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Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by "Pinhead Schuler" (Terry Hawkins, Janice Leiber, Chris Carlsson)
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1:12 Twist of Fate by Jonathan Leake, voice D.S. Black :27 To NASA with Love by Linda Thomas, voice Janice 1:29 Opinions by Adam Cornford, voice Adam :35 Missing Work by William Talcott, voice Terry 1:20 Why I Can't Work by Bridget Reilly, voice Michelle
Topics: work, wage-slavery, typing, offices, satire, humor
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by "Pinhead Schuler" (Terry Hawkins, Janice Leiber, Chris Carlsson)
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Episode 1: "Attitude Adjustment Seminar" 30 minutes. :16 Introduction by Terry Hawkins 1:08 "Bad Attitude" theme written and performed by Janice Leiber :15 Introduction by Terry Hawkins 1:16 Sorry I'm Late by Pam Tranfield, voice Janice Leiber 2:24 Manuscript Found in a Typewriter by Christopher Winks, voice Terry Hawkins 1:05 Keep Jane's Fingers Dancing! by Adam Cornford, voices Adam and Janice 1:30 Letter: Bosso in The Can by R.M.-Atlanta, voice Karen Balke :20 Letter: Out...
Topics: work, wage-slavery, typing, offices, satire, humor
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by Against the Grain
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If we're to believe the mainstream media, the Occupy movement came out of nowhere and represents a new kind of politics. But we should be skeptical of such claims. Social movements scholar Barbara Epstein was a participant in the nonviolent direct action movements of the 1970s and '80s. She describes how they incorporated consensus-based decision-making, radical egalitarianism, and prefigurative politics. And she examines how their strengths and weaknesses have been passed down to Occupy....
Topics: anti-nuclear, anti-war, Livermore Action Group, Abalone Alliance, Occupy, Direct Action, blockade,...
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by Elizabeth Creely
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Elizabeth Creely describes the semi-magical spot known as Kite Hill, with its amazing views, its surprising surroundings, and its role in San Francisco.
Topics: Kite Hill, hills, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by Gretchen Hildebrand
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Gretchen Hildebrand reminisces about her experiences in and around South Park during the dotcom bubble and beyond.
Topics: South Park, SOMA, San Francisco, 1990s, dotcom
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by Jaffe and Klein
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A different look at the Lyon Steps.
Topics: Steps, skateboards, bikers, punks
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by Kate Case
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A rumination on the last space for punks in San Francisco.
Topics: punks, epicenter, Mission, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by Omsri Bharat
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Vandana Makker Interview Part II
Topics: Yoni Ki Baat, Vagina Monologues, South Asian, Queer, Omsri Bharat
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by Omsri Bharat
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Conversation with Vandana Makker
Topics: Yoni Ki Baat Performance, South Asian, Queer, Culture
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by Sarolta J. Cump
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Sarolta Jane C. gives an audio memory of Woodward's Gardens, one of San Francisco most storied amusement parks in the 19th century. Situated between Guerrero and Valencia, 14th and 15th, it featured a small zoo, beer garden, and much more. Originally on "Long Ago and Right Now" an Audiozine about San Francisco, produced by Sara Jaffe and Melissa Klein in Spring 2004.
Topics: Woodward's Gardens, 19th century San Francisco, amusement parks, zoo, beer gardens
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Roger Wilson of the Bristol Radical History group gives a wide-ranging Talk covering 17th and 18th century history around Bristol, England, including a debunking of the common narrative of the anti-slavery movement, putting the working people of England back into the saga. He also gives a fresh look of the mass riots of 1831, and brings the interventions of the Bristol Radical History Group in our era into the unfolding of "history from below." If you want to find out what unites a...
Topics: History from below, riots, England, Britain, anti-slavery
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by Shaping San Francisco
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Christopher Richard, aquatic biologist at the Oakland Museum of California, has deciphered the earliest accounts of the water features of the San Francisco peninsula... working with maps, original Spanish diary entries, and a clear understanding of Mission settlement patterns, Richard builds his argument that the century-old myth of a freshwater lake in the Mission is unsustainable.
Topics: water, lakes, ecology, Mission period, Spanish colonization, San Francisco, Mission Dolores,...
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Janet Delaney  has been documenting the changing  South of Market  since its days as a recently deindustrialized district in the early 1970s to its present boom in luxury residential towers. Our Art & Politics series invites solo artists to talk about their work and share a bit about their process and the relationship of art to politics and vice versa in their work.
Topics: SOMA, redevelopment, Moscone Center, Project One, warehouses, gay leather, SRO, residential hotels,...
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Decades after the Alaska oil pipeline began, we’ve gone through repeated booms and busts in oil production and prices. Antonia Juhasz has studied the history of the oil business and is one of the world’s best-informed critics of the industry. She is joined by Leila Salazar-Lopez of Amazon Watch, a group confronting oil giants in the Amazon, and by Joshua Kahn-Russell , author of A Line in the Tar Sands . All three explain the current balance of forces, and the prospects for keeping the...
Topics: Oil, petroleum, fossil fuels, climate change, climate chaos, burnout, Amazon, Ecuador, Peru,...
