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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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Part of the "Ecology Emerges" oral history interviews covering the last 50 years history of Bay Area ecological activism, from conservation to environmental justice. Karen Pickett was an early participant in the Berkeley Ecology Center, worked on its early recycling effort, later set one up at Merritt College, and more recently has been a staffer for the Bay Area Coalition for the Headwaters. She's been part of the Earth First! movement too.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, recycling, Berkeley Ecology Center, Headwaters, Earth First!
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An interview with Carole Schemmerling, cofounder of the East Bay Urban Creeks Council. The interview was in Berkeley at her home, part of the "Ecology Emerges" collection of oral histories, investigating the arc of conservation to environmentalism to ecology, environmental justice and finally, social justice.
Topics: ecology, environmental justice, Urban Creeks Council, urban waterways, daylighting creeks, water...
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Oscar Grande is an organizer with PODER in San Francisco's Mission District, an organization dedicated to environmental and social justice.
Topics: Environmental justice, ecology, urban agriculture, economic growth, transportation, urban gardens,...
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Nikki Henderson, executive director of People's Grocery in Oakland, sits down to add her story to our Ecology Emerges series of interviews, tracking the arc of ecological activism from the early conservation movement to the environmentalism of the late 1960s and early 1970s, through the radicalizing direct action ecologists and finally to the environmental and social justice activists of the early 21st century.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, urban agriculture, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental...
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If there were a single event of the 20th century that we could magically undo, would it not be the war of 1914-1918? It led to some 20 million military and civilian deaths, the rise of Nazism, the Russian Revolution, and another even more destructive world war. On the centennial of WWI, the “War to End All Wars,” eminent historian  Adam Hochschild  revisits that pivotal epoch. His 2011 book  To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918  reminds us of the shock provoked...
Topics: war, peace, WWI, World War I, 1914-1918, fraternization, revolution, sedition, press censorship,...
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Rethinking 1968: What Happened, How Has It Shaped Us? Rarely has the entire globe seen such a far-reaching revolt as the revolutionary upheavals of the 1968-70 era, whose effects continue to reverberate for better and worse through to our time. Join critical analysts and participants  Judy Gumbo, George Katsiaficas, Mat Callahan , and  Carlos Muñoz  for a provocative historical inquiry.  Co-hosted by PM Press .
Topics: Protest, social movements, feminism, women's movement, Yippies, Black Panthers, Chicano Moratorium,...
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A short film clip from Greta Snider's Flight .  Used by permission of the artist Greta Snider.
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An urban forum "walk 'n talk" starting at Glen Park BART station, and meandering up through Glen Canyon, onto Portola Drive and west to Panoramic off Twin Beaks Blvd to the entry point to the Laguna Honda Trail. Coursing along behind the public hospital, the trail eventually runs westerly along an ivy-filled canyon that is directly above the MUNI Twin Peaks tunnel, leading eventually to a Clarendon Avenue exit. From there we went up and up to enter the Sutro Forest trail system,...
Topics: crosstown trail, Glen Canyon, Sutro Forest, Laguna Honda trail, nature in the city, restoration,...
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We traverse the grounds of the old military base and discover histories of farms, soldiers, abolitionists, and a lost lagoon. From the Fontana Towers to Aquatic Park we discuss urban development, ecology, slavery, World’s Fairs, and militarism. There are some sound issues in a few spots, but mostly it's clearly audible.
Topics: Fort Mason, anti-slavery, Duel, slavery, Indian slavery, Panama-Pacific International Exposition,...
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Few San Francisco neighborhoods have gone through as dramatic a change as Dogpatch. East of Potrero Hill, once an industrial neighborhood making warships, steel, sugar, rope, and more, where flimsy wooden structures teetered on long-gone hills, the area has had an arts renaissance that is now giving way to high-end condos, the encroaching medical/biotech industry, and even more grandiose plans for highrise development. A microcosm of San Francisco’s history from the 1860s to the present....
Topics: Irish Hill, Potrero, Dutchman's Flat, Dogpatch, Noonan Building, Shipyard Trust for the Arts, Tubbs...
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Editor  Jai Sen  of  Movements of Movements  joins  Shaping San Francisco and YOU  for an open discussion. Breaking with our usual format, this entire evening is a discussion open to all participants.  Here are articles  from the two-volume  Movements of Movements  to help shape the discussion.  Co-hosted by PM Press .
Topics: Movements, anti-globalization, anti-capitalism, IMF, World Bank, WTO, horizontalism, anarchism,...
