• December 12 Newsrooms are hamstrung by the business practices of Wall Street and Big Media, even as newspaper circulation declines and TV news continues the race to the bottom. Both the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News recently laid off large portions of their newsroom staff. The Internet is vulnerable to the same […]

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  • November 28 Our food system is being refashioned by new urban farmers, farmers markets and community-supported agriculture, and importantly, by savvy shoppers who demand local, organic and safe food. Still, food security is tenuous for too many of our neighbors. Amy Franceschini (Victory Gardens, past and present), Willow Rosenthal (City Slicker Farms), Jason Mark (Alemany […]

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  • November 14 With Mayor Newsom trying to give away the city’s wi-fi space to a corporate consortium, efforts by Bechtel and other private contractors to take over our public water system, the ongoing scandal of PG&E selling us our own “public” power and their current efforts to take over alternative power, incessant pressure to privatize […]

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  • October 24 What are the historic roots of our current ecological politics, how have they shaped today’s 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 (“The City in the Country”), Kearstin Krehbiel (SF Parks Trust), Peter Brastow (Nature […]

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  • October 17 Hugh will present a slideshow of his diverse body of work, ranging from rock posters to anti-war flyers to original paintings, and talk about the ways his politics have informed his art—and vice versa. (http://www.hughillustration.com/) podcast: http://diva.sfsu.edu/users/Chris.Carlsson/ssf_talks?podcast=12

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  • October 10 Does voting matter? Do you urge everyone around you to vote? What kinds of power do we gain or lose by participating in elections? What else can we do? We’ll hear from folks who believe in representative democracy, those who propose reforms, and those who reject it outright. Michael Med-o Whitson, Natasha Marsh […]

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  • Sept. 19 Inaugurating a new “third Wednesdays” series at CounterPULSE, Mona Caron will present a slide show of her famous murals and many other works, talking about the politics of her art, and her ideas about the relationship of art and politics. podcast: http://diva.sfsu.edu/users/Chris.Carlsson/ssf_talks?podcast=10

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  • Sept. 12 From city arts entitlements to grantmaking by private foundations, big money is spent on the arts in San Francisco. Funders struggle to be fair, while local artists and arts organizations are torn between their creative mission and market forces. This event is co-sponsored by Independent Arts & Media as part of the annual […]

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