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Shaping San Francisco
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Longtime activist Charlie Hinton describes his arrival in San Francisco in 1971 and his subsequent involvement in Left and Gay politics, including being a member of Bay Area Gay Liberation (BAGL) from its founding in 1975 to its dissolution in 1979. He also covers the role of labor organizing, the Coors boycott, UFW solidarity, and the San Francisco Teachers' Union efforts to establish a gay curriculum. With a strong focus on anti-imperialist political organizing, Hinton describes the...
Topics: BAGL, Gay, Lesbian, LGBTQ, Bay Area Gay Liberation, anti-imperialism, Chilean solidarity,...
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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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Curt Sanford explores San Francisco's eastern shoreline by kayak, from approximately Mission Creek to Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. His look at the old industrial waterfront includes great histories of various buildings in the old Naval Shipyard, as well as a good history of the Grain Terminal in Islais Creek, along with amazing shots of mysterious tags in dark spaces, brilliant murals, images of pelicans and herons and seals and more! Based on a presentation he gave at Heron's Head...
Topics: kayak, shoreline, piers, Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard, Islais Creek, Ordnance Building, Heron's...
Shaping San Francisco
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Ed Dunne, longtime member of the Haight Ashbury Recycling Center, describes how he got involved, how the center works, and what some of the problems are of solid waste disposal.
Topics: recycling, HANC, Ed Dunne
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Women, Power, and the Vote:  1911 Suffrage to the 2018 Midterms Given the predictable buzz developing about the 2018 midterm elections and the predictions of a blue wave/a female wave, we want to convene a discussion rooted in history that can critically take on this frame of mind, especially in light of the recent election of London Breed and the likely re-election of Dianne Feinstein. It's not like we haven't had decades of powerful female politicians and leaders who have by and large done...
Topics: voting, elections, political power, grassroots, organizing, housing, race, gender, politicians,...
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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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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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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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by Adriana Camarena
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Zeph works as a cultural activist at the intersections of art, social justice, and the transgressive body. Since 2011, Zeph has helped move 35 friends due to eviction and has focused on creative direct action responding to the economic crisis and displacement. Zeph was evicted in 2012 along with 16 artists from the Million Fishes Collective, which used to stand at Bryant and 23rd. The spiritless office space that now inhabits the former collective space sits directly across from the infamous...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Zeph Fishlyn, CalHumanities,...
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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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Summer 2014 campaign video to gain long-term sustainers to support the ongoing work of Shaping San Francisco, a vital public utility (though seldom recognized as such) that provides a living archive of San Francisco, and by the project's very existence, holds down an important niche in the local cultural ecology of the City. Walking and Bicycle history tours, Public Talks both live and archived online, and the ever-expanding archive at Foundsf.org are irreplaceable treasures of San Francisco's...
Topics: history, politics, ecology, tours, bicycles, walking, fundraising, support, sustainers, 3% Solution
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by Adriana Camarena
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Benito Santiago is a disabled elder, musician, and public school teacher currently being Ellis Act evicted from his lifelong San Francisco home on Duboce Street. The original footage was captured on January 17, 2014 as part of a storytelling circle called "Campfire: Eviction Ghost Stories and Other Housing Horrors." This mini-clip is part of a series of mini-clips honoring fourteen City storytellers who shared their eviction horror stories that evening around the fire. Related event...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Benito Santiago, CalHumanities,...
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Jason Mark, editor of Earth Island Journal and an active farmer at the Alemany Farm in San Francisco, interviewed as part of the Shaping San Francisco "Ecology Emerges" oral history project. The project documents participants in the ecology movement in the San Francisco Bay over the past 50 years.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, urban agriculture, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental...
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Chuck Wollenberg  presents his new book  Rebel Lawyer  about Wayne Collins and his defense of Japanese-American rights during and after WWII. Novelist and essayist  Karen Tei Yamashita  shares her introduction to John Okada’s  No-No Boy , the only 1950s novel to reflect on the post-Internment experience among Japanese-American families.
Topics: Japanese Internment, WWII, racism, anti-Asian racism, Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese Exclusion,...
