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Felicia Elizondo Flames recounts her experiences in the Tenderloin when trans women erupted on a late August night in 1966 and rebuked police harassment with an epic mini-riot at Compton’s Cafeteria at Turk and Taylor. The audience joins the conversation to help illuminate the long path over the decades to today’s high profile trans activism, still beset by obstacles and conflict within the gay community as well as the larger surrounding culture.
Topics: Trans, gay, LGBTQI, Trans women, hair fairy, jota, queer, lesbian, Tenderloin, 1960s
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In a world where every inch has been impacted—directly or indirectly—by industrial society, what does it mean to “preserve nature”? How does the idea of adaptation shape our responses to extinction, climate chaos, and nature? How does our sense of “history” shape our ideas about nature, evolution, and conservation? How should we understand and value natural processes, wildness, and human technologies? With  Peter S. Alagona, Annalee Newitz , and  Noah Greenwald . Co-hosted by Wild...
Topics: anthropocene, habitat, endangered species, adaptation, technology, future, civilization, grizzly...
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Foraging is a fantastic way to learn about the urban natural habitat and cultivate our local food sources. It is also becoming a fashionable urban treasure hunt. Artist and Guerrilla Grafter Margaretha Haughwout shares some simple gestures that can generate as well as preserve the urban commons, urban agriculturalist Antonio Roman-Alcalá takes a critical look at privatization of the urban wild and the groundwork laid by grassroots activists.
Topics: foraging, forage, urban wild, urban food, urban agriculture, nature, boundaries, non-nature, wild...
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As San Francisco emerged as the hub of counterculture pilgrimage routes in the late-1960s, radical politics and social change galvanized design ideals in Berkeley. The East Bay became the site of bold experiments in graphic arts, environmental activism, handcraft pedagogy, and self-build technologies. Fast forward to 2011 and the creation of the local hub PLACE for Sustainable Living in Oakland, a center linking our radical past to the resilient future, as it fosters many of the same ideals. ...
Topics: architecture, design, ecology, emergence, integration, holism, urban nature, geodesic domes, Sym...
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In 1849 San Francisco was surrounded by wild animals and a flourishing sea and bay, from which most early food was taken. But what is our “wild menu” now? How do foraging, fishing, hunting, and gathering fit into modern life? What role does conservation and ecology play in a contemporary and future wild menu? With  Mark Heath, Kirk Lombard , and  Chris Carlsson . Co-hosted by  Wild Equity Institute  and  Nature in the City .
Topics: Seafood, fish, herring, sea bass, salmon, sturgeon, perch, hunting, wild boar, deer, geese, ducks,...
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Vivian Chang narrates how the Asian Pacific Environmental Network was founded after activists attended the first Environmental Justice conference in the early 1990s.
Topics: APEN, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, environmental justice
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What actually happened to Darling Clementine? Historian  Joel Pomerantz  explores the California floods of 1862. Learn how this historic storm, which killed thousands and caused a number of San Francisco houses to collapse, can be an example for what a really extreme weather event could be like in our future.
Topics: storms, weather, rain, 1861, 1862, Sacramento, Sacramento River, delta, San Francisco floods,...
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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, Reagan, Thatcher, neoliberalism, New Deal, safety net, nuclear war, nuclear...
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Excerpted from Alejandro Murguia's essay "Poetry and Solidarity in the Mission" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Topics: Sandinistas, newspapers, Gaceta Sandinista, Mission
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One of the two major bookstore chains in the US is on the verge of collapse, even as authors are being abandoned by publishers to go "indie" via Kindle and iPad. The ebook (r)evolution is here, but its course is not yet chartedâwill the dinosaurs of New York's publishing industry go extinct, and what new species of publication and publisher will emerge? And will writers be able to make a living...not that most of them are doing that even now! Join science fiction writers Terry...
Topics: E-book, pdf, Kindle, Amazon, publishing, books, self-publishing, New York publishing, agents
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Universal Basic Income, Is It time? Touted by the tech industry as a way to preserve livelihoods in a time of automation replacing workers, Universal Basic Income (UBI) is not a new concept. As a poverty alleviation idea, it has resonance in the EPIC program of 1930s California, and similar ideas were floated by leaders of social movements of the 1960s, including MLK, Jr. and the Black Panthers in their Ten Point Program. Through a discussion of UBI we take a look at the nature of work and...
Topics: Universal Basic Income, Negative Income Tax, redistribution, taxes, income, free money, welfare,...
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Roger Wilson of the Bristol Radical History group gives a wide-ranging Talk covering 17th and 18th century history around Bristol, England, including a debunking of the common narrative of the anti-slavery movement, putting the working people of England back into the saga. He also gives a fresh look of the mass riots of 1831, and brings the interventions of the Bristol Radical History Group in our era into the unfolding of "history from below." If you want to find out what unites a...
