The Radical Elders Oral History Project began in the mid-1970s as a vehicle for 1960’s radicals to interview the older generation of radicals from the 1930s. The 1930s radicals included Lou and Edith Laub, Fred Cody, Tuese Mende, Virginia Maubin, Al and Ann Wasserman, the younger radicals included Bruce Kaiper, Marge Lasky, and Jeff Johnson. I worked with the project from about 1976 to 1982 as their photographer. The people interviewed included
Millions of people world wide took to the streets calling on world leaders to take action to stop climate change. The demonstrations were in response to a call by 15 year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, to go on strike to stop climate change. Thurnberg had been skipping school one day a week to demonstrate in front of Swedish government building demanding action on climate change and called on childred around the world to join her. She estimated that 3 million people joined her on Sept 20, three days before the opening of the United Nations General Assembly and Climate Action Summit on September 23, 2019
Youth speaker at rally called for signing the petition at http://fossilfreeca.org/petition
“Breaking Boundaries” was a photo exhibit produced in collaboration with the Disabled Student Services Department of San Francisco City College. The exhibit was installed at the Rosenberg Library, City College of San Francisco, April through October 2011. The exhibit included photographs documenting two classes, Arts and Crafts For The Disabled, taught by Carole Fitzgerald at the John Adams Campus, and Drama For The Disabled, taught by Judy Goodman at the Mission Campus, and also photos of instructor Judi Kaplan demonstrating how to read lips. You can find more information about the exhibit and the services offered by SFCC to the disabled at https://ccsfexhibits.org/2011/05/10/breaking-boundaries/.
Other articles by Richard Bermack about services for people with disabilities include “Giving People with Developmental Disabilities a More Fulfilling Life ,” written for the SEIU 535 Dragon, a union newspaper for social workers.
September 8, 2018, approximately 30,000 people marched from San Francisco’s Embarcadero to the Civic Center. They were part of a global day of protest over climate change. Hundreds of thousands of people marched in an estimated 1000 demonstrations all over the globe.
The Bishops’ Coffeehouse in Oakland, California, was a center for Vietnam War resistors in the 1960s. In the 1970s it became a community center with a lunch program for seniors and those on disability and cultural programs at night. These photos were taken in 1975.
Flower piano, San Francisco Botanical Gardens July 2018
12 pianos were tucked away in the San Francisco Botanical Garden creating an alfresco concert hall in Golden Gate Park. Everyone was invited to play and listen and take a break from all the gloomy political news. The players ranged from amateurs to accomplished performers, with styles from modern to classical.