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Highlights of the people's history of San Francisco are featured in these short video clips: footage from just after the 1906 Quake, views of the 1917 Ironworkers Strike, Mayor Rossi's speech during the 1934 General Strike, Harvey Milk's last words, scenes from the "White Night Riot's," and a look at a 1991 Anti-war Demonstration are just a few of the many eclectic pieces that make up this collection.



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Shaping San Francisco
Feb 12, 2022 Chris Carlsson
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canoeing under the piers along San Francisco's waterfront.
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Topics: waterfront, Piers, canoe
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 19, 2020
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Footage taken about a month after the massive earthquake and fire of 1906.
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Topics: Earthquake, Fire, 1906
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 27, 2019 Chris Carlsson
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Harry Hay describes gay sex when BVD's were still predominant underwear, before zippers in the 1930s... men would meet at Presidio guardhouse and go into the bushes.
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Topics: Presidio, Gay Sex, Harry Hay
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 25, 2016
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Ferlinghetti in his Potrero Hill home in 1965, ruminating on San Francisco
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Topics: Ferlinghetti, Potrero Hill, poetry
Shaping San Francisco
Jan 31, 2016 Shaping San Francisco
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Animation showing Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley before and after inundation, with a quote from John Muir
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Topics: John Muir, Hetch Hetchy, San Francisco water system
Shaping San Francisco
Apr 18, 2014 Kathy Katz and Mike Kavanagh
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An excerpt from Farmcore, a 45-minute documentary about The Farm, the remarkable rural oasis under the freeways in San Francisco from 1974-1986, an autonomous zone that housed farm animals, rehearsal, and performance space, theater and punk rock...
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Topics: Farm, San Francisco, punk rock, 1970s, eviction, utopian experiment
Shaping San Francisco
Nov 19, 2013 Matthew Chong
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A medley of images from Fleet Week in San Francisco by Matthew Chong
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Topics: Fleet Week, militarism, patriotism, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
Nov 10, 2013 Christian Bruno and Sam Green
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The 1969 San Francisco International Film Festival opens on the steps of City Hall, but is unexpectedly attacked by independent filmmakers with pies. This footage was long-lost and then found and made into a movie in the late 1990s.
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Topics: Film Festival, 1969, Pie Fight
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 19, 2013 Peace Navy
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excerpt from documentary on Fleet Week created by the Peace Navy as part of their campaign against the event.
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Topics: Peace Navy, Fleet Week, anti-militarism
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 17, 2013 California Newsreel
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excerpted from a one-hour documentary called "Redevelopment: A Marxist Analysis", this clip shows the frustration of the retired longshoremen in the Yerba Buena project area when ILWU president Harry Bridges failed to support their struggle against displacement.
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Topics: Redevelopment, ILWU, Harry Bridges
Shaping San Francisco
Sep 11, 2012 Chris Carlsson
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Scenes from the chaotic 3rd birthday Critical Mass bike ride in San Francisco
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Topics: Critical Mass, bicycles, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 16, 2012 John Fulbright
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How a shrine to Shiva emerged in Golden Gate Park in the form of a cement pylon.
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Topics: Shiva, Golden Gate Park, religion
Shaping San Francisco
Mar 4, 2011 Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue
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excerpted from a documentary prepared by the Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue, showing the battles that took place in the late 1980s between anti-abortion direct action groups like OR, and women who defended clinics against them.
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Topics: abortion, women, Operation Rescue
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 28, 2011 Mary Ellen Churchill
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Alliance for the Rank and File activists in Local 2 HERE led a strike against Zim's Coffeehouse chain.
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Topics: strike, restaurant workers, Local 2
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 11, 2010
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Mud people descend on downtown San Francisco... the only rules? No walking and no talking! Merry mayhem ensues.
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Topics: mud people, financial district, anarchy
Shaping San Francisco
Mar 22, 2010
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West Portal tunnel under construction, Portola Drive cutting through empty surrounding hillsides.
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Topics: West Portal, Portola Drive, Sutro Forest
Shaping San Francisco
Apr 19, 2009 Chris Carlsson
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Herb Mills, former secretary-treasurer of Local 10 ILWU, describes the role of containerization in the global economy.
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Topics: containerization, longshoring, globalization
Shaping San Francisco
Sep 16, 2008
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Newsreel footage from the Market Street celebration of the end of WWI in San Francisco, 1918.
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Topics: WWI, San Francisco, 1918
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 13, 2008
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Fatty Arbuckle and one of his adoring dames, posing for the publicity cameras of the PPIE in 1915.
