist and poet, describes living in San Francisco during the 1965-67 period, raising her children in what was in fact a fairly utopian moment in history.
Topics: Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury, hippies, freaks, revolution, culture, peace, love
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Art & Politics:  Seth Eisen "OUT of Site" Seth Eisen and James Metzger and collaborators Colin Creveling, Rayan Hayes, Mary Vice, and Diego Gomez bring to life research and performance excerpts from Eye Zen Presents's newest project (a collaboration with Shaping SF)—a series of queer history performance-driven walking tours through the streets of San Francisco.  This performative talk explores the ways that queer people have historically created community, how our communities...
Topics: queer, gay, homosexual, essentialism, assimilationism, history, historiography, queer history,...
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Oscar Grande, organizer with PODER, describes growing up in the Excelsior and how his family was so frugal that recycling all sorts of things was just common sense for them. Originally interviewed as part of the "Ecology Emerges" project of Shaping San Francisco in 2011.
Topics: recycling, reuse, frugality, Excelsior, Salvadoran, immigrants
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Public Art and Murals: Controversy, Neglect, Restoration Not always seen by all as a public benefit, public art faces sometimes quiet neglect, sometimes outrage and controversy. Earlier this year, San Francisco Poet Laureate  Kim Shuck  brought attention to the appeal to remove the Pioneer Monument’s “Early Days” statue of a subjugated and emaciated indigenous figure in Civic Center. Calling for a rehearing, she wrote a poem each day—55 in all—until the Board of Appeals granted one...
Topics: Indigenous California, Ohlone, public art, statues, murals, tagging, vandalism, community,...
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Summer 2014 campaign video to gain long-term sustainers to support the ongoing work of Shaping San Francisco, a vital public utility (though seldom recognized as such) that provides a living archive of San Francisco, and by the project's very existence, holds down an important niche in the local cultural ecology of the City. Walking and Bicycle history tours, Public Talks both live and archived online, and the ever-expanding archive at Foundsf.org are irreplaceable treasures of San Francisco's...
Topics: history, politics, ecology, tours, bicycles, walking, fundraising, support, sustainers, 3% Solution
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Stan Weir, 1921-2001, was a longtime labor radical... called "Red" during his days as a longshoreman, he led 57 B-Men in a Kafkaesque struggle with Harry Bridges and the ILWU Executive Committee, after they were cashiered over breaking rules that had been developed secretly and imposed retroactively! Weir's many writings covered rank-and-file union politics, focusing on as he liked to put it, "unions that stay on the job." In this 2-hour 1997 interview/discussion with Chris...
Topics: rank-and-file, wildcat strikes, union democracy, hierarchy, unions that stay on the job, AFL-CIO,...
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Zeph works as a cultural activist at the intersections of art, social justice, and the transgressive body. Since 2011, Zeph has helped move 35 friends due to eviction and has focused on creative direct action responding to the economic crisis and displacement. Zeph was evicted in 2012 along with 16 artists from the Million Fishes Collective, which used to stand at Bryant and 23rd. The spiritless office space that now inhabits the former collective space sits directly across from the infamous...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Zeph Fishlyn, CalHumanities,...
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Curt Sanford explores San Francisco's eastern shoreline by kayak, from approximately Mission Creek to Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. His look at the old industrial waterfront includes great histories of various buildings in the old Naval Shipyard, as well as a good history of the Grain Terminal in Islais Creek, along with amazing shots of mysterious tags in dark spaces, brilliant murals, images of pelicans and herons and seals and more! Based on a presentation he gave at Heron's Head...
Topics: kayak, shoreline, piers, Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard, Islais Creek, Ordnance Building, Heron's...
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During the national marches against the NRA and the accelerating madness of mass shootings, San Franciscans turned out in large numbers to join the protest. This is at the corner of 7th and Market as demonstrators walked by for 4 minutes, but the entire length of the march took more than 45 minutes to pass... estimates put the crowd between 35,000 and 80,000... count them here!