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Sarah Brandt is a San Francisco public school teacher and lifelong City dweller, who is currently being Ellis Act evicted from her Mission District apartment, alongside her 98 year old neighbor, Mary Elizabeth (M.E. or Emmy) Phillips. Emmy has lived in her home for over 40 years.  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...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Sarah Brandt, Mary Phillips,...
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During a Shaping San Francisco Public Talk on Storytelling and Memory Keepers, artist Susan Schwartzenberg describes the development and creation of "Philosophers Way," a meandering circular path that integrates older paths around McLaren Park into a new circumnavigation of the whole park. Elegant marble plaques quoting historic events, musings, and set in under-appreciated view spots, highlight the tour.
Topics: Public art, philosophy, plaques, views, McLaren Park, Visitacion Valley, Portola, Excelsior, public...
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Progress to Poverty: Land and Rents On the 140th anniversary of Henry George’s Progress and Poverty, his land tax and radical reform of land use are worth a critical re-examination. Geographer Richard Walker along with Ted Gwartney of the California chapter of Common Ground USA, untangle what George proposed, what happened as a result of his ideas, and what the future holds. In conjunction with the San Francisco Public Library exhibit Who Owns the Earth? Henry George’s Progress &...
Topics: Single tax, Land Tax, taxes, Proposition 13, state, California, 19th century, 1870s, railroads,...
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A spirited urban meander starting at the foot of the Visitacion Valley Greenway, with a presentation on its evolution from activist Fran Martin, then looping back through the neighborhood and down Leland Avenue, the main shopping street, checking out historic architecture along the way with commentary from Visitacion Valley Historical Society members Cynthia Cox and Edie Eps. Once we emerged onto Bayshore Boulevard we went slightly north to cross over and enter Little Hollywood where we heard...
Topics: Visitacion Valley, Little Hollywood, Bayview, Greenway, parks, Schlage Lock, architecture, walking...
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A protest against the silence surrounding the original genocide in North America staged at a "Queen Isabella" pageant.
Topics: Pageant, protest, Quincentennial
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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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Molly Martin arrived in San Francisco in the mid-1970s, and lived through the long heyday of the lesbian scene along Valencia, worked as an electrician and founded the Wonder Women electrical collective (and wired many of the women's businesses in the Mission), competed in the Gay Games in weight lifting, frequented numerous bars and clubs. She also worked at dozens of blue collar work sites and was part of a major lawsuit to open the trades to women workers, after which she founded Tradeswomen.
Topics: lesbian culture, women's electrical collective, sex discrimination, Project One, Valencia Street,...
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Former SDS activist Bruce Hartford describes how the local chapter at San Francisco State College created a game called "Americana" on the commons prior to the big strike in 1968. A Shaping San Francisco interview conducted by LisaRuth Elliott and shot by Chris Carlsson in June 2011.
Topics: San Francisco State, 1968, SDS, anti-war, 60s, Sixties, alienation, student movement
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Yolanda Lopez, 1942-2021, was a San Francisco artist and activist whose early life was in San Diego. She went on to a long engagement with the Mission District community, co-founding Basta Ya! Newspaper in conjunction with the Committee to Defend Los Siete in 1970. Her art has come to be more recognized since her passing, with a major show in San Diego in late 2021. In this clip she discusses her parents and grandparents and their trajectories that led to her childhood in San Diego. Her arc...
Topics: art, politics, San Diego, New York, tailor, seamstress, garment work, border, Mexican-American,...
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We bring together story shapers, story sharers, and story collectors for this evening taking a close look at oral histories and memory keeping. Susan Schwartzenberg hosts a discussion series at the Bay Observatory at the Exploratorium intertwining personal stories and scientific study to understand climate change, Brandi Howell and Mary Franklin Harvin of Tales from North Beach are currently producing a podcast series to document the aging, forgotten, and hidden people and places of North...
Topics: Public art, Philosophers Way, Rosie the Riveter, Fab Mab, Mabuhay Gardens, storytelling, stories,...
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This is a Shaping San Francisco Urban Forum: Walk & Talk, a popular and compact walk around a part of San Francisco with locals who add knowledge and stories. Saturday June 26, 2021: Dogpatch, Pier 70, Warm Water Cove Explore the ecological, architectural, and social history of the oldest industrial enclave in San Francisco, now taking on new life adjacent to Mission Bay with thousands of residents and businesses pouring in. With informal talks by Peter Linethal of the Potrero Hill Archives...
