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Living New Deal Project
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CCC men work on roads and trails, quarry building stone with a pneumatic drill, transplant trees, copy pottery, repair ruins at Far View House, and inspect ancient relics. Includes views of the cliff dwellings. National Archives Identifier: 11668 Local Identifier: 48.37 * Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse Activities of the Department of the Interior, compiled 1916 - 1976 *...
Topics: Architecture, Civilians, Indian antiquities, Mesa Verde National Park (Colo.), Motion pictures,...
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Shows the Colorado River, electric power transmission lines, and a steel plant in operation. A train brings materials, fuel, and workmen to Boulder City to build Boulder Dam. Close-ups are shown of buckets on cable cars dumping cement into the coffer dam. Includes views of the power lines and towers at the dam site, the switches to control the power, and the completed dam; and the farms, homes, and orchards made possible by power and water from the dam. National Archives Identifier: 11674 Local...
Topics: Boulder City (Nev.), Building, Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico), Dams, Irrigation, Military bases,...
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This film is on Maryland's Patapsco Forest State Park. The footage shows the park's forests and streams and a close-up of Avalon Dam on the Patapsco River. Scenes show Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) men as they worked on the park's roads with picks and shovels, cleared the banks and drained swampy areas, laid out trails, drilled and broke rock, and slept in outdoor quarters. The footage includes a panoramic view of Baltimore, Maryland. National Archives Identifier: 11665 Local Identifier:...
Topics: Baltimore (Md.), Civilian Conservation Corps. (1937 - 07/01/1939), Patapsco Valley State Park (Md.)
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Farm scenes show cattle in a field, farm machinery, and men stacking hay. Various recreational areas for underprivileged children are located on a map. Children play in slum areas. CCC men do construction work in Chopwamsic Recreational Demonstration Area. City children file out of schools, board busses, debus at Chopwamsic, and hike, swim, and play. Includes brief flashes of the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C. National Archives Identifier: 11714 Local Identifier: 48.83...
Topics: Architecture, Children, Civilian Conservation Corps. (1937 - 07/01/1939), Farms, Lincoln Memorial...
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Documentary: Shows the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps on St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John and their beaches and palm trees. Locates Christiansted and Frediksted, the two largest cities on St. Croix. National Park Service sets up a CCC camp on the islands and employs natives for work projects; land irrigation, playground construction, tree planting. Show's tree nurseries at St. Croix's ECW Camp V-2. National Archives Identifier: 11736 Local Identifier: 48.105 Creator(s):...
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Topics: Architecture, Civilians, Department of the Interior. National Park Service. (1934 - ), Irrigation,...
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CCC men ride in trucks, work with pick and shovel, operate bulldozers, graders and pneumatic drills, construct parapets and guard rails, and march with pick and shovel in the park. Includes views of forests, flowers, and underbrush. Rangers in towers watch for forest fires. National Archives Identifier: 11653 Local Identifier: 48.21 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse...
Topics: Civilians, Earthmoving machinery, Great Smoky Mountains (N.C. and Tenn.), Motion pictures, Living...
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On New Jersey's State parks. Reel 1 shows views of rivers, lakes, and other points of interest in Palisades Interstate Park, High Point Park, Watchung Reservation State Park. CCC men clear underbrush, cut dead limbs off trees, work on picnic grounds, and spray destructive caterpillars. Includes views of Jersey City. Reel 2 shows CCC men working on bridges and drains, painting, exercising, and engaging in other activities in South Mountain Reservation and in Parvin State Park. Includes views of...
Topics: African Americans, Architecture, Civilians, Jersey City (N.J.), Motion pictures, Music, Palisades...
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Tourists arrive at Sequoia National Park by car and motorcycle. Shows closeups of a waterfall, an overhanging rock, and a bear. Tourists examine a huge Sequoia tree. Civilian Conservation Corps men work on the roads and eat at an outdoor field kitchen. National Archives Identifier: 11718 Local Identifier: 48.87 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse Activities of the Department of...
Topics: Bears, Civilians, Motion pictures, National parks and reserves
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Shows CCC men at work in Geneva State Park, Alabama. They cross a footbridge with shovels on their shoulders, erect a fence, bridge a stream, clear away dead trees, and replant trees. National Archives Identifier: 11700 Local Identifier: 48.69 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse Activities of the Department of the Interior, compiled 1916 - 1976 * Record Group 48: Records of the...
