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Social Movements of San Francisco Walking Tour

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HI San Francisco Downtown

312 Mason St

San Francisco, CA 94102

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Join HI USA as we learn about the important social movements that have taken place in San Francisco over the last few decades.

About this event

This walking tour is hosting by Hostelling International USA (HI USA) and will begin at HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel.

NOTE: You must be registered and agree to the waiver in order to participate in tour. There is a max of 10 people per tour.

Description of tour: With a rich history of social movements, San Francisco is a city to be explored beyond its many neighborhoods. Our San Francisco Social Movements Walking Tour navigates through past and current social movements originating in or now profoundly a part of San Francisco. Participants will visit some key locations in the city's downtown neighborhoods where the narrative connects the universal pursuit of personal and group identity dignity with economic concerns, especially land access.

Where to meet: In the hostel lobby.

Please bring: Comfortable walking shoes, water bottle, mask. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended.

Do I need to bring Money? No, unless you want to purchase a coffee or water along the way.

What is length of tour? 1 mile and approximately 2-2.5 hours

Additional information: There will be an opportunity to use the restroom along the tour.

Additional questions about the tour please email with your questions.

Bio of tour leader:

David Giesen is a middle school English and social studies teacher, and an amateur historian and social issues fiction writer living in San Francisco. He has been leading tours as an HI USA volunteer since 1998.

Waiver and Release of Liability Agreement:

Please note that by submitting registration for this engagement activity you agree to HI USA’s waiver for engagement activities and HI USA’s Covid responsibilities and release of liability as listed below: Waiver for HI USA Engagement Activities:

I understand that my participation in HI USA Engagement Activities is voluntary and I assume all risks of loss, damage or injury that may be sustained while participating in this activity, including the risk of loss, damage or injury to myself. I agree to waive and relinquish all claims I may have as a result of participating in HI USA Engagement Activities against Hostelling International; American Youth Hostels, Inc., d/b/a Hostelling International USA, (HI USA); any and all HI USA Hostels and affiliated Hostels, their respective parent, subsidiary and officers, directors, employees, attorneys, agents, contractors, subcontractors, representatives, successors, assigns, guests and volunteers. I further agree to release and discharge HI USA from any claims for injuries, including illness and/or severe bodily injury/injuries and even death, damages or loss that I may have or which may accrue to me arising out of, connected with, or in any way associated with HI USA Engagement Activities, including negligence. I agree to indemnify and hold the above released parties harmless from any and all claims, demands and/or causes of action seeking damages as a result of my participation, including reasonable attorney fees incurred in the defense of any claim, demand or cause of action. ​I understand that this agreement shall be governed by the applicable law of the State of Maryland. I waive my right to a trial by jury and agree to submit any dispute(s)/claim(s) that may arise out of my participation in any program or activity to binding arbitration in accord with the rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association. In the event that any provision of this Agreement is determined by a court to be invalid, the remainder of this Agreement shall not be affected thereby and shall remain in force.

Acknowledgement of Participant COVID-19 Responsibilities & Release of Liability:

HI USA welcomes you! We have expanded operating standards for our hostels to help protect the safety and health of guests, participants, volunteers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our operating standards and requested guest practices do change over time based on updated guidance from the CDC, OSHA and State and local Health Departments; please visit prior to your participation to see the updated practices.

Currently we require staff and volunteers to understand COVID-19 symptoms and not to work or volunteer when experiencing these symptoms. Staff are required to wear masks, practice physical (6-feet) distancing, and follow CDC hand and respiratory hygiene guidelines. Volunteers are required to wear masks inside property but may take off when outside if vaccinated. We have also modified our housekeeping and cleaning procedures.

Program participants have a similar responsibility to other participants, staff and volunteers to follow COVID Responsive Practices:

  • Unvaccinated wear a mask at all times (exceptions for eating or drinking)
  • Unvaccinated adhere to physical (6 feet) distancing,
  • All participants understand the symptoms of COVID-19 as highlighted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at, and can self-attest that they have not experienced symptoms in the last 14 days.

Participant Acknowledgement of Responsibility and Release of Liability:

  • I acknowledge that HI USA has created operating standards and requirements targeted at protecting the safety and health of myself and other participants, volunteers, and staff during the engagement activity.
  • I acknowledge that it is still possible to contract COVID-19 while participating in an engagement activity despite adhering to the operating standards and requirements.
  • I acknowledge and understand the heightened risks for COVID exposure that shared activities present due to the limited ability for Physical (Social) Distancing.
  • I agree to forever release and waive my right to bring suit against Hostelling International USA (legal name American Youth Hostels, Inc.) and Hostelling International, their officers, directors, affiliates, subsidiaries, members, employees and/or agents (the released parties) in connection with exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19 related to my stay at the hostel. I understand that this waiver means I give up my reservation party’s rights to bring any claims including for personal injuries, death, disease or property losses, or any other loss, including but not limited to claims of negligence, and give up any claim we may have to seek damages, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen.
  • I certify that I am 18 years of age or older.
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HI San Francisco Downtown

312 Mason St

San Francisco, CA 94102

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Organizer HI USA

Organizer of Social Movements of San Francisco Walking Tour

For more than 80 years, HI USA has been the country’s leading hostel brand. Our fun and affordable hostels are located in top cities and unique destinations: think converted mansions, reinvented lighthouses, beach communities and national parks. We bring travelers together locally and from around the world, and that’s just the start. From local tours and curated travel experiences to events and experiential learning programs, HI USA strives to bring moments of cultural enrichment & understanding to everyone who stays with us or joins one of our events. We believe in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around – in fact, it’s our nonprofit mission. 

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