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It Did Happen Here

It Did Happen Here

By Erin Yanke
It Did Happen Here is an independently produced podcast that documents the fight against Portland Oregon based racist white skinheads in the 1980’s and 90’s after the murder of Mulugeta Seraw. The 11 episodes feature interviews with many people who worked together in those days and reveal the unlikely collaboration between groups of immigrants, civil rights activists, militant youth and queer organizers who came together to successfully confront neo-nazi violence and right wing organizing in the Rose City.
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Bonus Episode: no. NOT EVER
Kate Boyd and Cristien Storm of the Seattle-based collaborative group If You Don’t They Will discuss  “no. NOT EVER”, an interactive, immersive presentation of cultural  resistance to white nationalism practiced by rural and suburban groups  in the Pacific Northwest throughout the 80s and 90s. Transcript Show Notes Credits Producers:  Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke and Icky A. Story editors: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist:Julie Perini Mastering: Colin Casserd Music: Neo Boys Thanks: Kate, Cristien, Marat
21:51
May 28, 2021
Bonus Episode: More Fighters
In this episode we hear from antiracist street fighters: Iran, Jackson, Pan and Tom. The four veterans recount their experiences fighting Portland neo Nazis, how it affected them and where we should direct our energy to continue the fight. transcript show notes Credits Producers: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke and Icky A. Interviewer for this episode: Mic Crenshaw Story editors: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist: Julie Perini Mastering: Colin Casserd Music: Godspeed You Black Emperor
34:23
May 14, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Holocaust Denier and the CHD
This episode features Coalition for Human Dignity activists Steve Wasserstrom, Jonathan Mozzochi and Abby Layton. In this bonus episode we look at how the meticulous collection of data mined for opposition research contributed to a world-famous trial to debunk fascist Holocaust denier David Irving. Transcript Show Notes credits Producers: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke and Icky A. Interviewer for this episode: Claire Rischiotto and Celina Flores Story editors: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist: Julie Perini Mastering: Colin Casserd Music: Kai Engel,  the fucked up beat, and silicone transmitter, all from the Free Music Archive
15:47
April 23, 2021
Bonus Episode: Celina Flores, Mic Crenshaw, and Erin Yanke at the Multnomah County Library
Enrique Rivera of the Multnomah County Library, hosted this event with the IDHH podcast producers on March 11, 2021. They play clips of the podcast, talk about making the podcast, storytelling, their favorite moments, book recommendations, and much more. Thanks to Lyndsey Runyan and Enrique Rivera of the Multnomah County Library.
01:32:09
April 16, 2021
Bonus: Racist Recruitment through You Tube
In this bonus episode, we hear from Coalition for Human Dignity veteran Devin Burghart, now Executive Director of left wing think tank Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. Burghart talks about the role of YouTube personalities in the effective radicalization of white nationalists, especially younger viewers. Transcript Show Notes credits Producers: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke and Icky A. Interviewer for this episode: Ceina Flores Story editors: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist: Julie Perini Mastering: Colin Casserd Music: LG 17nfrom the Free Music Archive
11:11
April 09, 2021
Bonus Episode: Scot Nakagawa and Eric Ward at the Multnomah County Library
Scot Nakagawa and Eric Ward talk together at " It Did Happen Here: Nothing is Final", recorded March 4, 2021 at an event sponsored by the Multnomah County Library. Scot  was the founding staff person of the Coalition for Human Dignity, and is co-founder and Senior Partner of ChangeLab, a national racial  equity think/act lab promoting innovation in racial equity advocacy. Eric Ward  founded and directed a community project to expose and counter  hate groups and respond to bigoted violence with the Community Alliance  of Lane County (1990–1994).He is currently the Executive Director of the Western States Center. Thanks to Enrique and Lindsey from the Multnomah County Library
01:20:15
April 02, 2021
Bonus Episode: Cultural Organizing with Maximum Rocknroll
We talk to Martin Sprouse, former shitworker and coordinator Maximum Rocknroll about the role of the long-running punk rock zine as a cultural organizing tool for many groups, including Anti Racist Action.  Show Notes Transcript Credits Producers: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke and Icky A. Interviews for this episode: Erin Yanke Story editors: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist: Julie Perini Photo: Cammie Toloui   IG:@cammietolouiphoto Mastering: Colin Casserd Music:  A Touch of Hysteria
15:35
March 26, 2021
Bonus Episode: It Did Happen Here: Histories of Fighting White Supremacists
It Did Happen Here:  Histories of Fighting White Supremacists was recorded on February 25, 2021. This was a panel discussion with one of the podcast participants China,  Producers Celina Flores, Mic Crenshaw, and Erin Yanke, and moderated by   Eliza Canty-Jones. The event  was sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society.