Topics: Architecture, Civilians, Geneva State Forest (Ala.), Motion pictures
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Scenes of azaleas in bloom, old homes, ships at docks, and bales of cotton, barrels of turpentine, and bunches of bananas being loaded on board freighters in Mobile, Ala., depict its culture and commercial activity. Shows a panorama of Gulf, Little River, and Cedar Creek State Parks in Alabama. CCC boys work in the forests and operate tractors and graders in State Parks; picnickers eat on outdoor tables. A colored CCC boy dances. National Archives Identifier: 11662 Local Identifier: 48.31...
Topics: African Americans, Architecture, Cargo ships, Cedar Creek State Park (Ala.), Civilians, Dance, Gulf...
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Shows CCC men at work in the State Park at Big Sur, California. CCC men cook on an outdoor grill, dig drainage ditches, split logs, crack rocks, unload supplies at camp, cut trails through the forest, operate power shovels, rollers and tractors, and ride to and from work in trucks. Tourists visit the park. Includes views of mountains, forests, a suspension bridge across a river, and Big Sur River. National Archives Identifier: 11690 Local Identifier: 48.59 * Creator(s): Department of the...
Topics: Architecture, Big Sur (Calif.), Bridges, Civilians, Earthmoving machinery, Motion pictures, Living...
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On State parks in New England. Reel 1 shows the Maine coast, Bar Harbor, and Baxter and Moose Brook State Parks; picnickers cook on a grill; CCC men work in the forests. Shows Connecticut's Acculney State Park. Oxen pull up stumps of trees. Horses pull cart loads of lumber. Reel 2 shows Connecticut's Proctor and Elmore State Parks, Virginia's Dorlim State Park, and Massachusett's Mohawk Trail and Savoy State Parks. Includes views of picnickers and hikers, sawmill operations, fishing, and road...
Topics: Bar Harbor (Me.), Baxter State Park (Me.), Civilians, Elmore State Park (Vt.), Fishing, Forests and...
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Reel 1, scenes of palm trees, surf on a beach at St. Augustine, an old schoolhouse, old homes in St. Augustine, and old men playing checkers depict Florida's history, social atmosphere, and climate. Shows the Royal Palms State Park, Florida Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Highlands Hammock, Rex Beach Forest, and bridges and streams. CCC men work in a park. Reel 2 shows CCC men turning out for a day's work, playing volley ball and tennis, swimming, and fighting brush and forest fires, Includes...
Topics: Civilians, Fire extinction, Florida, Motion pictures, Saint Augustine (Fla.), Sports, Living New...
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Shows views of Yosemite National Park including "Big Tree Lodge," "Wawona Tunnel Trees," rock formations, and streams. Tourists fish in a stream, stroll along a forest path, and ride horses and bicycles in the park. CCC men work in the park. National Archives Identifier: 11725 Local Identifier: 48.94 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse Activities of the...
Topics: Bicycles, Civilians, Fishing, Motion pictures, Yosemite National Park (Calif.)
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Reel 1 shows a dam, generators, power lines and a power house; workers constructing a dam with steam shovels and other machinery; the flooded Tennessee River; and views of horse drawn coal cars, deserted farms, and eroded land. President Roosevelt addresses Congress requesting the creation of TVA. Shows Wilson dam and powerhouse at Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Norris dam under construction. Reel 2 shows views of laborers operating dump trucks, drills, steam shovels, and other equipment to construct...
Topics: Blasting, Building, Concrete, Dams, Earthmoving machinery, Electricity, Erosion, Farms, Floods,...
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On State Parks of West Virginia. Reel 1, views of cities, factories, steel furnaces, hydroelectric plants, rivers, canals, and locks depict the State's industries and waterways. Shows Green Brier Hotel at White Sulphur Springs and the town of Berkeley. CCC men work in Lost River Park. Tourists ride horses, picnic at an outdoor table, and examine an old house. Children crippled by polio perform handicraft and sunbathe in Berkeley hospital. Reel 2, visitors to Cacapon State Park ride bicycles and...
Topics: Civilians, Deer, Fishing, Hotels, Motion pictures, Picnicking, Poliomyelitis, Swimming, Turkey,...
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This film is on Maryland's Patapsco Forest State Park. The footage shows the park's forests and streams and a close-up of Avalon Dam on the Patapsco River. Scenes show Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) men as they worked on the park's roads with picks and shovels, cleared the banks and drained swampy areas, laid out trails, drilled and broke rock, and slept in outdoor quarters. The footage includes a panoramic view of Baltimore, Maryland. National Archives Identifier: 11665 Local Identifier:...
