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Living New Deal Project
by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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The NYA trains girls to sew, to make military and civil defense posters and signs, to prepare food, and to assist in hospital work (feeding and massaging patients, sterilizing instruments, making x-ray pictures, etc.). Women learn to operate machine tools (drill presses, lathes, etc) in an airplane plant, to weld sheet metal, to solder and drill radio parts, and to inspect finished work. Eleanor Roosevelt introduces and narrates the film. National Archives Identifier: 37236 Local Identifier:...
Topics: Machine-tools, Motion pictures, Nurses, Roosevelt Eleanor 1884-1962, Welding, Women, Work, World...
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by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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Boys build and fly gliders at an NYA center at Lake Cassidy, Mich. The boys work with model planes and drawings to learn fundamentals. Class study and shop work are also shown. Glider parts are made and assembled. Gliders are towed by automobiles and are flown and landed. National Archives Identifier: 37248 Local Identifier: 119.27 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration. (09/17/1942 - 01/01/1944) (Most Recent)...
Topics: Aeronautics, Cassidy Lake (Mich.), Gliders (Aeronautics), Motion pictures, Work, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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The NYA office in Illinois conducts an essay contest to get ideas for useful projects for NYA work centers. Announcements are mimeographed and printed, posters designed and posted, and essays judged. Administrator Aubrey Williams presents awards to winning youths at the state fair held at Springfield, Ill. National Archives Identifier: 37226 Local Identifier: 119.5 * Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration....
Topics: Motion pictures, Springfield (Ill.), Work, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
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On NYA activities in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Reel 1, Puerto Rican children and young men idle on street corners and in saloons. NYA youths hoe corn, gather tomatoes, transplant seedlings, and drain mosquito-infested ditches. Girls assist nurses. Reel 2, Puerto Rican girls donate blood and work in a selective service office. Boys do woodwork, grade a road, and level an airstrip at Losey Field, P.R. Reel 3 (color) shows aerial and ground views of coastline, flowers, and cities in the...
Topics: Agriculture, Cooperative, Air bases, Highway construction, Motion pictures, Nurses, Puerto Rico,...
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by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On the work of boys and girls in NYA centers in Rhode Island and Connecticut after the hurricane of September 1938. Reel 1, youths perform their normal work at the Kingston and Providence (R.I.) Centers and at the New Haven (Conn.) Center. Shows hurricane damage at New London and Norwich (Conn.) and at Providence. Personages: A. W. Williams, Gov. R. E. Quinn. Reel 2 shows damage at Norwich, Hartford, and New London, Conn, and at West Warwick, Charlestown, and Narragansett, R.I. Men and boys...
Topics: Floods, Hurricanes, Motion pictures, Roosevelt Eleanor 1884-1962, Work, Living New Deal
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by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On the visit of Their Majesties in June 1939. Scenes of the visit include the arrival at Union Station, a parade to the White House, and visits to the British Embassy and Mount Vernon. The King lays a wreath on the tomb of George Washington. National Archives Identifier: 37254 Local Identifier: 119.33 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration. (09/17/1942 - 01/01/1944) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture...
Topics: Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-, George VI King of Great Britain 1895-1952, Motion...
Living New Deal Project
by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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Shows opportunities in aviation offered by the NYA. Boys at Camp DeSoto, Tampa, Fla., work on motors and in wood and metal shops and classrooms. College students study aeronautics and meteorology. A seaplane lands and takes off at Glen Cove, Long Island. NYA administrator A. W. Williams and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt witness the installation of a seaplane base at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. National Archives Identifier: 37233 Local Identifier: 119.12 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War...
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Topics: Aeronautics, Meteorology in aeronautics, Motion pictures, New York, Poughkeepsie (N.Y.), Roosevelt...