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with Glenn Lym. It is a common assumption that street grids were imposed easily on San Franciscoâs original landscape, resulting in the cityâs photogenic hillside streets that poke up from otherwise large flat planes. We assume that the imposition of these grids was benign. But it was not benign. Digging under the streets of early San Francisco, we will find that much of San Franciscoâs flatland was created from land forms that were quite different from what we know today.
Topics: ecology, landscapes, sand dunes, wetlands, landfill, hills, CAD, terrain
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Cris Benton  has used kite photography to document the surprisingly beautiful “saltscapes” of the South Bay, while  Matthew Booker ’s  Down By the Bay  is one of the best recent histories of the long, complicated, and contradictory relationship of urbanizing humans and the amazing inland estuary we enjoy as the Bay. 
Topics: Bay, San Francisco Bay, Bay Area, shorelines, salt ponds, reclamation, marshes, wetlands, salt...
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One of the two major bookstore chains in the US is on the verge of collapse, even as authors are being abandoned by publishers to go "indie" via Kindle and iPad. The ebook (r)evolution is here, but its course is not yet chartedâwill the dinosaurs of New York's publishing industry go extinct, and what new species of publication and publisher will emerge? And will writers be able to make a living...not that most of them are doing that even now! Join science fiction writers Terry...
Topics: E-book, pdf, Kindle, Amazon, publishing, books, self-publishing, New York publishing, agents
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In 1849 San Francisco was surrounded by wild animals and a flourishing sea and bay, from which most early food was taken. But what is our “wild menu” now? How do foraging, fishing, hunting, and gathering fit into modern life? What role does conservation and ecology play in a contemporary and future wild menu? With  Mark Heath, Kirk Lombard , and  Chris Carlsson . Co-hosted by  Wild Equity Institute  and  Nature in the City .
Topics: Seafood, fish, herring, sea bass, salmon, sturgeon, perch, hunting, wild boar, deer, geese, ducks,...
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One of the emerging zeitgeists of our era is the rediscovery of the water beneath our cities, and redefining the places we are in through awareness of our watersheds. Derek Hitchcock of the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), Joel Pomerantz, a San Francisco water historian, and Sarah Kelly and Arthur Richards, co-directors of Adapting to Scarcity, will share their knowledge and find the common streams uniting their work around indigenous communities reliant on waterways, and the...
Topics: watersheds, creeks, rivers, dams, pollution, silt, contamination, sedimentation, salmon, sea,...
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A Shaping San Francisco talk held on January 13, 2010: Comparing the alcohol Prohibition of the 1920s-30s to the contemporary prohibition on marijuana. With Dick Boyd, author of "Broadway, North Beach, The Golden Years: A Saloon Keeper's Tales" and former owner of Pierre's, a bar in North Beach from 1960-65, Sean Lavon Nash, and Michael Whitson, a marijuana prohibition expert.
Topics: prohibition, alcohol, temperance, drugs, marijuana, pot, medical marijuana, medicalization,...
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Excerpted from Peter Wiley and Stephen Rees's essay "Up Against the Bulkhead" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Topics: Antiwar, Vietnam, GI organizing, Up Against the Bulkhead, underground press
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Universal Basic Income, Is It time? Touted by the tech industry as a way to preserve livelihoods in a time of automation replacing workers, Universal Basic Income (UBI) is not a new concept. As a poverty alleviation idea, it has resonance in the EPIC program of 1930s California, and similar ideas were floated by leaders of social movements of the 1960s, including MLK, Jr. and the Black Panthers in their Ten Point Program. Through a discussion of UBI we take a look at the nature of work and...
Topics: Universal Basic Income, Negative Income Tax, redistribution, taxes, income, free money, welfare,...
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Who are we, and what is our place in the world of the living? The Modern Synthesis of Biology, much of it conceived and incubated in the San Francisco Bay Area, has become a conceptual steel trap dictating much of what we do not only with our ecosystems, but also with our economy, our politics and our very selves. Liberation Biology proposes a critical approach to the deep roots of our understanding of the living. Based on both an exhumation of forgotten knowledge and on radically...
Topics: Biology, physics, central dogma, dna, code, gene, debunking
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After more than 150 years, finally historians—and perhaps Californians—are facing up to the horrifying truth that the Indians of California were subjected to a vicious and genocidal campaign of extermination from the beginning of U.S. control in 1846 until after the Civil War. New scholarship shows that Indian slavery was the key source of labor that helped create the early "economy" of California and enrich its first settlers. Explore complicated stories of cultural, religious,...
Topics: Indians, indigenous, slavery, missions, Spanish, Mexican, colonialism, Amah Mutsun, Ohlone,...
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Jon Christensen hosts a conversation with Richard Walker, Rebecca Solnit, and Antonio Roman-Alcalá, growing out of the oral history project "Ecology Emerges" by Shaping San Francisco's Chris Carlsson and LisaRuth Elliott. The discussion was held at SPUR, May 17, 2010, and includes a lively discussion with the audience.
