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× Episode 1: Setting the Scene - Portland OR Episode 2: The Murder of Mulugeta Seraw Episode 3: Building Community Defense Episode 4: The Minneapolis Baldies and Anti Racist Action Episode 5: They Thought We Were Everywhere: the Portland ARA Episode 6: House Defense Episode 7: A Research Capacity: The Work of the CHD Episode 8: SHARPer Times Episode 9: The Story of Jon Bair Episode 10: Out January 22nd

It Did Happen Here

It Did Happen Here is an independently produced podcast that documents the fight against racist white skinheads in the 1980’s and 90’s. 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.

The podcast talks to three core groups: the Portland chapter of Anti Racist Action; SHARP- Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice; and the Coalition for Human Dignity. In out-and-out brawls on the streets and at punk shows, and in behind the scenes intelligence gathering to expose right wing and white nationalist organizing, the three groups united on their home ground over and over to attack fascists—and they won it back.

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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 4 will be out December 4th.

Episode Three: Building Community Defense

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