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Public Art and Murals: Controversy, Neglect, Restoration Not always seen by all as a public benefit, public art faces sometimes quiet neglect, sometimes outrage and controversy. Earlier this year, San Francisco Poet Laureate  Kim Shuck  brought attention to the appeal to remove the Pioneer Monument’s “Early Days” statue of a subjugated and emaciated indigenous figure in Civic Center. Calling for a rehearing, she wrote a poem each day—55 in all—until the Board of Appeals granted one...
Topics: Indigenous California, Ohlone, public art, statues, murals, tagging, vandalism, community,...
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Art & Politics:  Seth Eisen "OUT of Site" Seth Eisen and James Metzger and collaborators Colin Creveling, Rayan Hayes, Mary Vice, and Diego Gomez bring to life research and performance excerpts from Eye Zen Presents's newest project (a collaboration with Shaping SF)—a series of queer history performance-driven walking tours through the streets of San Francisco.  This performative talk explores the ways that queer people have historically created community, how our communities...
Topics: queer, gay, homosexual, essentialism, assimilationism, history, historiography, queer history,...
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Last year we embarked on a grand collaborative journey through the under-recognized LGBTQ+ history of North Beach with Seth Eisen’s OUT of Site performative walking tours. Seth returns with a look at his new SOMA tours coming in June and September, bringing forgotten queer histories and sites to life and exploring the intersections of labor history, the leather scene, bars, nightlife, and the immigrant experience.   This is part of a series of solo artists giving a behind-the-scenes and...
Topics: queer, two-spirit, gay, LGBTQ, history, walking tours, performance, historical tours, SOMA, Happy...
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Kent Minault, an original Digger from San Francisco in the 1960s, describes the events at the beginning of 1967, starting with the Diggers' effort to critique and provoke the Human Be-In, then the emergence of the Artists Liberation Front, and gives a first-hand account of the epic Invisible Circus that took place at Glide Memorial Church in the Tenderloin.
Topics: Diggers, Be-In, Artists Liberation Front, ALF, Emmett Grogan, Peter Berg, Peter Coyote, Invisible...
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During the national marches against the NRA and the accelerating madness of mass shootings, San Franciscans turned out in large numbers to join the protest. This is at the corner of 7th and Market as demonstrators walked by for 4 minutes, but the entire length of the march took more than 45 minutes to pass... estimates put the crowd between 35,000 and 80,000... count them here!
Topics: guns, war, violence, mass shootings, protests, demonstrations, NRA, anti-NRA, National Rifle...
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Gopal Dayaneni  (Movement Generation)  and  Jason Mark  (editor,  Sierra Magazine ) discuss urbanity and ecological crisis from their ultra-local, regional, and national perspectives of environmental and ecological justice. The rights of nature, devolution, democratization, and distribution, capitalism and patriarchy, all come in for scrutiny in this wide-ranging discussion.
Topics: Cities, places, ecological justice, social justice, capitalism, patriarchy, decentralization,...
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One of the interviews under the Shaping San Francisco "Ecology Emerges" oral history collection, tracing the arc from conservation to environmental justice, 1960s to the present. John Knox is the executive director of the Earth Island Institute, the third environmental organization founded by David Brower. EII is an incubator for dozens of other ecology activist organizations, and Knox has been at the epicenter of many of them since the early 1980s.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, environmental justice, Earth Island Institute, Friends of the Earth,...
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Stan Weir, 1921-2001, was a longtime labor radical... called "Red" during his days as a longshoreman, he led 57 B-Men in a Kafkaesque struggle with Harry Bridges and the ILWU Executive Committee, after they were cashiered over breaking rules that had been developed secretly and imposed retroactively! Weir's many writings covered rank-and-file union politics, focusing on as he liked to put it, "unions that stay on the job." In this 2-hour 1997 interview/discussion with Chris...
Topics: rank-and-file, wildcat strikes, union democracy, hierarchy, unions that stay on the job, AFL-CIO,...
Shaping San Francisco
by Adriana Camarena
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Donna, her husband Robert “Jawara” Johnson, and the family dogs Xochitl (age 4) and DJ (age 2 and ½) were served with Ellis Act eviction papers in 2012, and forced out of their 73-B Pearl Street in San Francisco by serial evictors Kwok Chung Wong and Har Kwan Luk . Since 2003, this company has Ellis Acted 30 units in San Francisco, including the 6 units at Donna’s former home building on Pearl Street.
