Groove not approved: permit denied for Summer of Love 50th anniversary party

by Julia Carrie Wong : theguardian – excerpt


Plans to celebrate a pivotal moment in San Francisco’s hippie history have been quashed after city cited safety concerns – and people says it’s not cool, man

The Human Be-In rally that touched off the Summer of Love in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on 14 January 1967 may have been a psychedelic, hippy-dippy, drug-addled, free-love, damn-the-man love-fest, but it did have one thing going for it: a permit.

Fifty years later, San Franciscans can order delivery of a joint with an app and marry a same-sex partner at city hall, but bureaucratic approval for a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love is out of reach.

On 7 February, the San Francisco recreation and parks department denied a permit to the anniversary concert in a harsh letter to concert organizer Boots Hughston, citing his “numerous ‘misrepresentations of material fact’” in his dealings with the department.

“The Summer of Love was an incredible moment in our city’s history and its message of peace and love is more important than ever,” the department wrote, citing concerns over safety before adding: “We cannot put the public at risk and grant a permit for your proposed event.”.

The denial is a major setback for Hughston, who had been planning to host a free day-long concert featuring, among others, Eric Burdon and War, Country Joe McDonald, and the remaining members of Jefferson Airplane. Hughston, who previously organized a 40th anniversary Summer of Love concert, had hoped to secure an appearance by the Dalai Lama to this year’s celebration but, he said, “his holiness was booked in LA”.

“The whole thing about the 50th anniversary is that we are marking our generation and what our generation accomplished,” Hughston said. “We impeached presidents. We started all these movements: the environmental movement, the free speech movement, the feminist movement.”

“It’s because the whole generation woke up and realized that there was more to life than just working everyday and spending your whole life sitting at a desk,” he added…

Representatives of the city and the mayor’s office did not immediately respond to queries from the Guardian… (more)

When we say we are losing the heart and soul of San Francisco, this is what we mean. If your city is experiencing similar loses let us know and we will post those stories as well.

There appears to be an international effort to erase our past by erasing our cultural heritage. It feels as if we are following in the footsteps of some of the most hated despots in history in these efforts to re-write the past.

This is not coming from the Trump regime. This started long before Trump took office. This strategy started long ago.

If San Francisco cancels the FREE Summer of Love concert people should boycott San Francisco.

Artist and Scavenger Stronghold Booted from SF Mission

By Laura Waxmann : missionlocal – excerpt

The new year marked the end of an era for the proprietors of Junko’s, a once clandestine thrift-store cabaret in the Mission and a two-decade stronghold of the city’s underground scavenging movement that unearthed everything from a letter from Ronald Reagan to a manuscript by Beat icon Neal Cassady.

The owners, Derek Felten and Michael McQuate, made careers out of a shared passion for dumpster-diving. They cited a city-mandated seismic retrofit of the property as the main reason for shutting down the converted storefront at 3527-29 20th St. near Mission Street.

It is a two-story commercial space that they built out and stewarded as a thrift store for 21 years, a time when it became the home for the city’s misfits and creatives.

On Wednesday, Felten, a performer and musician, and McQuate, a carpenter by trade, were rummaging through piles of stuff and sorting out valuables. But instead of salvaging thrown away treasures, the self-styled “scavengers” were reluctantly downsizing.

“They’re using [the seismic retrofit] as an excuse to get us out,” said McQuate, who was renting the space on a month-to-month lease. The building is managed by Greentree Property Management, a management firm that took over after the building was sold three years ago, said McQuate.

Adjacent to Junko’s, a 27-year-old botanica called Lucky Candle, also managed by Greentree, was evicted at the end of last year because of seismic retrofit work… (more)

This sounds so much like Beaux Arts and Tom I had to post it. Unfortunately I never heard of it and it is too late to check it out now, but it sounds interesting, flashy and chic at the same time. Add the history of film screenings piles of trendy trash, dumpster diving, and cats and you have a pretty close proximity to Tom Reese and his Beaux Arts.

At least Tom got to live out his years in his own place. He never got kicked out of his home. That is what is happening now to the elderly. They are the first to go. Rent control is no protection.

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Mahatma Gandhi

“When partition of the subcontinent was accepted—against his advice—he threw himself heart and soul into the task of healing the scars of the communal conflict, toured the riot-torn areas in Bengal and Bihar, admonished the bigots, consoled the victims, and tried to rehabilitate the refugees. In the atmosphere of that period, surcharged with suspicion and hatred, that was a difficult and heartbreaking task. Gandhi was blamed by partisans of both the communities. When persuasion failed, he went on a fast. He won at least two spectacular triumphs: in September 1947 his fasting stopped the rioting in Calcutta, and in January 1948 he shamed the city of Delhi into a communal truce.

Rare news clipping of Mahatma Gandhi leading Hindu squatters out of the dargah of Hazrat Qutb ud Din Bakhtiyar-i Kaki in Mehrauli, Delhi, only some days before his assassination on 30th January 1948 – sent by Hugh Van Skyhawk

A few days later, on January 30, while he was on his way to his evening  prayer meeting in Delhi, his physical body was shot down by Nathuram Godse, a young Hindu fanatic. But by his act Nathuram Godse ironically increased Gandhi’s lasting influence on the course of history and the shaping of the Indian union.”