Topics: Natural capitalism, externalities, prices, markets, ecology
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What actually happened to Darling Clementine? Historian  Joel Pomerantz  explores the California floods of 1862. Learn how this historic storm, which killed thousands and caused a number of San Francisco houses to collapse, can be an example for what a really extreme weather event could be like in our future.
Topics: storms, weather, rain, 1861, 1862, Sacramento, Sacramento River, delta, San Francisco floods,...
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Imagine a time when the land that we know as the Franciscan Peninsula extended out to the Farallones and mastodons and tigers roamed freely. Imagine small seasonal villages along waterways engaged in trading across the bay, and tule canoes making the journey. Park Historian  Breck Parkman  will share his extensive research into the prehistory of the Bay Area, and  Malcolm Margolin  (Heyday Books,  The Ohlone Way ) joins in with his years of exploring the indigenous history of the region. ...
Topics: indigenous, ohlone, Bay Area, pre-urban, pre-Spanish, prehistory
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Last year we embarked on a grand collaborative journey through the under-recognized LGBTQ+ history of North Beach with Seth Eisen’s OUT of Site performative walking tours. Seth returns with a look at his new SOMA tours coming in June and September, bringing forgotten queer histories and sites to life and exploring the intersections of labor history, the leather scene, bars, nightlife, and the immigrant experience.   This is part of a series of solo artists giving a behind-the-scenes and...
Topics: Queer history, homophile, SOMA, Happy Valley, Waterfront, City Front, YMCA, The Stud, Boot Camp,...
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Dancer, Choreographer, and Director, Jess Curtis is interviewed by celebrated Bay Area choreographer Joanna Haigood. Together they will explore Jess' nearly three decades of body-based experiments through peformance and teaching. Like Jess' dancing this will be a night investigating the 'embodied intellect'. Short video clips will be interspersed with smart conversation about the theory and practice of Curtis' Body of Work. As always, there will be a lengthy Q & A so all will have a chance...
Topics: Dance, body, embodiment, communication, politics, art, performance, circus, gesture
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The fight against the Reagan administration’s war build-up, emergency response against Central American wars, birth of the Peace Navy, stopping the USS Missouri, creating sanctuary cities, AIDS and Anti-Nuclear activism. We bring it up to climate justice & no nukes today. With activists and archivists  Marcy Darnovsky ,  Steve Stallone , Lincoln Cushing, and Roberto Lovato. .
Topics: anti-nuclear, anti-war, Reagan, Thatcher, neoliberalism, New Deal, safety net, nuclear war, nuclear...
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Excerpted from Alejandro Murguia's essay "Poetry and Solidarity in the Mission" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Topics: Sandinistas, newspapers, Gaceta Sandinista, Mission
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Ilana Crispi  is a Mission District ceramicist with a curiosity of what makes up a place. In her recent projects MISSION DIRT and TENDERLOIN DIRT she literally digs in to the earth to extract the soil and transform it, inviting residents to take a look at an invisible past and consider its future. Dirt taken from an excavated Boeddeker Park in 2013 became furniture and vessels to eat out of and created to give Tenderloin residents a direct connection to the soil under their feet. MISSION DIRT...
Topics: Tenderloin, Mission, dirt, clay, sand, ceramics, pottery, pinch pots, Barcelona, glaze, art,...
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Missing Pieces: Remembering Elements of a Gone City Geographer  Dick Walker  looks at the formative politics of the region in his new book,  Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area , and takes us through the overheated bubbles and spectacular crashes, inequality, and delusion of the current moment.  Arthur O’Donnell  has methodically documented parts of the City slated for demolition or redevelopment from 2010–2018 in his  Bound to...
Topics: Bay Area, destruction, rebuilding, gentrification, construction, new buildings, The Suppository,...
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Vivian Chang narrates how the Asian Pacific Environmental Network was founded after activists attended the first Environmental Justice conference in the early 1990s.
Topics: APEN, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, environmental justice
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Christina Gerhardt , author of  The Atlas of (Remote) Islands and Sea Level Rise , explores the effects and responses to climate-warming on low-lying Pacific Ocean islands. Urbanist  Laura Tam  addresses sea level rise on vulnerable shorelines around the Bay Area. Learn about indigenous inhabitants’ adaptive solutions in the South Seas and local grassroots efforts to prepare our bay shore.
Topics: Sea Level Rise, Climate Change, ocean heat, thermal expansion, coastal erosion, drowning islands,...
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Today’s San Francisco and our village-like neighborhoods, charming architecture, and quality of life is indebted to the Freeway Revolt that shocked the nation between 1956 and 1965. Most histories have focused on the politicians and city leaders who argued and voted in those years, overlooking the vital role of the emergent middle-class women who spearheaded the Revolt, and kept it going against overwhelming odds. Decades later, a second Freeway Revolt helped reclaim the Embarcadero and Hayes...
Topics: Freeways, Freeway Revolt, Glen Park, Bay Bridge, Southern Crossing, bridges, highways, Panhandle,...
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âCorporate Personhoodâ is being widely discussed after a couple of decades of slowly growing awareness of the creeping expansion of corporate legal rights since the late 19th century. After the Civil War in the 1860s corporations took on new forms, new legal rights, and new power. David Cobb, Phillip Pierce, Jed Holtzman, and Chris Carlsson will talk about the origins and and describe the evolution over time.