Living New Deal Project
by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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The NYA trains youths for jobs. Describes modern industrial and agricultural machines (hay balers, threshers, reapers, etc.) which displace manpower. Unemployed youths loiter in hobo gangs. Boys receive training in the use of machine tools, carpentry, and auto mechanics at an NYA center. Girls are trained to cook and make dresses and to become beauticians (manicuring nails, setting hair, and applying facials). National Archives Identifier: 37222 Local Identifier: 119.1 * Creator(s): Office for...
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Topics: Agricultural machinery, Automobiles, Beauty, Persona, Cooking, Machine-tools, Motion pictures,...
Living New Deal Project
by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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Graduates of NYA schools operate lathes, presses, and milling machines a machine shop. Airplane, wings and fuselages are drilled and welded by girls. Life Jackets are tested. Life rafts are assembled and waterproofed. Deck section of a submarine are moved and assembled in a shipyard. Bulkhead sections are welded. The submarine is launched. National Archives Identifier: 37223 Local Identifier: 119.2 * Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training....
Topics: Life rafts, Machine-tools, Motion pictures, Ships, Submarines (Ships), Work, World War 1939-1945,...
Living New Deal Project
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On a typical day at an NYA girls center at Cherrydale Kansas. Girls arise; do calisthenics; breakfast; clean their rooms; cut patterns, design dresses, and use sewing machines; wash clothes; type; do quilting; participate in volleyball, baseball, and tennis games; cook supper; dance with each other; and go to bed. Includes a style show in which girls model clothes they have made. National Archives Identifier: 37249 Local Identifier: 119.28 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War...
Topics: Girls, Motion pictures, Sewing, Work, Living New Deal
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On cooperation among the NYA, the Public Health Service, clinics, and private physicians and dentists to improve the health of U.S. youth. Boys and girls receive physical examinations at a free clinic. Children play and exercise in an orthopedic clinic. Includes shots of a Public Health Service dietary kitchen and of youngsters swimming, boxing, doing calisthenics, and practicing archery. National Archives Identifier: 37238 Local Identifier: 119.17 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management....
Topics: Children, Medical care, Motion pictures, Physical education and training, Sports
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On the 1941 inauguration. Reel 1 shows crowds along the parade route, NYA parade units forming, the Presidential car passing to the Capitol from the White House, and Pres. Roosevelt being sworn in by Chief Justice Hughes. FDR waves to the crowd as his car leaves the Capitol grounds. Reel 2, parade units pass in review: cavalry, tanks, West Point cadets, Annapolis midshipmen, NYA contingents, the Marine Corps band, etc. National Archives Identifier: 37235 Local Identifier: 119.14 Creator(s):...
Topics: Hughes Charles Evans 1862-1948, Inauguration Day, Motion pictures, Roosevelt Franklin D. (Franklin...
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by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On the operation of a NYA farm at Weiser, Idaho. Boys finish construction of a dormitory, dig a ditch for a septic tank, grade a road, bale hay, plow, feed chickens and pigs, weld steel ladders, and erect a fire escape. Girls wash clothes, take dictation, sew clothes, attend a dressmaking class, and serve meals. National Archives Identifier: 37244 Local Identifier: 119.23 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration....
Topics: Agriculture Cooperative, Highway construction, Home economics, Motion pictures, Work, Living New...
Living New Deal Project
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On NYA work training projects. Boys work on milling machines and lathes, make dies, forge and shape metal for army cots, cut and shape sheet metal for oil cans, and pour lead casings. At Buffalo, N.Y. boys and girls machine small metal boxes for electrical units, work in a foundry, assemble gliders, and assist in the construction of Flying Fortresses in an aircraft plant. National Archives Identifier: 37228 Local Identifier: 119.7 * Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower...
Topics: Airplanes, B-17 bomber, Gliders (Aeronautics), Machine-tools, Motion pictures, New York, Work,...
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NYA boys learn to use machine tools at various residence centers in Illinois. The boys operate lathes and milling machines, learn to weld, make incubators in a sheet metal shop, pour steel into molds, do blacksmithing work, and attend classes in auto mechanics, mechanical drawing, and radio repairing. Includes views of the meals served and of recreational facilities at the centers (libraries, sports contests, and billiard tables). National Archives Identifier: 37250 Local Identifier: 119.29...