Topics: Baltimore (Md.), Civilian Conservation Corps. (1937 - 07/01/1939), Patapsco Valley State Park...
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Documentary: On the Civilian Conservation Corps' restoration of Fort Frederick as a Maryland State Park. Locates Fort Frederick on the strip of Maryland between Pennsylvania and West Virginia, 15 miles from Hagerstown. Explains that during the Civil War, Indian War, and the Revolutionary War it was used to protect the railroads, canal and a road on the Virginia side of the Potomac. Men clear land and collect relics from the soil. National Archives Identifier: 11737 Local Identifier: 48.106...
Topics: Architecture, Civilians, Motion pictures, National parks and reserves, Living New Deal
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Reel 1 is missing. Reel 2, artifacts of mound building Indians are displayed in the Alabama Museum of Natural History at Tuscaloosa: pottery, stone and shell ornaments, arrow heads, flints, and bone awls, needles, and fish hooks. Human and animal skeletons are reconstructed. Broken pottery is pieced together. CCC units excavate and reconstruct mounds in the Mounds State Park. National Archives Identifier: 11635 Local Identifier: 48.3 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion...
Topics: Alabama Museum of Natural History, Archaeology, Civilians, Indian craft, Motion pictures, Living...
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Shows Minnesota lakes at the head waters of the Mississippi River. CCC men work in Itasca Lake State Park and in Scenic State Park. Pageants re-create the days of the Indians and backwoodsmen with log cabins, covered wagons, stockades, and Indian wigwams. Includes views of Indians on a reservation, picnickers in a park, and a CCC camp. National Archives Identifier: 11652 Local Identifier: 48.20 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) From:...
Topics: Civilians, Indian reservations, Indians of North America, Minnesota, Mississippi, Motion pictures,...
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Shows the lakes and forests of Minnesota. Tourists sail boats on a lake, cook on an outdoor grill, picnic at outdoor tables, and swim and fish in lakes. National Archives Identifier: 11651 Local Identifier: 48.19 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse Activities of the Department of the Interior, compiled 1916 - 1976 * Record Group 48: Records of the Office of the Secretary of the...
Topics: Boats and boating, Fishing, Forests and forestry, Lakes, Minnesota, Motion pictures, Swimming,...
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48.81 Mt. Rainier National Park, 1936 Civilian Conservation Corps workers transplant trees, break rocks, lay a cobblestone path, dig drainage ditches, and feed squirrels and a woodpecker in the park. Shows the snowcapped mountains and a close-up of "Pigeon Spring." National Archives Identifier: 11712 Local Identifier: 48.81 * Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse...
Topics: Civilians, Motion pictures, Mount Rainier National Park (Wash.), Mountains, Living New Deal
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CCC men ride in trucks, work with pick and shovel, operate bulldozers, graders and pneumatic drills, construct parapets and guard rails, and march with pick and shovel in the park. Includes views of forests, flowers, and underbrush. Rangers in towers watch for forest fires. National Archives Identifier: 11653 Local Identifier: 48.21 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse...
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Shows Birmingham and views of Alabama's mountains, homes, factories, mines, railways, and its State Parks, including Oak Mountain State Park, Weogufka State Park, De Soto State Park, and Cheaha State Park. CCC men in the parks crack rocks, construct lodges and roads, operate bulldozers and dump trucks, and study first aid and artificial respiration. Includes views of tourists driving into the parks, picnicking, and wading in streams. National Archives Identifier: 11699 Local Identifier: 48.68...
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Topics: Architecture, Birmingham (Ala.), Cheaha Mountain, Civilians, De Soto State Park (Ala.), Motion...
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On California's State parks. Reel 1 shows forests, streams, waterfalls, brush, and mountains in Redwood, Humboldt, Calaveras, and Tamalpais State Parks. CCC men clear undergrowth, cut and process lumber, dig culverts, build bridges, and work on roads and trails with bulldozers and tractors. Reel 2 shows views of Prairie Creek and Big Sur State Parks, including views of the San Jacinto mountain range. CCC men work and relax in the parks. Reel 3 shows Cuyamaca Ranch State Park. CCC men construct...
Topics: Architecture, Big Sur (Calif.), Civilians, Earthmoving machinery, Motion pictures, Mountains,...