Topics: History from below, riots, England, Britain, anti-slavery
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Dancer, Choreographer, and Director, Jess Curtis is interviewed by celebrated Bay Area choreographer Joanna Haigood. Together they will explore Jess' nearly three decades of body-based experiments through peformance and teaching. Like Jess' dancing this will be a night investigating the 'embodied intellect'. Short video clips will be interspersed with smart conversation about the theory and practice of Curtis' Body of Work. As always, there will be a lengthy Q & A so all will have a chance...
Topics: Dance, body, embodiment, communication, politics, art, performance, circus, gesture
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A Shaping San Francisco talk held on January 13, 2010: Comparing the alcohol Prohibition of the 1920s-30s to the contemporary prohibition on marijuana. With Dick Boyd, author of "Broadway, North Beach, The Golden Years: A Saloon Keeper's Tales" and former owner of Pierre's, a bar in North Beach from 1960-65, Sean Lavon Nash, and Michael Whitson, a marijuana prohibition expert.
Topics: prohibition, alcohol, temperance, drugs, marijuana, pot, medical marijuana, medicalization,...
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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 history, homophile, SOMA, Happy Valley, Waterfront, City Front, YMCA, The Stud, Boot Camp,...
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Decades after the Alaska oil pipeline began, we’ve gone through repeated booms and busts in oil production and prices. Antonia Juhasz has studied the history of the oil business and is one of the world’s best-informed critics of the industry. She is joined by Leila Salazar-Lopez of Amazon Watch, a group confronting oil giants in the Amazon, and by Joshua Kahn-Russell , author of A Line in the Tar Sands . All three explain the current balance of forces, and the prospects for keeping the...
Topics: Oil, petroleum, fossil fuels, climate change, climate chaos, burnout, Amazon, Ecuador, Peru,...
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Bending Over Backwards Audio Tour: Stop 5: The Redstone Building, former Labor Temple.
Topics: labor, Labor Temple, Redstone Building, Painters Union, Dow Wilson, CAMP, murals
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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: Bay Area, destruction, rebuilding, gentrification, construction, new buildings, The Suppository,...
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Christina Gerhardt , author of  The Atlas of (Remote) Islands and Sea Level Rise , explores the effects and responses to climate-warming on low-lying Pacific Ocean islands. Urbanist  Laura Tam  addresses sea level rise on vulnerable shorelines around the Bay Area. Learn about indigenous inhabitants’ adaptive solutions in the South Seas and local grassroots efforts to prepare our bay shore.
Topics: Sea Level Rise, Climate Change, ocean heat, thermal expansion, coastal erosion, drowning islands,...
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The Enola Gay Faggot Affinity Group emerged in 1983 during direct action protests against nuclear weapons at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. About a year later they were the very first group to publicly engage in nonviolent direct action to dramatize the AIDS crisis. The "Money for AIDS, Not for War" ritual/protest was held on September 23, 1984, by Enola Gay, a self proclaimed faggot affinity group, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 50 miles east of San...
Topics: HIV/AIDS, Direct Action, affinity groups, Lawrence Livermore Lab, anti-nuclear, nuclear weapons,...
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âCorporate Personhoodâ is being widely discussed after a couple of decades of slowly growing awareness of the creeping expansion of corporate legal rights since the late 19th century. After the Civil War in the 1860s corporations took on new forms, new legal rights, and new power. David Cobb, Phillip Pierce, Jed Holtzman, and Chris Carlsson will talk about the origins and and describe the evolution over time.
Topics: Corporate Personhood, charters, states, sovereignty, rights, duties, Move to Amend
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Clif Ross  and  Marcy Rein , editors of  Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements  present a broad overview of the social movements that have pressured one regime after another in Latin America, changing the political calculations for everyone from right to left, from Venezuela to Argentina, Mexico to Chile and more.
Topics: Mexico, Zapatistas, MST, Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, Peru,...
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Jon Christensen hosts a conversation with Richard Walker, Rebecca Solnit, and Antonio Roman-Alcalá, growing out of the oral history project "Ecology Emerges" by Shaping San Francisco's Chris Carlsson and LisaRuth Elliott. The discussion was held at SPUR, May 17, 2010, and includes a lively discussion with the audience.
Topics: Natural capitalism, externalities, prices, markets, ecology
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Christopher Richard, aquatic biologist at the Oakland Museum of California, has deciphered the earliest accounts of the water features of the San Francisco peninsula... working with maps, original Spanish diary entries, and a clear understanding of Mission settlement patterns, Richard builds his argument that the century-old myth of a freshwater lake in the Mission is unsustainable.
Topics: water, lakes, ecology, Mission period, Spanish colonization, San Francisco, Mission Dolores,...
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After more than 150 years, finally historians—and perhaps Californians—are facing up to the horrifying truth that the Indians of California were subjected to a vicious and genocidal campaign of extermination from the beginning of U.S. control in 1846 until after the Civil War. New scholarship shows that Indian slavery was the key source of labor that helped create the early "economy" of California and enrich its first settlers. Explore complicated stories of cultural, religious,...
Topics: Indians, indigenous, slavery, missions, Spanish, Mexican, colonialism, Amah Mutsun, Ohlone,...