Topics: guns, war, violence, mass shootings, protests, demonstrations, NRA, anti-NRA, National Rifle...
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Benito Santiago is a disabled elder, musician, and public school teacher currently being Ellis Act evicted from his lifelong San Francisco home on Duboce Street. The original footage was captured on January 17, 2014 as part of a storytelling circle called "Campfire: Eviction Ghost Stories and Other Housing Horrors." This mini-clip is part of a series of mini-clips honoring fourteen City storytellers who shared their eviction horror stories that evening around the fire. Related event...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Benito Santiago, CalHumanities,...
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Former Redevelopment Agency official Carlo Middione describes working with Enid Sales and the effort to save old Victorians by moving them from one place to another in the A-1 and A-2 redevelopment projects in the 1960s.
Topics: Redevelopment Agency, Victorians, moving Victorians, architecture, preservation, Western Addition,...
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Kent Minault, an original Digger from San Francisco in the 1960s, describes the events at the beginning of 1967, starting with the Diggers' effort to critique and provoke the Human Be-In, then the emergence of the Artists Liberation Front, and gives a first-hand account of the epic Invisible Circus that took place at Glide Memorial Church in the Tenderloin.
Topics: Diggers, Be-In, Artists Liberation Front, ALF, Emmett Grogan, Peter Berg, Peter Coyote, Invisible...
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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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Donna, her husband Robert “Jawara” Johnson, and the family dogs Xochitl (age 4) and DJ (age 2 and ½) were served with Ellis Act eviction papers in 2012, and forced out of their 73-B Pearl Street in San Francisco by serial evictors Kwok Chung Wong and Har Kwan Luk . Since 2003, this company has Ellis Acted 30 units in San Francisco, including the 6 units at Donna’s former home building on Pearl Street.
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Donna Johnson, CalHumanities,...
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John Knox, Executive Director of the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, has been a resident of Noe Valley since the early 1970s. Here he describes some early community activism he was involved in and some of the old-timers he ran up against, as well as a funny anecdote about an awards ceremony with Mayor Moscone in City Hall.
Topics: Noe Valley, neighborhood association, community organizing, solar homes, 1970s solar energy,...
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Gopal Dayaneni  (Movement Generation)  and  Jason Mark  (editor,  Sierra Magazine ) discuss urbanity and ecological crisis from their ultra-local, regional, and national perspectives of environmental and ecological justice. The rights of nature, devolution, democratization, and distribution, capitalism and patriarchy, all come in for scrutiny in this wide-ranging discussion.
Topics: Cities, places, ecological justice, social justice, capitalism, patriarchy, decentralization,...
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Jason Mark, editor of Earth Island Journal and an active farmer at the Alemany Farm in San Francisco, interviewed as part of the Shaping San Francisco "Ecology Emerges" oral history project. The project documents participants in the ecology movement in the San Francisco Bay over the past 50 years.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, urban agriculture, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental...
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One of the interviews under the Shaping San Francisco "Ecology Emerges" oral history collection, tracing the arc from conservation to environmental justice, 1960s to the present. John Knox is the executive director of the Earth Island Institute, the third environmental organization founded by David Brower. EII is an incubator for dozens of other ecology activist organizations, and Knox has been at the epicenter of many of them since the early 1980s.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, environmental justice, Earth Island Institute, Friends of the Earth,...
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Chuck Wollenberg  presents his new book  Rebel Lawyer  about Wayne Collins and his defense of Japanese-American rights during and after WWII. Novelist and essayist  Karen Tei Yamashita  shares her introduction to John Okada’s  No-No Boy , the only 1950s novel to reflect on the post-Internment experience among Japanese-American families.
Topics: Japanese Internment, WWII, racism, anti-Asian racism, Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese Exclusion,...
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Last year we embarked on a grand collaborative journey through the under-recognized LGBTQ+ history of North Beach with Seth Eisen’s OUT of Site performative walking tours. Seth returns with a look at his new SOMA tours coming in June and September, bringing forgotten queer histories and sites to life and exploring the intersections of labor history, the leather scene, bars, nightlife, and the immigrant experience.   This is part of a series of solo artists giving a behind-the-scenes and...