Topics: Corporate Personhood, charters, states, sovereignty, rights, duties, Move to Amend
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Bending Over Backwards Audio Tour: Stop 5: The Redstone Building, former Labor Temple.
Topics: labor, Labor Temple, Redstone Building, Painters Union, Dow Wilson, CAMP, murals
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Clif Ross  and  Marcy Rein , editors of  Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements  present a broad overview of the social movements that have pressured one regime after another in Latin America, changing the political calculations for everyone from right to left, from Venezuela to Argentina, Mexico to Chile and more.
Topics: Mexico, Zapatistas, MST, Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, Peru,...
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The Enola Gay Faggot Affinity Group emerged in 1983 during direct action protests against nuclear weapons at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. About a year later they were the very first group to publicly engage in nonviolent direct action to dramatize the AIDS crisis. The "Money for AIDS, Not for War" ritual/protest was held on September 23, 1984, by Enola Gay, a self proclaimed faggot affinity group, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 50 miles east of San...
Topics: HIV/AIDS, Direct Action, affinity groups, Lawrence Livermore Lab, anti-nuclear, nuclear weapons,...
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Why has the Bay Area been such a cauldron for the melding of art and politics? And what did a period of heightened gentrification do to San Francisco's radical culture? Komotion International, the legendary artist collective and performance, music, and art space -- which nurtured musicians like Michael Franti, Consolidated, and Primus -- epitomized the spirt of rebellion and creativity, leaving a deep mark. Collective co-founders Robin Ballinger and Mat Callahan discuss Komotion's glory years...
Topics: Music, punk, underground, San Francisco, 1980s, 1990s, Komotion, world music
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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: Art, politics, communism, San Francisco, 1960s, murals, public art, community murals, Palestine,...
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A deeply informed, irreverent tour through San Francisco before the automobile took over half the City’s physical terrain. Historic photos illustrate many stories, including how Haight Street was named, the City was dominated by steam-powered rail, and San Franciscans lived before parking was an issue! with Angus Macfarlane, Emiliano Echeverria , and David Gallagher .
Topics: Haight Street, Western Addition, 1851 Dexter map, streetcars, steam trains, cable cars,...
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Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore perform their James Connolly-Easter Rising Tour 2016 singing Connolly’s songs along with others made famous in Ireland’s fight for independence. Elizabeth Creely adds stories of Irish Republicanism in San Francisco during that crucial period a century ago.
Topics: Irish, Ireland, Easter Rising, Easter Rebellion, Dublin, GPO, James Connolly, Irish Home Rule,...
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Part two of a four-part public discussion program based on 23 oral history interviews with local ecological activists. with Sam Schuchat (California Coastal Conservancy), Kirsten Schwind (Bay Localize), Harold Gilliam (SF Chronicle, SF Examiner) at Koret Auditorium, SF Main Library, 100 Larkin St, SF co-sponsored by the SF History Center Examining the Bay Area as a demonstration area and incubator of experiments that shaped the national and international ecological movements. What is the...
Topics: Ecology, Bay Area, San Francisco, conservation, environmentalism, urbanism, regionalism
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a 1988/89 performance by Keith Hennessy. Twenty years ago Keith Hennessy created Saliva, an interdisciplinary dance-performance-ritual under a freeway in downtown San Francisco. Deep within the rage and grief of the AIDS crisis, Hennessy performed a ritualistic reclamation of the body, the queer male body, as holy. Video excerpts, live performance, historical context, and audience discussion combine to recreate this AIDS-era work of queer performance. Kirk Read and Philip Huang join the...
Topics: performance, AIDS, 1980s, Keith Hennessy, interdisciplinary, dance, ritual, San Francisco, gay,...
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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: Maps, cartography, Southeast San Francisco, Public Library, WPA, 1938 map, wooden map, San...
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Today Mission Bay is the moniker for a new UCSF biomedical campus. Some urban explorers know there is a Mission Creek with a houseboat community, too. In conjunction with the 2nd edition of the book Vanished Waters, weâll take a visual cruise through the industrial and watery past of this former tidal bay, fed by the fresh waters of several local creeks and streams. With Shaping San Francisco's Chris Carlsson and Bob Isaacson and Ginny Stearns from the Mission Creek Conservancy.
Topics: Mission Bay, wetlands, landfill, shoreline, Mission District, South of Market, SOMA, Yelamu,...
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Friends and neighbors from the Mission District, including Mission Archives and Conscious Youth Media Crew folks, came together at CounterPULSE as part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks series on April 11, 2007, to screen raw footage of low-riders on Mission and other lost footage of the 1970s and 1980s. Ray Balbaran, Vero Majana, Roberto Hernandez, and dozens of others... Back in the late 1970s and early â80s Mission St. was home to a wild scene of lowriders every weekend. Bouncing,...
Topics: Mission District, Latino, Low riders, La Raza, The Lot, El Tecolote, Mission Archives, Conscious...
