By Anthony Ashbolt
The San Francisco Bay quarter was once a gathering aspect for radical politics and counterculture within the Sixties. beforehand there was little knowing of what made political tradition the following certain. This paintings explores the advance of a nearby tradition of radicalism within the Bay quarter, person who underpinned either political protest and the counterculture.
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Like most other such communities, it was to be whittled away in the post-war years, but its legacy remains imprinted upon the spirit of San Francisco. 52 The police and National Guard were used to engender a climate of repression and vigilante groups raided known radical hangouts in the region. Conservative trade unions were also concerned by the strike. To some degree, workers were taking action independent of their union, which was a semi-autonomous arm of the corrupt International Longshore Association (ILA).
Specific regions or localities can have immense drawing power. They may come to symbolize hope, opportunities for the future, freedom to move, flexibility, tolerance and innovation. The Bay Area played this role in the 1960s; but it did not just happen that way, it was a product of history. The Bay Area’s radical tradition provided an essential framework for activists there, giving them a particular identity. Moreover, a powerful sense of place helped shape their political and cultural perspectives.
22 There is a very real sense in which Rubin was actually pointing to his specific regional base at that time, the Berkeley– Oakland–San Francisco axis, rather than the entire Bay Area. The term ‘Bay Area’ when used by Berkeley radicals frequently signified their immediate environment more than the region as a whole. That again points to the strength of a local radical identity there. But it is also true that terms like ‘Bay Area’, ‘west coast’ and ‘California’ were (and are) almost interchangeable even though their specific geographical referents are vastly different.