Topics: queer, two-spirit, gay, LGBTQ, history, walking tours, performance, historical tours, SOMA, Happy...
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Oscar Grande, longtime organizer at PODER, describes how his mother, a Salvadoran immigrant, worked at Levi's on Valencia for decades.
Topics: Levi's, immigrants, Salvadoran, El Salvador, seamstress, sewing, garment work, Excelsior
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A half dozen stairways, open spaces, and incredible views and gardens all across the upper slopes of Eureka Valley and Corbett Heights, above the Castro, and below Twin Peaks. Featuring histories and digressions from Chris Carlsson, occasional contributions from local neighborhood residents Grace Gellerman and Danny Grobani, and a host of friends who came along for the walk.
Topics: Eureka Valley, Corbett Heights, Al's Park, Falcon Street, Nobby Clarke's Folly, Clarke Mansion,...
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Longtime activist Charlie Hinton describes his arrival in San Francisco in 1971 and his subsequent involvement in Left and Gay politics, including being a member of Bay Area Gay Liberation (BAGL) from its founding in 1975 to its dissolution in 1979. He also covers the role of labor organizing, the Coors boycott, UFW solidarity, and the San Francisco Teachers' Union efforts to establish a gay curriculum. With a strong focus on anti-imperialist political organizing, Hinton describes the...
Topics: BAGL, Gay, Lesbian, LGBTQ, Bay Area Gay Liberation, anti-imperialism, Chilean solidarity,...
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Women, Power, and the Vote:  1911 Suffrage to the 2018 Midterms Given the predictable buzz developing about the 2018 midterm elections and the predictions of a blue wave/a female wave, we want to convene a discussion rooted in history that can critically take on this frame of mind, especially in light of the recent election of London Breed and the likely re-election of Dianne Feinstein. It's not like we haven't had decades of powerful female politicians and leaders who have by and large done...
Topics: voting, elections, political power, grassroots, organizing, housing, race, gender, politicians,...
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Yolanda Lopez, 1942-2021, was a San Francisco artist and activist from San Diego originally, 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 beard, shaving, her use of Hormone...
Topics: beard, women's beards, women's hair, shaving, feminism, public health, doctors, women's health,...
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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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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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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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Former Redevelopment official Carlo Middione tells the story of providing a building in the late 1960s to Angela Davis and "her group" at Fillmore and Golden Gate, and the surprising thing that happened as a result.
Topics: Angela Davis, black power, arsenal, arms, 1960s, Redevelopment Agency
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes how he became involved with the food giveaway which was the ransom demanded by the Symbionese Liberation Army of the Hearst family for the then-kidnapped Patty Hearst.
Topics: People In Need (PIN), food giveaway, SLA, Patty Hearst, William Randolph Hearst, ransom, 1974,...
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Patricia Kerman, now a disabled senior citizen, has lived in her current flat for the past 27 years and Tom Rapp has lived there as her roommate for the last 15 of them. They are being Ellis Acted from their home by their landlord Kaushik Dattani. The original footage was captured on January 17, 2014 as part of a storytelling circle called "Campfire: Eviction Ghost Stories and Other Housing Horrors." This mini-clip is part of a series of mini-clips honoring fourteen City storytellers...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Tom Rapp, Patricia Kerman,...
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First 90 seconds of Chris Carlsson setting up how he's using the FoundSF.org archive to create a narrative arc explaining the context and precursor movements and events to the 1967 Summer of Love. Filmed at the DeYoung Museum on June 30, 2017 by Adriana Camarena.
Topics: public history, history, historiography, storytelling, narrative form, narration, multimedia,...
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Molly Martin, interviewed in February 2019, discusses working on the Women's Building as an electrician, and then the controversy over women entering the SF Police Department as officers, and its relationship to jobs and women's work.
Topics: Lesbians, police, Women's Building, discrimination, equal rights
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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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Alliance for the Rank and File activists in Local 2 HERE led a strike against Zim's Coffeehouse chain.
