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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes how he worked with the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) in the early 1960s during the lengthy anti-discrimination campaigns that targeted the Palace Hotel, supermarkets, Mel's Drive-in, Auto Row, and other locales in San Francisco. It was a time when racial discrimination in employment was the rule in liberal SF.
Topics: CORE, Congress on Racial Equality, picket lines, Lucky's, Safeway, Mel's Drive-in, Palace Hotel,...
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers remembers the Hunter's Point uprising in the wake of the police shooting of Matthew Johnson.
Topics: Hunter's Point Riot, Hunter's Point, Bayview, uprising, rebellion, 1966, national guard, Mayor...
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes how he met the Panthers of San Francisco, and the Oakland-based Black Panthers, and the ways the two were different, and ultimately came to influence each other.
Topics: Black Panthers, Oakland, civil rights, black power
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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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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 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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San Francisco native Darrell Rogers (b. 1945 in the Fillmore) describes the civil disobedience he participated in with 18 other young men in 1970 when the SF Police Department tried to impose a new mandatory ID card on all black males between 16-25 years old, ostensibly to help their investigation into the mysterious Zebra killings.
Topics: Zebra killers, apartheid, ID cards, African American, black San Francisco, 1970, SF Police...
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes the exciting and incomparable "scene" at Hippie Hill, where he was a dancer during the mid-1960s, and was in the middle of the cultural experiments of the period.
Topics: Hippie Hill, African dance, 1965, acid, LSD, Golden Gate Park, hippies, beatniks
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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...
Topics: queer, gay, homosexual, history, historiography, assimiliationism, essentialism, Cockettes, Charles...
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Ruth Gravanis, longtime San Francisco ecological activist and former board member of San Francisco Tomorrow and Mission Creek Conservancy, along with Karen Pickett, original member of the Berkeley Ecology Center's recycling program, as well as a longtime participant in Earth First! and forest preservation campaigns, both tell important stories about the history of recycling in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Topics: recycling, ecology, Ecology Emerges, Berkeley Ecology Center, Brisbane, incinerator, NIMBY
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Taxi driver Mat Callahan gives us a tour of San Francisco and his takes on labor, politics, culture, and community.
Topics: Tour, San Francisco
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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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From the Prelinger Archives Lost Landscapes of San Francisco programs, a harrowing ride onto an on-ramp of the Embarcadero Freeway in 1957 before the skyway was complete or open... hold on to your hat! (no audio)
Topics: Embarcadero freeway, 1957, San Francisco, waterfront, highways
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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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Peter Berg, an original San Francisco Digger, describes how their ubiquitous poster image called "1% Free" came to be, detailing the origin of the photo, the soruce of 1% in the Hells Angels at the time, and the production and distribution of the poster itself.
Topics: Diggers, Peter Berg, 1% Free, Free, Hells Angels, Chinatown, Arnold Genthe
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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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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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A WWII-era view of the corner of 20th and 3rd Streets, near the Bethlehem shipyards during the peak of wartime production. A close look at the working class as it is coming and going from the busiest industrial site in San Francisco, grabbing streetcars and crossing the street, a slice of life. 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: Shipyards, working class, WWII, wartime production, commuting, Dogpatch, Bethlehem Shipyards
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Oscar Grande, organizer with PODER in the Mission, talks about the promises and perils of the organizing effort to create In Chan Kajaal park at 17th and Folsom. The interview took place before construction on the park had begun, but it is now open, as of Summer 2017.
Topics: parks, Recreation & Park Dept., immigration, Mayan, housing, organizing, public space
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Original San Francisco Digger Kent Minault was invited to Berkeley to meet someone to talk about a book on Black America... he was introduced to Huey Newton of the Black Panthers and an entirely different meeting took place instead.
Topics: Diggers, Black Panthers, free food, free breakfast program, Oakland, Berkeley, police, police...
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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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Silent footage from the Prelinger Archive of streetcars and the Belt Line railroad in San Francisco in the 1920s.
Topics: streetcars, Belt Line Railroad, Market Street, 1920s, White Front cars, Roar of the Four
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Raw footage of 1976 San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade on Polk Street. The Gay Latino Alliance (GALA) contingent passes through at a certain point. Original footage courtesy Oddball films ( https://www.oddballfilms.com/clip/90003_42756_02)
Topics: Gay, Lesbian, Freedom Day Parade, 1970s, 1976, Polk Street, Polk Gulch
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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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edited from silent footage from the Prelinger Archive to collect the images of Powell Street cable car turnaround and some shots going up and down Powell too.