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Janet Delaney  has been documenting the changing  South of Market  since its days as a recently deindustrialized district in the early 1970s to its present boom in luxury residential towers. Our Art & Politics series invites solo artists to talk about their work and share a bit about their process and the relationship of art to politics and vice versa in their work.
Topics: SOMA, redevelopment, Moscone Center, Project One, warehouses, gay leather, SRO, residential hotels,...
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Today’s San Francisco and our village-like neighborhoods, charming architecture, and quality of life is indebted to the Freeway Revolt that shocked the nation between 1956 and 1965. Most histories have focused on the politicians and city leaders who argued and voted in those years, overlooking the vital role of the emergent middle-class women who spearheaded the Revolt, and kept it going against overwhelming odds. Decades later, a second Freeway Revolt helped reclaim the Embarcadero and Hayes...
Topics: Freeways, Freeway Revolt, Glen Park, Bay Bridge, Southern Crossing, bridges, highways, Panhandle,...
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Ellen Ullman  writes in her new book  Life in Code  “The penetration of technology into the interstices of human existence is nearly complete,” and then demystifes how humans turn their intentions and ideas into the computer codes that are the language of computers.  Katja Schwaller  puts “Twitterlandia” under the microscope of her critical gaze, showing how the reconfiguration of mid-Market embodies a larger capture and repurposing of public space by private interests. And ...
Topics: software, coding, commons, Twitterlandia, tech tax, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, programming,...
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The City and Lennar Corporation are promulgating a redevelopment plan, but what about ecology, wildlife and the human community? Come learn about ArcEcology's recent report that illustrates brand new and exciting alternatives for the Bayview-Hunter's Point Redevelopment. How is Candlestick Point State Recreation Area affected? Isn't Bayview-Hunter's Point entitled to its own Crissy Field? How can (re)development benefit the current residents and be driven by their needs and wants? (Saul Bloom,...
Topics: redevelopment, toxic waste, Yosemite slough, Candlestick Point, Hunter's Point, Navy Base,...
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Susan Greene is a public artist, activist, educator and clinical psychologist. Her practice straddles a range of cultural arenas, focusing on borders, migrations, decolonization and memory. Greene is one of four Jewish American women artists who in 1989 founded the ongoing âBreak the Silence Mural Projectâ in solidarity with Palestine. This was part of the ongoing Shaping San Francisco Talks series at CounterPULSE, held May 27, 2009.
Topics: Art, politics, murals, borders, migrations, decolonization, Palestine, Israel
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In recent years, much has made about the opposition between urban strategies and urban tactics. One is supposedly rooted in technocratic control of the city by a planning elite, the other is the response of artists and activists determined to reclaim the right to an environment generated by, and for, citizens themselves. Rebar has explored this territory through tactical urban interventions -- both sactioned and unsanctioned -- but is also interested in going beyond the simple opposition...
Topics: design, tactical urbanism, urbanism, public space, park(ing) day, intervention, art, commons,...
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Crossing centuries and social mores, editors  Ivy Anderson  and  Devon Angus  ( Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute ) and author  Clare Sears  ( Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco ) take us into 19th Century San Francisco’s underworld of prostitutes, cross dressers, and others who transgressed the strict gender norms of the time. We look at how normative gender and sexuality were policed and created by widespread mid-1800s...
Topics: gender, sexuality, sex work, transgender, cross-dressing, crime, punishment, normative, Barbary...
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Before San Francisco: Spanish and Mexican Peninsula From the original encounters between local indigenous peoples and the first Spanish arrivals, to the spread of the disruptive Mission cattle-based economy, Mexican independence, and eventual abolition of Indian slavery, the peninsula that became San Francisco had a fascinating and overlooked pre-urban history. Author Adriana Camarena discusses the fragility of Mexico after its independence from Spain, the multiple efforts to secede, and the...
Topics: Mission Dolores, Mission economy, Mexico, Mexican independence, Spanish empire, secession,...
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Music, Art, & Politics of 1967:  Was it all peace and love or did the anti-war movement really define the era? A conversational antidote to the narrow interpretation of a memorable summer in the City. With  Calvin Welch  ( author , activist, and USF Faculty), original Digger  Judy Goldhaft  ( Planet Drum Foundation ),  Mat Callahan  ( The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in SF, 1965-75 ), and  Pam Brennan  ( Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking...
Topics: Haight-Ashbury, Freaks, Hippies, Summer of Love, Vietnam, Vietnam War, anti-war, diggers, free,...
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Mat Callahan and Lincoln Cushing present an incredible slide show of dozens of rock and political posters from the 1960s and1970s, discussing the role of music and art in the politics of the era, and the way the commercial culture worked to co-opt and reintegrate that burst of creativity into the demands of consumer capitalism.
Topics: Rock, posters, art, Bill Graham, KMPX, KSAN, politics, festival, rock concerts, capitalism
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The Mission District's incomparable  Guillermo Gomez-Peña  performs his latest screed, “Notes from Technotopia: On the Cruelty of Indifference” along with a brief retrospective of his work, followed by an open conversation with the audience traversing the complicated borders in which his work resides.
