The #Idavox Report: The Baldies & Portland Tom

Racists beware! 

This week, on the Idavox Report, we are going to be talking about The Baldies. The Baldies are an antiracist skinhead group out of Minneapolis that formed in the 1980s. They created today’s Anti Racist Action Network (ARA) as well as laying the groundwork for the modern North American antifascist movement. Last Monday, the documentary The Baldies premiered on PBS. The documentary tells the story of a brave group of skinheads that started as a street team and grew into a powerful antiracist and antifascist network. 

Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Brian Powers, and Christian Perez are all here tonight, talking to a special guest who was a main player in the documentary. Our guest tonight is a Baldie named Portland Tom. Tom has been in the streets for longer than Daryle has, beginning his involvement in the antifascist scene in the late 1980s. 

[The #Idavox Report October 26, 2021 with Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Brian Powers, Christian Perez, & Portland Tom]

The Baldies

Although the Baldies are based out of Minneapolis, they have a chapter in Portland. Tom was one of the first members of this chapter. Tom remembers Nazis growing on trees in his community and wanting to extinguish this hate directly.

Although the Baldies did important work fighting Nazis, not everyone appreciated them as they should. A majority of the general public misunderstood the Baldies, regarding them with fear. The police saw the Baldies as a gang, equating them to Nazis because of their use of violence. Tom remembers the police being confrontational and contentious towards him for as long as he can remember being a Baldie.

The Baldie Scene

Tom describes enjoying a vibrant music scene during his young adult life in Oregon. He and other Baldies used to show up to punk concerts and fight any Nazis they could find until the concert was a slime-free zone. The Portland Baldies were known to go out and look for Nazis and fascists to bust. They would show up at so called “white power music shows” and break everything up. Baldies doxxed the members of hate groups so hard that they had trouble getting jobs or even apartments. Eventually, directly due to The Baldies’ resistance, a good handful of Portland’s white supremacy groups fell apart. 

Tom was drawn into the skinhead scene because of the brotherhood aspect. He also really hates Nazis, but he describes this as a “no-brainer.” For Tom, defending the local community against hate was a moral imperative.

The Baldies Documentary

Tom reports positive reception for the documentary. So far he has heard from one school that it is going to be played in the classroom. The only complaint that he’s gotten from people was that the documentary could have been much longer, perhaps even adapted into a miniseries.

There’s a lot to be learned from this documentary. There aren’t many documentaries about antiracist skinheads. Did you miss it? Although The Baldies premiered on PBS on Monday, October 18, 2021, you can still find it on the PBS website here

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Renowned activist Daryle Lamont Jenkins hosts the #Idavox Report every Tuesday at 8PM EST along with Brian Powers and Christian Perez. 

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It is up to independent media to bring the people legitimate and relevant information in an era where mainstream media is rife with corruption. That’s where we come in by producing shows like the #Idavox Report, hosting a diverse editorial board, and much more.  

Who’s On The Show?

Daryle

The radical right is dangerous and needs to be kept in check. That is where long-time Revolution Radio comrade Daryle Lamont Jenkins comes in. Daryle is an award-winning author and producer who has been in activism for over 30 years. Today, Daryle works tirelessly with his company, One People’s Project, and its newsline, Idavox, to identify and doxx members of dangerous right-wing groups. More often than not, these groups include white supremacists and Nazis. Knowledge is power and the knowledge that Daryle collects gives us the power to fight back. 

Brian

Founder and Senior Organizer Brian Powers started Revolution Radio in 2018 as a homemade podcast and has since developed the company into what it is today. He has been working in activism for over 20 years. Brian’s activism began in New Jersey but has since expanded nationally as he has moved to Maine. He got his start in the labor sector, and today his activism includes but is not limited to issues involving labor, immigration, incarceration, foreign policy, poverty, cannabis justice, mutual aid, police violence, and justice system reform.

Christian

Christian Perez, host of the Modernity and Absurdity podcast, is our network’s resident expert.  A professor of political science, Christian Perez brings a variety of academic credentials and expertise on subjects from conspiracy theories to politics. Christian and Brian are both regulars on the #Idavox Report.

The #Idavox Report frequently features special guests. These guests include veteran activists, political figures, talented artists, and more. Although we are based in the United States, Revolution Radio also covers events across the globe. We are committed to covering worldwide struggles against the establishment as a growing network in order to fight fascism as a whole. 

Don’t miss the next #Idavox Report on Tuesday at 8PM EST on the Revolution Radio network! You can catch the livestream on our Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, or on our website homepage. See you there!

-Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network

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