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Shows Alabama's State Capitol in Montgomery, the brass star in the floor of its Senate chamber where Jefferson Davis took his oath of office, the Confederate "White House," Dexter Ave., the public square, Exchange Hotel, and Union Stockyards. CCC men dig wells in Marengo County State Park. The ROTC drills at Alabama Polytechnic Institute in Auburn. Art students draw, and tourists swim, picnic, sunbathe, cycle, and ride horses in Shiawassee State Park; CCC men pour concrete and...
Topics: Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Architecture, Auburn (Ala.), Civilians, Hotels, Marengo Lake (Ala.),...
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Regina Alioto describes her great-grandfather Pietro Alioto and his successful candy and ice cream store on Lombard and Mason in San Francisco.
Topics: Italian, Alioto, North Beach, Prohibition
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San Francisco native Darrell Rogers (b. 1945 in the Fillmore) describes his childhood experience of a friendly policeman named Eddie who helped him transition from the black school in the Fillmore where he started to the white school (Argonne Elementary) in the Richmond where he moved in 1954. But his childhood experiences, while still influential, are ultimately unraveled by the casual but brutal racism that characterizes the relationship between white police officers and black citizens.
Topics: police, San Francisco Police, racism, police brutality
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Retired Secretary-Treasure of ILWU Local 10 Herb Mills gives an entertaining and eloquent description of the labor process of longshoring pre-containerization, detailing how the solidarity and moral cohesion of the men was created through their shared labor in the holds of ships and on docks along San Francisco's industrial waterfront. Interviewed in 1996 by Chris Carlsson and Steve Stallone for the Shaping San Francisco prjoect.
Topics: longshoremen, longshoring, dockers, dock work, ILWU, winches, hoists, cranes, solidarity
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Editor  Jai Sen  of  Movements of Movements  joins  Shaping San Francisco and YOU  for an open discussion. Breaking with our usual format, this entire evening is a discussion open to all participants.  Here are articles  from the two-volume  Movements of Movements  to help shape the discussion.  Co-hosted by PM Press .
Topics: Movements, anti-globalization, anti-capitalism, IMF, World Bank, WTO, horizontalism, anarchism,...
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Part of the "Ecology Emerges" oral history interviews covering the last 50 years history of Bay Area ecological activism, from conservation to environmental justice. Karen Pickett was an early participant in the Berkeley Ecology Center, worked on its early recycling effort, later set one up at Merritt College, and more recently has been a staffer for the Bay Area Coalition for the Headwaters. She's been part of the Earth First! movement too.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, recycling, Berkeley Ecology Center, Headwaters, Earth First!
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An interview with Carole Schemmerling, cofounder of the East Bay Urban Creeks Council. The interview was in Berkeley at her home, part of the "Ecology Emerges" collection of oral histories, investigating the arc of conservation to environmentalism to ecology, environmental justice and finally, social justice.
Topics: ecology, environmental justice, Urban Creeks Council, urban waterways, daylighting creeks, water...
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Oscar Grande is an organizer with PODER in San Francisco's Mission District, an organization dedicated to environmental and social justice.
Topics: Environmental justice, ecology, urban agriculture, economic growth, transportation, urban gardens,...
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Few San Francisco neighborhoods have gone through as dramatic a change as Dogpatch. East of Potrero Hill, once an industrial neighborhood making warships, steel, sugar, rope, and more, where flimsy wooden structures teetered on long-gone hills, the area has had an arts renaissance that is now giving way to high-end condos, the encroaching medical/biotech industry, and even more grandiose plans for highrise development. A microcosm of San Francisco’s history from the 1860s to the present....
Topics: Irish Hill, Potrero, Dutchman's Flat, Dogpatch, Noonan Building, Shipyard Trust for the Arts, Tubbs...
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Alvin Duskin and Jerry Mander describe the amazing story of Lamar Hunt's attempt to purchase Alcatraz from San Francisco in the late 1960s, and how they stopped it.
Topics: Alcatra, Apollo 8, Victorian San Francisco, Oil Terminal, Lamar Hunt
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If there were a single event of the 20th century that we could magically undo, would it not be the war of 1914-1918? It led to some 20 million military and civilian deaths, the rise of Nazism, the Russian Revolution, and another even more destructive world war. On the centennial of WWI, the “War to End All Wars,” eminent historian  Adam Hochschild  revisits that pivotal epoch. His 2011 book  To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918  reminds us of the shock provoked...
Topics: war, peace, WWI, World War I, 1914-1918, fraternization, revolution, sedition, press censorship,...
