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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Episode Three - Building Community Defense

Airs at: Fri, 11/27/2020 at 7:00am - 7:15am
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 In this episode we learn about the initial formation of the Coalition for Human Dignity and its subsequent development into an effective organizing tool for self defense. Featured in the episode are community organizer and racial justice scholar Scot Nakagawa, community ac... Read more

Episode Two - The Murder of Mulugeta Seraw

Airs at: Fri, 11/20/2020 at 7:00am - 7:15am
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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 ... Read more

Episode One - Setting the Scene - Portland, OR

Airs at: Fri, 11/13/2020 at 12:00am - 12:15am
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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. Read more


Airs at: Wed, 10/21/2020 at 7:00am - 7:15am
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Promo for It Did Happen Here First Episode Nov 13th Voices: Celina Flores Mic Crenshaw Editor: Icky A. Music Reagan Youth Read more