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Topics: Fatty Arbuckle, PPIE, 1915
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 13, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Harry Hay describes the scene along Market Street on July 9, 1934 as strikers tore hats from bankers and kept their own security.
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Topics: Harry Hay, 1934 Strike, Funeral
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 12, 2008 Craig Baldwin
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Street theater held across from Gartland Pit in the mid-1980s. Peter Plate on megaphone.
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Topics: Gartland Pit, Street Theater, Peter Plate
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 12, 2008
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Hazel Lagenour, first woman to swim across the Golden Gate, in 1911, provided courtesy Bill Pickelhaupt.
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Topics: First swim, Golden Gate, Hazel Lagenour
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 12, 2008 Pathé News
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Original Pathe News newsreel footage describing the unfolding General Strike in breathless and fearsome tones. Another similar newsreel .
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Topics: Big Strike, 1934, newsreel
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 10, 2008
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silent footage of strikers marching, parading along waterfront, cops on horseback, scenes of the Embarcadero
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Topics: waterfront strike, longshoremen, 1934
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 10, 2008 Paper Tiger TV West
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scenes from demonstrations against the 1991 Gulf War in San Francisco.
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Topics: Gulf War I991, civic center, anti-war protests
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 7, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Harry Hay describes the pickup scene at the North Beach bar Finocchio's in the early 1930s.
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Topics: Harry Hay, Finocchio's, gay dating
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 5, 2008 Chunkmoonhunter Productions
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Hundreds of police attack the I-Hotel on Kearny in 1977 to evict the remaining tenants.
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Topics: I-Hotel, police, eviction
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 5, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Herb Mills, former secretary-treasurer of ILWU Local 10, describes the importance of the Hiring Hall to the culture and politics of longshoring.
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Topics: ILWU, hiring hall, longshoremen
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 5, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Herb Mills, former secretary-treasurer of ILWU Local 10, describes the lost landscape and culture of the old waterfront in San Francisco.
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Topics: waterfront, ILWU, working class culture
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 1, 2008
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Lucius Cabins, Helen Highwater and Linda Thomas hawking Processed World magazine at Market and Montgomery in the summer of 1982.
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Topics: Processed World, financial district, dissent
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 30, 2008
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Turn of the 19th century crowds at Ocean Beach
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Topics: Ocean Beach, Cliff House, 1900
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 30, 2008
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3 seconds of the Cliff House from Ocean Beach, people milling about on the beach in the foreground.
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Topics: Cliff House, Ocean Beach, 1900
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 29, 2008
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Difficult to discern, but President Teddy Roosevelt is in a procession heading up Van Ness in this short clip.
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Topics: Teddy Roosevelt, Van Ness, parade
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 29, 2008
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scenes of students being washed down rotunda stairs in SF City Hall during mass arrests at HUAC hearings, May 1960.
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Topics: HUAC, protests, City Hall
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 26, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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canoe ride into Mission Creek before the freeway was reconfigured or Mission Bay was built.
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Topics: Mission Creek, freeways, Mission Bay
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 26, 2008
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Animation dramatizing the choice between "prosperity" and "anarchy, sedition, and lawlessness" in 1916
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Topics: Tom Mooney, Preparedness Day, bomb
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 26, 2008 Mooney Defense
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Tom Mooney, filmed by his defense team in San Quentin, appeals for a new trial or a death sentence, rather than the endless years in jail... he had already been in jail for 16 years. Excerpt from "The Strange Case of Tom Mooney".
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Topics: Tom Mooney, San Quentin, Preparedness Day
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 19, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Seal Rock off the Cliff House, the ocean roaring around it.
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Topics: Seal Rock, Pacific Ocean, Cliff House view
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 19, 2008
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footage of Catholic Feast Day parade on Potrero Hill, April 25, 1937.
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Topics: Potrero Hill, Parade, Feast Day
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 16, 2008
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panoramic view of the PPIE on San Francisco's northern edge, 1915, as broadcast in a 1930s newsreel.
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Topics: PPIE, World's Fairs, Marina District
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 16, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Sea Lions cavort on piers facing San Francisco's Pier 39.
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Topics: Sea Lions, Pier 39, Tourism
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 11, 2008
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Mayor Angelo Rossi appeals to San Franciscans to allow business to proceed, while most of the city is on strike in July 1934.
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Topics: Mayor Rossi, General Strike, 1934
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 9, 2008
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A strike begins at the Union Iron Works at the foot of Potrero Hill in 1917.
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Topics: Strike, Potrero Hill, Union Iron Works
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 9, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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The San Francisco Illegal Soapbox Society conducted races on Bernal Heights for years, and still does at unpredictable times.