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Rethinking 1968: What Happened, How Has It Shaped Us? Rarely has the entire globe seen such a far-reaching revolt as the revolutionary upheavals of the 1968-70 era, whose effects continue to reverberate for better and worse through to our time. Join critical analysts and participants  Judy Gumbo, George Katsiaficas, Mat Callahan , and  Carlos Muñoz  for a provocative historical inquiry.  Co-hosted by PM Press .
Topics: Protest, social movements, feminism, women's movement, Yippies, Black Panthers, Chicano Moratorium,...
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Artists’ Television Access (ATA) was founded in 1984 by artist John Martin and Marshall Weber. Originally a quirky art warehouse space called the Weber/Marshall Gallery located on 8th Street in the SOMA district. Due to a fire in 1986, the gallery moved to 992 Valencia Street in San Francisco in the Mission District and was renamed the Artists’ Television Access. It has shown underground movies, videos, and performance art.  Filmmaker Craig Baldwin provides a history and an insight into...
Topics: ATA, SOMA, Mission District, underground, media
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Experimental filmmaker Craig Baldwin talks film and video aesthetics.
Topics: Baldwin, film, video, aesthetics
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Our Walk-n-Talk Urban Forum visited the top of Bayview Hill where we circumnavigated the peak on the old cement road, stopping at both west and east ends for stories explaining the layers of history that shaped the surrounding landscapes. After the loop we made our way down and across the neighborhood to visit Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, where we were surprised by a serendipitous appearance of a Park Ranger who filled us in on some of the fauna out there. Eventually we walked out...
Topics: Bayview Hill, Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, urban state park, ground squirrels, San...
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We traverse the grounds of the old military base and discover histories of farms, soldiers, abolitionists, and a lost lagoon. From the Fontana Towers to Aquatic Park we discuss urban development, ecology, slavery, World’s Fairs, and militarism. There are some sound issues in a few spots, but mostly it's clearly audible.
Topics: Fort Mason, anti-slavery, Duel, slavery, Indian slavery, Panama-Pacific International Exposition,...
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Grandview Peak offers incredible views of western San Francisco, the ocean, and Marin County. We navigate southward along the side of Golden Gate Heights to discover wildlife corridors, tiled staircases, and more.With LisaRuth Elliott, co-director of Shaping San Francisco, and Alyssa Pun, Stewardship Coordinator for Nature in the City.
Topics: Grandview Peak, Rocky Outcrop Park, Golden Gate Heights, Quintara Stairs, Sunset, Green Hairstreak...
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A brief aerial glimpse of the Mission Bay railyards in 1963. This is a short excerpt from the Prelinger Archives' "Lost Landscapes #1" which was originally launched as part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks series in 2006.
Topics: Mission Bay, railroads, rail, aerial, 1963, industry, Mission Creek
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Progress to Poverty: Land and Rents On the 140th anniversary of Henry George’s Progress and Poverty, his land tax and radical reform of land use are worth a critical re-examination. Geographer Richard Walker along with Ted Gwartney of the California chapter of Common Ground USA, untangle what George proposed, what happened as a result of his ideas, and what the future holds. In conjunction with the San Francisco Public Library exhibit Who Owns the Earth? Henry George’s Progress &...
Topics: Single tax, Land Tax, taxes, Proposition 13, state, California, 19th century, 1870s, railroads,...
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During a Shaping San Francisco Public Talk on Storytelling and Memory Keepers, artist Susan Schwartzenberg describes the development and creation of "Philosophers Way," a meandering circular path that integrates older paths around McLaren Park into a new circumnavigation of the whole park. Elegant marble plaques quoting historic events, musings, and set in under-appreciated view spots, highlight the tour.
Topics: Public art, philosophy, plaques, views, McLaren Park, Visitacion Valley, Portola, Excelsior, public...
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Carlo Middione, who arrived in North Beach as a young man in the mid-1950s, describes what going to the Black Cat was like in those early years of his time in San Francisco.
Topics: Black Cat, gay bars, Jose Sarria, bohemian, North Beach
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A spirited urban meander starting at the foot of the Visitacion Valley Greenway, with a presentation on its evolution from activist Fran Martin, then looping back through the neighborhood and down Leland Avenue, the main shopping street, checking out historic architecture along the way with commentary from Visitacion Valley Historical Society members Cynthia Cox and Edie Eps. Once we emerged onto Bayshore Boulevard we went slightly north to cross over and enter Little Hollywood where we heard...