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Herb Mills, former secretary-treasurer of ILWU Local 10, describes the importance of the Hiring Hall to the culture and politics of longshoring.
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An interview with Jack Wickert, former member of the SF Mime Troupe and cofounder of "The Farm."
Topics: Mission District, SF Mime Troupe, The Farm
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A short clip from a longer interview with Josephine Firpo-Alioto and her daughter Regina Alioto in which they recount the 1920s and 1930s Italian community on Potrero Hill, in particular describing the vibrant Italian Men's Social Clubs of the time.
Topics: Italian, Potrero Hill, 1930s, Alioto, San Francisco
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Roberto Lovato, who grew up on Folsom near 25th Street during the 1970s, describes how his father was involved in the "alternative economy" centered on Hunt's Donuts at 20th and Mission, and how it benefitted his extended Salvadoran families in San Francisco and in El Salvador.
Topics: Crime, Salvadoran community, Mission District
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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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Reclaim May Day 1998 was organized by a coalition of political groups, including Art & Revolution, Shaping San Francisco, Eviction Defense Committee, Food Not Bombs, Reclaiming, and others. It was full-on parade starting at Mission and Steuart, proceeding to Yerba Buena Gardens, UN Plaza, 16th Street BART plaza, and ending at Dolores Park. It started in the rain and ended in beautiful sunshine. Maybe 1,000 people joined in, all without permits, and about a dozen different performances were...
Topics: performance, parade, MayDay, dissent, anarchy, Emma Goldman, Shaping San Francisco, Rememberator,...
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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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Saul Bloom of ARC/Ecology in San Francisco describes his history as a Greenpeace staffer and early involvement in anti-nuke politics, with a focus on the campaign to stop the homeporting of the USS Missouri in San Francisco in the 1980s. The USS Missouri, during Reagan's administration, was slated to be redesigned to carry cruise missiles and thus become a first-strike launching pad for nuclear war.
Topics: Nuclear weapons, nukes, anti-nuke, USS Missouri, homeporting, Fleet Week
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For decades the San Francisco Bay Area has been a hub for the recycling movement. Despite the lack of surviving community recycling centers, the Bay Area is still home to a unique community of recyclers who push the envelope of possibilities.
Topics: Recycling, Ecology, Documentary, Reuse
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Excerpted from the Ecology Emerges interview with Susan Swift. She is a former Abalone Alliance staffer who grew disaffected and resigned a year after the big Diablo Canyon direct action campaign, in part due to the inability of the Abalone Alliance to make alliances with organized labor,or to even consider the plight of folks who couldn't easily take days of their lives to sit in jails, or camp out in protest, etc.
Topics: Abalone Alliance, ecology, anti-nuclear, labor, tactics
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The “Language of Water” is a vision to retrofit strategic locations of the Islais Creek Watershed to reduce flood risk and invest in real resiliency from sea level rise, drought, flooding and demonstrating the state of the art practices available to the agency or the cities. This proposal includes plans to create multi-purpose, distributed infrastructure for water supply, wastewater and stormwater treatment and the incorporation of creek daylighting and floodable spaces that make room for...
Topics: sewers, sewerage, composting toilets, Hetch Hetchy, rainwater, graywater, black water, Islais...
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Julie Hernandez, IPOC member and Shellmound Peace Walker is interviewed by Jacob Sheynin about her experiences on the 4-5 Peace Walks that have taken place over the past few years.
Topics: indigenous, IPOC, shellmounds, native american, peace
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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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Longtime activist Charlie Hinton continues the second part of his oral history, describing his re-engagement with activism in 1992 as part of the public campaign against the 500th anniversary of the landing of Columbus. From there he goes to Haiti and begins a decades-long effort to support the people of Haiti against the depradations of US power. He also connects with prisoners in Pelican Bay State Prison and eventually pens a one-man show about solitary confinement. And much more!
Topics: Columbus, indigenous rights, Haiti, Nicaragua, Chile, prisons, solitary confinement, San Quentin...
