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Shaping San Francisco
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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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by Peace Navy
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excerpt from documentary on Fleet Week created by the Peace Navy as part of their campaign against the event.
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Topics: Peace Navy, Fleet Week, anti-militarism
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by Chris Carlsson
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Footage shot from a canoe ride under the Bay Bridge takes a look back at the San Francisco waterfront from under the bridge.
Topics: Bay Bridge, SF Bay, waterfront
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in Michigan. County roads are graded and surfaced. Shows airports at Lansing and Detroit and emergency landing fields under construction. Women learn rug making and weaving. Braille books are made and proofread. A new state police headquarters is shown. Dramatizes the use of the police radio system in establishing road blocks to capture bank robbers. WPA and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) units battle a forest fire in the Upper Peninsula. Fire...
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Topics: Airports, Braille, Civilians, Forest fires, Highway construction, Michigan, Motion pictures,...
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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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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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by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA projects in Michigan. Reel 1, timber is cut and a tourist cabin floor laid near Calumet. Reel 2, Red Cross women in Detroit wrap bandages. Track for the Detroit Street Railway is installed. A storm sewer is constructed in Bay City. Shows a municipal garage at Grand Rapids under construction. Reel 3, CCC units repair a fish hatchery at Grayling (pond beds are dug, concrete sides constructed, and fish transferred). A Detroit street is widened. A WPA orchestra plays. Shows a Department of...
Topics: American Red Cross (02/12/1978 - ), Braille, Bridges, Buildings, Civilians, Fishes, Highway...
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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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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
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Students at Evander Childs High School, New York City, paint a mural depicting the history of western civilization. Reel 1, the materials (slaked lime, marble dust, and pigments) are prepared. Preliminary and full-size drawings and perforated tracings are made. The design is pounded through the perforations onto a recently plastered wall. Reel 2, the design lines are intensified and pigments applied and dried. Shows the finished mural. National Archives Identifier: 12368 Local Identifier: 69.55...
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Topics: Motion pictures, Mural painting and decoration, New York (N.Y.), Living New Deal
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Experimental filmmaker Craig Baldwin talks film and video aesthetics.
Topics: Baldwin, film, video, aesthetics
Living New Deal Project
by Rural Electrification Administration, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
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RURAL ELECTRIFICATION IN OHIO features three films commissioned by Rural Electrification Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and created by legendary filmmakers Pare Lorentz and Joris Ivens. The landmark 1940 documentary Power and the Land tells the story of the Parkinson family, farmers in rural Ohio who electrified their farm with the help of a REA loan. Before electrification, work was done in old-fashioned, manual-labor intensive ways—water was carried by hand from the...
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Topics: Pare Lorentz, rural electrification, farms, electricity, horsepower, water
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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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by Chris Carlsson
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Sea Lions cavort on piers facing San Francisco's Pier 39.
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Topics: Sea Lions, Pier 39, Tourism
Shaping San Francisco
by Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue
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excerpted from a documentary prepared by the Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue, showing the battles that took place in the late 1980s between anti-abortion direct action groups like OR, and women who defended clinics against them.
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Topics: abortion, women, Operation Rescue
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Silent footage of picketers marching through the streets and attacking a scab-driven streetcar at Haight and Buchanan during violent 1917 streetcar strike.
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Topics: Streetcar strike, URR, 1917
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by Chris Carlsson
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footage of 1994 Carnival in SF proceeding on 24th Street.
Topics: Carnival, Mission, Music
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by Shaping San Francisco
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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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by Social Security Board
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Describes the aims of the recently inaugurated federal social security program: to provide economic assistance to the blind, the aged, and orphaned children, and to work with state agencies in establishing workmen's unemployment compensation systems. National Archives Identifier: 11290 Local Identifier: 47.25 Creator(s): Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Social Security Administration. Office of Public Affairs. (04/11/1953 - 05/04/1980) (Most Recent) From: Series : Assorted Motion...
