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NEW! Bay Cruises along San Francisco's bayshore . . .

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Our ongoing Public Talks series runs on Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:30 at Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics @ 518 Valencia Street (near 16th), in San Francisco


Green New Deal: Economic Growth vs. Biodiversity?

Does a Green New Deal replace “grow or die” with a different logic that nurtures people and the rest of the natural world? How do 8 billion people flourish while also preserving, protecting, and restoring biodiversity all over the planet? Climate change activists are weaving a holistic and inclusive narrative about ecology, justice, and economic equality with roots in 19th century workers’ movements and recent environmental justice campaigns. Can a Green New Deal really bring radical social-ecological transformation or should we expect an elaborate green-washing of capitalism’s imperatives? With Scott Edmondson, Ildiko Polony, Letitia Grenier

Next Talk, still on for now:
Wednesday, April 22, 7:30 pm

Breathing Justice: Clean Air for Whom?

More info on Shaping San Francisco Public Talks . . .

Walking Tours — Spring 2020

Social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco.

Saturday, February 1New Deal Murals, Italian SF, and Trash!

Saturday, April 11Cutting Corners: Rincon Hill, South Park, and Beyond

Saturday, May 23Fort Mason and Black Point POSTPONED TO MAY 2021!

Saturday, May 30Beer, Dunes, and Trains

Bicycle Tours
“Cycles of History,” our social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco by bicycle.

Our fabulous bicycle tours are led by Critical Mass co-founder Chris Carlsson, with help from LisaRuth Elliott.

San Francisco Bicycle Tours

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NEXT BIKE TOUR »Sunday, April 19, 12-3pm

Paths Through Golden Gate Park


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Ecology Emerges poster art by Mona Caron

Ecology Emerges

Discussions and reflections on the history of Bay Area ecological activism, based on oral histories documenting the past 50 years.

Ecology Emerges is an oral history gathering project to explore the past 50 years of ecological activism in the Bay Area and the role that individual and institutional memories play in the development, policy proposals, and interrelationships that together make up the existing networks of ecological politics.  We document the living ecological activist movement, in their own words, but also in a larger context of urban growth and globalization.

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Oral Histories

Oral Histories

Shaping San Francisco, as part of our ongoing work, sits down with people who have stories to tell and conducts oral history interviews.

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"Editor's Pick Tour" from

Comprised of over 1,400 pages, and 2,500 historical photos, the wiki-based archive is the product of hundreds of contributors, regular people who were compelled by the chance to investigate some piece of this City's past.

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