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silent footage from the Prelinger Archive, edited to focus on the parts about Pacific Trade and the footage of longshoring, probably from the 1920s.
Topics: Globalization, world trade, San Francisco, longshoring, dockers, piers, shipping, bananas, copra,...
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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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Original San Francisco Digger Kent Minault was invited to Berkeley to meet someone to talk about a book on Black America... he was introduced to Huey Newton of the Black Panthers and an entirely different meeting took place instead.
Topics: Diggers, Black Panthers, free food, free breakfast program, Oakland, Berkeley, police, police...
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San Francisco native 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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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes how he worked with the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) in the early 1960s during the lengthy anti-discrimination campaigns that targeted the Palace Hotel, supermarkets, Mel's Drive-in, Auto Row, and other locales in San Francisco. It was a time when racial discrimination in employment was the rule in liberal SF.
Topics: CORE, Congress on Racial Equality, picket lines, Lucky's, Safeway, Mel's Drive-in, Palace Hotel,...
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San Francisco native Darrell Rogers (b. 1945 in the Fillmore) describes the civil disobedience he participated in with 18 other young men in 1970 when the SF Police Department tried to impose a new mandatory ID card on all black males between 16-25 years old, ostensibly to help their investigation into the mysterious Zebra killings.
Topics: Zebra killers, apartheid, ID cards, African American, black San Francisco, 1970, SF Police...
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Ruth Gravanis, longtime San Francisco ecological activist and former board member of San Francisco Tomorrow and Mission Creek Conservancy, along with Karen Pickett, original member of the Berkeley Ecology Center's recycling program, as well as a longtime participant in Earth First! and forest preservation campaigns, both tell important stories about the history of recycling in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Topics: recycling, ecology, Ecology Emerges, Berkeley Ecology Center, Brisbane, incinerator, NIMBY
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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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A short film clip from Greta Snider's Portland .  Used by permission of the artist Greta Snider.
Topics: Snider, Film
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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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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 short film clip from Greta Snider's Flight .  Used by permission of the artist Greta Snider.
Topics: Snider, Film
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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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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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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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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 short clip of Craig Baldwin's film Tribulation 99 .  Used by permission and courtesy of Craig Baldwin.
Topics: sci-fi, Craig Baldwin
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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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Molly Martin arrived in San Francisco in the mid-1970s, and lived through the long heyday of the lesbian scene along Valencia, worked as an electrician and founded the Wonder Women electrical collective (and wired many of the women's businesses in the Mission), competed in the Gay Games in weight lifting, frequented numerous bars and clubs. She also worked at dozens of blue collar work sites and was part of a major lawsuit to open the trades to women workers, after which she founded Tradeswomen.
Topics: lesbian culture, women's electrical collective, sex discrimination, Project One, Valencia Street,...
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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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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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A short film clip from Greta Snider's Blood Story .  Used by permission of the artist Greta Snider.
Topics: Snider, Film
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Francis Calpotura describes the importance of an identity-based organization, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, in organizing communities around environmental justice concerns.
Topics: environmental justice, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, APEN, Asian American, identity politics
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In lieu of our normal walking tour, given the stay-at-home order issued in San Francisco in early December 2020, we put our tour together on video today (in the rain!) and share it here...
Topics: Sea level rise, King Tide, San Francisco shoreline, Mission Bay, Mission Creek, McCovey Cove,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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70 years ago the United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco, one of the most significant — and forgotten — moments in local history. How did the UN relate to the 1939 Treasure Island world’s fair, and why was its HQ not built in San Francisco or Marin as planned? The UN was the last of President Roosevelt’s attempts to extend his New Deal to the world. Dr. Gray Brechin examines what has happened to the UN in a new century of perpetual war.
Topics: New Deal, Depression, FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, social security, WPA, PWA, CWA,...
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A short movie clip from Craig Baldwin's film Sonic Outlaws.  Used by permission and courtesy of Craig Baldwin.
Topics: Documentary, Negativland, Craig Baldwin
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A WWII-era view of the corner of 20th and 3rd Streets, near the Bethlehem shipyards during the peak of wartime production. A close look at the working class as it is coming and going from the busiest industrial site in San Francisco, grabbing streetcars and crossing the street, a slice of life. This is a short excerpt from the Prelinger Archives' "Lost Landscapes #1" which was originally launched as part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks series in 2006.