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New Deal promotional film for work undertaken in the state of Michigan. 
Topics: WPA, New Deal, Michigan
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El Polín Spring and the area around it is a great example of how National Park stewardship has brought history to life. Follow the water through MacArthur Meadow, the Tennesee Hollow watershed, to the Crissy Field marshes—including the newly restored Quartermaster Reach. With Lew Stringer, Joel Pomerantz, LisaRuth Elliott, and Chris Carlsson.
Topics: water, restoration, Presidio, Crissy Field, Tennessee Hollow, MacArthur Meadow, Quartermaster...
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In February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: The Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video, offering a short account of the epic Los Siete de la Raza case in 1969-70 and the movement that arose out of it, is the 12th of just over a dozen "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and an additional 44 "stops" in five walking tours in the appendix) turned into short videos. I hope it will...
Topics: Los Siete de la Raza, Los Siete, Committee to Defend Los Siete, latino, latina, Mission District,...
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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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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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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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Judy Davis, a veteran worker at Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco, reminisces about her earlier days in San Francisco, her life at the venerable cooperative grocery store from its first location near 16th and Valencia, through their time on 15th and Mission, and finally to their current location on Division and Folsom... through the trials and tribulations among workers, customers, and the City.
Topics: Rainbow Grocery Cooperative, workers coops, cooperatives, co-op grocery stores, Mission District,...
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In February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video looks at the long debate over whether there was a fresh water lake in the Mission, confused with the tidal lagoon called Laguna Dolores. It is the 15th and final of just over a dozen short videos of "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and an additional 44 "stops" in five walking tours in the...
Topics: Laguna Dolores, fresh water lake, Mission Dolores, Mission district, creeks, aquifers, tidal inlet,...
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A brief aerial glimpse of the Mission Bay railyards in 1963. This is a short excerpt from the Prelinger Archives' "Lost Landscapes #1" which was originally launched as part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks series in 2006.
Topics: Mission Bay, railroads, rail, aerial, 1963, industry, Mission Creek
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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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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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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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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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Carlo Middione, who arrived in North Beach as a young man in the mid-1950s, describes what going to the Black Cat was like in those early years of his time in San Francisco.
Topics: Black Cat, gay bars, Jose Sarria, bohemian, North Beach
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San Francisco native Darrell Rogers (b. 1945 in the Fillmore) describes his childhood experience of a friendly policeman named Eddie who helped him transition from the black school in the Fillmore where he started to the white school (Argonne Elementary) in the Richmond where he moved in 1954. But his childhood experiences, while still influential, are ultimately unraveled by the casual but brutal racism that characterizes the relationship between white police officers and black citizens.
Topics: police, San Francisco Police, racism, police brutality
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Retired Secretary-Treasure of ILWU Local 10 Herb Mills gives an entertaining and eloquent description of the labor process of longshoring pre-containerization, detailing how the solidarity and moral cohesion of the men was created through their shared labor in the holds of ships and on docks along San Francisco's industrial waterfront. Interviewed in 1996 by Chris Carlsson and Steve Stallone for the Shaping San Francisco prjoect.
Topics: longshoremen, longshoring, dockers, dock work, ILWU, winches, hoists, cranes, solidarity
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Dr. Gray Brechin describes how Berkeley was founded along the banks of Strawberry Creek and how the University and local businesses came to use the waterway.
Topics: urban creeks, daylighting, Strawberry Creek, UC Berkeley, Berkeley
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Sarah Brandt is a San Francisco public school teacher and lifelong City dweller, who is currently being Ellis Act evicted from her Mission District apartment, alongside her 98 year old neighbor, Mary Elizabeth (M.E. or Emmy) Phillips. Emmy has lived in her home for over 40 years.  The original footage was captured on January 17, 2014 as part of a storytelling circle called "Campfire: Eviction Ghost Stories and Other Housing Horrors." This mini-clip is part of a series of mini-clips...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Sarah Brandt, Mary Phillips,...
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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,...