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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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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 8, 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 1, 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 4, 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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November 6, 2020