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Topics: Machine-tools, Motion pictures, Steel, Work, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
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Shows many views of the gardens and exterior shots of the Embassy of Great Britain in Washington, D. C. National Archives Identifier: 37237 Local Identifier: 119.16 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration. (09/17/1942 - 01/01/1944) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled ca. 1937 - 1942 * Record Group 119: Records of the National Youth Administration, 1934 - 1945 * Item Type(s) of Archival...
Topics: Department of State. U.S. Embassy Great Britain (06/22/1893 - ), Motion pictures, Living New Deal
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On activities of youth. in the out-of-school program of the NYA in New Mexico. Spanish crafts are practiced at Albuquerque (Mountain Park Recreation center), Cienega, Las Vegas, and Jemez Springs. Boys work with wood and tin and girls weave and embroider. Other activities include tennis court construction, restoration of kivas, school construction, and furniture making. Shows recreational activities at the camps. National Archives Identifier: 37240 Local Identifier: 119.19 Creator(s): Office...
Topics: Archaeology, Handicraft, Motion pictures, New Mexico, Students, Work
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On NYA centers in Georgia and Alabama. Reel 1, Negro boys feed chickens and pigs, plow with tractors, landscape grounds, and repair dormitories at centers in Boligee, Ala., and in Dorchester, Ga. Girls prepare and serve meals, weave baskets, and make mattresses. Reel 2, boys construct chairs in a woodworking class at an Atlanta high school. Shows home economics classes, radio instruction, and shoe making courses at Georgia State College Girls cook meals, make dresses, and attend nursing classes...
Topics: Georgia State College (Atlanta, Ga.), Home economics, Landscape, Livestock, Motion pictures, Work,...
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Shows NYA youth in a flag-raising ceremony near Reading, Pa., as the house where Daniel Boone was born is opened to the public. National Archives Identifier: 37230 Local Identifier: 119.9 * Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration. (09/17/1942 - 01/01/1944) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled ca. 1937 - 1942 * Record Group 119: Records of the National Youth Administration, 1934 - 1945 *...
Topics: Daniel Boone Homestead Site (Birdsboro Pa.), Motion pictures, Living New Deal
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President Roosevelt converses with bystanders while seated in an auto. Eleanor Roosevelt escorts a group of people over the grounds of the estate. Men on a small sailing boat display a catch of fish. Includes shots of roadside scenery taken from a moving vehicle. National Archives Identifier: 37246 Local Identifier: 119.25 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration. (09/17/1942 - 01/01/1944) (Most Recent) From: Series...
Topics: Hyde Park (Dutchess County N.Y.), Motion pictures, Roosevelt Eleanor 1884-1962, Roosevelt Franklin...
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On activities at the NYA work experience center, Wilberforce University, Ohio. Shows classes in woodwork, metal crafts, machine shop, cooking, and typesetting. Negro youths mold and make bricks which are used in the construction of a field house. National Archives Identifier: 37234 Local Identifier: 119.13 * Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration. (09/17/1942 - 01/01/1944) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion...
Topics: Cooking, Machine-tools, Motion pictures, Work, Living New Deal
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Unedited footage showing NYA restoration of this small Spanish settlement in San Antonio, Texas. Reel 1, NYA girls make Spanish poster decorations which are put up for the Christmas fiesta. Reel 2, San Antonio mayor Maury Maverick watches NYA boys excavating, leveling ground, and laying brick wall. Shows parts of the restored Alamo and the San Jose Mission. Reel 3, Apache Indians present a Matachina dance at the Christmas fiesta, stone is moved and chiseled. Doors are planed and painted. Reel...
Topics: Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.), Apache Indians, Architecture, Fireplaces, Mission San José y San Miguel...
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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. Antonio Roman-Alcala has been deeply involved in San Francisco permaculture projects over the past decade, notably including the Alemany Farm, the Rhode Island Street garden, and is the producer of the new documentary "In Search of Good Food."