Topics: Powell Street, cable cars, 1920s
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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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From the PRelinger Archive's silent footage of San Francisco in the 1920s, this is an edited excerpt featuring the ferries and Ferry Building
Topics: Ferries, Ferry Buildilng, San Francisco
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Osento Bathhouse. Amelia’s. Artemis Cafe. Old Wives Tales. Modern Times Bookstore. Names and functions of these venues have changed, but they are part of the living memory of Valencia Street. Long before it descended into the white tablecloth, boutique-filled, gentrified peculiarity of today, the Valencia Street corridor was a hotbed of radical feminism and lesbian culture. LisaRuth Elliott moderates a conversation with some of the women who helped create the important sites and undergirded...
Topics: Lesbians, sex, nightlife, bars, cafes, bookstores, Valencia Street, Women, Women's Building,...
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Former Redevelopment Agency official Carlo Middione describes working for notorious Agency head Justin Herman and what he was really like.
Topics: Redevelopment Agency, Justin Herman, SFRDA, urban politics
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A silent bike ride around the top of Bayview Hill in San Francisco. Views to all directions, and a full circumnavigation of the upper road.
Topics: Bayview Hill, bicycling, views, San Francisco, Visitacion Valley, Hunter's Point
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Silent footage from the Prelinger Archive, edited to focus on Chinatown, with a few seconds of Chinatown Telephone operators working their switchboards.
Topics: Chinatown, Telephone operators, switchboards, San Francisco, 1920s
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A short film clip from Greta Snider's Hard Core Home Movie .  Used by permission of the artist Greta Snider.
Topics: Snider, Film
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Harry Hay was labor, human, and gay rights advocate in the 1930's through his death in 2002.  He organized the Mattachine Society and the Radical Faeries , a loosely-affiliated gay spiritual movement.
Topics: Hay, Gay, Human, Rights
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70 years ago the United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco, one of the most significant — and forgotten — moments in local history. How did the UN relate to the 1939 Treasure Island world’s fair, and why was its HQ not built in San Francisco or Marin as planned? The UN was the last of President Roosevelt’s attempts to extend his New Deal to the world. Dr. Gray Brechin examines what has happened to the UN in a new century of perpetual war.
Topics: New Deal, Depression, FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, social security, WPA, PWA, CWA,...
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A short movie clip from Craig Baldwin's film Sonic Outlaws.  Used by permission and courtesy of Craig Baldwin.
Topics: Documentary, Negativland, Craig Baldwin
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Ruth Mahaney and Molly Martin, interviewed  in late 2018 and early 2019 respectively, remember early encounters with feminist bookstores and lesbian printing.
Topics: bookstores, printing presses, printshops, lesbians, gay, Modern Times
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Animation showing Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley before and after inundation, with a quote from John Muir
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Topics: John Muir, Hetch Hetchy, San Francisco water system
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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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Roberta Bobba, longtime owner of Jug's Liquors at Market and Church, as well as a number of other establishments over the years, interviewed in 2018 at her apartment in Alameda, and Molly Martin, interviewed in early 2019 in San Francisco, offer contrasting memories on the impact of AIDS on their lives, on the lesbian community, and San Francisco.
Topics: AIDS, HIV, death, epidemic, survival, Valencia Rose, Josie's Cabaret, comedy, Gay Men's Chorus
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A short clip of San Francisco Mime Troupe performers in Washington Square and traipsing through North Beach in costume in 1965. Excerpted from an educational project by Kiley Erickson, strictly for educational purposes only.
Topics: San Francisco Mime Troupe, commedia dell'arte, Diggers, 1960s, North Beach
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A short film clip from Greta Snider's Our Gay Brothers .  Used by permission of the artist Greta Snider.
Topics: Snider, Film
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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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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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Artists’ Television Access (ATA) was founded in 1984 by artist John Martin and Marshall Weber. Originally a quirky art warehouse space called the Weber/Marshall Gallery located on 8th Street in the SOMA district. Due to a fire in 1986, the gallery moved to 992 Valencia Street in San Francisco in the Mission District and was renamed the Artists’ Television Access. It has shown underground movies, videos, and performance art.  Filmmaker Craig Baldwin provides a history and an insight into...
Topics: ATA, SOMA, Mission District, underground, media
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A short clip of Craig Baldwin's film Tribulation 99 .  Used by permission and courtesy of Craig Baldwin.
