The Future of San Francisco: An Evening with Author Rebecca Solnit In conversation with Supervisor Eric Mar Take a break from the election cycle for an evening of big questions about the future of San Francisco. Acclaimed San Franciscan author Rebecca Solnit (A Paradise Built in Hell, Infinite City) joins Eric Mar (Supervisor District 1) to ponder whether the City remain a dynamic creative place in light of the displacement of long-term residents and neighborhood businesses. What are the the roles of progressive elected officials, civil society and everyday people in preserving what draws people to the City in the first place?
With welcoming remarks by Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit is the author of thirteen books about art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics, hope, meandering, reverie, and memory. They include November 2010’s Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, a book of 22 maps and nearly 30 collaborators; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, and many others. She has worked with climate change, Native American land rights, antinuclear, human rights, antiwar and other issues as an activist and journalist. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a contributing editor to Harper’s and frequent contributor to the political site Tomdispatch.com and has made her living as an independent writer since 1988. Supervisor Eric Mar was elected in November 2008 to represent District 1, the Richmond District. For over two decades, Eric has been a dedicated and responsive advocate for working families, youth and seniors, small businesses and all the diverse residents of the Richmond District and San Francisco. From 1992 to 2008, Eric taught Asian American and Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University where he mentored and supported hundreds of young people to become active in their communities and the political process. Eric is the past director of the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights and a longtime social justice activist with the Chinese Progressive Association and other grassroots organizations. As a public interest attorney, he served on the Human Rights Committee of the State Bar of California and the Civil Rights Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He is an ally of the labor movement and a past shop steward with SEIU Local 790.