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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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1839: The Rent Strike Wars

On July 4th, 1839, the extremely rent-burdened tenant farmers in the hills of the Hudson Valley in upstate New York decided together to pay the rent no more.

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Elijah McClain was a gentle young musician and massage therapist who lived in Aurora, Colorado, until he was viciously attacked and publicly tortured by Aurora police on the evening of August 24th, 2019, for the crime of walking down the sidewalk while Black.  The police who murdered him are still free.

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New song: “Wear A Mask”

A public service announcement from your friendly local anarchist songwriter.

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