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With translator Donald Nicholson-Smith. There is a grain of truth in the stereotypical view that Guy Debord and Raoul Vaneigem, as two leading lights of the Situationist International, stood for two opposite poles of the movement: the objective Debord versus the subjective Vaneigem: Marxism versus anarchism: icy cerebrality versus sensualism: and, of course, The Society of the Spectacle versus The Revolution of Everyday Life --the two major programmatic books of the Situationist International,...
Topics: Situationists, Raoul Vaneigem, Donald Nicholson-Smith, France, radicalism, Debord, Society of the...
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Economic meltdown? Recession? Depression? What are we to do? With the bailout benefiting Wall Street at the expense of Main Street, many are expect the new Obama administration to champion a New New Deal. But how will working people fare? Will the catalyst for change come from above or below? What lessons can we learn from the past and what are âurban homesteadersâ already doing to localize the economy at the neighborhood level? Featuring working class historian Gifford Hartman, who will...
Topics: Economic crisis, Depression, urban homesteaders, self-reliance, localization, 1930s anti-eviction,...
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The common wild species in cities—pigeons, dandelions, snails—are at best unloved. But writer  Nathanael Johnson  and artist  Mona Caron  ask us to give our attention to the urban wilderness. Learning to truly see our nonhuman neighbors can make life richer, and might just be the first step in more complex understandings of the wild and of ourselves in nature.  Jason Mark  ( Sierra  editor) moderates. Co-hosted by  Nature in the City
Topics: Weeds, public art, species, habitats, crows, pigeons, ants, gingkos, wild, wilderness, wild...
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The eerie, unforgettable sound of Laughing Sal, fixture at Playland for decades, now at the Musee Mecanique.
Topics: Laughing Sal, doll, Playland
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Satirical radio advertisement for "Le Tank Solaire", the solar-powered defense strategy for the 1970s and 1980s, prepared by members of the Union of Concerned Commies.
Topics: tank, solar, Chrys-is-ler Corp., satire
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Chris Carlsson and LisaRuth Elliott will give a wide survey of the politics of 1968-78 by going through the forthcoming book "Ten Years That Shook the City: 1968-78," covering everything from Los Siete de la Raza to the housing and redevelopment politics of the era, the San Francisco State Strike to the lesser known strikes among rank-and-file activists in the local labor movement. Posters, lost murals, unknown ecological treasures, the Farm, and much more! The book won't be out until...
Topics: 1960s, 1970s, San Francisco, politics, Third Worldism, SF State Strike, Los Siete de la Raza, Black...
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From the book "Ten Years that Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78" author Alejandro Murguia reads an excerpt describing the weekly occupations of the Nicaraguan consulate in the Flood Building in the late 1970s.
Topics: Nicaragua, Sandinistas, consulate, Flood Building
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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, latino, Mission District, Health clinic, Centro de Salud, Basta Ya!,...
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The seven young men who became iconic heroes of San Francisco's left and Latino political ferment in the 1970s were eventually acquitted of murder. While the campaign to defend them led to an explosion of social organizing, we know little about how these men's lives developed in the years that followed, losing track of real people in the mists of political legitimacy and hero-worship. Vero Majano  takes a look at what happened to Los Siete in the decades since the famous trial, and gives us a...
Topics: Los Siete, La Raza, Latino, San Francisco, Mission, 1970s, New Left, brown power, daily life,...
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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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Dramatized excerpt of Father Yorke speech during 1901 City Front Federation strike in San Francisco. Originally produced by Haight Ashbury Community Radio Project in 1980.
Topics: labor, capital, irish, Yorke
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In Adriana Camarena's new work the most precarious residents of the Mission are the central storytellers. Theirs are historic tales of Californian daily life: Indigenous migrants on their day off from construction or cooking on the line, watch movies inside their shared group apartments. Parents, raising children in the Mission, fend off poverty by working hard, with the result that their dutifulness sometimes translates into absence for their kids. Lost in plain sight, young kids in gangs...
Topics: Mission District, gentrification, displacement, Homies, Migrants, immigration, mothers, sorrows,...
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50 years ago this fall, on November 20, a group of people that came to be known as Indians of All Tribes began a 18-month occupation of Alcatraz Island. This act of self-determination emerged from conditions faced on reservations and in urban centers, from the activism of the Third World Strike at San Francisco State, and resulted in major changes taking place across the continent. From a new consciousness of sovereignty to at least ten major policy and law shifts, Mary Jean Robertson , host of...
Topics: Alcatraz, Self-determination, termination, United Nations, treaties, genocide, settler colonialism,...
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APEN organizer Vivian Chang describes political organizing among the Laotian communities in Richmond and Oakland.
Topics: APEN, organizing, Laotian, Oakland, Richmond, environmental justice
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Amidst a general enthusiasm and push for a ânew Green economyâ weâll take a look at both the kinds of work that get labeled green, and how the logic of capitalism impedes a deeper ecological transformation. Jason Mark ("Building the Green Economy," Alemany Farm), Chris Carlsson ("Nowtopia," Shaping San Francisco), and Mary Rick (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies).
Topics: Green Jobs, Green New Deal, Green Economy, Sustainability, small business, government, regulation,...