Topics: Shipyards, working class, WWII, wartime production, commuting, Dogpatch, Bethlehem Shipyards
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Harry Hay was labor, human, and gay rights advocate in the 1930's through his death in 2002.  He organized the Mattachine Society and the Radical Faeries , a loosely-affiliated gay spiritual movement.
Topics: Hay, Gay, Human, Rights
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A greeting from Bicis del Pueblo in San Francisco to the attendees of the World Bike Forum #7 in Lima, Peru, February 22-26, 2018.
Topics: bicycles, bikes, youth, talleres, workshops
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From the weird madness of the Reber Plan to dam both ends of the Bay into freshwater lakes in the 1950s to the Save the Bay movement of the early 1960s that helped create the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, we’ve come a long way in a half century. Today’s open shorelines, closed trash dumps, and returning wetlands honor and preserve our greatest public resource. Historian  Chuck Wollenberg and  Steve Goldbeck  from BCDC.
Topics: Bay, landfill, sewage, resilience, dams, earthen dams, fresh water, salt water, crackpot plans,...
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Podcasts are shaping the presentation of history through audio delivery. Hosts of several local series tell us why they chose this new technology to delve into the past and how they gauge success. Hear clips of each program in a special podcast challenge! With  David Gallagher  and  Woody LaBounty  (The Western Neighoborhoods Project  Outside Lands San Francisco ),  Liam O’Donoghue  ( East Bay Yesterday ), and  David Boyer  ( The Intersection ).
Topics: video, podcasts, oral history, journalism, history, ethics, storytelling, East Bay, San Francisco,...
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Carlo Middione, who arrived in North Beach around 1958, describes his life during those early, inexpensive and carefree years...
Topics: North Beach, Italian, food, rent, housing, 1950s
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Oscar Grande, organizer with PODER in the Mission, talks about the promises and perils of the organizing effort to create In Chan Kajaal park at 17th and Folsom. The interview took place before construction on the park had begun, but it is now open, as of Summer 2017.
Topics: parks, Recreation & Park Dept., immigration, Mayan, housing, organizing, public space
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Bicycling, Immigration and Neoliberalism: Oscar Grande, organizer with PODER in the Mission, talks about the problems of bicycling politics, who speaks for bicycling, who actually bicycles and why, and how the issues surrounding class identity affects the broader environmental movements.
Topics: greenwashing, greenmail, neoliberalism, LEED standards, bicycling, immigration, equity, social...
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A "Walk and Talk," featuring Lew Springer (assoc. director of Natural Resources at the Presidio National Park) and Joel Pomerantz (thinkwalks.org and Seep City), along with Shaping San Francisco hosts LisaRuth Elliott and Chris Carlsson. We began at the Crissy Field restoration, and followed the watershed up through the recently opened Quartermaster Reach, Thompson Reach, YMCA Reach, MacArthur Meadow, then up Lover's Lane and the Goldsworthy "Tree Line" before returning to...
Topics: wetlands, riparian corridor, marshes, restoration, habitat, species, National Parks, Presidio,...
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During a Shaping San Francisco Public Talk on Storytelling and Memory Keepers, artist Susan Schwartzenberg describes the development and creation of the "Rosie The Riveter" national monument in Richmond, California.
Topics: World War II, Rosie the Riveter, women, women's work, liberty ships, Richmond, Kaiser shipyards
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A silent bike ride around the top of Bayview Hill in San Francisco. Views to all directions, and a full circumnavigation of the upper road.
Topics: Bayview Hill, bicycling, views, San Francisco, Visitacion Valley, Hunter's Point
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Ruth Mahaney and Molly Martin, interviewed  in late 2018 and early 2019 respectively, remember early encounters with feminist bookstores and lesbian printing.
Topics: bookstores, printing presses, printshops, lesbians, gay, Modern Times
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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Tom was there at the founding of Friends of the Earth, working closely with David Brower, and edited the FoE journal "Not Man Apart."
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental justice, social justice,...
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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Miya Yoshitani works with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) for whom she has worked in Australia and the East Bay. She has a long history in environmental justice activism.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, urban agriculture, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental...
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Susan Swift was involved in the Abalone Alliance anti-nuclear efforts of the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was one of the only paid staffers during the lead-up to the big blockade and occupation of the PG&E Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. She has also been involved in a variety of environmental and labor campaigns during the years.
Topics: ecology, anti-nuclear, Diablo Canyon, Abalone Alliance, economy, work
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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Bill Evers was a founder of the California Planning & Conservation League, a member of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission and a long-time board member of the Greenbelt Alliance. His mother was a cofounder of the Marin Conservation League in the 1930s!