01:25:11
March 20, 2021
Bonus Episode: Minneapolis Baldies and ARA Part Two
It Did Happen Here returns to the Midwest for deeper  conversations with veterans of the Minneapolis Baldies and  Skinheads of Chicago (SHOC) about what it means to  be a Black, Brown or Indigenous person in a predominantly white  movement, a woman in a male-dominated movement, how we  direct our anti-racism as middle-aged activists, with deep discussion on how experiences with a violent youth have shaped political and personal philosophies. Interviews with Lorraine, Gator,  Malachi/Mickey, Marty, Gator, and Mobonix/Mo.
39:39
March 11, 2021
Episode Eleven - Nothing is Final
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  Transcript  Credits Producers: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke, Icky A. Interviews for this episode:  Celina Flores, Erin Yanke , Mic Crenshaw Story editors: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist: Julie Perini Mastering: Colin Casserd Music: (in order of appearance) Xylo Ziko (Free Music Archive) Kai Engel (Free Music Archive) Anitek (Free Music Archive) Chumbawamba
21:46
January 29, 2021
Episode Ten - Less Booted, More Suited
In this episode 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 Notes Transcript  Credits Producers: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke and Icky A. Interviews for this episode:  Annette Newelle, Celina Flores, Ender Black, and Erin Yanke Story editors: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist: Julie Perini Mastering: Colin Casserd Music: (in order of appearance) Xlyo Ziko (  Free Music Archive) Kai Engel  (  Free Music Archive) Anitek  (  Free Music Archive) Last of a Dying Breed
35:26
January 22, 2021
Episode Nine - The Story of Jon Bair
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. Featuring interviews with Jon Bair, Jason and Michael Clark. Show Notes Transcript Credits Producers: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke and Icky A. Interviews for this episode: Erin Yanke Story editors: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist: Julie Perini Mastering: Colin Casserd Music: (in order of appearance) Anitek (Free Music Archive) The Fucked Up Beat (Free Music Archive)
22:22
January 15, 2021
Episode Eight - SHARPer Times
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 Michael Clark, Pete Little and Jon Bair; former punks Chyna and Jorin; IDHH narrator Mic Crenshaw; music journalist Patrick Mazza; former CHD activists and researchers Jonathan Mozzochi, M Treloar and Steven Gardiner; and the Reverend Cecil Prescod. Show Notes Transcript Credits Producers: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke and Icky A. Interviews for this episode:  Celina Flores, Mic Crenshaw, Barbara Bernstein, and Erin Yanke Story editors: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist: Julie Perini Thanks to: Pan, Pete Deegan Mastering: Colin Casserd Music: The Fucked Up Beat (Free Music Archive) Miku  (Free Music Archive) LG17  (Free Music Archive) A Touch of Hysteria Resist
36:02
January 08, 2021
Episode Seven- A Research Capacity: The Work of the Coalition for Human Dignity
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 Transcript Credits Producers: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke and Icky A. Interviews for this episode: Annette Newell, Claire Rischiotto, Ceina Flores, and Erin Yanke Story editors: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist: Julie Perini Mastering: Colin Casserd Music: Anitek from the Free Music Archive, and Neo Boys. Thanks to: Pete Deegan
43:53
January 01, 2021
Episode Six -House Defense
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 trained themselves in security and offered basic support to local groups. The mutual aid that was established created a community-wide bond many still feel today. Show Notes Transcript Credits: Producers: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke and Icky A. Interviews for this episode:  Annette Newelle, Celina Flores, and Erin Yanke Story editors: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist: Julie Perini Mastering: Colin Casserd Music: (in order of appearance) Xylo Zico, LG17, Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton, and Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari.