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Josh Switzky, Steve Wertheim, John Elberling and others look at the effort to redesign and rethink the 4th Street corridor as it becomes the new north-south subway route. New public spaces are being opened in the many underutilized alleys, while the demographic shifts of SOMA continue apace.
Topics: planning, SOMA, tech economy, jobs, upzoning, subway, 4th Street
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Shaping SF co-director Chris Carlsson gives a multi-layered tour through the FoundSF.org collection, focusing on the theme of dissent. Labor history in the 19th century, antebellum anti-slavery efforts, women's suffrage, the 1934 Big Strike, the rise of gay liberation, anti-nuclear and anti-war politics in the 1970s and 80s, the 1991 Gulf War, and 2003 anti-war efforts to prevent the invasion of Iraq... and much more!
Topics: dissent, antiwar, anti-nuclear, occupy
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Songs of Freedom  is the name of the songbook edited by James Connolly and published in 1907. Connolly's introduction is better known than the collection for which it was written, containing his oft-quoted maxim: “Until the movement is marked by the joyous, defiant singing of revolutionary songs, it lacks one of the most distinctive marks of a popular revolutionary movement, it is the dogma of a few and not the faith of the multitude.” Though most of the songs were of Irish derivation, the...
Topics: Ireland, Scotland, England, New York, revolutionary songs, Irish socialism, Scottish socialism,...
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Endangered Buses is an artwork that wrapped four San Francisco Muni buses in images of locally endangered species. Reintroducing these animals into the urban scene that displaced them, the project dramatizes the priorities and conflicts which shape habitat for both humans and animals. Endangered Buses emerges from a vision of engaged and interdependent beings. Reports on the Tuolomne River Trust and SalmonAID, as well as a case study of Sharp Park Golf Course... With Endangerbuses' Todd Gilens,...
Topics: Endangered species, Endangerbus, Salmon, San Francisco garter snake, California red-legged frog,...
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What is the general situation in post-earthquake Haiti? How does disaster particularly affect women and girls, gender issues, and culture? What are the courses of action for victims of gender-based violence in temporary encampments for over a million people left homeless by the earthquake. With so many schools destroyed, how do students get access to education? With Nadege Clitandre, founder and director of Haiti Soleil, which focuses on youth development and empowerment through the creation of...
Topics: Haiti, Disaster, Feminism, Women, UN, NGOs, violence, self-direction, self-organization, art,...
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What are the historic roots of our current ecological politics, how have they shaped todayâs environment and the questions we face now? Open space, biodiversity, global warming, fresh water, street design and transit choices, urban farming... local historian Dick Walker (âThe City in the Countryâ), Kearstin Krehbiel (SF Parks Trust), Peter Brastow (Nature in the City), Keirstin Dischinger (Bike Kitchen). Recorded Oct. 24, 2007 as part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks series at CounterPULSE...
Topics: Open space, biodiversity, global warming, fresh water, street design, transit choices, urban farming
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A discussion of African liberation movements and decolonialization from 1945 to the present, of political problems of the post-independence periodâcoups, civil wars, struggles against oppressive regimes, economic problems of post-independence, of cultural renaissance, and of links to movements in diaspora. Immanuel Wallerstein, Walter Turner and Will Grant. Recorded Sept. 24, 2008 at CounterPULSE, part of the ongoing Shaping San Francisco Talks series.
Topics: Africa, colonialism, decolonization, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Congo, independence,...
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What does âclassâ or âcommunityâ mean? How does the newbie Midwesterner serving burgers at a Castro street diner relate to the landlord and shop owner âGay Communityâ spokesmen? How do the schisms between different classes of women, whether lesbian or bi or undefined, show up in daily life and local politics (or not)? How does fear of gender bending impact trans and intersexed people when it comes to paying the rent? Solidad de Costa, Keith Hennessy, and Michelle Tea.
Topics: class, community, gender, transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual, worker, labor, economy, housing
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Join us for a moderated panel about the issues associated with human density and respectful dog ownership in San Francisco. After decades of looking the other way, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is proposing to limit off-leash activity to select portions of its lands. Commercial dog walkers and some animal rights groups are opposing this change, and have threatened the extreme measure of dismantling the national park altogether. In 1977/8, Harvey Milk put forth a city ordinance dubbed...
Topics: dogs, habitat, species, leashes, off-leash, GGNRA, National Areas, Recreation and Park Department,...
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A Shaping San Francisco Talk held on Wed. Oct. 14, 2009 at CounterPULSE in San Francisco. Co-Sponsored by Global Commons Foundation Michelle Dizon, Filipino-American artist from LA, screens her installation video comparing the 2005 riots in France and the 1992 riots in LA, illuminating political issues of marginal citizenships, migration and exile, media and the erasure of memories of historical violence. The discussion will be centered around a criticism of the current predominance of video...
Topics: video, realism, representation, memory, history, post-colonialism, migration, citizenship, 1992 Los...
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Does voting matter? Do you urge everyone around you to vote? What kinds of power do we gain or lose by participating in elections? What else can we do? Weâll hear from folks who believe in representative democracy, those who propose reforms, and those who reject it outright. Michael Med-o Whitson, Natasha Marsh (Calif League of Young Voters), James Rucker (colorofchange.org). Recorded Oct. 10, 2007 at CounterPULSE, part of the Shaping SF Talks series.