Topics: Visitacion Valley, Little Hollywood, Bayview, Greenway, parks, Schlage Lock, architecture, walking...
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Judy Davis, a veteran worker at Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco, reminisces about her earlier days in San Francisco, her life at the venerable cooperative grocery store from its first location near 16th and Valencia, through their time on 15th and Mission, and finally to their current location on Division and Folsom... through the trials and tribulations among workers, customers, and the City.
Topics: Rainbow Grocery Cooperative, workers coops, cooperatives, co-op grocery stores, Mission District,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Longtime activist Charlie Hinton continues the second part of his oral history, describing his re-engagement with activism in 1992 as part of the public campaign against the 500th anniversary of the landing of Columbus. From there he goes to Haiti and begins a decades-long effort to support the people of Haiti against the depradations of US power. He also connects with prisoners in Pelican Bay State Prison and eventually pens a one-man show about solitary confinement. And much more!
Topics: Columbus, indigenous rights, Haiti, Nicaragua, Chile, prisons, solitary confinement, San Quentin...
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Efforts to integrate history and ecological restoration can be found tucked away in most San Francisco neighborhoods. Neighborhood greenways and corridors are most often the result of initial community-based activism to beautify an urban space, and end up becoming much more complex projects. Sophie Constantinou shares stories of creating the Buchanan Street Mall project and a newly accessible open space along the Bernal Cut, and how the different neighborhoods shaped these similar projects....
Topics: public space, neighborhood corridors, wildlife, habitat, gardens, parks, vollunteers, Recreation...
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El Polín Spring and the area around it is a great example of how National Park stewardship has brought history to life. Follow the water through MacArthur Meadow, the Tennesee Hollow watershed, to the Crissy Field marshes—including the newly restored Quartermaster Reach. With Lew Stringer, Joel Pomerantz, LisaRuth Elliott, and Chris Carlsson.
Topics: water, restoration, Presidio, Crissy Field, Tennessee Hollow, MacArthur Meadow, Quartermaster...
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On November 30, 1999 the World Trade Organization was prevented from meeting in Seattle by unprecedented phalanxes of self-organized protesters who filled the streets, tied up key intersections, blockaded the convention center, and used video and the internet in ways they’d never been used before. Bay Area activists were in the middle of it all, and veterans of that experience will revisit that moment to help us rethink this moment. With Anuradha Mittal, David Solnit, Eddie Yuen, Steve...
Topics: Globalization, alter-globalization, protest, Seattle, WTO, food politics, campesinos, ILWU, port...
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Before San Francisco: Spanish and Mexican Peninsula From the original encounters between local indigenous peoples and the first Spanish arrivals, to the spread of the disruptive Mission cattle-based economy, Mexican independence, and eventual abolition of Indian slavery, the peninsula that became San Francisco had a fascinating and overlooked pre-urban history. Author Adriana Camarena covers the period when Mexico was fragmenting and local Californios existed in a pastoral but brutal local...
Topics: Ohlone, indigenous, Californios, ranchos, Spanish empire, Mexico, Mexican Independence,...
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How do we “hold” (record/store) history now compared to the past? How do we “tell” history now, and has the relationship between archival sources and narrative arcs/presentation changed with digitalization? What do we learn from narration-free archival materials (a la Prelinger home movies, foundsf photo pages, etc.)? And popular attitudes towards history: who cares about footnotes? How are archivists beginning to shape new ways of making history public? Film archivist and librarian ...
Topics: archives, memory, hypertext, links, nonlinearity, public libraries, public collections, diversity,...
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Molly Martin, interviewed in February 2019, discusses working on the Women's Building as an electrician, and then the controversy over women entering the SF Police Department as officers, and its relationship to jobs and women's work.
Topics: Lesbians, police, Women's Building, discrimination, equal rights
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Art & Politics: Miranda Bergman Miranda Bergman , a Mission District resident for many decades and local icon, has been painting public murals since the 1970s when she started as a member of the Haight Ashbury muralists. Her involvement in Central America, Palestine, and women’s politics has shaped her participation in epic works such as Maestrapeace , a Placa mural in Balmy Alley, and many others around the Bay Area and the world.
Topics: murals, community murals, women, children, seniors, San Francisco, Mission DIstrict, Balmy Alley,...
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes how he became involved with the food giveaway which was the ransom demanded by the Symbionese Liberation Army of the Hearst family for the then-kidnapped Patty Hearst.
