Archive for July 2020

1918: Ginger Goodwin Killed

In the hills outside of Victoria, BC, an armed agent of the state killed Ginger Goodwin, a leader of the radical Canadian labor movement of the day, for his opposition to World War 1.  10,000 people came to his funeral (about 1 in 5 people from the greater Victoria area were there).

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If you go to downtown Portland any evening of the week these days, you will find on one side, federal agents in camouflage, armed with a broad array of often mysterious weaponry.  On the other side, a wide spectrum of people, mostly on the younger side, not infrequently bearing either an umbrella or a leaf-blower.

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Reality Winner has Covid-19

One of the many political prisoners in the US who has recently tested positive for Covid-19 is whistle-blower, Reality Winner. Here's a song about her which appears on my 2019 album, Strangers & Friends.

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Many people are not aware that Portland, Oregon is the biggest city in a state with a long history of institutional racism (founded as a White Homeland), and a city with a long history of being run on behalf of long line of white property owners with inherited wealth, such as the current mayor, who has presided over the ethnic cleansing of this city through gentrification, who is the police commissioner of a toxic, profoundly unaccountable police department with a terrible and very recent history of carnage. But maybe you did hear about the fire last night.

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New song: Another World

Another world is possible.  RIP John Lewis.

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Australia also has a lot of statues of people who both advocated and practiced genocide, such as former NSW governor, Lachlan Macquarie.  My friend Stephen Langford was arrested last month for using craft glue to stick a Macquarie quote on the Macquarie statue.  I wrote a song.

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On the last OPB report I heard, they said out of Oregon's 400,000 newly unemployed, 100,000 are gig economy workers like me. Of those 100,000, only 30,000 have so far gotten responses -- including rejections, such as the one I received in June, two months after I first applied. Since then, every time I call the special PUA number they set up, it is always busy. The sound of a failed state.

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Black Flag Flying

I just heard this fabulous rendition of "Black Flag Flying" from Bard Noir, a wonderful band I just discovered, from Thessaloniki, Greece. Much better than my own version of the song!

Watch Now:

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On July 7th, 1940, hundreds of Jewish refugees gathered in front of the one remaining consulate left open in Lithuania, as the Nazis advanced eastward.  They had no particular reason to believe the ambassador of the Japanese Empire would save them from certain death, but they had to try.  Chiune Sugihara did not let them down.

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I'm watching a country built on the foundations of slavery, genocide, real estate speculation and fantasy crumble before my eyes.  May it crumble faster, and may I live to see the dust settle.

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