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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Program status: 
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Bonus Episode: More Fighters

Airs at: Fri, 05/14/2021 at 7:00am - 7:15am
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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 ... Read more

Bonus Episode: The Holocaust Denier and the CHD

Airs at: Fri, 04/23/2021 at 7:00am - 7:15am
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This episode features Coalition for Human Dignity activists Steve Wasserstrom, Jonathan Mozzochi and Abby Layton. In this episode we look at how the meticulous collection of data mined for opposition research contributed to a world-famous trial to debunk fascist Holocaust d... Read more

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

Airs at: Fri, 04/16/2021 at 7:00am - 7:15am
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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 ... Read more

Bonus Episode: Racist Recruitment through Youtube

Airs at: Fri, 04/09/2021 at 7:00am - 7:15am
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In this bonus episode, we hear from Coalition forHuman Dignity veteran Devin Burghart, nowExecutive Director of left wing think tank Institutefor Research and Education on Human Rights.Burghart talks about the role of YouTube personalitiesin the effective radicalization of ... Read more

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

Airs at: Fri, 04/02/2021 at 7:15am - 7:30am
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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 Partn... Read more

Bonus Episode: Cultural Organizing with Maximum Rocknroll

Airs at: Fri, 03/26/2021 at 7:15am - 7:30am
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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 Yan... Read more

Bonus Episode: It Did Happen Here at the Oregon Historical Society

Airs at: Fri, 03/19/2021 at 7:00pm - 7:15pm
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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 ... Read more

Bonus Episode: Minneapolis Baldies and ARA Part Two

Airs at: Thu, 03/11/2021 at 7:00am - 7:15am
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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 movem... Read more

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