Topics: ecology, planning, conservation, Planning & Conservation League, Marin Conservation League,...
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Longtime activist Nina Serrano describes how she became a poet and writer and a contributor (along with her husband and son) to the San Francisco Good Times  newspaper... and how it led her to reclaim her original last name!
Topics: journalism, poetry, 1960s, Good Times, underground press, feminism
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Herb Mills, retired Secretary-Treasurer of ILWU Local 10, describes here the solidarity among longshoremen on the job which gives rise to moral actors, reinforcing an ethical system of mutual respect and mutual aid that was the underpinning of the longshore union during its heyday from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Topics: longshoremen, ILWU, morality, solidarity, cooperation, mutual aid
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Touted by the tech industry as a way to preserve livelihoods in a time of automation replacing workers, Universal Basic Income (UBI) is not a new concept.  As a poverty alleviation idea, it has resonance in the EPIC program of 1930s California, and similar ideas were floated by leaders of social movements of the 1960s, including MLK, Jr. and the Black Panthers in their Ten Point Program. Through a discussion of UBI we take a look at the nature of work and classifying invisible work as work,...
Topics: Universal Basic Income, Negative Income Tax, EPIC, Black Panthers 10-point Program, economic...
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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...
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In the midst of the ongoing tech boom in the Bay Area, the biotech industry gets less attention than social media and “sharing” unicorns. What is going on with the push for “synthetic biology”? What are the implications for politics, manufacturing, medicine? Will the boundary between life and artifice persist? How do embedded paradigms reflect deeper assumptions about the structure of modern life? with Elliot Hosman, Pete Shanks , and Tito Jankowski .
Topics: Synthetic biology, ethics, bioethics, gender, DNA, red line, designer babies, human genome,...
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A collaborative effort of the  San Francisco Department of Memory , this project digitally preserves and promotes San Francisco community newspapers. Over 1,600 issues generated in eight neighborhoods dating back to the 1960s are now available online. Collection project manager LisaRuth Elliott , along with journalist and historian Elizabeth Creely , present highlights of the collection.
Topics: community, community groups, archive, archiving, archivist, Department of Memory, San Francisco...
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The San Francisco Poster Syndicate has been creating inspiring silkscreen posters at protests, demonstrations, street fairs, art events, and parties for the past decade or more. A steady stream of new participants has kept it fresh, and tonight we’ll hear from veterans and newbies alike. Art Hazelwood, Jos Sances, Lucia Ippolito, Joanna Ruckman , and Christopher Statton , and more!
Topics: posters, political posters, art and politics, free, silkscreening, demonstrations, public space,...
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Hidden San Francisco : Book Release and Birthday! Join Shaping San Francisco’s Chris Carlsson on his 63rd birthday as he presents his new book, Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories . After a quarter century of curating the digital archive at foundsf.org , and conducting bike and walking tours, this book captures the unique and serendipitous connections that course through Shaping San Francisco’s ongoing work.
Topics: history, historiography, San Francisco, guidebook, storytelling, narrative arc, digital media,...
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Experimental filmmaker Greta Snider talks about gender behind the camera.
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Saul Bloom is the director of ARC/Ecology in San Francisco where he has been deeply involved in local military base decommissioning, ecological and economic agitation, and working for environmental and social justice. He got his start with Greenpeace in the late 1970s and was instrumental in the fight against the homeporting of the USS Missouri in the 1980s. Part of the Shaping San Francisco "Ecology Emerges" oral history project, documenting the arc of environmental activism from...
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, Greenpeace, ARC/Ecology, USS Missouri, Hunter's Point Naval Base, Alameda...
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One of the interviews done as part of the "Ecology Emeregs oral history project in 2009-2010 by Shaping San Francisco. Juliet Ellis is the executive director of Urban Habitat in Oakland and here tells how she got involved originally with Carl Anthony and eventually took on the leadership, orienting the organization towards its current activities.
Topics: ecology, environmental justice, social justice, Urban Habitat, planning, regionalism, coalitions,...
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Part of the "Ecology Emerges" oral history interviews covering the last 50 years history of Bay Area ecological activism, from conservation to environmental justice. Kirsten Schwind is a director of Bay Localize, a project spanning a number of ecological intiatives in planning, transportation, community development, urban agriculture and sustainability.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, urban agriculture, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental...
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Part of Shaping San Francisco's "Ecology Emerges" series of interviews, in this one Linda Weiner describes her involvement with the northern California chapter of the Sierra Club, her work on global climate change and environmental justice, including some reflection on her own trajectory from social service work into environmentalism.