Topics: voting, elections, representative democracy, direct democracy, reforms
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“Grange Future” celebrates the history and contemporary expression of ‘the grange idea.’ From the 19th century populist movement that backed the early campaign for an “information commons” in the form of Rural Free Mail delivery, to public banking and Farmers co-op banks, this vital movement is re-emerging to confront information and agricultural monopolists of our own era.  Severine Fleming  of Greenhorns  leads a panel discussion with the  Internet Archive 's  Brewster...
Topics: Commons, internet, property, intellectual property, farming, grange, populism, Omni Commons,...
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Join us for an information and strategies session on the subject of the upcoming US Social Forum, to be held in Detroit in June. Discussion will include a brief history of the Social Forums and a discussion of the role and uses of the US Social Forum in particular by members of groups from the Bay Area planning to participate. California Student Movement politics will also be in the mix. Moderator: Kathy Wallerstein. Student Movement: Zhivka Valiavicharska; Friendly Fire Collective: David...
Topics: Social Forum, World Social Forum, Detroit, student movement, UC, CSU, Community Colleges,...
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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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A Shaping San Francisco Talk held at CounterPULSE, January 26, 2011: Golden Gate Park is a beautiful and complex landscape with a great diversity of natural, historic and recreational features. It is a much different place from, not only what it was before the city of San Francisco, but, increasingly, what John McLaren, it's visionary 19th century superintendent, envisioned for it as a sylvan retreat from urban life. We'll explore the natural history, the natural landscape, and the natural...
Topics: Golden Gate Park, environmental history, parks, parking, Frederick Law Olmsted, William Hammond...
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Excerpted from "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78", Jesse Drew describes the blue-collar industrial life in the Norheast Mission District, when beer was brewed, bread baked, and trains rolled through in the dark of night.
Topics: labor, work, factories, blue-collar, beer, bread, Twinkies, mayonnaise, trains, Mission District,...
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Dramatized rendition of speech by Denis Kearny in 1877, denouncing Chinese workers and capitalists in equal parts. Recorded by Haight Ashbury Community Radio Project, 1980.
Topics: Denis Kearny, Workingmen's Party, 1877, riots, racism
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From free food to free stores, free money, and free communication, the Diggers defined a politics a half century ago that continues to exert a powerful influence on radicals today. Original participants in the Digger movement, Judy Goldhaft, Jane Lapiner, and David Simposon , describe the interventions, confrontations, and celebrations that ushered in the Death of Money, and later the Death of the Hippie. Eric Noble , Digger archivist, will show how archiving itself is a form of making history,...
Topics: Diggers, free, Haight-Ashbury, Death of Money, hippies, hip, beats, San Francisco Mime Troupe,...
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Claude Everhart of Friends of Candlestick, Alan Hopkins, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Patrick Rump, Literacy for Environmental Justice talk about the unusual history and present of the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. It's an open bayshore park built on landfill and trash, a product of a deliberate community-driven process that chose open space and natural qualities over the usual city-style parks and recreation facilities. It's now home to many returning species of birds and wildlife....
Topics: Candlestick Point, State Park, urban park, bayshore, redevelopment, endemic species, birds,...
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Mary Jean Robertson ("Voice of the Native Nations" KPOO-FM radio, 34d, 4th and 5th Wednesdays from 6-8 pm) and Tony Gonzalez (AIM-West, International Indian Treaty Council) speak about the importance of the Alcatraz occupation in 1969-70, and the many initiatives galvanized by the audacity of that event. The first part of the audio is the soundtrack from a movie "Alcatraz Is Not an Island" by Jim Fortier.
Topics: Alcatraz, 1969, 1970, Native Americans, Indians, Indigenous, AIM, American Indian Movement,...
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The Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park recently underwent extensive renovation, bringing to public view murals and sculptures from the WPA that have long been hidden and overlooked. Other beautiful artworks grace public buildings throughout the East Bay and San Francisco, including Coit Tower, and on Treasure Island, where Maritime Museum artists went on to create work for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939. Join  Richard Everett  (Maritime Museum),  Anne Schnoebelen  (Treasure...
Topics: New Deal, art, architecture, WPA, PWA, murals, Diego Rivera, SF Arts Association, San Francisco Art...
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The 2nd volume of George Katsiaficas's monumental study of Asian Revolutions, this provides a unique perspective on uprisings in nine places in East Asia over the past five decades. While the 2011 Arab Spring is well known, the wave of uprisings that swept East Asia in the 1980s became hardly visible. Katsiaficas relates Asian uprisings to predecessors in 1968 and shows their subsequent influence on the wave of uprisings that swept Eastern Europe at the end of the 1980s. By empirically...
Topics: People Power, Uprisings, Asia, Philippines, Burma, Tibet, China, Tienamen Square, Taiwan,...
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Traditional tune of the late 19th century that accompanied the bicycling boom of that era.
Topics: Bicycle, 19th century, traditional
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Mission District legend Roberto Vargas reads his epic poem "My World Incomplete/To Complete My World" which traces the Sandinista movement in the Mission in the 1970s. It is from the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78" edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation, 2011.