Topics: Gender, Borders, frontiers, gentrification, art, politics, spanglish, Mission District, San...
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satirical advertisement for the May 12, 1984 End of the World's Fair held in San Francisco.
Topics: satire, Reagan, subversive culture, humor
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(This Talk's recording started about 5 minutes in, after the introduction. The first voice is Sin Sirocco.) A panel of ex-cons discussing the myriad ways resistance continues and perseveres behind bars, and how such herstories are, or are not, recorded and celebrated. Featuring: Ida McCray, former black conscious feminist prisoner. Supporter of love and life for all: present educator; lifetime involvement to make a better world gang; Rita Bo Brown has been a prison abolitionist for 40 years. An...
Topics: jail, prisons, Prison-Industrial Complex, women, feminism, Black Panthers, Hunters Point Riot,...
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Patricia Rodriguez reading an excerpt from her article "Mujeres Muralistas" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78", edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation, 2011.
Topics: Murals, public art, latino, women, Mujeres Muralistas, Mission
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Excerpted from Alejandro Murguia's essay "Poetry and Solidarity in the Mission" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Topics: poetry, Third World Communications, literary underground
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Excerpted from Jay Kinney's essay "The Rise and Fall of the Underground Comix Movement in San Francisco and Beyond" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Topics: Comix, Mission District, politics, art
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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, folk, coal miners, hobos, transients, Big Rock Candy Mountain, Irish, Scottish, English,...
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What can sounds tell us about the geography, people, and politics of a particular place? This panel explores the role sounds play in our everyday lives as well as how they can attune us to below-the-radar experiences and often “off the map” histories of the urban. Discover the intersection between sound and history with Jeremiah Moore and Sound Mappers Bruno Ruviaro and Christina Zanfagna .
Topics: Sound, audible cities, acoustic ecology, sound environment, streetscape
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The boundary-pushing, "wickedly funny" comedian and formidable foe Nato Green gives a stand-up performance, preceded by opener Irene Tu. A free show, followed by conversation... Get your brain stimulated while laughing your head off... 
Topics: comedy, stand-up, Irene Tu, Nato Green, sexuality, raunchy, gender, gay
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Decades of displacement and eviction have reached another crescendo during 2013-14. Key activists from the 1990s to the present will share tactics and strategies as the war enters its latest stages. With  James Tracy  with his new book  Dispatches Against Displacement ,  Erin McElroy  of the  Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and  Maria Zamudio  of  Causa Justa . 
Topics: housing, evictons, anti-eviction mapping project, Causa Justa, Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition,...
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Efforts to integrate history and ecological restoration can be found tucked away in most San Francisco neighborhoods. Neighborhood greenways and corridors are most often the result of initial community-based activism to beautify an urban space, and end up becoming much more complex projects. Sophie Constantinou shares stories of creating the Buchanan Street Mall project and a newly accessible open space along the Bernal Cut, and how the different neighborhoods shaped these similar projects....
Topics: Corridors, greenways, sidewalks, gardens, Buchanan Mall, Bernal Cut, Visitacion Valley Greenway,...
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Patricia Rodriguez reading an excerpt from her article "Mujeres Muralistas" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78", edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation, 2011.
Topics: Murals, public art, latino, women, Mujeres Muralistas, Mission
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Osento Bathhouse. Amelia’s. Artemis Cafe. Old Wives Tales. Modern Times Bookstore. Names and functions of these venues have changed, but they are part of the living memory of Valencia Street. Long before it descended into the white tablecloth, boutique-filled, gentrified peculiarity of today, the Valencia Street corridor was a hotbed of radical feminism and lesbian culture. LisaRuth Elliott moderates a conversation with some of the women who helped create the important sites and undergirded...
Topics: Valencia Street, Mission District, 1970s, 1980s, bars, cafes, weight training, bookstores, gyms,...
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Part of the "Imagining Post-Capitalism" festival, cohosted by Shaping San Francisco and the ProArts Gallery in downtown Oakland. Are There Marxist Robots?!? Kal Spelletich , robot-maker and long-time artist, professor, actor, and all around raconteur of machinic chaos and dissent combines with Chris Carlsson , a persistent critic of the Planetary Work Society, to confront our collective anxiety. As Nick Dyer-Witheford ably puts it: "Digital capital [is] making a planetary working...
Topics: robots, androids, robot industry, automobiles, artistic production, cultural dissent
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A talk on the coloniality of power and knowledge, transmodernity, border knowledge, indigenous socialism and the socialization of power, solidarity economies, and other contemporary practices, theories and radical political alternatives emerging from the Global South. The panelists will discuss autonomous self-activity in Venezuela, Amazonian social forums, poly-culturality, global indigenous movements, the conditions and politics of knowledge production during the early colonization of the...
Topics: Indigenous movements, theory, exteriority, mestizo, anti-colonialism, socialism, modernism
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Rigo 95, Rigo 23, Rigo Rigo Rigo! Heâll be here to give us a taste of his amazing work, from huge mosaics and building-size murals, street sign satires, and commemorative sculptures. Come and meet one of the giants of our local scene, who also happens to be an international star too, and yet is one of the most relaxed people youâll ever meet.