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Donna Johnson, CalHumanities,...
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The Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park recently underwent extensive renovation, bringing to public view murals and sculptures from the WPA that have long been hidden and overlooked. Other beautiful artworks grace public buildings throughout the East Bay and San Francisco, including Coit Tower, and on Treasure Island, where Maritime Museum artists went on to create work for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939. Join  Richard Everett  (Maritime Museum),  Anne Schnoebelen  (Treasure...
Topics: New Deal, art, architecture, WPA, PWA, murals, Diego Rivera, SF Arts Association, San Francisco Art...
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John Knox, Executive Director of the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, has been a resident of Noe Valley since the early 1970s. Here he describes some early community activism he was involved in and some of the old-timers he ran up against, as well as a funny anecdote about an awards ceremony with Mayor Moscone in City Hall.
Topics: Noe Valley, neighborhood association, community organizing, solar homes, 1970s solar energy,...
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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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Yolanda Lopez, 1942-2021, was a San Francisco artist and activist from San Diego originally, with roots in the San Francisco State College strike 1968-69. She went on to a long engagement with the Mission District community, co-founding Basta Ya! Newspaper in conjunction with the Committee to Defend Los Siete in 1970. Her art has come to be more recognized since her passing, with a major show in San Diego in late 2021. In this clip she discusses her beard, shaving, her use of Hormone...
Topics: beard, women's beards, women's hair, shaving, feminism, public health, doctors, women's health,...
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From the weird madness of the Reber Plan to dam both ends of the Bay into freshwater lakes in the 1950s to the Save the Bay movement of the early 1960s that helped create the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, we’ve come a long way in a half century. Today’s open shorelines, closed trash dumps, and returning wetlands honor and preserve our greatest public resource. Historian  Chuck Wollenberg and  Steve Goldbeck  from BCDC.
Topics: Bay, landfill, sewage, resilience, dams, earthen dams, fresh water, salt water, crackpot plans,...
Shaping San Francisco
by Nick Kasimatis
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video by Nick Kasimatis The much-beloved Market Street Railway Mural is set to undergo a professional conservation effort to save the underlying substrate before artist Mona Caron repaints and rejuvenates the original 2003 mural. Historic panels of the many uses of Market Street over the years make this mural not only an incredible resource for local history, but an historic piece in its own right. 
Topics: Market Street Railway Mural, murals, public art, conservation, Mona Caron
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Crossing centuries and social mores, editors  Ivy Anderson  and  Devon Angus  ( Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute ) and author  Clare Sears  ( Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco ) take us into 19th Century San Francisco’s underworld of prostitutes, cross dressers, and others who transgressed the strict gender norms of the time. We look at how normative gender and sexuality were policed and created by widespread mid-1800s...
Topics: gender, sexuality, cross-dressing, policing, normativity, sex work, prostitution, SF Bulletin,...
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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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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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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Tom was there at the founding of Friends of the Earth, working closely with David Brower, and edited the FoE journal "Not Man Apart."
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental justice, social justice,...
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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Miya Yoshitani works with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) for whom she has worked in Australia and the East Bay. She has a long history in environmental justice activism.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, urban agriculture, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental...
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Susan Swift was involved in the Abalone Alliance anti-nuclear efforts of the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was one of the only paid staffers during the lead-up to the big blockade and occupation of the PG&E Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. She has also been involved in a variety of environmental and labor campaigns during the years.
Topics: ecology, anti-nuclear, Diablo Canyon, Abalone Alliance, economy, work
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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Bill Evers was a founder of the California Planning & Conservation League, a member of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission and a long-time board member of the Greenbelt Alliance. His mother was a cofounder of the Marin Conservation League in the 1930s!
Topics: ecology, planning, conservation, Planning & Conservation League, Marin Conservation League,...
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Jason and Sandy were evicted from 6511 Raymond St. Oakland by Dan Daigle. They had been living there 3 years and 5 months, since they arrived to the Bay Area. An Oakland story was included because few people understand that the epidemic of evictions is wrecking havoc in Bay Area wide communities. Residents of San Francisco have approved regulations to protect tenants, and despite this democratic exercise, real estate speculators find loopholes to damage communities. Residents pushed out of San...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Sandy Juarez, Jason Wallach,...