Topics: People In Need (PIN), food giveaway, SLA, Patty Hearst, William Randolph Hearst, ransom, 1974,...
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Former Redevelopment official Carlo Middione tells the story of providing a building in the late 1960s to Angela Davis and "her group" at Fillmore and Golden Gate, and the surprising thing that happened as a result.
Topics: Angela Davis, black power, arsenal, arms, 1960s, Redevelopment Agency
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First 90 seconds of Chris Carlsson setting up how he's using the FoundSF.org archive to create a narrative arc explaining the context and precursor movements and events to the 1967 Summer of Love. Filmed at the DeYoung Museum on June 30, 2017 by Adriana Camarena.
Topics: public history, history, historiography, storytelling, narrative form, narration, multimedia,...
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Excerpted from the Ecology Emerges interview with Susan Swift. She is a former Abalone Alliance staffer who grew disaffected and resigned a year after the big Diablo Canyon direct action campaign, in part due to the inability of the Abalone Alliance to make alliances with organized labor,or to even consider the plight of folks who couldn't easily take days of their lives to sit in jails, or camp out in protest, etc.
Topics: Abalone Alliance, ecology, anti-nuclear, labor, tactics
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Saul Bloom of ARC/Ecology in San Francisco describes his history as a Greenpeace staffer and early involvement in anti-nuke politics, with a focus on the campaign to stop the homeporting of the USS Missouri in San Francisco in the 1980s. The USS Missouri, during Reagan's administration, was slated to be redesigned to carry cruise missiles and thus become a first-strike launching pad for nuclear war.
Topics: Nuclear weapons, nukes, anti-nuke, USS Missouri, homeporting, Fleet Week
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Ten minutes from the May 5, 2015 demonstration in front of 2840-2848 Folsom Street in San Francisco during the last open house before offers went in... some words from Carin McKay, Kirk Read, and Chris Carlsson, all tenants, and a short postscript from Mokai... video by Nick Kasimatis... many thanks!
Topics: displacement, eviction, San Francisco, housing, Land Trust, SF Community Land Trust, Frances...
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Longtime poet and activist Nina Serrano describes how she organized, without any prior experience, a demonstration on Market Street to demand the freedom to travel--then, as now, banned or restricted by the U.S. government with respect to Cuba and other countries.
Topics: Travel ban, Freedom to Travel, Cuba, 1960s, San Francisco
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A short clip from a longer interview with Josephine Firpo-Alioto and her daughter Regina Alioto in which they recount the 1920s and 1930s Italian community on Potrero Hill, in particular describing the vibrant Italian Men's Social Clubs of the time.
Topics: Italian, Potrero Hill, 1930s, Alioto, San Francisco
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The “Language of Water” is a vision to retrofit strategic locations of the Islais Creek Watershed to reduce flood risk and invest in real resiliency from sea level rise, drought, flooding and demonstrating the state of the art practices available to the agency or the cities. This proposal includes plans to create multi-purpose, distributed infrastructure for water supply, wastewater and stormwater treatment and the incorporation of creek daylighting and floodable spaces that make room for...
Topics: sewers, sewerage, composting toilets, Hetch Hetchy, rainwater, graywater, black water, Islais...
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Shaping San Francisco invites you on a tour of India Basin’s shoreline open space, parks, and historic sites. Not only will you get a close-up tour of this much neglected part of San Francisco, but we’ll be discussing San Francisco’s efforts to plan for sea-level rise even while the overlooked shoreline is suddenly spruced up and made publicly available like never before. After our walk we’ll chat at the west end of India Basin.
Topics: Heron's Head, India Basin, redevelopment, Hunter's Point, shoreline, sealevel rise, Islais Creek,...
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Reel 1, unemployed workers stand in line at the gates of closed factories. Shows views of South Carolina's Edista State Park and Myrtle Beach State Park, and Georgia's Santo Domingo State Park. CCC men work in the park, destroy caterpillars and other pests, transplant trees, attend classes, and feed animals. Shows the home of Alexander Stevens, vice president of the Confederacy, being renovated. Reel 2 shows various views of State parks in Vermont, Massachusetts, Virginia, Louisiana, New York,...
Topics: American Civil War, 1861-1865, Animals, Civilians, Edisto Island (S.C.), Motion pictures, Myrtle...