Topics: Social Security, Living New Deal, Motion Pictures
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) public works. Reel 1, highways and streets are graded and paved. A concrete bed is laid for an Atlantic City reservoir. Shows airports at Newark, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia under construction. Buildings are razed in slum clearance projects. A sewerage project is completed. Reel 2, traffic control studies are made. Auto drivers are given fitness tests. Trachoma patients in rural areas are examined by traveling nurses and taken to WPA...
Topics: Airports, Architecture, Atlantic City (N.J.), Chicago (Ill.), Cleveland (Ohio), Department of...
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by FoundSF
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Set of interview clips with Bay Area activist Bruce Hartford (1 of 2)
Topic: SF State Strike, San Francisco, Activism
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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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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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by Chris Carlsson
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Herb Mills, former secretary-treasurer of Local 10 ILWU, describes the role of containerization in the global economy.
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Topics: containerization, longshoring, globalization
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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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by Chris Carlsson
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Lifelong Bernal Heights resident George Will describes growing up in the marshland near the Old Clam House on Bayshore Blvd. in the 'teens.
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Topics: Islais Creek, wetlands, Bernal Heights
Shaping San Francisco
by Mike Kavanaugh, MaryEllen Churchill, and Kathy Katz
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A 47-minute documentary about San Francisco's "The Farm," which was a remarkable urban laboratory and creative space, in addition to being a farm with animals, vegetables, fruit trees, farmers, circus performers, discussions, performance, punk rock shows, and much much more...
Topics: The Farm, Jack Wickert, Bonnie Ora Sherk, urban farming, urban gardening, circus, children,...
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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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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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by Chris Carlsson
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Pelicans soar across the water in front of the San Francisco skyline.
Topics: pelicans, SF Bay, waterfront
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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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by Matthew Chong
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A medley of images from Fleet Week in San Francisco by Matthew Chong
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Topics: Fleet Week, militarism, patriotism, San Francisco
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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,...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) dam construction. Rock and sand is removed from the site of the Grand Coulee Dam. Steel reinforcement is erected for an earth dam at Fort Peck, Montana. Shows general construction scenes at Boulder Dam, and the packet boat Mark Twain on the Mississippi. Steel reinforcements for the Bonneville Dam are set in place. Concrete is poured and spread. Obstructions are removed with dynamite. National Archives Identifier: 12332 Local Identifier: 69.16 Creator(s):...
Topics: Dams, Military bases, Mississippi, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
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We traverse the grounds of the old military base and discover histories of farms, soldiers, abolitionists, and a lost lagoon. From the Fontana Towers to Aquatic Park we discuss urban development, ecology, slavery, World’s Fairs, and militarism. There are some sound issues in a few spots, but mostly it's clearly audible.
Topics: Fort Mason, anti-slavery, Duel, slavery, Indian slavery, Panama-Pacific International Exposition,...
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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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Animation dramatizing the choice between "prosperity" and "anarchy, sedition, and lawlessness" in 1916
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Topics: Tom Mooney, Preparedness Day, bomb
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by Chris Carlsson
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"Diamond Dave" Whitaker recites his Digger poem
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Topics: Diamond Dave Whitaker, Diggers, counterculture
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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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by Warner Brothers
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1933, 7 minutes A Songwriter falls asleep while writing a song about the NRA. He dreams that Washington, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt appear in his room asking him why he wants to write such a song and they're reassuring him that FDR is the right way. When he starts singing his new song, he finds himself alone, but he knows that the FDR will lead the USA back on the road to prosperity. The Road Is Open Again containing a song of the same name was a short subject produced by Warner Brothers in...
Topics: NRA, New Deal, Depression, 1930s, Franklin Roosevelt, Living New Deal
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by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On NYA activities in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Reel 1, Puerto Rican children and young men idle on street corners and in saloons. NYA youths hoe corn, gather tomatoes, transplant seedlings, and drain mosquito-infested ditches. Girls assist nurses. Reel 2, Puerto Rican girls donate blood and work in a selective service office. Boys do woodwork, grade a road, and level an airstrip at Losey Field, P.R. Reel 3 (color) shows aerial and ground views of coastline, flowers, and cities in the...
