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|Dick Gregory memorial walking tour|
|Date||Saturday December 30|
|Time||9:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
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American Youth Hostel
312 Mason St.
(meet in the lobby)
|info [at] theCommonsSF.org|
Dick Gregory, life-long social justice activist/author passed this year. To my chagrin I hadn't read any of his writings until this past month, and what a sensation of being cast out of the belly of the whale with a renewed sense of mission-to-Nineveh his THE SHADOW THAT SCARES ME delivered me.
My walking tour of San Francisco social movements history has, for 19 years, surveyed a slew of efforts to, in Gregory's turn of phrase, "get the oppressor off the oppressed person's back." A short list of these efforts would include Black Liberation, LGBTQ Liberation, Women's Liberation, housing rights. My walk has explored these and several other social movements, positing a unifying principle with all of them, namely a struggle for "security in geography," which might more elaborately be typed as the desire to no longer be considered the outsider or "the other."
Gregory identifies racism (as have others of course) as exclusionary behavior by those who create through rhetoric fatuous divisions within humanity. Confronting this rhetoric and commensurate behavior is the deep down objective of social justice work.
Come along on a walking tour which explores this rhetoric, explodes its slander and libel, and puts forward a gritty social policy adjustment originally articulated in 19th century San Francisco which comprehensively extinguishes the bite of racism.