It Did Happen Here

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In the 1980s, before gentrification, before Portlandia, Portland, Oregon was a sleepy city that existed outside of the national spotlight. 

Skinheads had always been part of the local punk scene. In the late 1980s, punks and skins started being recruited by national white supremacist organizations, and that organizing work took off.

Portland became known as skin city. Racist skinheads roamed Portland , in groups, looking for victims and fights. Late one night in 1988 a group of Ethiopian friends were attacked in front of their apartment building in Southeast Portland. Mulugeta Seraw, a twenty eight year old Portland state student, was beaten with a baseball bat and left for dead. Their attackers were skinheads,members of East Side White Pride, a Neo-nazi street gang.

Following this, disparate groups in Portland came together to organize against this white supremacist threat. Activists started to work with anti-racist skinheads and politicized punks to confront and fight Neo-nazis in the streets and at punk shows.

By the mid 1990s neo-nazi skinheads had disappeared from the streets of Portland..

It Did Happen Here is a historical short form documentary podcast that chronicles how immigrants, civil rights activists, and militant youth worked together sub-culturally and cross-culturally with a diversity of tactics and ran white supremacist street gangs out of Portland. 

Hosts and Producers - Mic Crenshaw and Celina Flores

Executive Producer - Erin Yanke

Interviews - Annette Newelle, Barbara Bernstein, Celina Flores, Claire Rischiotto, Ender Black, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw and Yugen Rashad

Editing - Erin Yanke and Icky A

Script - Moe Bowstern, Icky A, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw and Celina Flores

Director of Operations - Celina Flores

Fact-Checking and Research - Moe Bowstern, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw, Celina Flores

Visual Asset Coordinator - Julie Perini

Visual Asset Contributors - Coyote Amrich, Jon Bair, Marti Clemmons, Pete Normal

Music Curators- Mic Crenshaw, Erin Yanke, Icky A

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Current

Episode Eleven - Nothing is Final

Airs at: Fri, 01/29/2021 at 7:00am - 7:15am
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In the 11th episode of the podcast we hear about the end of Portland Anti Racist Action, the consequences of being a SHARP, and other reflections by the punks; we also hear words of wisdom offered in hindsight, with love from the now-middle aged activists. Show Notes Tran... Read more

Episode Ten - Less Booted, More Suited

Airs at: Fri, 01/22/2021 at 7:00am - 7:15am
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Episode Ten out now! We look at the Coalition For Human Dignity’s move to Seattle, the merger with the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment and financial collapse. We hear reflections on the good, the bad and the ugly, with advice on moving forward today. Show... Read more

Episode Nine - The Story of Jon Bair

Airs at: Fri, 01/15/2021 at 7:00am - 7:15am
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On December 31, 1992 SHARPs and neo-Nazis met up on icy streets, with fatal results. Episode 9 tells the story of the New Year’s Eve that changed the life of SHARP member Jon Bair and shifted the balance of the battle to take Portland’s streets back from racist skinheads.  ... Read more

Episode Eight - SHARPer Times

Airs at: Fri, 01/08/2021 at 7:00am
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In this episode we hear from the former SkinHeads Against Racial Prejudice.  SHARPs share their experiences on how they came to hold the front lines in the fight against neo-Nazi violence on the streets of Portland. Featured in this episode are interviews with former SHARPs... Read more

Episode Seven - A Research Capacity: The Work of the CHD

Airs at: Fri, 01/01/2021 at 7:45am - 8:00am
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In Episode Seven we learn about the surveillance wing of the Coalition for Human Dignity. Interviews were with Jason, Devin Burghart, Jonathan Mozzochi, Leonard Zeskind, Abby Layton, Seven Gardiner, M Treloar and Cecil Prescod.   Show Notes - https://itdidhappenherepodcas... Read more

Episode Six - House Defense

Airs at: Fri, 12/18/2020 at 7:45am - 8:00am
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In this episode, members of the Coalition for Human Dignity (CHD) describe defense strategies.  Working together with ARA, SHARP, individuals and families under threat from racist skinhead violence they co-developed the support strategy they called House Defense; they also ... Read more

Episode Five - They Thought We Were Everywhere: Portland Anti Racist Action

Airs at: Fri, 12/11/2020 at 7:15am - 7:30am
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In this episode we return to the Rose City as Portland punks solidify an anti-fascist stance and square off. No more mingling with spiky-haired punks one night and racist skinheads the next; the chronic bypassing of casual racism becomes confrontational. We hear from punks ... Read more

Episode Four - The Minneapolis Baldies and Anti Racist Action

Airs at: Fri, 12/04/2020 at 7:15am - 7:45am
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In this episode, we join narrator Mic Crenshaw and his old friends Jason  Nevilles aka Jay aka Gator, Marty, Nissa and Jibari - all midwestern anti racist skinheads. They were interviewed to talk about why they joined together, what motivated and  influenced them, the polit... Read more

Episode Three - Building Community Defense

Airs at: Fri, 11/27/2020 at 7:00am - 7:15am
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 In this episode we learn about the initial formation of the Coalition for Human Dignity and its subsequent development into an effective organizing tool for self defense. Featured in the episode are community organizer and racial justice scholar Scot Nakagawa, community ac... Read more

Episode Two - The Murder of Mulugeta Seraw

Airs at: Fri, 11/20/2020 at 7:00am - 7:15am
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Late one night in November 1988 racist skinheads attacked a group of Ethiopian immigrants in the working class Kerns neighborhood of Southeast Portland. 28-year-old Mulugeta Seraw died from his wounds inflicted by a baseball bat and multiple kicks from the steel-toed boots ... Read more