Topics: Agriculture, Cooperative, Air bases, Highway construction, Motion pictures, Nurses, Puerto Rico,...
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by Chris Carlsson
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Seal Rock off the Cliff House, the ocean roaring around it.
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Topics: Seal Rock, Pacific Ocean, Cliff House view
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by Chris Carlsson
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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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Topics: ILWU, hiring hall, longshoremen
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by Mary Ellen Churchill
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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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Topics: strike, restaurant workers, Local 2
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by Mary Ellen Churchill
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Alejandro Murguia, who fought in the 1978 Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, describes the role San Francisco played in the uprising.
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Topics: Sandinistas, Nicaragua, Bernal Heights
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by n/a
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excerpt from William Mandel's testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee hearing at San Francisco City Hall, May 1960.
Topics: William Mandel, HUAC 1960, San Francisco City Hall
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by Shaping San Francisco
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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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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
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On theater projects of the Works Progress Administration. WPA theater units present vaudeville shows (comedy teams, dancers, singers), minstrel and marionette shows, Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, Macbeth with an all-Negro cast, and Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here at Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps, in parks, and in small-town theaters. Hollywood producer Adolph Zukor advises WPA theater officials. Shows brief scenes of costume designing, stage setting, and rehearsals....
Topics: Civilians, Motion pictures, Theater, Zukor Adolph 1873-1976, Living New Deal
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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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brief excerpt from a documentary on the Key System, which once ran trains across the Bay Bridge.
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Topics: Key System, Ferry Building, Bay trains
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by Mary Ellen Churchill
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A rank and file member of Local 2 denounces the rampant corruption and anti-democratic practices of the union leadership under Joe Belardi.
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Topics: Union democracy, rank and file, corruption
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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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by U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Adjustment Administration United States Film Service
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1942, 43 minutes Documentary showing the poor state that American agriculture had fallen into during the Great Depression. Flaherty made this documentary about the dire consequences of 100 years of over-production of cotton just as the USA was entering World War2, & it wasn't shown then, because it might give the enemy a propaganda advantage. In fact the musical score, which fills the entire 45 minutes of the film is as striking as the poetic imagery of the dust bowl, the indigent farmers,...
Topics: agriculture, farming, erosion, soil, Depression, 1930s, dust bowl, farmers, poverty, migration
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by Christian Bruno and Sam Green
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The 1969 San Francisco International Film Festival opens on the steps of City Hall, but is unexpectedly attacked by independent filmmakers with pies. This footage was long-lost and then found and made into a movie in the late 1990s.
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Topics: Film Festival, 1969, Pie Fight
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by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Rain water seeps beneath the earth's surface to form ground water. Diagrams the formation of artesian wells, hot springs, and geysers. "Old Faithful" in Yellowstone Park erupts. Describes the action of acid ground water in forming underground caverns, natural bridges, and petrified forests. Shows the Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico; Mammoth Cave, Kentucky; Natural Bridge, Virginia; and the petrified forests of Arizona. National Archives Identifier: 12343 Local Identifier: 69.29 *...
Topics: Artesian wells, Mammoth Cave (Ky.), Motion pictures, National parks and reserves, Natural Bridge...
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Andy Pollack came to San Francisco as a teen in the late 1960s and fell in with the Diggers for a time. Later he went to the New College Law School and became an alternative tax lawyer to hundreds. He was a director of The Farm in the early 1980s when it became a storied punk rock venue, he spent time in the far north of California at the infamous Black Bear compound (a Digger-ish back-to-the-land project), and much more... he has a unique perspective on what being "alternative" in...
Topics: underground, counterculture, hippies, pot, Diggers, New College, Law School, The Farm, punk rock,...
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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz interviewed by Chris Carlsson July 6, 1999, on 1970s Central American Solidarity Movements in San Francisco, their influence on and from the growing gay movement in the city.
Topics: Sandinistas, San Francisco, Gay Movement
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by Pathé News
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Original Pathe News newsreel footage describing the unfolding General Strike in breathless and fearsome tones. Another similar newsreel .
