san francisco federal building
America's 504 Disability Rights Protests
In April 1977, a group of disabled activists occupied a government building in San Francisco for nearly a month. The protesters were demanding the signing of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, protecting disabled people from discrimination - it would be a breakthrough for the disability rights movement. Judith Heumann was one of the leaders of the sit-in.

[Audio of a radio broadcast segment (roughly 10 minutes) – no transcript available at the website]

Tomorrow (April 28, 2017) is the 40th Anniversary of President Jimmy Carter signing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act into law. This is an interview with Judith Heumann, one of the leaders of the sit-in occupation of the Federal Building in San Francisco – which lasted from April 5 to April 30: the longest sit-in protest in U.S. History.

(links go to Wikipedia, in lieu of the audio)

A photo I took of the San Francisco Federal Building, designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis.

I photographed this, and several other San Francisco buildings, as part of an assignment on Robert Venturi’s architectural manifesto Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture.

anonymous asked:

Trump protests, please help spread the word. (All times local) New Orleans: 5 p.m. at Lee Circle New York City: 6 p.m. at Union Square Oakland: 5 p.m. at Frank Ogawa Plaza Philadelphia: 7 p.m. at City Hall Portland: 5 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square Providence: 7 p.m. at Rhode Island State House Richmond: 9 p.m. at Monroe Park San Diego: 5 p.m. at Downtown Federal Building San Francisco: 5 p.m. at Powell Street and Market Street (near the cable car turnaround) Seattle: 4 p.m. at Westlake Park


1vhb  asked:

To the anon who asked about buildings in San Francisco or the Bay Area, the San Francisco Federal Building is interesting - apparently laced with criticisms, but interesting in concept nonetheless. There's no air conditioning in 13/18 floors.

I featured this building a while ago (see here), it is an interesting structure, I haven’t made up my mind if I like it or not. Would like to visit it and see how it fits on its location and how the interiors feel.

Image found here.