The “It Did Happen Here” podcast is an independently produced podcast that documents the fight against racist white skinheads in the 1980’s and 90’s in Portland, Oregon. The 11 episodes feature interviews with many people who worked together in those days and reveal the unlikely collaboration between groups of immigrants, civil rights activists, militant youth and queer organizers who came together to successfully confront neo-nazi violence and right wing organizing in the Rose City.Continue reading NEW ZINE: The Baldies & Anti-Racist Action: A History in Anti-Racist Skinhead Organizing
Amsterdam Nethelands. After the Pierson eviction in Nijmegen (part 4 in this series) in February 1981, I will return to the developments in Amsterdam. The first 3 parts on the housing struggle in Amsterdam can be found here: 1 – 2 – 3.
The experience of the deployment of the army during the Pierson Street eviction had changed everything for me. I had seen the ugly face of so-called parliamentary democracy in front of my own eyes. Standing right in front of a Leopard tank and seeing the snipers on the roof is something you never forget. I was beginning to realize that we have to change everything…. At the age of 15.Continue reading Housing struggle in the Netherlands: The battle for Lucky Luyk [Amsterdam 1981 – 1982]
The first three parts (1,2,3) of our series “Housing Struggle in the Netherlands” dealt with the struggle for housing in Amsterdam. But at the end of 1980, a conflict over a parking garage in Nijmegen heated up. There, 14 houses were squatted that the city wanted to demolish for a parking garage. Usable housing in a city with a severe housing shortage. Once again, the army was deployed. For this article Riot Turtle also translated subtitles for the Dutch documentary film ‘Pierson Unknown’ (47 minutes, Eng subs)). You can find the film below this article.Continue reading Housing struggle in the Netherlands: Tanks in Pierson Street
Amsterdam. Netherlans. 1980. The militancy of the Amsterdam squatters movement in 1980 had an impact outside the Netherlands as well. The images of tanks and militant clashes made a strong impression in Western Europe, with the result that squatters from Amsterdam were now welcome guests of their comrades abroad.Continue reading Housing struggle in the Netherlands 1980: The battle for Vondel Street and the ‘Coronation Revolt’ on Tour through Europe
After the struggle for a squatted house in Vondel Street, which we reported on earlier, this second part of our series on housing struggles in the Netherlands looks at the action month of the squatters’ movement in April 1980. The action month reached its climax on Beatrix’s coronation day, on April 30, 1980. April 30, 1980 the biggest revolt that took place in the Netherlands after World War II. This piece tells about that April, we have also added the documentary film about April 30, 1980: “No Housing! No Coronation!” and added English subtitles. You can find the film below the article.Continue reading No Housing! No Coronation! – The Coronation Revolt, Amsterdam 1980 [Video]
Amsterdam in the 1980’s, there was always something going on, not one day without some kind of action. The smell of revolt was in the air. There was an enormous housing shortage. The waiting time for an apartment was at least 10 years. They were mostly allocated through a distribution system of the city administration. Apartments on the “free” market were unaffordable. Young people either had to stay with their parents as adults, leave the city, or squat. At the peak of the Amsterdam squatter movement, about 22,000 people lived in squatted houses.Continue reading Amsterdam 1980: The Battle for the Vondel Street squat: A Vondel Bridge too far [Video]
The Battle of Algiers is a 1966 Italian-Algerian historical war film co-written and directed by Gillo Pontecorvo and starring Jean Martin and Saadi Yacef. The film has been critically acclaimed. Both insurgent groups and state authorities have considered it to be an important commentary on urban guerrilla warfare. English subtitles.Continue reading The Battle Of Algiers [1966 English subtitles – Full HD Movie 1080p]