Save Redstone Labor Temple

$9,540 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 76 people in 8 months
Created September 7, 2018
Bring world-changing projects to life by rebuilding San Francisco's most important space for art and activism!


Hello, we're The Redstone Labor Temple Association (RLTA)!

We are a tenants’ group that has been fighting to keep the Redstone Labor Temple in community hands since 1999. For more than a century, the Redstone Building has served as a hub for organizations that advocate for economic equity and social justice in San Francisco. It was built in 1915 as home for the San Francisco Labor Council, and over the next 50 years made labor history. It was an epicenter of organizing for the San Francisco General Strike in support of the West Coast General Longshoremen's Strike of 1934, and home to history's first all-women's union (Bookbinder's Local 125). Since 1968, the Redstone has been a center for social service organizations and non-profit community groups, small businesses, artists, and theater spaces.

The Redstone Labor Temple represents San Francisco’s legendary reputation of solidarity and civic engagement. The building has adapted to changing economic and social conditions, always retaining its extraordinary commitment to the lives of marginalized communities: immigrants, artists, industrial, freelance, and contract workers; domestic laborers; queer people; and the displaced. We look forward to continuing to think creatively about how we work and how we play for a century more.

To that end, we are excited to announce that we are working with the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) to be in escrow to purchase the 55,000-square-foot Redstone Labor Temple, located in the heart of the Mission District at 2940 16th St. In the coming months, MEDA will be working to secure $7 million dollars to fund the renovations and purchase of the building.

The RLTA is asking for more modest support from the community to assist with our organizing and fund collaborative community efforts and events. Here is a breakdown of what we need ($15,000 total):

– Food and beverages at community campaign events: $4,800 ($800 @ 6 events)
– Wages for campaign organizer: $7,200 (300 hours @ $24/hr)
– 1 x 50-foot banners to hang on the West sides of the building: $250
– 10,000 color fliers: $1500
– 2000 color posters: $1000
-Postcards and other printing: $250

All printing is done by union labor.

Your donations help us pursue dignity in our work, enabling us to play, and the more than 20,000 people who visit the Redstone Labor Temple each year thank you. You keep us together, in solidarity!

Yours in the fight,

The Redstone Labor Temple Association

About the Redstone Labor Temple Association (RLTA)
The mission of the Redstone Labor Temple Association (RLTA) is to promote, preserve and protect the Redstone Building, historically and currently, as a place for diverse, community-based, cultural, labor and social service organizations, individual artists and small businesses which serve the Mission District and the larger community of San Francisco.

Current tenants include: Abalone Alliance Safe Energy Clearinghouse, American Indian Film Institute, April Berger studio, Independent Media and Arts Collective, Chile Lindo Café, Cliff Hengst studio, Crossroads Women’s Center, Doug Norberg studio, El/La Para TransLatinas, Elliot Anderson studio, Gary Gregerson studio, Grupo Honestidad, International Indian Treaty Council, Jeff Metzler studio, Jeff Springer studio, The Lab, the Living Wage Coalition, the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), Kerry Laitala studio, Mojo Theatre, Pacific Petitions, Rick Gerharter Photography office, San Francisco to Living Wage Coalition, Scott Hewicker studio, ShnooksBooks, Wonder Dog Rescue, World Can't Wait, Liveable California and Cultural Action Network.
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Thanks to you all we have almost met another fundraising goal, $10,000!

That has allowed us to host two outreach events this year, during one of which we christened the Redstone a sanctuary building (Edificio Sin Fronteras). We also hired part-time staff who have helped get support of supervisors, labor and community groups and put our efforts to save the Redstone on other people's agendas.

We don't want to lose the momentum, so we have decided to raise our goal to $15,000 to help us continue to build support for our challenge to real estate speculators.

Your help has been appreciated and the work continues. If you know others interested in keeping speculators at bay please let them know about us.

Thank you!
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Our goal has been met! Thank you to all who have supported our efforts to liberate the Redstone Labor Temple from capitalist exploitation. Donations are still coming in, and we have taken the step of increasing our goal, which will provide us the funding needed to make this effort more real than many had imagined. We can do this!
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$9,540 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 76 people in 8 months
Created September 7, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Redstone Labor Temple Association
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San Francisco, CA
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