Topics: murals, sculpture, public art
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Haight Ashbury Community Radio dramatization of water lot speculation in early San Francisco.
Topics: real estate, water lots, speculation
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While squatting a South Park Gulch apartment in the 1990s and experimenting with urban guerrilla art, at some point Argentinian-born artist  Mauro Ffortissimo began collecting pianos. He took them apart, pushed them off rooftops, and set one ablaze on the bluffs of Half Moon Bay after a series of sunset performances. Together, Mauro and  Dean Mermell  now bring pianos to the streets and gardens of San Francisco. Including an excerpt of  Twelve Pianos .
Topics: piano, public space, public pianos, Sunset Piano, Flower Piano, San Mateo coast, free pianos
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Tim Stroshane  ( Restore the Delta ) and  Brenda Goeden  ( San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission ) discuss the politics and prospects of facing our rapidly changing future around and health of the bayshore. Wetlands restoration, Sea Level Rise, Delta Tunnels, Clean Water Act, future of EPA, and more.
Topics: Delta, Tunnels, Bayshore, sediment, rock, sand, sand budget, levees, salination, agriculture,...
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excerpt from Malvina Reynolds song, composed about the houses lining the slopes of San Bruno Mountain near Daly City and San Francisco.
Topics: Little boxes, suburbs, housing
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On the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE),  Gray Brechin and  Chris Carlsson  discuss the PPIE and the relationship of world’s fairs to the idea of progress over time. How did the presentations at PPIE in their early 20th century context boost now long-held assumptions about progress and development through technological innovation and economic growth?
Topics: World's Fairs, Chicago World's Fair 1893, St. Louis World's Fair 1904, Midwinter Fair 1894, Panama...
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Weâll take a look back at military resistance to the Vietnam War, including the mutiny of sailors on the Coral Sea, the anti-nuclear and anti-Central American War movements of the 1980s and hear from Iraq vets about the state of anti-war activities in the current conflict. David Solnit, Paul Cox and Sarah Lazare.
Topics: Anti-war, Vietnam, Iraq, veterans, organizing, El Salvador, Nicaragua, resistance, GIs
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Bricks give literal structure to a history of place. Bricks produced around the Bay were a fire proof building material in early years of a city often engulfed by fire. Archeology work at the Presidio reveals plant time capsules embedded in recovered bricks that help us understand pre-settler ecology. And bricks increasingly confront our current landscape of evictions and displacement. Featuring  Ruth Askevold,  Lew Stringer, and LisaRuth Elliott . Co-hosted by  Wild Equity Institute.
Topics: bricks, seeds, Presidio, bayshore, mud, rubble, earthquakes, ballast
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Martha Senger, a Goodman Building stalwart, describes briefly the history of small artist residential hotels in San Francisco.
Topics: Goodman Group, Goodman Building, Hotaling, residential hotels
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Our food system is being refashioned by new urban farmers, farmers markets and community-supported agriculture, and importantly, by savvy shoppers who demand local, organic and safe food. Still, food security is tenuous for too many of our neighbors. Amy Franceschini (Victory Gardens, past and present), Willow Rosenthal (City Slicker Farms), Jason Mark (Alemany Farm, and editor of Earth Island Journal). Recorded as part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks series on Novermber 28, 2007 at...
Topics: localize, urban agriculture, food security, organic, fresh, local, gleaning, backyard, victory...
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Longtime environmental writer and journalist Harold Gilliam sits down for an Ecology Emerges interview conducted by Chris Carlsson, Nov. 2 2009, covering his life from childhood in Los Angeles to his time at the Interior Dept. in Washington during the early 1960s, to his many years at the SF Chronicle. Gilliam was a witness to the founding of Save the Bay, he was a reporter on the freeway revolt, and helped prevent a bridge being built from Telegraph Hill to Angel Island.
Topics: ecology, journalism, Save the Bay, Interior Department
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Bending Over Backwards Audio Walking Tour Stop 3: The Vats, breweries, Hostess Bakery and more...
Topics: The Vats, punk, beer, breweries, Hostess Twinkies
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Governor Jerry Brown is determined to build the Delta Tunnels through the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta. The once-and-future Peripheral Canal is the latest plumbing scheme to follow the damming and diking of rivers and swamps which began with intensive Chinese manual labor in the 19th century. California has already radically altered its plumbing, but we’ll also look to future efforts at riparian restoration, dam deconstruction, and maintaining or altering our massive hydrological...
Topics: rivers, water, plumbing, maps, dams, delta, tunnels, agriculture, arable soil, rainfall, sewage
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Shaping San Francisco Talks series, Oct 14 2010: Kim Stanley Robinson, Terry Bisson, Gary Phillips. It's only a story; or is it? Fantasy, Science Fiction and Noir conspire as three of PM Press's Outspoken Authors series discuss the problems, pitfalls and possibilities of writing fiction from a revolutionary perspective. Kim Stanley Robinson is the Hugo-winning author of Red Mars and Galileoâs Dream. Terry Bisson is an award winning short story writer and the biographer of Mumia Abu Jamal and...
