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Best Library to Check Out the Black Panther Propaganda the CIA Never Got Around to Shredding 

The Freedom Archives

An inconspicuous doorway off Valencia Street leads to a treasure trove of zines and 10,000-plus hours of sound and video recordings from the 1960s to the 1990s, all charting the progressive history of the Bay and its effect on global radical movements. Touch with your very own hands the yellowed circulars, leaflets, and handbills (ye olde lingo for "newspapers" and "flyers") that, in a pre-social media world, cemented the city's progressive reputation and helped to spread those so-called "San Francisco values" that Fox News anchors love to hate on. Bonus: The place was founded and is still run by former political prisoner Claude Marks, who made the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List in the 1980s for "prison escape conspiracy."

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