Gael Sapiro was involved in women’s music in the mid-seventies, and in anti-violence work in the early 1980s. As a college
student at UC Riverside, Sapiro put on a women’s music radio program inspiring her to produce a festival for the Bay Area.
Sapiro found other women interested in organizing a festival by posting flyers; the resulting group was organized as Succulent
Productions in 1976. Succulent presented three local concerts of women’s music in an effort to gain experience in organizing
music events. However, these concerts proved difficult to produce and the group disbanded around 1978.
In 1982, Sapiro become a member of the board of Community United Against Violence (CUAV). As a board member, Sapiro coordinated
security for the annual Halloween event in the Castro, working with police and organizing 200 volunteer security monitors
to protect against anti-gay violence. She was also involved in security at various other local events. Through her involvement
with CUAV, Sapiro maintained close relationships with other anti-violence groups. She continues to be involved with CUAV until
1985. In this period, Sapiro also ran a successful campaign to become the Public Relations Director for the Alice B. Toklas
Memorial Democratic Club, and worked as a consultant for the Board of Frameline during that organization’s early attempts
to formalize their structure.