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66-69 the Diggers - activist Their motto was "Everything is Free; Do Your Own Thing!" Film
Date Saturday August 05
Time 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Details
Koret Audtorium SF Public Library
100 Larkin St. at Grove, Hyde
Market St buses and muni trains
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorDig it it's free
Les Diggers de San Francisco
Film and Discussion

From 1966 - 1969 the Diggers were a loose network of activists and others who used guerrilla street theater, direct action and a good sense of humor to explore social alternatives. Their motto was "Everything is Free; Do Your Own Thing!" In the late 1990s, Celine Deransart and Alice Gaillard trekked to California and spent several weeks interviewing participants of the Digger experience. Their film, Les Diggers de San Francisco, includes footage from the Digger film Nowsreal, archival still photos and interviews. Interviewees include Peter Berg, Nina Blasenheim, Peter Coyote, Judy Goldhaft, Chuck Gould, Freeman House, Lenore Kandel, Jane Lapiner and David Simpson. Interviews are in English with some additional information in French.

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The Diggers combined street theater, anarcho-direct action, and art happenings in their social agenda of creating a Free City. Their most famous activities revolved around distributing Free Food every day in the Park, and distributing "surplus energy" at a series of Free Stores (where everything was free for the taking.) The Diggers coined various slogans that worked their way into the counterculture and even into the larger society — "Do your own thing" and "Today is the first day of the rest of your life" being the most recognizable. The Diggers, at the nexus of the emerging underground, were the progenitors of many new (or newly discovered) ideas such as baking whole wheat bread (made famous through the popular Free Digger Bread that was baked in one- and two-pound coffee cans at the Free Bakery); the first Free Medical Clinic, which inspired the founding of the Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic; tye-dyed clothing; and, communal celebrations of natural planetary events, such as the Solstices and Equinoxes.

First and foremost, the Diggers were actors (in Trip Without A Ticket, the term "life actors" was used.) Their stage was the streets and parks of the Haight-Ashbury, and later the whole city of San Francisco. The Diggers had evolved out of the radicalizing maelstrom that was the San Francisco Mime Troupe which R.G. Davis, the actor, writer, director and founder of the Troupe had created over the previous decade. The Diggers represented a natural evolution in the course of the Troupe's history, as they had first moved from an indoor milieu into the parks of the City, giving Free performances on stages thrown up the day of the show. The Digger energy took the action off the constructed platform and jumped right into the most happening stage yet — the streets of the Haight where a new youth culture was recreating itself, at least temporarily, out of the glaring eye of news reporters. The Diggers, as actors, created a series of street events that marked the evolution of the hippie phenomenon from a homegrown face-to-face community to the mass-media circus that splashed its face across the world's front pages and TV screens: the Death of Money Parade, Intersection Game, Invisible Circus, Death of Hippie/Birth of Free.
The Diggers broadcast these events, as well as their editorial comments of the day, pronouncements to the larger Hip Community, manifestos and miscellaneous communications, through broadsides and leaflets distributed by hand on Haight Street. These Web pages are my attempt to present the story of the digger movement as it developed in the mid-to-late sixties and early seventies (and evolved in various directions even to the present). I have been collecting this Archive for thirty years, and see the Web as a way to display the materials and make them available both for researchers and for all diggers past and present who want to preserve and participate in this history.

Link to excellent documentary on The Diggers (Les Diggers de San Francisco):
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OZE72UDI
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Added to the calendar on Monday Jul 31st, 2017 3:31 PM
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by Dig it it's free Monday Jul 31st, 2017 3:31 PM
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