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× 1: Setting the Scene - Portland OR 2: The Murder of Mulugeta Seraw 3: Building Community Defense 4: The Minneapolis Baldies and Anti Racist Action 5: They Thought We Were Everywhere: the Portland ARA 6: House Defense 7: A Research Capacity: The Work of the CHD 8: SHARPer Times 9: The Story of Jon Bair 10: Less Booted, More Suited 11: Nothing is Final Bonus Episodes

Episodes



Episode 1: Setting the Scene - Portland OR

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.

Episode 1: Setting the Scene - Portland OR


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.

Episode Two: The Murder of Mulugeta Seraw


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.

Episode Three: Building Community Defense


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.

Episode Four: The Minneapolis Baldies and Anti Racist Action


Episode Five: They Thought We Were Everywhere: the Portland ARA

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 China, 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.

Episode Five: They Thought We Were Everywhere: the Portland ARA


Episode Six: House Defense

In Episode 6, 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.

Episode Six: House Defense


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

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, Steven Gardiner, M Treloar and Cecil Prescod.

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


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 China 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.

Episode Eight: SHARPer Times


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.

Episode Nine: The Story of Jon Bair


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.

Episode Ten: Less Booted, More Suited


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.

Episode Eleven: Nothing is Final


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.

Bonus Episode: Minneapolis Baldies and ARA Part Two


Bonus: It Did Happen Here at the Oregon Historical Society

This is the audio from a conference It Did Happen Here: Histories of Fighting White Supremacists, recorded on February 25, 2021 and sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society. In this bonus episode our producers join China and Eliza Canty-Jones, as a moderator, to discuss the podcast.

Bonus: It Did Happen Here at the Oregon Historical Society


Bonus Episode: Cultural Organizing with Maximum Rocknroll

How did Anti-Racist Action create a national network without a central dedicated office, staff or phone number? In this episode It Did Happen Here talks to Martin Sprouse, longtime associate and staff member of Maximum Rocknroll about the role of the long-running punk rock zine as a cultural organizing tool for many groups, including ARA.

Bonus Episode: Cultural Organizing with Maximum Rocknroll


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.

Bonus Episode: Scot Nakagawa and Eric Ward at the Multnomah County Library


Bonus Episode: Racist Recruitment through Youtube

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.

Bonus Episode: Racist Recruitment through Youtube


Bonus Episode: Mic Crenshaw, Celina Flores, and Erin Yanke at the Multnomah County Library

The Multnomah County Library sponsored this event, hosted by Enrique Rivera, with the IDHH podcast producers Celina Flores, Mic Crenshaw, and Erin Yanke. They play clips of the podcast, talk about their favorite moments in the process of making the podcast, storytelling, book recommendations, and much more. Thanks to Lyndsey Runyan and Enrique Rivera of the Multnomah County Library.

Bonus Episode: Mic Crenshaw, Celina Flores, and Erin Yanke at the Multnomah County Library


Bonus Episode: The Holocaust Denier and the CHD

This episode features hosts Mic Crenshaw and Celina Flores as well as Coalition for Human Dignity activists Steve Wasserstrom, Jonathan Mozzochi and Abby Layton. In this special 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.

Bonus Episode: The Holocaust Denier and the CHD


Bonus Episode: More Fighters

In this episode we hear from anti-racist 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.

Bonus Episode: More Fighters


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 Western rural and suburban groups throughout the 80s and 90s

Bonus Episode: no. NOT EVER