Murder and the Wobblies
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this is a blog about crime in Portland, Oregon. i will keep my eye on current crimes as they happen and bring an historical perspective from my extensive research on murder in Portland.
|Wobblies (members of the IWW) used street speaking as an effective tool of persuasion. The corner of SW 6th and Stark was often crowded with transient workers during the "rainy season" who made up large, rowdy audiences for street speakers. University of Washington Library Special Collection.|
|Enoch Slover, Portland Police Chief was accused of being on the payroll of North End brothel owners. He was always happy to use police raids to divert public attention. In 1913 he tried to frame IWW organizer Gordon Napier for the murder of John A. Brown. Portland Police Historical Society.|
|IWW demonstrations were often met by violent oppression, as seen in this photograph from San Diego. During the Portland Free Speech Fight Dr. Marie Equi became enraged at the brutal methods the police used to clear the streets. She often credited that experience for her commitment to political radicalism. University of Washington Special Collection.|