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Topics: Big Strike, 1934, newsreel
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by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Recruits selected to work under the Emergency Conservation Work (ECW) program arrive at Fort Washington, Virginia, and are then transported to ECW camps in various forest areas. The ECW members cut fire lanes, clear snag, erect telephone lines, thin timber areas, clear camping grounds, build fences around grazing lands, and combat erosion by building dams in gullies, terracing farm land, planting seedling trees, and filling gullies with brush. F.A. Silcox, Chief of the Forest Service, explains...
Topics: Forests and forestry, Military bases, Motion pictures, Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano),...
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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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This is a movie clip from Jay Rosenblatt's Human Remains .  Used by permission and courtesy of Jay Rosenblatt.
Topics: Jay Rosenblatt, Film
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by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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On State Parks of West Virginia. Reel 1, views of cities, factories, steel furnaces, hydroelectric plants, rivers, canals, and locks depict the State's industries and waterways. Shows Green Brier Hotel at White Sulphur Springs and the town of Berkeley. CCC men work in Lost River Park. Tourists ride horses, picnic at an outdoor table, and examine an old house. Children crippled by polio perform handicraft and sunbathe in Berkeley hospital. Reel 2, visitors to Cacapon State Park ride bicycles and...
Topics: Civilians, Deer, Fishing, Hotels, Motion pictures, Picnicking, Poliomyelitis, Swimming, Turkey,...
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by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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NYA boys learn to use machine tools at various residence centers in Illinois. The boys operate lathes and milling machines, learn to weld, make incubators in a sheet metal shop, pour steel into molds, do blacksmithing work, and attend classes in auto mechanics, mechanical drawing, and radio repairing. Includes views of the meals served and of recreational facilities at the centers (libraries, sports contests, and billiard tables). National Archives Identifier: 37250 Local Identifier: 119.29...
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Topics: Machine-tools, Motion pictures, Steel, Work, Living New Deal
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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...
Topics: Black Lives Matter, protest, skateboards, bicycles, racism, anti-racism, police brutality, police...
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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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by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Horses and tractors pull rolling cages from railroad flat cars as a circus is unloaded in an unidentified town. The cages are pulled to the circus lot. Elephants assist in the erection of the main tent. Shows aerial views of the circus grounds. Horses, camels, elephants, and a steam calliope appear in a formal street parade. National Archives Identifier: 12379 Local Identifier: 69.66 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) *...
Topics: Camels, Circus, Elephants, Horses, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
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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 role of working women in California campaign for women's suffrage in 1911. It is the 13th 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 appendix). I hope it will whet your appetite for both...
Topics: suffrage, women, women's right to vote, working women, waitresses, Maud Younger, 1911, progressive...
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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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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
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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A ballroom dance team, a dancing chorus, and various specialty dancers rehearse. Wardrobe and sets are designed, and a play rehearsed. Shows scenes from the play "Devil Passes" and general views of San Francisco. National Archives Identifier: 12373 Local Identifier: 69.60 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled 1931 - 1937 * Record Group 69: Records of the Work Projects...
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Topics: Dance, Motion pictures, San Francisco (Calif.), Theater, Living New Deal
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by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Documentary: On the Civilian Conservation Corps' restoration of Fort Frederick as a Maryland State Park. Locates Fort Frederick on the strip of Maryland between Pennsylvania and West Virginia, 15 miles from Hagerstown. Explains that during the Civil War, Indian War, and the Revolutionary War it was used to protect the railroads, canal and a road on the Virginia side of the Potomac. Men clear land and collect relics from the soil. National Archives Identifier: 11737 Local Identifier: 48.106...
Topics: Architecture, Civilians, Motion pictures, National parks and reserves, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On the visit of Their Majesties in June 1939. Scenes of the visit include the arrival at Union Station, a parade to the White House, and visits to the British Embassy and Mount Vernon. The King lays a wreath on the tomb of George Washington. National Archives Identifier: 37254 Local Identifier: 119.33 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration. (09/17/1942 - 01/01/1944) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture...