Affordable housing complex gives artists a refuge from SoCal housing crisis

By Nadine Ono : caeconomy – excerpt

CandyJo Dahlstrom and her husband are working artists in Southern California. Like many, they are freelancers who live without a regular paycheck and often find themselves struggling to pay rent. But they are lucky, after finding a home and community in Glendale’s Ace 121, a new affordable housing complex for working artists.

“Everybody is struggling in this economy and then being an artist who doesn’t have consistent income it was always really hard for us to make rent and still be able to have any money to do anything on the side,” said Dahlstrom, who works as a make-up artist, costumer designer, dance instructor, while her husband teaches writing and acting.

She has three children and the family was living in a two-bedroom apartment before moving to Ace 121. “We’ve been barely scraping by paycheck to paycheck, even needing help from friends and family for the past couple years.”

“All communities in L.A. are in dire need of affordable housing,” said Michelle Coulter, project manager at Meta Housing Corporation, which developed the 70-unit complex. “Glendale took advantage of an opportunity and, given their unique partnership with the YMCA, this project was a serendipitous result of that opportunity.”…

With more than a third of California’s renters paying more than 50 percent of their income on housing, artists and others would stand to benefit from affordable units and also housing policies that help fill demand and take a bite out of the growing affordability problem. Ace 121 is a good example of placing affordable housing near transit and jobs as well as adding value to the neighborhood and community, which are included in the California Economic Summit’s Housing Action Plan.

“We feel it’s an important priority, especially given the importance of artists in L.A., frankly as an industry, this is so much a part of our industrial base,” said Coulter. “We’re not talking about creative communities just for the sake of creative communities, we’re talking about the industrial base for our (Los Angeles) County.”… (more)


In tribute to Tom Reese and Rational Radicals Everywhere

I am so understanding the confused state of mind Tom must have had when he, as a Navy Veteran from WWII who was stationed in England during the war and experienced the bombing in London, was confronted by the anti-war hippies that invaded his place during the 1960’s. As an earlier Beat, he probably took a less political stance at first. Gradually he was drawn into the other side.

I am feeling that confusion now, with the new administration we are facing. In many ways I am feeling that confusion as I have been dealing with the excesses of the Democratic Party and their embracing of the development industry that is destroying our cities.

Living in San Francisco my perspective is shattered. How can a benevolent society that takes on the mantel of being so open to freedom and choice, be so connected at the hip to the digital industry that is responsible for the robotization of our society and the surveillance state that we are fast becoming against our will?

I hope that the readers of this site will respond with art and poetry that we may share to express our feelings on these matters. At this strange time in history it feels like we need to rely on art more than ever. Please think of this as an invitation to send your art and your feelings about what feels like a cultural revolution. Go out and make films and write songs and send me your links.


Mari Eliza, A keeper of the Tom Reese tradition of radical rational politics in these troubled times.

Here’s What You Can Do To Protect National Arts And Culture Funding

By Claire Fallon : huffingtonpost – excerpt

In six easy steps

Champions of the arts bristled last week at a report from The Hill that President Donald Trump’s agenda might include axing the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) ― along with many other severe budget cuts.

A report, however, is not a budget plan, and a president’s proposed budget is not a final policy. Citizens remain a crucial part of government; vocally and energetically supporting or opposing specific policies can sway elected officials. (Not sure about this? Check the NRA’s influence over gun control, backed by millions of highly mobilized members.)

So what can a mere individual do to save national arts and humanities funding? We talked to a few organizations working in the trenches to advocate for cultural institutions, and here’s what they said:

  1. Know the stakes…
  2. Sign a petition…
  3. Call your represenatives
  4. Go see your representatives in person
  5. Organize an event in support of cultural institutions.
  6. Remember that your voice could make a real differerence… (more)

Women Across The Country Are Angry, And Artists Are No Exception

The “Angry Women” art show is embracing the power of female rage.

Ahead of the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 20, an event that brought nearly 500,000 people to the U.S. capital, women artists gathered in New York to display and celebrate their feminist art.

Their group exhibition, “Uprise / Angry Women,” kicked off on Jan. 17 as an effort organized by artist Indira Cesarine to benefit the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality. The show highlights work by women of color, queer women and women with disabilities, featuring artists from places including Argentina, South Korea and the American Midwest. The artists range in age from 17 to 70.

“This isn’t an exhibit about one segment of the population. This is an exhibit of women in America today,” Cesarine told The Huffington Post…(more)

End these lies, with the signs from January 12, 2017 Women’s Rally in San Francisco

Music and lyrics by Tommy Deschaine, photos by Zrants
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We have a number of arts organizations who are attempting to protect the creative spirit that bloomed and spread from SF, but we are fighting a difficult battle to preserve our cultural integrity. This is not about a national agenda to squash rebellion, this is about a culture of greed attempting to displace it. Their line is: MONEY WINS! IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO BE HERE YOU DON’T BELONG HERE! The large number of homeless staying in tents is a testamont to that reasoning. We belive the Democrats lost the election because they allowed this to happen. SF’s Mayor lost sight of what is important he they decided to turn us into Disney North for sports fans. He failed to ask us what we wanted. How many other mayors around the country have done the same thing? How many other cities are being sold to the highest bidder?