Topics: Ecology, climate change, global warming, environmental justice, Sierra Club
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Fred Glass  ( From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement ), takes a long look at the labor history of California with  Chris Carlsson  ( Foundsf.org ), who focuses on the ebb and flow of class war in San Francisco.
Topics: Labor, unions, San Francisco, Oakland, California, strikes, SEIU, OPEIU, ILWU, Oxnard, teachers
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A short clip from a longer 1996 interview with Mattachine Society founder Harry Hay in which he describes the common 19th century phenomenon of "Remittance Men." They were the outcast, typically gay, children of well-off families who were sent "as far away as possible," i.e. to San Francisco or Vancouver, where they could carry on their lives without shaming the families...
Topics: gay, homoesexual, remittance men, 19th century, dandy, upper class
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Longtime artist and curator Rene Ya ñez describes how in 1972 he and his colleague Ralph Maradiaga helped launch the San Francisco version of Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) by putting an altar in front of the Galeria de la Raza at the time. Since then, the event has expanded and in some ways has changed its character. Rene has moved on to curating for many years an annual show of Day of the Dead altars at SOMARTS, while the procession he helped initiate in the late 1980s has become an...
Topics: Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, altars, death, living, processions, parades, honor, veil,...
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Rosey Jencks, 12-year veteran of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, specializing in water infrastructure, gives a basic overview of the history and structure of the sewage system and watersheds in San Francisco.
Topics: sewers, watershed, box sewers, landfill, wetlands
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"The past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make." - William Morris With the apparent end of one era and the dawning of a new â and unknown one â we thus turn our attention to the question of inheritance and new generations. We want to think about the way political generations form, and whether the experience of past generations can play a useful role in this. How do those who have been through previous generations of...
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Judy Goldhaft is a cofounder of Planet Drum Foundation in San Francisco, and was previously one of the band of radicals known as the San Francisco Diggers. She also helped start the Frisco Bay Mussel Group in the late 1970s and has been in the middle of the emeregnce of bioregionalism. She is interviewed here as part of the wide-ranging "Ecology Emerges" oral histories of the early ecology movement, traversing the era from the 1950s-60s all the way to the present.
Topics: Diggers, Planet Drum, ecology, bioregionalism, Frisco Bay Mussel Group, water, peripheral canal
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In November 1938, California elected its first-ever liberal Democratic governor Culbert Olson, supported by a state-wide Popular Front coalition of liberals, unionists, communists, and other radicals. But by 1940 the Popular Front forces were already fracturing and from its wreckage emerged key elements of the Cold War. How did Communists help build this social movement, and how did the Communist Party undercut its own principles during WWII? And where did that leave California politics at the...
Topics: Communism, New Deal, EPIC, Upton Sinclair, Townsend pension plan, Ham and Eggs campaign, Culbert...
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With the twang of a steel guitar, the whine of a fiddle and the plunk of a banjo comes an instant association; the pick-up truck, the cowboy boots, the rolling hills, dusty fields, lonesome highways and the flag. For many, it has also come to signify conservatism, “traditional values,” American chauvinism, and even racism, bigotry and the confederate flag. Although one wouldn’t realize it from listening to today’s pop Country radio stations, Country music has been anything but a...
Topics: Country music, Country & Western, Folk, Country, rural, coal mining, workers, strikes,...
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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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Video of: Kent Minault  tells of the explosive first six months of the San Francisco Diggers. Featuring stories of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Tim Leary, Huey Newton, Emmett Grogan, Lenore Kandel, Richard Brautigan, and Gary Snyder. His chronicle charts the first Digger free food in the park, tense encounters with the police, the opening of the Digger Free Store, and the Invisible Circus at Glide Memorial Church. Accompanied by photos by Chuck Gould, and music by Peter Coyote. The evening...
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Revolutionary and journalist John Ross describes the efforts of Mission Rebels and militants of the Progressive Labor Party to blockade the Mission Armory in solidarity with the uprising in Hunter's Point.
Topics: Hunter's Point riot, 1966, Armory, Mission Rebels, Progressive Labor Party
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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 ...
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A Shaping San Francisco "Urban Forum: Walk & Talk" covering Bernal Heights, from the Bernal Cut and its long transit history to some recent restoration and clean-up efforts and neighborhood history installations to a sequence of earthquake shacks from 1906, inhabited and renovated for life in the 21st century. We walk up and down a lot of staircases, including one built by the WPA in 1940, we see about 10 shacks, and countless amazing views, hidden gardens, and a lot of fragments...