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Hidden San Francisco : Book Release and Birthday! Join Shaping San Francisco’s Chris Carlsson on his 63rd birthday as he presents his new book, Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories . After a quarter century of curating the digital archive at foundsf.org , and conducting bike and walking tours, this book captures the unique and serendipitous connections that course through Shaping San Francisco’s ongoing work.
Topics: history, historiography, San Francisco, guidebook, storytelling, narrative arc, digital media,...
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Michael "Med-O" Whitson and LisaRuth Elliot were flatmates at 1668 Page St. in the Haight. After their building was sold and they initially refused to accept a buy-out settlement, the new owners hired the leading landlord law firm of Fried & Williams to pursue an Ellis Act Eviction in 2013. LisaRuth lived on Page Street for 3 and 1/2 years. LisaRuth is a community historian, artist, bread baker, urban farmer, writer, editor, everyday bicyclist, activist, and San Francisco resident...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, LisaRuth Elliott, CalHumanities,...
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In the midst of the ongoing tech boom in the Bay Area, the biotech industry gets less attention than social media and “sharing” unicorns. What is going on with the push for “synthetic biology”? What are the implications for politics, manufacturing, medicine? Will the boundary between life and artifice persist? How do embedded paradigms reflect deeper assumptions about the structure of modern life? with Elliot Hosman, Pete Shanks , and Tito Jankowski .
Topics: Synthetic biology, ethics, bioethics, gender, DNA, red line, designer babies, human genome,...
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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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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 greeting from Bicis del Pueblo in San Francisco to the attendees of the World Bike Forum #7 in Lima, Peru, February 22-26, 2018.
Topics: bicycles, bikes, youth, talleres, workshops
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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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Carlo Middione, who arrived in North Beach around 1958, describes his life during those early, inexpensive and carefree years...
Topics: North Beach, Italian, food, rent, housing, 1950s
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In February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: The Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video, on the surprising role of the United Farmworkers Union in getting DDT banned, is the 6th of a baker's dozen of "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and an additional 44 "stops" in five walking tours in the appendix) turned into short videos. I hope it will whet your appetite for both buying...
Topics: pesticides, UFW, Mexican-American, Filipino-American, organizing, California agriculture, organic...
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Touted by the tech industry as a way to preserve livelihoods in a time of automation replacing workers, Universal Basic Income (UBI) is not a new concept.  As a poverty alleviation idea, it has resonance in the EPIC program of 1930s California, and similar ideas were floated by leaders of social movements of the 1960s, including MLK, Jr. and the Black Panthers in their Ten Point Program. Through a discussion of UBI we take a look at the nature of work and classifying invisible work as work,...
Topics: Universal Basic Income, Negative Income Tax, EPIC, Black Panthers 10-point Program, economic...
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The San Francisco Poster Syndicate has been creating inspiring silkscreen posters at protests, demonstrations, street fairs, art events, and parties for the past decade or more. A steady stream of new participants has kept it fresh, and tonight we’ll hear from veterans and newbies alike. Art Hazelwood, Jos Sances, Lucia Ippolito, Joanna Ruckman , and Christopher Statton , and more!
Topics: posters, political posters, art and politics, free, silkscreening, demonstrations, public space,...
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Podcasts are shaping the presentation of history through audio delivery. Hosts of several local series tell us why they chose this new technology to delve into the past and how they gauge success. Hear clips of each program in a special podcast challenge! With  David Gallagher  and  Woody LaBounty  (The Western Neighoborhoods Project  Outside Lands San Francisco ),  Liam O’Donoghue  ( East Bay Yesterday ), and  David Boyer  ( The Intersection ).
Topics: video, podcasts, oral history, journalism, history, ethics, storytelling, East Bay, San Francisco,...
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Río Yañez, alongside his mother and father – Yolanda Lopez and Rene Yañez – are being evicted from their family home at San Jose Ave, near 26th Street in the Mission by Realty West. His family has lived in the same apartment on San Jose Ave. since 1978.  The original footage was captured on January 17, 2014 as part of a storytelling circle called "Campfire: Eviction Ghost Stories and Other Housing Horrors." This mini-clip is part of a series of mini-clips honoring fourteen...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Rio Yañez, CalHumanities,...
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Experimental filmmaker Greta Snider talks about gender behind the camera.