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Reel 1 shows rain storms and flooded streams, the flooded Tennessee River valley, Norris Dam and Wilson Dam, and a panorama of eroded land. Phosphate fertilizer is made in an electric furnace at Muscle Shoals, is bagged, and is shipped to the farmer. Contrasts productivity of fertilized and non-fertilized land. Reel 2 shows crops and cattle on a farm, a delegation of farmers conferring with a county agent, the power house at Wilson Dam, electric power lines and towers, a reservoir, and a...
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Shows Chickamauga State Park in Georgia and Gettysburg State Park in Pennsylvania. Guides show tourists over the Civil War battlefields. Archeologists dig up Indian relics and skeletons at an ancient Indian village and burial ground at Moundsville, Ala., measure an exhumed skull with calipers, and study unearthed Indian pottery and basketwork. Shows Indian relics in a museum. CCC youths work in North Park and in Clark Forest State Park. Tourists picnic, swim, and canoe in the parks. National...
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The Diggers served free food in an effort to address a massive influx of young people to the Haight during the Summer of Love and the Black Panthers’ Free Breakfast Program for youth began soon after. Drawing from this same desire to reimagine food systems, food conspiracies flourished in communes in the early 1970s and the People’s Food System built a network of stores and distributors out of this collective framework. Three worker-owned cooperatives survive — including Other Avenues...
Topics: Cooperatives, co-ops, collectives, food systems, urban agriculture, food security, food...
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A short clip of San Francisco Mime Troupe performers in Washington Square and traipsing through North Beach in costume in 1965. Excerpted from an educational project by Kiley Erickson, strictly for educational purposes only.
Topics: San Francisco Mime Troupe, commedia dell'arte, Diggers, 1960s, North Beach
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Excerpted from the Ecology Emerges interview with Susan Swift. She is a former Abalone Alliance staffer who grew disaffected and resigned a year after the big Diablo Canyon direct action campaign, in part due to the inability of the Abalone Alliance to make alliances with organized labor,or to even consider the plight of folks who couldn't easily take days of their lives to sit in jails, or camp out in protest, etc.
Topics: Abalone Alliance, ecology, anti-nuclear, labor, tactics
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Abby Smith Rumsey, author of When We Are No More,  in conversation with Shaping San Francisco's LisaRuth Elliott, covering topics of memory, technology, archives, history, politics, and more.
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An interview with one of the cofounders of Save The Bay in the early 1960s, Sylvia McLaughlin. This is part of Shaping San Francisco's oral history project "Ecology Emerges," covering the arc of environmental activism in the Bay Area from conservation through ecology to environmental and social justice, from the 1960s to the present.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, environmentalism, Save the Bay, conservation
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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. Julia May is a longtime staffer at Communities for a Better Environment, involved with water pollution, oil industry politics, and more.
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Interviewed as part of the 2011 Ecology Emerges project, Doris Sloan, professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, here recounts her early involvement in the unprecedented campaign to halt the construction of a nuclear power plant on the San Andrea Fault in Bodega Bay, California in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Topics: Nuclear power, Bodega Bay, PG&E, plate tectonics, community involvement, public participation,...
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Experimental Filmmaker Craig Baldwin talks about the future of Artists' Television Access (ATA).
Topics: Baldwin, Experimental, Film, ATA
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Not only have the Balkans been obliterated by NATO 'humanitarian intervention', eviscerated by imposed neoliberal economic restructuring, and their peoples, particularly the Roma gypsy flung to the corners of the earth, but they've suffered the indignities of centuries of lies, caricature, distortion, and misinformation. Here to discuss, disturb and offer a gentle corrective or two, is a panel of folks from the Balkans and its environs including Andrej Grubacic, Yugoslav author, most recently,...
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Video of 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...
Topics: Haight-Ashbury, Summer of Love, Vietnam, Vietnam War, anti-war, redevelopment, African American,...
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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: anti-apartheid, South Africa, boycott, ILWU, dockworkers, longshoremen, San Francisco, Oakland,...
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Youth and upbringing; early involvement in civil rights and labor movements.
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Celebrating the release of a new map of San Francisco, "Nature in the City" reflects a rich and fairly recent understanding of what comprises a place. An update of an original 2006 map, the rework includes a total of five maps, highlighting species that live alongside Homo sapiens, geology, gardening, restoration, and connections within the Bay-Delta.  Mary Ellen Hannibal  (author of  Citizen Scientist ),  Rebecca Johnso n (Academy of Sciences), and map artist  Jane Kim...
Topics: Maps, cartography, nature, wild, habitat, species, history