Topics: Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-, George VI King of Great Britain 1895-1952, Motion...
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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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by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Diagrams and time-lapse photography are used to show the life cycle of the pea plant. The seed sprouts, roots grow downward, and the stem upward, tentacles coil around a string for support, and the pea flower opens. Describes the fertilization of the egg cells, division of the seed, growth of the pod, and liberation of the seeds. National Archives Identifier: 12353 Local Identifier: 69.39 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) *...
Topics: Botany, Motion pictures, Living New Deal, pea plant
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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,...
Living New Deal Project
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A drop of water is studied under a microscope. Shows rotifers, protozoa, cilia, paramecia, bristle worms, and small snails. Describes the cilia's reproductive processes and the amoeba's digestion. National Archives Identifier: 12347 Local Identifier: 69.33 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled 1931 - 1937 * Record Group 69: Records of the Work Projects Administration, 1922 - 1944...
Topics: Motion pictures, water, protozoa, cilia, paramecia, worms, snails, Living New Deal
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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, daughter of a landless farmer and half-Indian mother. Her paternal grandfather, a white settler, farmer, and veterinarian, had been a labor activist and Socialist in Oklahoma with the Industrial Workers of the World in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The stories of her grandfather inspired her to lifelong social justice activism. Married at eighteen, she left with her husband for San Francisco, California, where she has lived most...
Topics: Dunbar-Ortiz, American Indian Movement (AIM), activism
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Artist Mona Caron describes the meaning of her mural along the newly christened Duboce Bikeway.
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Topics: murals, Duboce Bikeway, Mona Caron
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Documentary: Shows the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps on St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John and their beaches and palm trees. Locates Christiansted and Frediksted, the two largest cities on St. Croix. National Park Service sets up a CCC camp on the islands and employs natives for work projects; land irrigation, playground construction, tree planting. Show's tree nurseries at St. Croix's ECW Camp V-2. National Archives Identifier: 11736 Local Identifier: 48.105 Creator(s):...
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Topics: Architecture, Civilians, Department of the Interior. National Park Service. (1934 - ), Irrigation,...
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A short film clip from Greta Snider's Flight .  Used by permission of the artist Greta Snider.
Topics: Snider, Film
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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48.81 Mt. Rainier National Park, 1936 Civilian Conservation Corps workers transplant trees, break rocks, lay a cobblestone path, dig drainage ditches, and feed squirrels and a woodpecker in the park. Shows the snowcapped mountains and a close-up of "Pigeon Spring." National Archives Identifier: 11712 Local Identifier: 48.81 * Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse...
Topics: Civilians, Motion pictures, Mount Rainier National Park (Wash.), Mountains, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On NYA centers in Georgia and Alabama. Reel 1, Negro boys feed chickens and pigs, plow with tractors, landscape grounds, and repair dormitories at centers in Boligee, Ala., and in Dorchester, Ga. Girls prepare and serve meals, weave baskets, and make mattresses. Reel 2, boys construct chairs in a woodworking class at an Atlanta high school. Shows home economics classes, radio instruction, and shoe making courses at Georgia State College Girls cook meals, make dresses, and attend nursing classes...
Topics: Georgia State College (Atlanta, Ga.), Home economics, Landscape, Livestock, Motion pictures, Work,...
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by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Telephone lines are constructed between fire lookout stations in the national forests of the United States. Poles are creosoted, placed in position, and bolstered with guide wires. Wire is reeled out on the ground along the right-of-way and then raised on the poles by linemen. Includes shots of various methods of attaching the line to poles and to trees, of installing insulators, and of splicing wire. National Archives Identifier: 7410 Local Identifier: 33.525 Creator(s): Department of...
Topics: Motion pictures, Telephone, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA projects in Chicago. Sewer pipe is laid. Debris is cleared from the lake front. Animal skeletons are reconstructed in the Field Museum. Airport runways are lengthened and drainage ditches dug. Slum buildings are razed for a housing project. Shows scenes in parks and a zoo, auto accident scenes, cars being checked for defects, razing of unsafe grain elevators, playgrounds, and nursery school activities. National Archives Identifier: 12359 Local Identifier: 69.45 Creator(s): Federal Works...