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Topics: Soapbox Derby, Bernal Heights, underground culture
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 5, 2008
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Dedication of Dewey Monument in Union Square, c. 1903. St. Francis Hotel visible behind scene.
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Topics: Union Square, Dewey Monument, 1903
Shaping San Francisco
Jun 27, 2008 Glenn Bachmann
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The old Falstaff brewery became a home to punk rockers in the early 1980s before its demolition. Here's a glimpse of an impromptu concert outside.
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Topics: Punk, Vats, Brewery
Shaping San Francisco
Jun 20, 2008
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Riot and destruction at City Hall in the wake of the slap-on-the-wrist manslaughter verdict against Dan White, murderer of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
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Topics: riot, White Night, Harvey Milk
Shaping San Francisco
Jun 9, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Lifelong Bernal Heights resident George Will describes growing up in the marshland near the Old Clam House on Bayshore Blvd. in the 'teens.
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Topics: Islais Creek, wetlands, Bernal Heights
Shaping San Francisco
Jun 9, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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"Diamond Dave" Whitaker recites his Digger poem
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Topics: Diamond Dave Whitaker, Diggers, counterculture
Shaping San Francisco
Jun 6, 2008
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scenes of Japanese-Americans being shipped out of the Fillmore on their way to "internment".
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Topics: Japanese Internment, WWII, war crimes
Shaping San Francisco
May 18, 2008
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Before occupational health and safety, this is how excavation was done. A steam shovel is digging a tunnel for the SF Muni, c. 1917.
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Topics: steam shovel, digging tunnels, excavation
Shaping San Francisco
Apr 18, 2008 Mary Ellen Churchill
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Alejandro Murguia, who fought in the 1978 Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, describes the role San Francisco played in the uprising.
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Topics: Sandinistas, Nicaragua, Bernal Heights
Shaping San Francisco
Mar 17, 2008 Biotic Baking Brigade
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Mayor Willie Brown is hit with 3 pies by activists of the Biotic Baking Brigade at a "Clean-up" event in Bayview/Hunter's Point.
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Topics: Willie Brown, Biotic Baking Brigade, pie-throwing
Shaping San Francisco
Mar 17, 2008
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Sped-up trip eastward along the old Sutro Steam railroad from Cliff house back towards the then-empty Golden Gate.
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Topics: Golden Gate, Lands End, railroad
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 10, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Artist Mona Caron describes the meaning of her mural along the newly christened Duboce Bikeway.
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Topics: murals, Duboce Bikeway, Mona Caron
Shaping San Francisco
May 22, 2007
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It depicts the Art Attack staged on Friday, June 18, 1999 called "Wall Street West is All Tied Up!" which happened on Montgomery Street between California and Pine Streets at apx. 12:25 p.m.
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Shaping San Francisco
Mar 28, 2007
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Excerpt from the ACLU's "Operation Correction" in which they took an anti-communist propaganda film paid for by the U.S. gov't. and added a new soundtrack explaining what really happened at the May 1960 HUAC hearings in San Francisco.
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Topics: HUAC, 1960, ACLU
Shaping San Francisco
Jun 10, 2006 Chris Carlsson
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Heart of the City Farmers' Market in UN Plaza, San Francisco
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Topics: Farmers' Market, UN Plaza, Civic Center
Shaping San Francisco
Jan 22, 2006 Mary Ellen Churchill
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A rank and file member of Local 2 denounces the rampant corruption and anti-democratic practices of the union leadership under Joe Belardi.
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Topics: Union democracy, rank and file, corruption
Shaping San Francisco
Nov 26, 2005
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Silent footage of picketers marching through the streets and attacking a scab-driven streetcar at Haight and Buchanan during violent 1917 streetcar strike.
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Topics: Streetcar strike, URR, 1917
Shaping San Francisco
Sep 11, 2005
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brief excerpt from a documentary on the Key System, which once ran trains across the Bay Bridge.
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Topics: Key System, Ferry Building, Bay trains
Shaping San Francisco
Jun 11, 2005 Biker-X
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footage of the chaotic July 1997 ride in which Mayor Brown unleashed the police to attack bicyclists.
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Topics: bicycles, Critical Mass, police riot
Shaping San Francisco
Apr 29, 2004 Jim Swanson
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Original opening animation for Shaping San Francisco CD-ROM in 1998.
