Joe Clement talks with Ryan Wisnor about Blood Wednesday, a labor battle fought during the auspicious year of 1934, when general strikes erupted in Portland and other West Coast port cities. In particular, striking longshoreworkers blocked the train that runs near Pier Park and were met with police, who fired on the workers and sent them running for cover in the Douglas Firs. Thought they suffered losses that day, the strikers ultimately prevailed through community support and helped galvanize workers up and down the West Coast. 11:40 minutes (5.34 MB)
Last summer, during the 51 days of conflict that began when Israel launched air strikes on Hamas-controlled Gaza, journalist Max Blumenthal was embedded on the ground. His reportage followed the fighting and the deaths of more than 2,000 people, most of whom were Palestinian civilians, in what he called an "entirely avoidable catastrophe." In his new book, The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza, Blumenthal explores the conditions and deceptions that led to war.
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