Topics: Writing, novels, politics, revolution, noir, crime, science fiction, genre, science
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Community based public art spaces are stuck between business-like survival and serving their communities. Hear veterans of San Franciscoâs Space Wars discuss how theyâve navigated the repressive dynamics of real estate, money, and power to hold open spaces for diverse communities to meet, talk, make art, and shape life. Jonathan Youtt (Cellspace), Robin Balliger (Komotion), Michael Med-o Whitson (848 and CounterPULSE). Recorded February 13, 2008 as part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks...
Topics: real estate, community spaces, evictions, performance venues
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Established in 1992 by a volunteer collective of North Mission residents, the Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) was directly inspired by the mural cluster in Balmy Alley focused on Central American social struggles. Over the past two decades artists of all ages and levels of experience representing every social and ethnic group have created over 350 pieces on this one block street. Fresh from celebrating 20 years at the Clarion Alley Block Party on October 20th, CAMP collective members will...
Topics: alleys, murals, art, politics, volunteerism, gentrification, cooptation
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Phoned-in first-hand account broadcast on KPFA during the May 5, 1971 Mayday riot in downtown San Francisco. Digitized from reel-to-reel tape recorded by H.K. Yuen.
Topics: riot, police, violence, 1971, May Day, radio, KPFA, Vietnam
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The housing crisis continues to wreak havoc across the Bay Area. Political leaders and planners all agree—growth is inevitable, and to many, desirable. We bring together three sharp critics of the local political establishment and its loony-tune fantasies of endless growth and trickle-down solutions. The hidden power grab in the consolidation of regional government—and the endless manipulations by the banking sector and local zoning rules—continue to throw thousands into penury and...
Topics: Housing, Plan Bay Area, ABAG, MTC, PDR, South of Market, Eastern Neighborhoods, Mission,...
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Ina Coolbrith, California’s first Poet Laureate (1915), was a contemporary of many male writers we count on for our understanding of what is meant by the American West. She was also a frequent contributor to  The Overland Monthly which acted as a vehicle for showcasing poets and authors exploring and constructing ideas of liberal selfhood as the United States moved westward. Biographer  Aleta George  and author  Stephen Mexal  provide a look at the literary landscape of the West and its...
Topics: liberalism, poetry, Overland Monthly, selfhood, public space, restaurants, gardens, parks,...
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At the outset of the LGBTQ History Month of October, a group of distinguished historians come together to orient us to queer historic sites and events in the city. They reflect on those that have been torn down and what it means that these centers of community are missing, and present a sampling of the many still extant social, cultural, and sexual spaces, and why these places are critical components of LGBTQ history. Please note that the presenters retain their rights to their presentations...
Topics: public space, social amnesia, redevelopment, place, forgetting, gay history, GLBTQ history,...
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A discussion of our changing relationship with medical care from medieval times to today. Including long-term care at Laguna Honda, a pop-up clinic based on DIY herbalism, nutrition and self-care for Tenderloin seniors, and a small Mission District clinic serving the undocumented. with Ivy McClelland , author of God’s Hotel Dr. Victoria Sweet , Dr. Rupa Marya , and Marina Lazzara .
Topics: Medicine, herbs, herbalism, medieval, Hildegaard, tradition, slow medicine, fast medicine,...
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Rene Yañez  has been at the epicenter of the Mission’s multiple art movements going back to the 1970s. Our Art & Politics series puts him in the spotlight for a retrospective of his life’s work, a free-ranging discussion of the politics that informed his work, and how his work has shaped the neighborhood and the City to which he has contributed so much.
Topics: Day of the Dead, Frieda Kahlo, Galeria de la Raza, Neighborhood Art Centers, La Raza Park, Great...
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Jenny Odell brings us an update on her ongoing project, the Bureau of Suspended Objects , which seeks an archaeological approach to the present by researching and archiving everyday discarded (or about-to-be-discarded) objects. First displayed at the dump, the objects are seen as true artifacts: crystallizations of a whole set of desires, economic contingencies, material availabilities, and abstract valuations that are more specific to their time than we could possibly realize now. As a result,...
Topics: Trash, garbage, found objects, objectification, research, factories, supply chain, reuse, Recology,...
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Newsrooms are hamstrung by the business practices of Wall Street and Big Media, even as newspaper circulation declines and TV news continues the race to the bottom. Both the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News recently laid off large portions of their newsroom staff. The Internet is vulnerable to the same marketplace compromises. Explore alternative business models to ensure journalism remains a lively piece of our civic life. Barry Parr (Coastsider.com, Mercury Center founder),...
Topics: media, journalism, newspapers, radio, newsrooms, resources, Wall Street, corporatization
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Education Crisis/Radical Responses Shaping San Franciscio Talk series, Sept. 29, 2010. From the crisis in the California universities to the steady destruction of public schools, weâre in the epicenter of a storm that spans the globe as neoliberalist politicians and the interests they serve seem determined to make education a precious commodity that is no longer a bedrock of democratic society. Come and discuss radical responses to this crisis, leading to the big October 7 Day of Action, with...