Topics: Dogpatch, shipyards, Union Ironworks, Bethlehem Steel, Irish Hill, Warm Water Cove, sewers, Save...
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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: occupation, 1969, Alcatraz, Indians of All Nations, AIM, indigenous, canoe, San Francisco, American...
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T he California Historical Society, Shaping San Francisco, and the Oakland Public Library, Main Branch, host a panel discussion that explores the intentions, planning, and outcomes of the historic October 1967 protests against the United States draft and the Vietnam War in general. Organizers, including members of the “Oakland Seven,” who were tried for conspiracy and found not guilty by an Oakland jury, and historians and others share context and stories of that era. With  Frank Bardacke,...
Topics: Vietnam, draft, draft resistance, resistance, race, black, African American, ILWU, longshoremen,...
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In 1997, 1998, and 1999, a small band of bicycling protesters rode across the Bay Bridge to demonstrate against the lack of planning for bike access on the Bridge, especially with regards to the new east span being constructed to replace the old one after it was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Dress Wedding was a participant and this is his recollection of that period.
Topics: Bay Bridge, Bike the Bridge, bicycle activism, bicycle access, car-centrism, traffic, traffic...
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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, mitigation, adaptation, coral reefs, oyster beds, managed retreat,...
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50 years after the arrest of seven young men from the Mission District galvanized a movement, women gather who were active in creating the multi-faceted community response that grew out of the Los Siete Defense Committee. From Basta Ya! —the newspaper—to Centro de Salud and La Raza Information Center and a free breakfast program, explore a lasting legacy in this plática including  Donna James Amador, Yolanda M. Lopez, Judy Drummond,  and author  Marjorie Heins  ( Strictly Ghetto...
Topics: Los Siete de la Raza, Mission District, police, police harassment, officer shot, Brodnick,...
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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. Alvin Duskin was a hero in San Francisco's anti-highrise movement of the early 1970s, helped direct and finance the anti-nuclear movement in the mid-1970s, became a wind entrepreneur by the end of the decade. He tells about his relationships with Jerry Mander, Saul Alinsky, Saul Landau, and many others in...
Topics: Anti-highrise, anti-nuclear, anti-nuke, Alcatraz, wind power, Saul Alinsky
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Jerry Mander, an advertising guy in the 1960s who collaborated with David Brower's early Sierra Club campaigns against damming the Grand Canyon and many others, went on to write "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television", "In the Absence of the Sacred" and was a cofounder of the International Forum on Globalization. He is interviewed here as part of the wide-ranging "Ecology Emerges" oral histories of the early ecology movement, traversing the era from the...
Topics: David Brower, Sierra Club, Grand Canyon, Friends of the Earth, indigenous rights, International...
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Art & Politics: Ilana Crispi — Tenderloin and Mission Dirt 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...
Topics: Tenderloin, Mission, art, ceramics, pottery, soil, dirt, subterranean, Barcelona, excavation,...
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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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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: Freeway Revolt, Highways, Department of Highways, I-280, Embarcadero Freeway, Central Freeway, Glen...
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Adaptation Infrastructure and Rising Seas: the Delta, the Delta Tunnels, restoration projects around the bay..... Tim Stroshane  ( Restore the Delta ) and  Brenda Goeden  ( San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission ) discuss the politics and prospects of facing our rapidly changing future around and health of the bayshore. Wetlands restoration, Sea Level Rise, Delta Tunnels, Clean Water Act, future of EPA, and more.
Topics: restoration, wetlands, rising seas, delta tunnels, california plumbing, adaptation, dredge,...
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Josephine and Regina Alioto recount the story of Pietro Alioto and his candy and ice cream parlor at Lombard and Mason, 1910-1930s.
Topics: Italians, North Beach, Alioto, small business, 1930s, prohibition
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Nina Serrano, longtime activist and poet, talks about her years around Editorial Pocho-Ché, Comunicación Aztlan, Festival Sexto Sol, and a remarkable panoply of stellar local poets and writers who she worked with on these and other projects from apx. 1968-present...
Topics: poetry, Latino, Chicano, El Sexto Sol, Pocho-Ché, Comunicación Aztlan, Third World...
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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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Ten minutes from the May 5, 2015 demonstration in front of 2840-2848 Folsom Street in San Francisco during the last open house before offers went in... some words from Carin McKay, Kirk Read, and Chris Carlsson, all tenants, and a short postscript from Mokai... video by Nick Kasimatis... many thanks!
Topics: displacement, eviction, San Francisco, housing, Land Trust, SF Community Land Trust, Frances...