Topics: permaculture, ecology, gardens, horticulture, food security, urban farming
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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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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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El Polín Spring and the area around it is a great example of how National Park stewardship has brought history to life. Follow the water through MacArthur Meadow, the Tennesee Hollow watershed, to the Crissy Field marshes—including the newly restored Quartermaster Reach. With Lew Stringer, Joel Pomerantz, LisaRuth Elliott, and Chris Carlsson.
Topics: water, restoration, Presidio, Crissy Field, Tennessee Hollow, MacArthur Meadow, Quartermaster...
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Osento Bathhouse. Amelia’s. Artemis Cafe. Old Wives Tales. Modern Times Bookstore. Names and functions of these venues have changed, but they are part of the living memory of Valencia Street. Long before it descended into the white tablecloth, boutique-filled, gentrified peculiarity of today, the Valencia Street corridor was a hotbed of radical feminism and lesbian culture. LisaRuth Elliott moderates a conversation with some of the women who helped create the important sites and undergirded...
Topics: Lesbians, sex, nightlife, bars, cafes, bookstores, Valencia Street, Women, Women's Building,...
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On November 30, 1999 the World Trade Organization was prevented from meeting in Seattle by unprecedented phalanxes of self-organized protesters who filled the streets, tied up key intersections, blockaded the convention center, and used video and the internet in ways they’d never been used before. Bay Area activists were in the middle of it all, and veterans of that experience will revisit that moment to help us rethink this moment. With Anuradha Mittal, David Solnit, Eddie Yuen, Steve...
Topics: Globalization, alter-globalization, protest, Seattle, WTO, food politics, campesinos, ILWU, port...
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Before San Francisco: Spanish and Mexican Peninsula From the original encounters between local indigenous peoples and the first Spanish arrivals, to the spread of the disruptive Mission cattle-based economy, Mexican independence, and eventual abolition of Indian slavery, the peninsula that became San Francisco had a fascinating and overlooked pre-urban history. Author Adriana Camarena covers the period when Mexico was fragmenting and local Californios existed in a pastoral but brutal local...
Topics: Ohlone, indigenous, Californios, ranchos, Spanish empire, Mexico, Mexican Independence,...
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How do we “hold” (record/store) history now compared to the past? How do we “tell” history now, and has the relationship between archival sources and narrative arcs/presentation changed with digitalization? What do we learn from narration-free archival materials (a la Prelinger home movies, foundsf photo pages, etc.)? And popular attitudes towards history: who cares about footnotes? How are archivists beginning to shape new ways of making history public? Film archivist and librarian ...
Topics: archives, memory, hypertext, links, nonlinearity, public libraries, public collections, diversity,...
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edited from silent footage from the Prelinger Archive to collect the images of Powell Street cable car turnaround and some shots going up and down Powell too.
Topics: Powell Street, cable cars, 1920s
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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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Ten minutes from the May 5, 2015 demonstration in front of 2840-2848 Folsom Street in San Francisco during the last open house before offers went in... some words from Carin McKay, Kirk Read, and Chris Carlsson, all tenants, and a short postscript from Mokai... video by Nick Kasimatis... many thanks!
Topics: displacement, eviction, San Francisco, housing, Land Trust, SF Community Land Trust, Frances...
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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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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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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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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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Excerpted from the Ecology Emerges interview with Susan Swift. She is a former Abalone Alliance staffer who grew disaffected and resigned a year after the big Diablo Canyon direct action campaign, in part due to the inability of the Abalone Alliance to make alliances with organized labor,or to even consider the plight of folks who couldn't easily take days of their lives to sit in jails, or camp out in protest, etc.
Topics: Abalone Alliance, ecology, anti-nuclear, labor, tactics
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Saul Bloom of ARC/Ecology in San Francisco describes his history as a Greenpeace staffer and early involvement in anti-nuke politics, with a focus on the campaign to stop the homeporting of the USS Missouri in San Francisco in the 1980s. The USS Missouri, during Reagan's administration, was slated to be redesigned to carry cruise missiles and thus become a first-strike launching pad for nuclear war.