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Topics: San Francisco, animation, Jim Swanson
Shaping San Francisco
- Shaping San Francisco
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Summer 2014 campaign video to gain long-term sustainers to support the ongoing work of Shaping San Francisco, a vital public utility (though seldom recognized as such) that provides a living archive of San Francisco, and by the project's very existence, holds down an important niche in the local cultural ecology of the City. Walking and Bicycle history tours, Public Talks both live and archived online, and the ever-expanding archive at Foundsf.org are irreplaceable treasures of San Francisco's...
Topics: history, politics, ecology, tours, bicycles, walking, fundraising, support, sustainers, 3% Solution
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Art & Politics:  Seth Eisen "OUT of Site" Seth Eisen and James Metzger and collaborators Colin Creveling, Rayan Hayes, Mary Vice, and Diego Gomez bring to life research and performance excerpts from Eye Zen Presents's newest project (a collaboration with Shaping SF)—a series of queer history performance-driven walking tours through the streets of San Francisco.  This performative talk explores the ways that queer people have historically created community, how our communities...
Topics: queer, gay, homosexual, essentialism, assimilationism, history, historiography, queer history,...
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- Adriana Camarena
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Zeph works as a cultural activist at the intersections of art, social justice, and the transgressive body. Since 2011, Zeph has helped move 35 friends due to eviction and has focused on creative direct action responding to the economic crisis and displacement. Zeph was evicted in 2012 along with 16 artists from the Million Fishes Collective, which used to stand at Bryant and 23rd. The spiritless office space that now inhabits the former collective space sits directly across from the infamous...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Zeph Fishlyn, CalHumanities,...
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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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During the national marches against the NRA and the accelerating madness of mass shootings, San Franciscans turned out in large numbers to join the protest. This is at the corner of 7th and Market as demonstrators walked by for 4 minutes, but the entire length of the march took more than 45 minutes to pass... estimates put the crowd between 35,000 and 80,000... count them here!
Topics: guns, war, violence, mass shootings, protests, demonstrations, NRA, anti-NRA, National Rifle...
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Benito Santiago is a disabled elder, musician, and public school teacher currently being Ellis Act evicted from his lifelong San Francisco home on Duboce Street. The original footage was captured on January 17, 2014 as part of a storytelling circle called "Campfire: Eviction Ghost Stories and Other Housing Horrors." This mini-clip is part of a series of mini-clips honoring fourteen City storytellers who shared their eviction horror stories that evening around the fire. Related event...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Benito Santiago, CalHumanities,...
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Jason Mark, editor of Earth Island Journal and an active farmer at the Alemany Farm in San Francisco, interviewed as part of the Shaping San Francisco "Ecology Emerges" oral history project. The project documents participants in the ecology movement in the San Francisco Bay over the past 50 years.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, urban agriculture, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental...
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Chuck Wollenberg  presents his new book  Rebel Lawyer  about Wayne Collins and his defense of Japanese-American rights during and after WWII. Novelist and essayist  Karen Tei Yamashita  shares her introduction to John Okada’s  No-No Boy , the only 1950s novel to reflect on the post-Internment experience among Japanese-American families.
Topics: Japanese Internment, WWII, racism, anti-Asian racism, Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese Exclusion,...
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John Knox, Executive Director of the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, has been a resident of Noe Valley since the early 1970s. Here he describes some early community activism he was involved in and some of the old-timers he ran up against, as well as a funny anecdote about an awards ceremony with Mayor Moscone in City Hall.
Topics: Noe Valley, neighborhood association, community organizing, solar homes, 1970s solar energy,...
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Public Art and Murals: Controversy, Neglect, Restoration Not always seen by all as a public benefit, public art faces sometimes quiet neglect, sometimes outrage and controversy. Earlier this year, San Francisco Poet Laureate  Kim Shuck  brought attention to the appeal to remove the Pioneer Monument’s “Early Days” statue of a subjugated and emaciated indigenous figure in Civic Center. Calling for a rehearing, she wrote a poem each day—55 in all—until the Board of Appeals granted one...
Topics: Indigenous California, Ohlone, public art, statues, murals, tagging, vandalism, community,...
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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, two-spirit, gay, LGBTQ, history, walking tours, performance, historical tours, SOMA, Happy...
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Women, Power, and the Vote:  1911 Suffrage to the 2018 Midterms Given the predictable buzz developing about the 2018 midterm elections and the predictions of a blue wave/a female wave, we want to convene a discussion rooted in history that can critically take on this frame of mind, especially in light of the recent election of London Breed and the likely re-election of Dianne Feinstein. It's not like we haven't had decades of powerful female politicians and leaders who have by and large done...
Topics: voting, elections, political power, grassroots, organizing, housing, race, gender, politicians,...