Topics: education, university, debt, college, occupation, strike, classrooms, teaching, students, crisis
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Considering urbanization as a global crisis/an opportunity. Understanding the restorative, regenerative, and imaginative possibilities of a new integration of urban and rural through local agriculture, human-powered transport (e.g. walking, biking), etc. Wednesday, April 28, 7:30 with Peter Berg (Planet Drum Foundation), Miya Yoshitani (Asian Pacific Environmental Network), Jason Mark (Earth Island Journal, Alemany Farm) at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St (at 9th), SF part of the Shaping San...
Topics: Nature, Cities, urban, rural, native species, habitat, restoration, balance
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Haight Ashbury Community Radio Project dramatizes the sensibilities of the turn of the 19th-to-20th century Employers' Association, an organization bent on destroying labor unions.
Topics: Employers Association, class war, 19th century
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Peter Cole ’s new book  Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area  uniquely compares and contrasts the radical activism of dockworkers on opposite sides of the planet. The San Francisco-based ILWU took direct action to block apartheid-era cargoes, while their counterparts in Durban, South Africa were on the front lines confronting the racist South African government. ILWU Local 10 (ret.)  Jack Heyman  introduces the evening. Co-hosted by Freedom Archives
Topics: ports, containers, automation, solidarity, hiring hall, steady men, ILWU, Durban, cultural...
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Favianna Rodriguez has been making art to make change for years. She will present remarkable posters, illustrations, stickers and more, and talk about art and politics, in the concluding event of our solo artist shows this season.
Topics: art, activism, Latina, illustrations, posters, social movements
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Melanie Cervantes is an artist trained by library books, family, peers and experimentation. She produces her work in various mediums including pen and ink, acrylic, screenprinting, embroidery, fiber arts, and spraypainted stencils. Melanie infuses her indigenous internationalist worldview, spirituality and politic into all her art. Following the tradition of such artists as Juana Alicia, Malaquias Montoya, Judy Baca, Emory Douglas, La Mujeres Muralistas and Diego Rivera- Melanie has made a...
Topics: art, politics, zapatismo, community, third world, indigenismo, chicanismo
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Peoples from the Arab World have been migrating to San Francisco for over a hundred years. The earliest were mostly from the Levant: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine; and also Yemen. Most recent immigrants coming from North Africaâs Magrib region (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) and Iraq since the first Gulf War. Why did they come here? How have they affected SF life? What are their ongoing connections to âhomelandsâ across the world? San Francisco, being a liberal progressive oasis,...
Topics: Arab, Middle East, immigration, San Francisco, Gay, Lesbian, conservatism
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From editor Sasha Lilley's essay: "By its very nature, capitalism is catastrophic. There should be no doubt that the multiple social, and especially ecological, crises of our time are genuine and cataclysmic. We are suggesting, however, that politics embedded within the logic of catastrophe â that the catastrophe will deliver a new world, or that it will create the conditions under which people automatically take action â do not serve the left and environmental movement. An awareness of...
Topics: Catastrophism, catastrophe, apocalypse, end times, doom and gloom, fear, politics, right-wing,...
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Excerpted from Deborah Gerson's essay "Making Sexism Visible: Private Troubles Made Public" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Topics: Women, Women's Liberation, 1970s, Valencia
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An excerpt from "Where Have All the Flowers Gone: A View from the Street in Bernal Heights" read by author Peter Booth Wiley in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Topics: Bernal Heights, 1970s, housing, segregation, hippies, communes
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Chris Carlsson introduces his new book at CounterPULSE, April 9, 2009: "Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-Lot Gardeners Are Inventing the Future Today"... this is a bit over an hour, and it's entirely a reading from the contents of the book to an audience of about 80 friends.
Topics: Nowtopia, gardening, utopia, bicycling, programming, biofuels, Burning Man
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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, play, trauma, public bank, vernacular architecture
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Few San Francisco neighborhoods have gone through as dramatic a change as Dogpatch. East of Potrero Hill, once an industrial neighborhood making warships, steel, sugar, rope, and more, where flimsy wooden structures teetered on long-gone hills, the area has had an arts renaissance that is now giving way to high-end condos, the encroaching medical/biotech industry, and even more grandiose plans for highrise development. A microcosm of San Francisco’s history from the 1860s to the present....
Topics: Dogpatch, Irish Hill, Dutchman's Flat, Potrero, Tubbs Cordage, Chinese, railroad, Union Iron Works,...
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Sirron Norris  has been splashing his satirical cartoon characters around the Mission and San Francisco for years. From biting social commentary to whimsical commercial art, his work spans a range that challenges the boundaries of art and politics.
Topics: art, murals, cartoons, cartoon literalism, tagging, graffiti, Mission District, commercial art,...
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Hugh will present a slideshow of his diverse body of work, ranging from rock posters to anti-war flyers to original paintings, and talk about the ways his politics have informed his artâand vice versa. Recorded October 17, 2007 as part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks series at CounterPULSE in San Francisco.