27:45
December 19, 2020
Episode Five - They Thought We Were Everywhere: Portland Anti Racist Action
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 Chyna, Jason, Kelly and Jorin, activists Scot Nakagawa, M. Treloar, and Jonathan Mozzochi, and journalist Patrick Mazza about different tactics for organizing across different groups and the surprising effect it has on the scene. Show Notes  Transcript  Credits Producers: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke and Icky A. Interviews for this episode:  Barbara Bernstein, Celina Flores, Ender Black, Erin Yanke, and Mic Crenshaw Story editors: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist: Julie Perini Mastering: Colin Casserd Music: (in order of appearance) Anitek Dead Conspiracy Chumbawamba
27:20
December 11, 2020
Episode Four: The Minneapolis Baldies and Anti Racist Action
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 politics and  social pressures in which they  operated and how they ultimately formed  the national network known as Anti Racist Action that laid the  foundations for today’s Antifa consciousness. Show Notes Transcript Producers: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke and Icky A. Interviews for this episode: Anna Stitt, Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Sole, and Mic Crenshaw Story editors: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist: Julie Perini Mastering: Colin Casserd Music: (in order of appearance) The 4Skins - A.C.A.B. Madball - Set It Off Anna Stitt is an award-winning journalist and historical documentarian.She holds a BA in sociology and history from Swarthmore College anda certificate in narrative reporting from the Transom Story Workshop. We used excerpts from her interview with Mic Crenshaw that she did for her audio documentary on The Baldies . She also wrote an article on The Baldies for Teen Vogue.
34:02
December 04, 2020
Episode Three: Building Community Defense
At the end of 1988 racist skinheads flexed power on the streets and in  the show spaces of Portland. This episode is about Portlanders who came  together in response to neo-nazi violence after the 1988 murder of  Mulugeta Seraw and formed the Coalition for Human Dignity. Show Notes Transcript Producers: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke and Icky A. Interviews for this episode: Annette Newelle, Celina Flores, Claire Rischiotto, Ender Black, and Erin Yanke Story editors: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist: Julie Perini Mastering:  Colin Casserd Music: (in order of appearance) Xylo Ziko “Phase 2” Crackerbash "Song for Lon Mabon"
38:11
November 27, 2020
Episode Two: The Murder of Mulugeta Seraw
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  of the 3 assailants, all members of East Side White Pride, a racist  skinhead crew. Show Notes Transcript Producers: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke and Icky A. Story editors: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist: Julie Perini Mastering: Colin Casserd
18:44
November 20, 2020
Episode One: Setting the Scene - Portland, Oregon
In the late 1980s, Portland was a known haven for racist  skinheads. They roamed the core of Portland unhindered. This episode is  about Portland back then, in the before, when Portland was a skinhead  stomping ground. Show Notes Transcript Episode One credits Producers: Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Mic Crenshaw Editors: Erin Yanke and Icky A. Story editors:  Celina Flores, Erin Yanke, Icky A., Mic Crenshaw, Moe Bowstern Visual archivist: Julie Perini Mastering: Colin Casserd Music: (in order of appearance) The Observers “Symbols, Slogans, Lies” Xylo Ziko “Phase 2” Young Kartz “Jeopardy” The Wipers “Potential Suicide” Poison Idea  “Discontent” Agnostic Front “Crucified”
30:44
November 13, 2020
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27:50
November 06, 2020