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A Shaping San Francisco "Urban Forum: Walk n Talk" going from Fort Funston in the southwest corner of the city through the old base, now a park, to Ocean Beach and north to Sloat Blvd., then east on Wawona to Pine Lake. Several stops along the way with semi-long presentations by Shaping San Francisco's Chris Carlsson covering military and economic history, wildflowers, sewage, urban farming, water, swales and graywater, and many other random things. Includes photos from...
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For the Record: Eyewitness Testimonies of the police murder of Luis Gongora Pat Luis Góngora Pat was a Mayan indigenous man, murdered by San Francisco police officers on April 7, 2016 on Shotwell Street near 19th Street in the Mission. His killing came in the wake of other homicides by police of Black and Brown communities members. His family pursued every legal avenue available, including a civil case which was settled in January 2019. Three and a half years later, the story of this brutal...
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This is a short movie clip of Jay Rosenblatt's film King of the Jews .  Used by permission and courtesy of Jay Rosenblatt.
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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, daughter of a landless farmer and half-Indian mother. Her paternal grandfather, a white settler, farmer, and veterinarian, had been a labor activist and Socialist in Oklahoma with the Industrial Workers of the World in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The stories of her grandfather inspired her to lifelong social justice activism. Married at eighteen, she left with her husband for San Francisco, California, where she has lived most...
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Yolanda Lopez, 1942-2021, was a San Francisco artist and activist with roots in the San Francisco State College strike 1968-69. She went on to a long engagement with the Mission District community, co-founding Basta Ya! Newspaper in conjunction with the Committee to Defend Los Siete in 1970. Her art has come to be more recognized since her passing, with a major show in San Diego in late 2021. In this clip she discusses her art, the vital centrality of self-representation in her work, how her...
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Women In Resistance, a new mural recently completed in Balmy Alley, is honored along with a series of posters by the Poster Syndicate featuring each of the several dozen women subjects of the mural. A panel discussion moderated by Lucia Gonzalez Ippolito and Natasha Kohli featured Nanci Pili Hernandez, Lara Kiswani, Nina Parks, and Cecilia Chung, was held at AlleyCat Books on 24th Street in San Francisco on Sept. 27, 2019. The discussion is joined in progress, when Nanci is discussing her...
Topics: justice, racism, unity, feminism, murals, heroes, heroines, transgender, politics, organizing
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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.
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T he California Historical Society, Shaping San Francisco, and the Oakland Public Library, Main Branch, host a panel discussion that explores the intentions, planning, and outcomes of the historic October 1967 protests against the United States draft and the Vietnam War in general. Organizers, including members of the “Oakland Seven,” who were tried for conspiracy and found not guilty by an Oakland jury, and historians and others share context and stories of that era. With  Frank Bardacke,...
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50 years after the arrest of seven young men from the Mission District galvanized a movement, women gather who were active in creating the multi-faceted community response that grew out of the Los Siete Defense Committee. From Basta Ya! —the newspaper—to Centro de Salud and La Raza Information Center and a free breakfast program, explore a lasting legacy in this plática including  Donna James Amador, Yolanda M. Lopez, Judy Drummond,  and author  Marjorie Heins  ( Strictly Ghetto...
Topics: Los Siete de la Raza, Mission District, police, police harassment, officer shot, Brodnick,...
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In 1997, 1998, and 1999, a small band of bicycling protesters rode across the Bay Bridge to demonstrate against the lack of planning for bike access on the Bridge, especially with regards to the new east span being constructed to replace the old one after it was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Dress Wedding was a participant and this is his recollection of that period.
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Former SDS activist Bruce Hartford describes how the local chapter at San Francisco State College created a game called "Americana" on the commons prior to the big strike in 1968. A Shaping San Francisco interview conducted by LisaRuth Elliott and shot by Chris Carlsson in June 2011.
Topics: San Francisco State, 1968, SDS, anti-war, 60s, Sixties, alienation, student movement
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Jerry Mander, an advertising guy in the 1960s who collaborated with David Brower's early Sierra Club campaigns against damming the Grand Canyon and many others, went on to write "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television", "In the Absence of the Sacred" and was a cofounder of the International Forum on Globalization. He is interviewed here as part of the wide-ranging "Ecology Emerges" oral histories of the early ecology movement, traversing the era from the...
Topics: David Brower, Sierra Club, Grand Canyon, Friends of the Earth, indigenous rights, International...
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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...
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