Topics: art, politics, bicycling, copyright, copyleft, commons, illustration
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The Golden Gate National Recreation Area sustains more federally threatened and endangered species than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks combined. The San Francisco Bay Area is considered the 6th most important biological diversity hotspot in the United States by the Nature Conservancy. UNESCO has even granted the GGNRA âBiosphere Reserveâ status, the same status granted to the Central Amazon rainforests. Come and learn about the amazing biodiversity in your own...
Topics: biodiversity, endangered species, Presidio, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Schoultzâs distinctive murals full of strange animals, twisting buildings and floating birdhouses caught the angst of modern life. Lately heâs gone to a surrealistic sea and weâll get a full look at his work and hear what he says about it tonight. Recorded January 16, 2008, one of Shaping San Francisco's Talks at CounterPULSE.
Topics: art, politics, murals, community
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Yolanda Lopez,  Judy Drummond  and  Donna Amador  cover the dynamic history of Los Siete de la Raza and Mission District politics of the 1970s. Yolanda dissects the popular iconography of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the context of racially exploitative advertising over the past few decades, to reveal her own creative processes that have produced beautiful "Virgin"-inspired representations of working Chicana women and more.
Topics: Los Siete, Mission District, 1960s, Third World, San Francisco State, Basta Ya!, Centro de Salud,...
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We bring together story shapers, story sharers, and story collectors for this evening taking a close look at oral histories and memory keeping. Susan Schwartzenberg hosts a discussion series at the Bay Observatory at the Exploratorium intertwining personal stories and scientific study to understand climate change, Brandi Howell and Mary Franklin Harvin of Tales from North Beach are currently producing a podcast series to document the aging, forgotten, and hidden people and places of North...
Topics: storytelling, stories, oral history, digital archiving, archives, digital history, truth, memory,...
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250 years ago, life along the edges of what we now know as San Francisco Bay changed forever when the Portola Expedition came upon this hidden magnificent body of water. The Spaniards couldn’t quite understand it when they saw this marvelous sight for the first time on November 2, 1769, but this confluence of many rivers was a thriving home to thousands of people, not to mention an abundance of species of water, land, and sky. Join us to talk with Gregg Castro , t’rowt’raahl...
Topics: shellmounds, per-European Bay Area, Ohlone, Portola, grizzly bears, wetlands, swamplands
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A dramatic visual presentation of the lost murals, forgotten political posters, and underground comix made in San Francisco during the 1970s, based on visual essays in Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78 book, with Lincoln Cushing, Tim Drescher, and Jay Kinney.
Topics: murals, 1970s, political posters, public art, comics, underground comix
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The Franciscan Bioregion is the unique ecological area of Planet Earth and the area of our keen interest, north of the San Francisco airport, from San Bruno Mountain to the Golden Gate. In the heart of the city is a series of hilltops, e.g., Mt. Davidson, Tank Hill, Corona Heights, as well as Glen Canyon, that are still rich with natural areas, wildlife habitats, and indigenous biodiversity. This âTwin Peaks Bioregionâ is severely threatened by noxious weeds and insensitive uses of our local...
Topics: Twin Peaks, hilltops, open spaces, biodiversity
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An evening of stories and discussion about the impact of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act (which wasn’t rescinded until 1943!) on the Chinese American community in San Francisco. This infamous legacy was both subtly woven into community cultural life, and overtly demarcated social and geographical boundaries. Chinese Whispers , a research and storytelling project about the Chinese who helped build the American West, will present excerpted stories from the Bay Area which reveal the deep impact...
Topics: Chinese, Chinatown, Exclusion Act, racism, community, borders, identity, language
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The largest living Ohlone tribe began a migration from San Francisco's Mission Dolores in 1834 and now lives in Pomona, CA. From June 2012 to November 2013 the Ohlone Profiles Project is bringing this peninsula's original inhabitants back to this land where they will be holding community meetings, healing ceremonies, and other gatherings to begin a Truth and Reconciliation process between the City and the Tribe. Fresh from a Big Time Gathering on Indigenous Peoples' Day (October 6) at the...
Topics: Ohlone, indigenous, indian, San Francisco, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Federal recognition, Pomona,...
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Members of Bay Area worker cooperatives will share their thoughts on the history and practice of democratic organization, decision making, equitable employment, and the effects that these organizations have had on the local economy (Rainbow, Inkworks, Box Dog Bikes, Design Action, NoBAWC).
Topics: Cooperatives, collectives, self-management, self-employment, democracy, economic democracy
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More of our lives are being tightly integrated through the commercial social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, private corporations that are monetizing the enormous creative and cooperative activity that takes place there. A movement among tech workers and cooperative activists to create real alternatives through building self-managed platform cooperatives is taking shape. Yes, Virginia, there IS an alternative! The micro-rental economy masquerading as "sharing" is...
Topics: Cooperatives, Platforms, software, applications, technology, DARPA, Internet, freelancers, gig...