Topics: Snider, experimental, film, gender
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Promotional footage of New Deal work related to aviation
Topics: New Deal, Aviation
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In April 1990, some friends toured the East, from East Berlin to Sczcezin, Poland, to Gdansk, Warsaw, and Wroclaw, and finally to Prague, Czechoslovakia. We encountered a wildcat train strike across the border in Poland which at the time seemed rather momentous, with aspiring middle-class politicians representing "Solidarnosc" pitted against the rank-and-file train workers. We rode across Poland in a cab, met anarchists and other radicals along the way, and even have a short clip of...
Topics: Anti-Economy League of San Francisco, Eastern Europe, East Berlin, Poland, Gdansk, Solidarnosc,...
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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 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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Ruth Gravanis, longtime board member of San Francisco Tomorrow, describes how the NIMBY's of Brisbane turned back a plan to burn San Francisco's garbage in a new incinerator in their town, leading to the now much-vaunted curbside recycling program in San Francisco.
Topics: Recycling, garbage, solid waste, incinerators, NIMBY, San Francisco Tomorrow, Ruth Gravanis
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Few local artists have combined the refined skills of a fine artist with the blistering edge of anti-colonial and liberationist critique that  L7  has. He has an incredible body of work and offers a show-and-tell about how his politics have shaped his stunning productions. This is part of a series of solo artists giving a behind-the-scenes and indepth look at what inspires them in the interrelationship between art and politics.
Topics: art, politics, revolution, liberation, Black Panthers, Bloods and Crips, UC Santa Cruz, occupy,...
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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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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Larry Orman, longtime director of the Greenbelt Alliance, now involved with GreenInfo.net, and a deep thinker on questions of regionalism, urban agriculture, green belts, and much more.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, urban agriculture, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental...
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The fight against the Reagan administration’s war build-up, emergency response against Central American wars, birth of the Peace Navy, stopping the USS Missouri, creating sanctuary cities, AIDS and Anti-Nuclear activism. We bring it up to climate justice & no nukes today. With activists and archivists  Marcy Darnovsky ,  Steve Stallone ,  Lincoln Cushing , and  Roberto Lovato.
Topics: Anti-nuclear, anti-war, nuclear freeze, Diablo Canyon, Abalone Alliance, Central American wars, El...
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An event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco State Strike. A discussion will be initiated by leaders and participants of the Strike, as well as an artist who graduated from San Francisco State in Raza Studies and now teaches at State. U.C. Berkeley Professor Waldo E. Martin will moderate the discussion which will touch on what sparked the Strike, how it happened, and the impact it had and continues to have on San Francisco, California, and the country at large.
Topics: student movement, 1968, strike, faculty strike, S.I. Hayakawa, La Raza Studies, Third World...
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Visual and conceptual artist  Packard Jennings  talks about his work, through which he has reimagined and revisualized the world around us, shaking up our concepts and assumptions of how things are through humor and the reappropriation of pop culture imagery. Packard talks about his work which ranges from digital subversions to quiet mail-in actions to large scale, space interventions on billboards. He also speaks about work that gets made and that which doesn’t.  This is part of a series...
Topics: tactical urbanism, satire, irony, subvertising, adbusting, billboard alteration, messaging
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Missing Pieces: Remembering Elements of a Gone City Geographer  Dick Walker  looks at the formative politics of the region in his new book,  Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area , and takes us through the overheated bubbles and spectacular crashes, inequality, and delusion of the current moment.  Arthur O’Donnell  has methodically documented parts of the City slated for demolition or redevelopment from 2010–2018 in his  Bound to...
Topics: San Francisco, Bay Area, Silicon Valley, demolition, rebuilding, redevelopment, construction,...
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Public Knowledge artists-in-residence  Bik Van der Pol  have pulled a New Deal scale model of the City—based on 1938 aerial photographs—out of storage crates and into the light. Inspired by the Halprins’ 1970s collective creativity and community planning efforts, their project, “Take Part” will explore local histories with City neighborhood residents as library branches display relevant sections of the model beginning in early 2019. Creators of a 2017 cultural map of southeast San...
Topics: map, cartography, 1938 San Francisco, WPA, wooden map, Southeast San Francisco, Excelsior,...
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Attorney David Mundstock describes briefly fighting to stop the demolitions in 1970s Berkeley.