Topics: sci-fi, Craig Baldwin
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The 3% Solution Campaign, a summer sustainer drive to support Shaping San Francisco as a public utility providing essential history to the city of San Francisco: walking and bicycle tours, public Talks (both live and archived online at shapingsf.org), and our ever-expanding archive of local history at foundsf.org.
Topics: history, Shaping San Francisco, FoundSF.org, sustainers, 3 percent solution, fundraising campaign
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Herb Mills, retired Secretary-Treasurer of ILWU Local 10, describes here the solidarity among longshoremen on the job which gives rise to moral actors, reinforcing an ethical system of mutual respect and mutual aid that was the underpinning of the longshore union during its heyday from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Topics: longshoremen, ILWU, morality, solidarity, cooperation, mutual aid
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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 the "Rosie The Riveter" national monument in Richmond, California.
Topics: World War II, Rosie the Riveter, women, women's work, liberty ships, Richmond, Kaiser shipyards
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Molly Martin, interviewed in February 2019, and Ruth Mahaney, interviewed in December 2018, speak about their memories of lesbian bars in the 1970s and 1980s.
Topics: lesbians, LGBTQ, bars, dykes, butch dykes, fights, Amelia's, Scott's, Kelly's, Mission District...
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Greta Snider is an experimental filmmaker whose work ranges from a variety of subjects and aesthetics. From a DIY documentary style with films such as Hard Core Home Movie and Portland , to collage essay films with Futility.  She has used both aesthetics in films No-Zones, Our Gay Brothers, and Blood Story .  She is currently a tenured Professor of Cinema at San Francisco State University.
Topics: Snider, experimental, films
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Not only have the Balkans been obliterated by NATO 'humanitarian intervention', eviscerated by imposed neoliberal economic restructuring, and their peoples, particularly the Roma gypsy flung to the corners of the earth, but they've suffered the indignities of centuries of lies, caricature, distortion, and misinformation. Here to discuss, disturb and offer a gentle corrective or two, is a panel of folks from the Balkans and its environs including Andrej Grubacic, Yugoslav author, most recently,...
Topics: PM Press, Yugoslavia, Balkans, Roma, Gypsy, European history, Shaping San Francisco, SSF,...
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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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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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An interview \with Rene Yañez about his long and important role in bringing Frida Kahlo back to prominence, first in San Francisco and then nationally... 
Topics: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, art, popular art, SFMOMA, gallery, commercialization, commodification,...
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Retired Secretary-Treasurer Herb Mills (ILWU Local 10) talks about the "old days" on the waterfront, both from the point of view of the longshoremen who came out of the notorious "shape-up"of the 1920s and found dignity and respect and good wages via the union, but also the scene along the waterfront in those long-lost days... saloons, bars, cafes, diners, peep shows, hotels, meeting rooms... crowded with people coming and going from near and far, a lively and forgotten...
Topics: waterfront, City Front, longshoremen, ILWU, dockworkers
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Rosey Jencks, 12-year veteran of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, specializing in water infrastructure, gives a basic overview of the history and structure of the sewage system and watersheds in San Francisco.
Topics: sewers, watershed, box sewers, landfill, wetlands
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"The past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make." - William Morris With the apparent end of one era and the dawning of a new â and unknown one â we thus turn our attention to the question of inheritance and new generations. We want to think about the way political generations form, and whether the experience of past generations can play a useful role in this. How do those who have been through previous generations of...
Topics: anti-globalization, activism, summits, Free Association, radical politics, PM Press, Shaping SF,...
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Regina Alioto describes her great-grandfather Pietro Alioto and his successful candy and ice cream store on Lombard and Mason in San Francisco.
Topics: Italian, Alioto, North Beach, Prohibition
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A short film clip from Greta Snider's Portland .  Used by permission of the artist Greta Snider.
Topics: Snider, Film
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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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International volunteers rushed to Spain in 1936 after General Francisco Franco led a military coup against the Spanish Republic.  Adam Hochschild , author of  Spain In Our Hearts , brings to life remarkable characters in this bloody and bitter conflict that consumed Spain for 3 years. 80 years ago this spring the conflict ended, leaving the country under three decades of military dictatorship.
Topics: Revolution, Barcelona, Madrid, Spain, Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, FDR, Franklin Roosevelt,...