Topics: Airports, Automobiles, Chicago (Ill.), Motion pictures, Nursery schools, Paleontology, Playgrounds,...
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in West Virginia. The Tri-County Airport at Clarksburg is graded. Streets in Morgantown are repaired. Shows remodeled buildings at Marshall College in Huntington, WPA sewing room activities, and nursery school scenes. County roads are graded and resurfaced near Helvetia. Shows mountain scenes, a fish hatchery at Ridge, and a new bridge at Charleston. Flood waters rage in 1936. Shows a new bridge at Petersburg and rebuilt flood walls and dikes....
Topics: Agriculture, Cooperative, Airports, Bridges, Fishes, Flood control, Floods, Highway construction,...
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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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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
Living New Deal Project
by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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The NYA trains girls to sew, to make military and civil defense posters and signs, to prepare food, and to assist in hospital work (feeding and massaging patients, sterilizing instruments, making x-ray pictures, etc.). Women learn to operate machine tools (drill presses, lathes, etc) in an airplane plant, to weld sheet metal, to solder and drill radio parts, and to inspect finished work. Eleanor Roosevelt introduces and narrates the film. National Archives Identifier: 37236 Local Identifier:...
Topics: Machine-tools, Motion pictures, Nurses, Roosevelt Eleanor 1884-1962, Welding, Women, Work, World...
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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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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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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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by Jeremy Kaller
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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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On WPA relief operations in New England. Reel 1, hurricane and tidal waves hit the Long Island coast in Dec. 1938. The hurricane and flood waters rage across New England. Derailed trains, felled trees, damaged homes, flooded streets, and other evidences of the catastrophe are shown. Coast Guard crews rescue stranded citizens. WPA and CCC units erect sandbag levees. Reel 2, WPA director Harry Hopkins arrives at Providence, R.I., to survey damage. WPA units deliver food and medical supplies by...
Topics: Civilians, Floods, Hopkins, Harry L. (Harry Lloyd) 1890-1946, Hurricanes, Long Island (N.Y.),...
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Civilian Conservation Corps units drain mosquito-infested swamps on Delaware farms by digging drainage ditches leading away from the marshy areas. Stagnant ponds and streams, mosquito breeding places, are freshened by pumping fresh water into the stagnant water areas. The fresh water kills the mosquito larvae. National Archives Identifier: 7396 Local Identifier: 33.486 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service. (01/02/1954 - 04/13/1970) (Most Recent) From: * Series :...
Topics: Delaware, Drainage, Motion pictures
Living New Deal Project
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1948, 21:10 minutes Produced by the US Dept. of the Interior Filmed by the Bonneville Power Administration Produced and Written by Stephen B. Kahn Songs by Woody Guthrie Congress had passed the Bonneville Project Act in 1937 to distribute the electricity generated at Bonneville and Grand Coulee dams on the Columbia River.  The law said publicly-created utilities had preference, or first choice, on that power; investor-owned utilities could buy any surplus. The law also provided a block of...
Topics: Bonneville Power Administration, Woody Guthrie, Columbia River, Washington, dams, power, rivers,...
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silent footage of a mass bike ride in Golden Gate Park in 1915 which was headed to the Panama-Pacific Int'l. Exposition.
Topics: bicycles, mass rides, 1915
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Civilian Conservation Corps members work in the national forests of California. Reel 1, a camp site is selected and tents are erected. CCC units fell snag, clear brush along fire lines, erect telephone lines, build a forest bridge, terrace denuded slopes, and construct check dams to control erosion. Reel 2, Ponderosa Way, a huge fire lane in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is cleared. Heavy equipment is used to construct a truck trail up Mt. Whitney. CCC units battle a forest fire with hand tools...
Topics: Civilians, Forest fires, Forests and forestry, Motion pictures, Mountains, National parks and...
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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