Topics: demolitions, evictions, redevelopment, displacement
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Rejecting the paradigms of capitalist San Francisco, let’s look at a radically expanded Common Wealth, starting here, but with implications for our entire society: A public bank, free broadband internet, a low-cost public electricity system, dense community gardens and public orchards, widespread high-quality social housing, expanded land trusts, bicycles and free public transit, free innovative childcare (actually a whole new approach to integrating play into everyday life!), a renovated...
Topics: Commons, wealth, riches, free, internet, transit, public bank, electricity, sharing, play,...
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In February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: The Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video, showing the remarkable protests that rocked City Hall against the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), is the 10th of a baker's dozen of "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and an additional 44 "stops" in five walking tours in the appendix) turned into short videos. I hope it...
Topics: HUAC, House UnAmerican Activities Committee, anti-communism, students, student protest, City Hall,...
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n February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: The Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video is the 4th of a baker's dozen of "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and an additional 44 "stops" in five walking tours in the appendix) turned into short videos. I hope it will whet your appetite for both buying the book (available at...
Topics: roads, Mission Plank Road, Oregon fir, wooden roads, sand dunes, bogs, bridges, bay mud, aquifer,...
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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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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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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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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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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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Doris Sloan, professor emeritus UC Berkeley in Geology, long-time Bay Area resident, once involved in the effort to stop the Bodega Bay Nuclear Plant, founder of the environmental studies program at UC Berkeley, interviewed as part of the Shaping San Francisco "Ecology Emerges" oral history project. The project documents participants in the ecology movement in the San Francisco Bay over the past 50 years.
Topics: nuclear power, Bodega Bay, geology, Berkeley, University of California, environmental studies
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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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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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New Deal-produced film on San Jacinto Mountains in CA.
Topics: New Deal, CCC
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Original opening animation for Shaping San Francisco CD-ROM in 1998.
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Harry Hay describes the scene along Market Street on July 9, 1934 as strikers tore hats from bankers and kept their own security.
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Mayor Willie Brown is hit with 3 pies by activists of the Biotic Baking Brigade at a "Clean-up" event in Bayview/Hunter's Point.
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In November 1938, California elected its first-ever liberal Democratic governor Culbert Olson, supported by a state-wide Popular Front coalition of liberals, unionists, communists, and other radicals. But by 1940 the Popular Front forces were already fracturing and from its wreckage emerged key elements of the Cold War. How did Communists help build this social movement, and how did the Communist Party undercut its own principles during WWII? And where did that leave California politics at the...
Topics: Communism, New Deal, EPIC, Upton Sinclair, Townsend pension plan, Ham and Eggs campaign, Culbert...
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With the twang of a steel guitar, the whine of a fiddle and the plunk of a banjo comes an instant association; the pick-up truck, the cowboy boots, the rolling hills, dusty fields, lonesome highways and the flag. For many, it has also come to signify conservatism, “traditional values,” American chauvinism, and even racism, bigotry and the confederate flag. Although one wouldn’t realize it from listening to today’s pop Country radio stations, Country music has been anything but a...
Topics: Country music, Country & Western, Folk, Country, rural, coal mining, workers, strikes,...
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Fred Glass  ( From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement ), takes a long look at the labor history of California with  Chris Carlsson  ( Foundsf.org ), who focuses on the ebb and flow of class war in San Francisco.
Topics: Labor, unions, San Francisco, Oakland, California, strikes, SEIU, OPEIU, ILWU, Oxnard, teachers
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One of the interviews done as part of the "Ecology Emeregs oral history project in 2009-2010 by Shaping San Francisco. Juliet Ellis is the executive director of Urban Habitat in Oakland and here tells how she got involved originally with Carl Anthony and eventually took on the leadership, orienting the organization towards its current activities.
Topics: ecology, environmental justice, social justice, Urban Habitat, planning, regionalism, coalitions,...
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Part of the "Ecology Emerges" oral history interviews covering the last 50 years history of Bay Area ecological activism, from conservation to environmental justice. Kirsten Schwind is a director of Bay Localize, a project spanning a number of ecological intiatives in planning, transportation, community development, urban agriculture and sustainability.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, urban agriculture, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental...