Topics: Nuclear weapons, nukes, anti-nuke, USS Missouri, homeporting, Fleet Week
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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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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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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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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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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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Longtime poet and activist Nina Serrano describes how she organized, without any prior experience, a demonstration on Market Street to demand the freedom to travel--then, as now, banned or restricted by the U.S. government with respect to Cuba and other countries.
Topics: Travel ban, Freedom to Travel, Cuba, 1960s, San Francisco
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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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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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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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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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Longtime radical feminst Silvia Federici talks about the international restructuring of reproductive work and its effects on the sexual division of labor, the globalization of care work and sex work, the crisis of elder care, and the development of affective labor.
Topics: Housework, feminism, wages, unwaged, gender, wage-labor, capitalism, unpaid labor, women
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Few events in the past century equal the importance of the Russian Revolution. And yet we only know it through the fog of propaganda and fear, and the actual events of 1917 are long forgotten in the mists of time. Find out what actually happened in that fabled year, and how it fit together with the world events of that epoch. Longtime Russian scholar  Anthony D’Agostino  (SF State) joins Anarchist scholar from socialist Yugoslavia  Andrej Grubacic  (CIIS) to unpack some of those tangled...
Topics: Russian Revolution, Soviet Union, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, workers councils, Soviets, working class,...
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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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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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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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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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A short film clip from Greta Snider's Hard Core Home Movie .  Used by permission of the artist Greta Snider.
Topics: Snider, Film
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Shaping San Francisco invites you on a tour of India Basin’s shoreline open space, parks, and historic sites. Not only will you get a close-up tour of this much neglected part of San Francisco, but we’ll be discussing San Francisco’s efforts to plan for sea-level rise even while the overlooked shoreline is suddenly spruced up and made publicly available like never before. After our walk we’ll chat at the west end of India Basin.
Topics: Heron's Head, India Basin, redevelopment, Hunter's Point, shoreline, sealevel rise, Islais Creek,...
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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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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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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes how he became involved with the food giveaway which was the ransom demanded by the Symbionese Liberation Army of the Hearst family for the then-kidnapped Patty Hearst.
Topics: People In Need (PIN), food giveaway, SLA, Patty Hearst, William Randolph Hearst, ransom, 1974,...
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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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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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International volunteers rushed to Spain in 1936 after General Francisco Franco led a military coup against the Spanish Republic.  Adam Hochschild , author of  Spain In Our Hearts , brings to life remarkable characters in this bloody and bitter conflict that consumed Spain for 3 years. 80 years ago this spring the conflict ended, leaving the country under three decades of military dictatorship.
Topics: Revolution, Barcelona, Madrid, Spain, Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, FDR, Franklin Roosevelt,...
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Former Redevelopment official Carlo Middione tells the story of providing a building in the late 1960s to Angela Davis and "her group" at Fillmore and Golden Gate, and the surprising thing that happened as a result.
Topics: Angela Davis, black power, arsenal, arms, 1960s, Redevelopment Agency
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First 90 seconds of Chris Carlsson setting up how he's using the FoundSF.org archive to create a narrative arc explaining the context and precursor movements and events to the 1967 Summer of Love. Filmed at the DeYoung Museum on June 30, 2017 by Adriana Camarena.
Topics: public history, history, historiography, storytelling, narrative form, narration, multimedia,...
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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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The “Language of Water” is a vision to retrofit strategic locations of the Islais Creek Watershed to reduce flood risk and invest in real resiliency from sea level rise, drought, flooding and demonstrating the state of the art practices available to the agency or the cities. This proposal includes plans to create multi-purpose, distributed infrastructure for water supply, wastewater and stormwater treatment and the incorporation of creek daylighting and floodable spaces that make room for...
Topics: sewers, sewerage, composting toilets, Hetch Hetchy, rainwater, graywater, black water, Islais...
