Archive for August 2020

1921: The Battle of Blair Mountain

On August 29th, 1921, ten thousand armed men were on one side of a valley, defending a prison, and over ten thousand union miners were besieging the town with the aim of freeing the prisoners.  West Virginia, during the Coal Mine Wars.

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2005: New Orleans

At this time in 2005, a hurricane was bearing down on the Gulf coast that would overwhelm the crumbling levees of the city of New Orleans.  A government response that vacillated between racist fear-mongering and criminal incompetence followed, as did a lot of mutual aid.

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New song: “In Between Milwaukee and Chicago”

#Kenosha

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New song: “Say Their Names”

A song about a few of those murdered by criminal police, with a very simple chorus.  Note to anyone performing the song anywhere:  there is intentionally room in the chorus to say a name in between every time you sing "say their names."  The last chorus can go on for a very, very long time.

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1814: White House, Congress, Supreme Court TORCHED

On August 24th, 1814, in the course of the war that later became known as The War of 1812 (sic), the British Navy landed in Washington, DC.  Retaliating against the US Army's complete destruction of the Canadian city of York (later called Toronto), troops led by General Robert Ross set fire to a number of prominent US government buildings.  It was a great day for the construction industry.

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New song: “East of the 205″

Like so many cities, Portland has a huge class divide, and it's getting worse.  Most of the people with the most money live on the west side of the city.  Across the Willamette River to the east, the further east you go, the rattier it gets, the more chronic the poverty, the lower the life expectancy.

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1993: Blockade of Prince William Sound

Years after the Valdez disaster and the herring population hadn't recovered.  Fishing communities were devastated, along with the environment.  The community of Cordova, Alaska took action.

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BREAKING NEWS: They’re Trying to Steal the Election

Otherwise known as dismantling the postal service during a pandemic.  And so much more!

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New song: “A Luta Continua (Keep On Looting)”

I've long thought it was convenient and appropriate that the English word "loot" and the Portuguese word for "struggle" sound very similar.  The powers-that-be are looting the people and the planet in so many ways every day of the year, but on rare occasions when some people dare loot back a little, like in Chicago a couple nights ago, it's time to call in the National Guard.

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2018: Charlottesville

On August 12th, 2018, a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of protesters, killing Heather Heyer.  There have been many similar incidents since then, across the United States.

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