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Regina Alioto and her mother Josephine Firpo-Alioto describe how Frank Alioto (father and husband) worked with the Coast Guard during WWII and had to enforce the ban on non-citizen Italian fishermen going to sea. Further descriptions reveal the arbitrary and unfair treatment of Italians by the U.S. government during the WWII period.
Topics: WWII, Fisherman's Wharf, coast guard, fishing ban, Italians, Italian Americans, POWs
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Louise Fields, whose father once owned a thriving bookshop on Polk Street, describes her memories of life in that part of town, in the bookstore, and various other moments in her life.
Topics: books, bookstore, Polk Street, Polk gulch, philosophy, Polk Gulch Fair, beatniks
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Former Redevelopment official Carlo Middione describes his views on the relationship between the Redevelopment Agency, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and African-American churches during the 1960s.
Topics: redevelopment, ILWU, churches, housing politics, 1960s, African American pastors, patronage...
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Longtime activist Nina Serrano describes how she became a poet and writer and a contributor (along with her husband and son) to the San Francisco Good Times  newspaper... and how it led her to reclaim her original last name!
Topics: journalism, poetry, 1960s, Good Times, underground press, feminism
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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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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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The final Urban Forum: Walk n Talk of Spring 2022, we started at CCSF and heard from longtime Labor Studies chair Bill Shields, followed by Marcy Rein, co-author of the 2020 book Free City (PM Press). Then we walked through the historic installation near the MUNI turnaround, down Ocean Avenue, along Urbano to the Urbano Sundial, and ended at San Francisco State University where we heard from Katynka Martinez, chair of Latino/Latina Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies. Other stories...
Topics: CCSF, SFSU, accreditation, teachers unions, faculty strikes, San Francisco State strike, 1968-68,...
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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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From her conservative upbringing in the Midwest, Ruth Mahaney became a stalwart in San Francisco's left and lesbian communities in the last decades of the 20th century. This oral history traces her early days in the New Left and feminist movements to her arrival and coming out in San Francisco, her many years as a teacher and professor, member of the Modern Times Bookstore collective, as well as her memories of the Lesbian community in and around Valencia Street.
Topics: lesbian, anti-war, New Left, Valencia Street, Modern Times Bookstore, feminism
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Interviewed as part of the 2011 Ecology Emerges project, Doris Sloan, professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, here recounts her early involvement in the unprecedented campaign to halt the construction of a nuclear power plant on the San Andrea Fault in Bodega Bay, California in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Topics: Nuclear power, Bodega Bay, PG&E, plate tectonics, community involvement, public participation,...
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As protests erupted across the U.S. in the wake of the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, San Francisco also hit the streets. This video captures but a tiny fraction of the enormous outpouring of anger and protest that spilled across the City and the Bay Area more broadly. Here is footage of the June 3 protest organized by high school students at Mission High School, followed by June 5's George Floyd Memorial Ride done in Critical Mass style, and finally on June...
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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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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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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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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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Longtime artist and curator Rene Ya ñez describes how in 1972 he and his colleague Ralph Maradiaga helped launch the San Francisco version of Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) by putting an altar in front of the Galeria de la Raza at the time. Since then, the event has expanded and in some ways has changed its character. Rene has moved on to curating for many years an annual show of Day of the Dead altars at SOMARTS, while the procession he helped initiate in the late 1980s has become an...
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Revolutionary and journalist John Ross describes the efforts of Mission Rebels and militants of the Progressive Labor Party to blockade the Mission Armory in solidarity with the uprising in Hunter's Point.
Topics: Hunter's Point riot, 1966, Armory, Mission Rebels, Progressive Labor Party
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Judy Goldhaft is a cofounder of Planet Drum Foundation in San Francisco, and was previously one of the band of radicals known as the San Francisco Diggers. She also helped start the Frisco Bay Mussel Group in the late 1970s and has been in the middle of the emeregnce of bioregionalism. She is interviewed here as part of the wide-ranging "Ecology Emerges" oral histories of the early ecology movement, traversing the era from the 1950s-60s all the way to the present.
Topics: Diggers, Planet Drum, ecology, bioregionalism, Frisco Bay Mussel Group, water, peripheral canal
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Women In Resistance, a new mural recently completed in Balmy Alley, is honored along with a series of posters by the Poster Syndicate featuring each of the several dozen women subjects of the mural. A panel discussion moderated by Lucia Gonzalez Ippolito and Natasha Kohli featured Nanci Pili Hernandez, Lara Kiswani, Nina Parks, and Cecilia Chung, was held at AlleyCat Books on 24th Street in San Francisco on Sept. 27, 2019. The discussion is joined in progress, when Nanci is discussing her...