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A short clip from a longer interview with Josephine Firpo-Alioto and her daughter Regina Alioto in which they recount the 1920s and 1930s Italian community on Potrero Hill, in particular describing the vibrant Italian Men's Social Clubs of the time.
Topics: Italian, Potrero Hill, 1930s, Alioto, San Francisco
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Janet Delaney  has been documenting the changing  South of Market  since its days as a recently deindustrialized district in the early 1970s to its present boom in luxury residential towers. Our Art & Politics series invites solo artists to talk about their work and share a bit about their process and the relationship of art to politics and vice versa in their work.
Topics: SOMA, redevelopment, Moscone Center, Project One, warehouses, gay leather, SRO, residential hotels,...
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Today’s San Francisco and our village-like neighborhoods, charming architecture, and quality of life is indebted to the Freeway Revolt that shocked the nation between 1956 and 1965. Most histories have focused on the politicians and city leaders who argued and voted in those years, overlooking the vital role of the emergent middle-class women who spearheaded the Revolt, and kept it going against overwhelming odds. Decades later, a second Freeway Revolt helped reclaim the Embarcadero and Hayes...
Topics: Freeways, Freeway Revolt, Glen Park, Bay Bridge, Southern Crossing, bridges, highways, Panhandle,...
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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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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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Efforts to integrate history and ecological restoration can be found tucked away in most San Francisco neighborhoods. Neighborhood greenways and corridors are most often the result of initial community-based activism to beautify an urban space, and end up becoming much more complex projects. Sophie Constantinou shares stories of creating the Buchanan Street Mall project and a newly accessible open space along the Bernal Cut, and how the different neighborhoods shaped these similar projects....
Topics: public space, neighborhood corridors, wildlife, habitat, gardens, parks, vollunteers, Recreation...
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Molly Martin, interviewed in February 2019, discusses working on the Women's Building as an electrician, and then the controversy over women entering the SF Police Department as officers, and its relationship to jobs and women's work.
Topics: Lesbians, police, Women's Building, discrimination, equal rights
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Art & Politics: Miranda Bergman Miranda Bergman , a Mission District resident for many decades and local icon, has been painting public murals since the 1970s when she started as a member of the Haight Ashbury muralists. Her involvement in Central America, Palestine, and women’s politics has shaped her participation in epic works such as Maestrapeace , a Placa mural in Balmy Alley, and many others around the Bay Area and the world.
Topics: murals, community murals, women, children, seniors, San Francisco, Mission DIstrict, Balmy Alley,...
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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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Craig Baldwin is a San Francisco experimental filmmaker.  He was born in Oakland, California and created his own found footage style of filmmaking in such works as Wild Gunman (1978), RocketKitKongoKit (1986), Tribulation 99 (1991, O No Coronado! (1992), Sonic Outlaws (1995), Spectres of the Spectrum (1999), and Mock Up on Mu (2008).
Topics: Experimental, Films Bruce Conner, Craig Baldwin
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Longtime activist Charlie Hinton continues the second part of his oral history, describing his re-engagement with activism in 1992 as part of the public campaign against the 500th anniversary of the landing of Columbus. From there he goes to Haiti and begins a decades-long effort to support the people of Haiti against the depradations of US power. He also connects with prisoners in Pelican Bay State Prison and eventually pens a one-man show about solitary confinement. And much more!
Topics: Columbus, indigenous rights, Haiti, Nicaragua, Chile, prisons, solitary confinement, San Quentin...
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From the PRelinger Archive's silent footage of San Francisco in the 1920s, this is an edited excerpt featuring the ferries and Ferry Building
Topics: Ferries, Ferry Buildilng, San Francisco
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes the exciting and incomparable "scene" at Hippie Hill, where he was a dancer during the mid-1960s, and was in the middle of the cultural experiments of the period.
Topics: Hippie Hill, African dance, 1965, acid, LSD, Golden Gate Park, hippies, beatniks
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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