Archive for September 2020

New song: “Willamette Valley”

September 27th, 1850 is the date that the Donation Land Claim Act passed by the US Congress went into effect.  This explicitly racist law played a massive role in creating the Oregon of today.

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New song: “Anarchist Jurisdiction”

The president and the attorney general and a whole lot of corporate media says Portland, Seattle and New York City are "anarchist jurisdictions."  It's a technical term, apparently.  We anarchists say, if only it were true.

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The Books of Howard Zinn

Excerpt from Donald Trump speaking on September 17th at his White House conference on American History:  "The left-wing rioting and mayhem are the direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools. It’s gone on far too long. Our children are instructed from propaganda tracts, like those of Howard Zinn, that try to make students ashamed of their own history."

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New song: “Flames of History”

Greetings from Portland, which has the most toxic air of any major city on Earth today.  And other cities in Oregon have suffered far worse than bad air in the past few days.

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September 11th, 1973

On September 11th, 1973, Chilean democracy was overthrown in a US-backed military coup, leading to decades of state terror and an exodus of Chilean refugees.

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New song: “Song for Michael Reinoehl”

After the far right continually come to downtown Portland and attack people while the police do nothing, someone was bound to be killed, and someone was.  And then, as if in retribution, police executed Michael Reinoehl in a hail of bullets, with no body cams on, outside of Lacey, Washington.

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New song: “I Think I Saw Somebody Die”

I got an email yesterday from someone in the Hague named Ben Fraters, who described in prose and in rhyme what he had just witnessed.  A few emails back and forth as we both rewrote verses and added new ones, and, voila.

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1991: Hamlet Disaster

On September 3rd, 1991, one of the worst industrial accidents in US history took place in Hamlet, North Carolina, at a chicken processing plant that had never been inspected by any regulatory authorities, after 11 years of operation.  25 workers died, mostly Black women.

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New song: “Resign (Ballad of Tear Gas Ted)”

The mayor in Portland, Oregon is also the police commissioner.  His police are completely out of control, and have been since long before he took office.  In any case, he has failed to change the situation, when it needed changing most.  "Resign" is a call that gets louder every day around here.

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2015: Aylan Kurdi

On September 2nd, 2015, the limp body of refugee toddler, Aylan Kurdi, was found on a beach in Turkey.

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