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Part of Shaping San Francisco's "Ecology Emerges" series of interviews, in this one Linda Weiner describes her involvement with the northern California chapter of the Sierra Club, her work on global climate change and environmental justice, including some reflection on her own trajectory from social service work into environmentalism.
Topics: Ecology, climate change, global warming, environmental justice, Sierra Club
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Lauren Montana Swiger is an activist, musician, and community member who was evicted from the Mission, along with her teenage daughter. It was an Owner-Move-In eviction, one of three kinds of no-fault evictions displacing San Franciscan families and communities. Montana and her daughter were forced to relocate to Berkeley. It’s pretty there, but they mourn the loss of daily living in a community that they toiled to create with other parents and kids to challenge the stereotypes of oppression...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Lauren Swiger, CalHumanities,...
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Ellen Ullman  writes in her new book  Life in Code  “The penetration of technology into the interstices of human existence is nearly complete,” and then demystifes how humans turn their intentions and ideas into the computer codes that are the language of computers.  Katja Schwaller  puts “Twitterlandia” under the microscope of her critical gaze, showing how the reconfiguration of mid-Market embodies a larger capture and repurposing of public space by private interests. And ...
Topics: computers, programming, public space, commons, coding, feminism, sexism, racism, Silicon Valley,...
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A Shaping San Francisco "Urban Forum: Walk n Talk" going from Fort Funston in the southwest corner of the city through the old base, now a park, to Ocean Beach and north to Sloat Blvd., then east on Wawona to Pine Lake. Several stops along the way with semi-long presentations by Shaping San Francisco's Chris Carlsson covering military and economic history, wildflowers, sewage, urban farming, water, swales and graywater, and many other random things. Includes photos from...
Topics: Military, ecology, water, graywater, sewage, beach, economy, asphalt, Lake Merced, The Duel, sand...
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A Shaping San Francisco "Urban Forum: Walk & Talk" covering Bernal Heights, from the Bernal Cut and its long transit history to some recent restoration and clean-up efforts and neighborhood history installations to a sequence of earthquake shacks from 1906, inhabited and renovated for life in the 21st century. We walk up and down a lot of staircases, including one built by the WPA in 1940, we see about 10 shacks, and countless amazing views, hidden gardens, and a lot of fragments...
Topics: Walk & Talk, Shaping San Francisco, Bernal Heights, earthquake shacks, Bernal Cut, Southern...
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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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Video of: Kent Minault  tells of the explosive first six months of the San Francisco Diggers. Featuring stories of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Tim Leary, Huey Newton, Emmett Grogan, Lenore Kandel, Richard Brautigan, and Gary Snyder. His chronicle charts the first Digger free food in the park, tense encounters with the police, the opening of the Digger Free Store, and the Invisible Circus at Glide Memorial Church. Accompanied by photos by Chuck Gould, and music by Peter Coyote. The evening...
Topics: Diggers, Haight-Ashbury, Free, Free food, free stores, Panhandle, Invisible Circus, Black Panthers,...
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Steven has lived in San Francisco for 30 years. He was evicted from his apartment at 940 Capp Street after 26 years of living there by the resident owners of the house via family members move-in. He feels this move-in eviction was retaliation for, among other justifiable actions, his declining to sign a new and illegal rental agreement that would have doubled his rent. Karen Uchiyama, Esq. was their counsel.
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Steven Black, CalHumanities,...
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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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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...
Topics: Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, altars, death, living, processions, parades, honor, veil,...
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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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For the Record: Eyewitness Testimonies of the police murder of Luis Gongora Pat Luis Góngora Pat was a Mayan indigenous man, murdered by San Francisco police officers on April 7, 2016 on Shotwell Street near 19th Street in the Mission. His killing came in the wake of other homicides by police of Black and Brown communities members. His family pursued every legal avenue available, including a civil case which was settled in January 2019. Three and a half years later, the story of this brutal...
Topics: police killing, police murder, police brutality, homeless, Mayan, indigenous, neighbors, unhoused,...
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Berkeley land use attorney David Mundstock describes his opinion of redevelopment policies used nationwide in the United States from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Topics: Redevelopment, class, property, displacement, eviction
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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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In February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: The Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video is the third of a baker's dozen of "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and an additional 44 "stops" in five walking tours in the appendix) turned into short videos. I hope it will whet your appetite for both buying the book (available at...
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