Topics: justice, racism, unity, feminism, murals, heroes, heroines, transgender, politics, organizing
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Alvin Duskin and Jerry Mander describe the amazing story of Lamar Hunt's attempt to purchase Alcatraz from San Francisco in the late 1960s, and how they stopped it.
Topics: Alcatra, Apollo 8, Victorian San Francisco, Oil Terminal, Lamar Hunt
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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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Our Walk-n-Talk Urban Forum visited the top of Bayview Hill where we circumnavigated the peak on the old cement road, stopping at both west and east ends for stories explaining the layers of history that shaped the surrounding landscapes. After the loop we made our way down and across the neighborhood to visit Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, where we were surprised by a serendipitous appearance of a Park Ranger who filled us in on some of the fauna out there. Eventually we walked out...
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Experimental filmmaker Craig Baldwin talks film and video aesthetics.
Topics: Baldwin, film, video, aesthetics
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silent footage from the Prelinger Archive, edited to focus on the parts about Pacific Trade and the footage of longshoring, probably from the 1920s.
Topics: Globalization, world trade, San Francisco, longshoring, dockers, piers, shipping, bananas, copra,...
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Grandview Peak offers incredible views of western San Francisco, the ocean, and Marin County. We navigate southward along the side of Golden Gate Heights to discover wildlife corridors, tiled staircases, and more.With LisaRuth Elliott, co-director of Shaping San Francisco, and Alyssa Pun, Stewardship Coordinator for Nature in the City.
Topics: Grandview Peak, Rocky Outcrop Park, Golden Gate Heights, Quintara Stairs, Sunset, Green Hairstreak...
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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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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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Craig Baldwin is a San Francisco experimental filmmaker.  He was born in Oakland, California and created his own found footage style of filmmaking in such works as Wild Gunman (1978), RocketKitKongoKit (1986), Tribulation 99 (1991, O No Coronado! (1992), Sonic Outlaws (1995), Spectres of the Spectrum (1999), and Mock Up on Mu (2008).
Topics: Experimental, Films Bruce Conner, Craig Baldwin
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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...
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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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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.
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In lieu of our normal walking tour, given the stay-at-home order issued in San Francisco in early December 2020, we put our tour together on video today (in the rain!) and share it here...
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Francis Calpotura describes the importance of an identity-based organization, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, in organizing communities around environmental justice concerns.
Topics: environmental justice, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, APEN, Asian American, identity politics
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Energy Plan for the Western Man: Art after Capitalism Round table discussion with  Elizabeth Thomas (curator), Sylvie Denis (author), Keith Hennessy (artist), and Andrew Mount (artist), Praba Pilar (artist/educator) at Shaping San Francisco, Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics (518 Valencia St, SF) Part of the "Imagining Post-Capitalism" Festival. Each of the participant’s practice and individual work will be framed with an accent on the post-capitalist future. Largely...
Topics: Art, performance, improvisation, Joseph Beuys
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Oscar Grande, longtime organizer at PODER, describes growing up in the Excelsior to a Salvadoran immigrant family, and how the connections between the Excelsior, outer Mission and Mission Districts remained strong throughout his youth.
Topics: immigration, Salvadoran, El Salvador, Levi's, seamstress, Mission, Catholic Church
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Bicycling, Immigration and Neoliberalism: Oscar Grande, organizer with PODER in the Mission, talks about the problems of bicycling politics, who speaks for bicycling, who actually bicycles and why, and how the issues surrounding class identity affects the broader environmental movements.
Topics: greenwashing, greenmail, neoliberalism, LEED standards, bicycling, immigration, equity, social...
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A "Walk and Talk," featuring Lew Springer (assoc. director of Natural Resources at the Presidio National Park) and Joel Pomerantz (thinkwalks.org and Seep City), along with Shaping San Francisco hosts LisaRuth Elliott and Chris Carlsson. We began at the Crissy Field restoration, and followed the watershed up through the recently opened Quartermaster Reach, Thompson Reach, YMCA Reach, MacArthur Meadow, then up Lover's Lane and the Goldsworthy "Tree Line" before returning to...
Topics: wetlands, riparian corridor, marshes, restoration, habitat, species, National Parks, Presidio,...
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Experimental filmmaker Greta Snider talks about gender behind the camera.
Topics: Snider, experimental, film, gender
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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,...