With all the talk about event planning (and permit applications, Commission refusals etc) for the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, it occurred to me that it might be interesting to look back at how the Diggers planned their street events. Here’s a Digger street sheet from 1967 that outlines an event for Haight Street on April 2, 1967: “Gentleness in the Pursuit of Extremity is no vice” and it’s the perfect encapsulation of Digger-Do.
[Hoping for 2,000 signatures by Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017]
The Diggers published a “virtual street sheet” on St. Valentine’s Day (2017) about the controversy involving the San Francisco Recreation & Park Commission’s denial of Boots Hughston’s request for a permit to hold a Free Summer of Love 50th Anniversary event in Golden Gate Park. Feel free to forward this new Digger sheet to anyone who might be interested.
Ashleigh Brilliant was a college professor who dropped out of the academic world after taking LSD in 1965. He moved to the Haight-Ashbury in Spring 1967 and took up a career as an itinerant troubadour. This is from a collection of his songs that he published later that year. The Digger song is one of two he devotes to them.
In the never-ending quest to find images from the early Digger days, here’s one I just found in a March, 1967 article from the University of San Francisco student newspaper.
October 26, 2016 at the Shaping San Francisco people’s history studios, the Death of Money 50th Anniversary event announcement:
Audio portion of the the presentations and question/answer session that followed.
The new Digger Broadside that was distributed to the audience.
The opening slide for the first presentation of the evening.
A New Digger Broadside
Wednesday last (26 Oct 2016) was held a Digger 50th anniversary event at the Shaping San Francisco space on Valencia Street. There were presentations and a lively session answering questions, comments, and suggestions from the audience. A new broadside written by the Diggers was distributed at the event. The text was inspired by the title of the event which recalled the Death of Money parade in December, 1966:
Here is the broadside that was distributed along with the image of hand/flower/star that was printed on the back side:
Here are the active links listed in the text:
Here’s a copy of this new broadside: death-of-money-opera (in PDF format)