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Longtime poet and activist Nina Serrano describes how she organized, without any prior experience, a demonstration on Market Street to demand the freedom to travel--then, as now, banned or restricted by the U.S. government with respect to Cuba and other countries.
Topics: Travel ban, Freedom to Travel, Cuba, 1960s, San Francisco
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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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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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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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Patricia Kerman, now a disabled senior citizen, has lived in her current flat for the past 27 years and Tom Rapp has lived there as her roommate for the last 15 of them. They are being Ellis Acted from their home by their landlord Kaushik Dattani. 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...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Tom Rapp, Patricia Kerman,...
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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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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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Julie Hernandez, IPOC member and Shellmound Peace Walker is interviewed by Jacob Sheynin about her experiences on the 4-5 Peace Walks that have taken place over the past few years.
Topics: indigenous, IPOC, shellmounds, native american, peace
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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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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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Alliance for the Rank and File activists in Local 2 HERE led a strike against Zim's Coffeehouse chain.
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With the twang of a steel guitar, the whine of a fiddle and the plunk of a banjo comes an instant association; the pick-up truck, the cowboy boots, the rolling hills, dusty fields, lonesome highways and the flag. For many, it has also come to signify conservatism, “traditional values,” American chauvinism, and even racism, bigotry and the confederate flag. Although one wouldn’t realize it from listening to today’s pop Country radio stations, Country music has been anything but a...
Topics: Country music, Country & Western, Folk, Country, rural, coal mining, workers, strikes,...
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In November 1938, California elected its first-ever liberal Democratic governor Culbert Olson, supported by a state-wide Popular Front coalition of liberals, unionists, communists, and other radicals. But by 1940 the Popular Front forces were already fracturing and from its wreckage emerged key elements of the Cold War. How did Communists help build this social movement, and how did the Communist Party undercut its own principles during WWII? And where did that leave California politics at the...
Topics: Communism, New Deal, EPIC, Upton Sinclair, Townsend pension plan, Ham and Eggs campaign, Culbert...
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Berkeley land use attorney David Mundstock describes his opinion of redevelopment policies used nationwide in the United States from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Topics: Redevelopment, class, property, displacement, eviction
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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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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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Yolanda Lopez, 1942-2021, was a San Francisco artist and activist with roots in the San Francisco State College strike 1968-69. She went on to a long engagement with the Mission District community, co-founding Basta Ya! Newspaper in conjunction with the Committee to Defend Los Siete in 1970. Her art has come to be more recognized since her passing, with a major show in San Diego in late 2021. In this clip she discusses her art, the vital centrality of self-representation in her work, how her...
Topics: art, politics, representation, self-representation, Aztec dancing, public murals, Artists as...
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A Shaping San Francisco "Urban Forum: Walk & Talk" covering Bernal Heights, from the Bernal Cut and its long transit history to some recent restoration and clean-up efforts and neighborhood history installations to a sequence of earthquake shacks from 1906, inhabited and renovated for life in the 21st century. We walk up and down a lot of staircases, including one built by the WPA in 1940, we see about 10 shacks, and countless amazing views, hidden gardens, and a lot of fragments...
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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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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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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, daughter of a landless farmer and half-Indian mother. Her paternal grandfather, a white settler, farmer, and veterinarian, had been a labor activist and Socialist in Oklahoma with the Industrial Workers of the World in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The stories of her grandfather inspired her to lifelong social justice activism. Married at eighteen, she left with her husband for San Francisco, California, where she has lived most...
Topics: Dunbar-Ortiz, American Indian Movement (AIM), activism
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A Shaping San Francisco "Urban Forum: Walk n Talk" going from Fort Funston in the southwest corner of the city through the old base, now a park, to Ocean Beach and north to Sloat Blvd., then east on Wawona to Pine Lake. Several stops along the way with semi-long presentations by Shaping San Francisco's Chris Carlsson covering military and economic history, wildflowers, sewage, urban farming, water, swales and graywater, and many other random things. Includes photos from...
Topics: Military, ecology, water, graywater, sewage, beach, economy, asphalt, Lake Merced, The Duel, sand...
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For the Record: Eyewitness Testimonies of the police murder of Luis Gongora Pat Luis Góngora Pat was a Mayan indigenous man, murdered by San Francisco police officers on April 7, 2016 on Shotwell Street near 19th Street in the Mission. His killing came in the wake of other homicides by police of Black and Brown communities members. His family pursued every legal avenue available, including a civil case which was settled in January 2019. Three and a half years later, the story of this brutal...