Topics: Mission, Sandinistas, FSLN, Nicaragua, Roberto Vargas
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Doing science and making culture are increasingly intertwined as more and more amateur naturalists crowdsource the multi-layered experience of life on this planet. Authors of two new books  Mary Ellen Hannibal  ( Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction ) and  Ursula Heise  ( Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species ) illuminate the tangled, dynamic processes of thinking and doing that help us understand where we are and what we...
Topics: Citizen Science, scientist, amateur, natural selection, Darwinism, cooperation, species, habitat,...
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Lou Dematteis  is an extraordinary social documentarian, photographer and filmmaker. He has been taking photographs of the Mission District since the 1970s, capturing the low-rider scene of that era, and being at the first Carnavals and leaving us a stunning visual record. He has also covered the Nicaraguan Revolution into the mid-1980s, the depradations of the multinational oil industry in the Amazon, and more recently has been making movies, with his “The Other Barrio” capturing the...
Topics: Art and Politics, Low riders, Sandinistas, Nicaragua, Italy, Italians, photographer, documentary...
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The Jazz of Modern Basketball:  Racism and Virtuosity at the Roots of the Golden State Warriors Shaping San Francisco’s  Chris Carlsson  digs into the long history of basketball as another season begins. The first African-American players entered the NBA in 1950, while black college stars led the USF Dons to consecutive national championships in 1955 and 1956, inventing a new style of aggressive defensive basketball. Today’s outspoken Warriors embody the decades-long Heritage in which...
Topics: Golden State Warriors, USF Dons, Adolph Rupp, racism, basketball, NBA, NCAA, WNBA, protest, Jim...
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North Beach hair stylist Joe Jachetta, interviewed by Audrey Tomaselli of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers oral history project, talks about how folks in his building kept things cold before refrigerators.
Topics: cooling, North Beach, Italians, before refrigerators
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An evening of stories and discussion about the impact of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act (which wasn’t rescinded until 1943!) on the Chinese American community in San Francisco. This infamous legacy was both subtly woven into community cultural life, and overtly demarcated social and geographical boundaries. Chinese Whispers , a research and storytelling project about the Chinese who helped build the American West, will present excerpted stories from the Bay Area which reveal the deep impact...
Topics: Chinese, Chinatown, Exclusion Act, racism, community, borders, identity, language
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Excerpted from Tomas Sandoval's essay "All Those Who Care About the Mission, Stand Up With Me!" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation. This excerpt is read by Adriana Camarena.
Topics: Mission, MCO, Mission Coalition Organization, latino, latinidad, Hispanic
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Excerpted from Jason Ferreira's essay "'With the Soul of a Human Rainbow' : Los Siete, Black Panthers, and Third Worldism in San Francisco" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Topics: Los Siete, Mission politics, San Francisco police, racism, repression, Third Worldism
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Excerpted from a longer essay in "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78" this tells about a Gay Liberation Front protest in front of the Examiner building in 1969.
Topics: Gay, gay liberation, Gay Liberation Front, Society for Individual Rights, San Francisco Examiner,...
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More of our lives are being tightly integrated through the commercial social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, private corporations that are monetizing the enormous creative and cooperative activity that takes place there. A movement among tech workers and cooperative activists to create real alternatives through building self-managed platform cooperatives is taking shape. Yes, Virginia, there IS an alternative! The micro-rental economy masquerading as "sharing" is...
Topics: Cooperatives, Platforms, software, applications, technology, DARPA, Internet, freelancers, gig...
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Yolanda Lopez,  Judy Drummond  and  Donna Amador  cover the dynamic history of Los Siete de la Raza and Mission District politics of the 1970s. Yolanda dissects the popular iconography of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the context of racially exploitative advertising over the past few decades, to reveal her own creative processes that have produced beautiful "Virgin"-inspired representations of working Chicana women and more.
Topics: Los Siete, Mission District, 1960s, Third World, San Francisco State, Basta Ya!, Centro de Salud,...
In 1913, students, farmers, and roaming revolutionaries working to free India from British colonial rule came together to form the Ghadar Party, to organize mutiny in India and work towards a secular world of economic and social justice. The party, headquartered in San Francisco collaborated with a variety of Bay Area based freethinkers, labor activists, anarchists, and expats of colonized nations. Though formally dissolved in 1948, the work of Ghadar offers potent lessons for political...
Topics: India, British empire, Ghadar, colonialism, networked movements, Irish liberation, IWW, Punjabi, UC...
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Few San Francisco neighborhoods have gone through as dramatic a change as Dogpatch. East of Potrero Hill, once an industrial neighborhood making warships, steel, sugar, rope, and more, where flimsy wooden structures teetered on long-gone hills, the area has had an arts renaissance that is now giving way to high-end condos, the encroaching medical/biotech industry, and even more grandiose plans for highrise development. A microcosm of San Francisco’s history from the 1860s to the present....
Topics: Dogpatch, Irish Hill, Dutchman's Flat, Potrero, Tubbs Cordage, Chinese, railroad, Union Iron Works,...