¡Huelga! 50 Year Anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike

May 5, 2015-February 4, 2016
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UFW logo

On September 8, 1965 the landmark Delano Grape Strike was launched. Filipino workers in the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) and Mexican workers led by Cesar Chavez in the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) came together to fight for better wages and working conditions in the fields, eventually forming the powerful United Farm Workers (UFW). Over the next five years workers were blacklisted, brutally beaten and jailed, yet a national boycott was launched, and a remarkable pilgrimage from Delano to Sacramento was undertaken.

In 1970, the UFW emerged victorious, winning three-year contracts with the Delano growers that created a hiring hall, increased wages, established employer contributions to the UFW pension and healthcare funds, and formed a committee to regulate pesticide use.

Check out these Library Resources and this exhibition assignment!
Includes Films on Demand.

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A Collaboration with the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University:

The Labor Archives and Research Center preserves the rich, lively labor history of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Center is open to the public and holds more than 6,000 feet of primary source material, predominantly from the 20th century. The Labor Archives collects union records, personal papers, scrapbooks, photographs, posters, oral histories, and artifacts documenting local working people and labor organizations. Founded in 1985 by trade union leaders, historians, and university administrators, the Labor Archives is a unit of the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University.

Labor Archives and Research Center | J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University, 1630 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132. (415) 405-5571 | larc@sfsu.edu | http://www.library.sfsu.edu/larc | Hours: Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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Black and Brown Lives Matter

Alex NietoEric GArner sign  Through April, See the work of Oree Originol in the
Reference Case on the 4th Floor in the Rosenberg Library,
next to the “New Books.” A collaboration with MEChX de
CCSF. Gracias a Lalo Gonzalez.


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2015 Library Exhibitions

LIbrary Exhibitions 2015

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April 15, 2015 · 10:20 pm

Coming Soon, Chinatown North Beach Center Exhibition

June 12-August 29, 2016
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An artist from the Present Tense exhibition at the Visual Art Center of the Chinese Culture Foundation will install their work at the Chinatown North Beach Center. Present Tense features Artists of Asian descent currently enrolled in MFA Studio ART programs at colleges in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

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At the John Adams Center Library

From the Loom: Tapestries and Weavings
By John Adams Center Students

March 16-May 8, 2015
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City College students in the weaving and tapestry classes in the Fashion Department at the John Adams Center have filled the library with more than fifty works. Instructors for these classes are Deborah Corsini and Janice Sullivan. Sign up for a class!

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Library Stair Poem

This stair poem, which soars four floors up through the Rosenberg Library’s atrium is read from bottom to top by thousands of members of the College community everyday. The poem accompanies the Project Survive Exhibition. All thirteen quotes come from testimonials by Peer Educators of Project Survive. Traci Wrycza, Project Survive exhibition designer also designed the stair quotes. The idea for the stair poem was inspired by the Chimurenga Library Project at the San Francisco Public Library and resonates with the Groundswell Stairway Project, created by Leslie Simon.

Top Stairs Poem Bottom Stairs Poem 2

Roll back up to read the way students ascending the stairs do!

For more information contact Kate Connell,
Curator, Library Exhibition Program,  kconnell (at) ccsf dot edu

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How We Play: Circus Acrobatics, Breakin’ & Capoeira

October 24, 2014-May 1, 2015
3rd and 4th Floors, Rosenberg Library
Library Hours

Breakin' in Zanzibar

Play is essential to all of our development and to our sense of well being. In this exhibition, Guest Curator Jarrel Phillips explores the concept of play as taught in City College of San Francisco’s Child and Family Development Department. He looks at the practice of circus arts, breakin’/break dancing and of Capoeira, the Brazilian form that is part dance, part martial art.

Guest Curataor: Jarrel Phillips
Designer: Christine Ferrer
Hand Lettering: Jian Giannini

Zanzibar solo

by Jarrel Phillips

Some things we are just born knowing. No one taught you how to breath, sleep, digest, eat, laugh, or acquire language. We know why we do them and can easily correlate values and benefits to each but we don’t know how we are able to perform these functions. I would like to add “PLAY,” to this list of phenomenon. PLAY, in its purest form, extends beyond the innate intelligence of our biological processes raising two puzzling questions: ‘How?’ and ‘Why’? Why are we born with this ability? And, why do some of us stop PLAYing as we get older… or do we really?

Studies show that PLAY is paramount to the development of young children. The lack of it can be the catalyst to many social, physical, and cognitive disorders throughout childhood, adolescence and even adulthood. Research has proven that play is the way children learn about the world around them. Now as an adult, I find myself asking, does PLAY serve a purpose outside of our childhood and adolescence?

It is no exaggeration to state that play is fundamental part of my life. And with 13 years of experience as a teacher, I have spent most of my days with the master PLAYers I call kids and young people. From the San Francisco Bay Area to East Africa and beyond, my interactions with children range from homework assistance, to outside supervision, to basketball coaching, circus acrobatics, and, of course, Capoeira. I get to have fun all day.

The purpose of this exhibition is to show how PLAY takes shape in our lives. Through the personal and cultural experiences of children, adults, artists and scholars, this exhibition explores the existence and signicance of PLAY beyond childhood to adulthood; the stage of life where society often deems play unnecessary. However,

PLAY is all around us. It is a lifestyle. HOW WE PLAY—IS HOW WE LIVE. 

Download How We Play a list of library resources on play and the exhibition assignment


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