Topics: police killing, police murder, police brutality, homeless, Mayan, indigenous, neighbors, unhoused,...
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Steven has lived in San Francisco for 30 years. He was evicted from his apartment at 940 Capp Street after 26 years of living there by the resident owners of the house via family members move-in. He feels this move-in eviction was retaliation for, among other justifiable actions, his declining to sign a new and illegal rental agreement that would have doubled his rent. Karen Uchiyama, Esq. was their counsel.
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Steven Black, CalHumanities,...
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Video of: Kent Minault  tells of the explosive first six months of the San Francisco Diggers. Featuring stories of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Tim Leary, Huey Newton, Emmett Grogan, Lenore Kandel, Richard Brautigan, and Gary Snyder. His chronicle charts the first Digger free food in the park, tense encounters with the police, the opening of the Digger Free Store, and the Invisible Circus at Glide Memorial Church. Accompanied by photos by Chuck Gould, and music by Peter Coyote. The evening...
Topics: Diggers, Haight-Ashbury, Free, Free food, free stores, Panhandle, Invisible Circus, Black Panthers,...
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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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Ellen Ullman  writes in her new book  Life in Code  “The penetration of technology into the interstices of human existence is nearly complete,” and then demystifes how humans turn their intentions and ideas into the computer codes that are the language of computers.  Katja Schwaller  puts “Twitterlandia” under the microscope of her critical gaze, showing how the reconfiguration of mid-Market embodies a larger capture and repurposing of public space by private interests. And ...
Topics: computers, programming, public space, commons, coding, feminism, sexism, racism, Silicon Valley,...
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Lauren Montana Swiger is an activist, musician, and community member who was evicted from the Mission, along with her teenage daughter. It was an Owner-Move-In eviction, one of three kinds of no-fault evictions displacing San Franciscan families and communities. Montana and her daughter were forced to relocate to Berkeley. It’s pretty there, but they mourn the loss of daily living in a community that they toiled to create with other parents and kids to challenge the stereotypes of oppression...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Lauren Swiger, CalHumanities,...
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As part of the Shaping San Francisco Covid-friendly outdoor programming this Fall, we took a walk around Philosopher's Way, a loop that circumnavigates McLaren Park... many interesting things came up, beautiful views, and a great day.
Topics: McLaren Park, Philosophers' Way, Visitacion Valley, Cow Palace, Sunnydale, Public Housing,...
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Youth and upbringing; early involvement in civil rights and labor movements.
Topics: SF State, Freedom Summer, Civil Rights Movement
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Celebrating the release of a new map of San Francisco, "Nature in the City" reflects a rich and fairly recent understanding of what comprises a place. An update of an original 2006 map, the rework includes a total of five maps, highlighting species that live alongside Homo sapiens, geology, gardening, restoration, and connections within the Bay-Delta.  Mary Ellen Hannibal  (author of  Citizen Scientist ),  Rebecca Johnso n (Academy of Sciences), and map artist  Jane Kim...
Topics: Maps, cartography, nature, wild, habitat, species, history
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Abby Smith Rumsey, author of When We Are No More,  in conversation with Shaping San Francisco's LisaRuth Elliott, covering topics of memory, technology, archives, history, politics, and more.
Topics: archives, memory, libraries, books, technology, computers, Internet, websites, digital memory, oral...
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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Julia May is a longtime staffer at Communities for a Better Environment, involved with water pollution, oil industry politics, and more.
Topics: ecology, environmental justice, social justice, water pollution, chemicals, CBE, Communities for a...
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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. Ruth Gravanis has been long involevd in water and waste politics, especially at Mission Bay and Treasure Island, as well as being involved with San Francisco Tomorrow, the Sierra Club and many other local organizations.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, water, waste, sewage, Treasure Island, Mission Creek, wetlands, economic...
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An interview with one of the cofounders of Save The Bay in the early 1960s, Sylvia McLaughlin. This is part of Shaping San Francisco's oral history project "Ecology Emerges," covering the arc of environmental activism in the Bay Area from conservation through ecology to environmental and social justice, from the 1960s to the present.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, environmentalism, Save the Bay, conservation
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Another interview in the series of Ecology Emerges inquiries, this one with Lenny Siegel long-time activist in the South Bay, director of the Pacific Studies Center, anti-war and anti-nuke activist, fighter against toxic waste, and much more...
Topics: ecology, anti-war, environmentalism, left, toxic waste, anti-militarism, anti-nuclear