The Stumptown Stories series, geared to everyone who loves this city we live in, takes place most Tuesdays at Jack London bar (basement of the Rialto, SW 4th and Alder). Free to get in, but must be 21 or over – there’s a full bar!
The (very topical) topic of this week’s presentation is Real Class Warfare: The Great 1934 Longshore Strike in Portland.
On May 9, 1934, thousands of longshoremen along the West Coast walked off the job, beginning an eighty-two-day standoff between the International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA) and company owners. In Portland, the strike split the city in two: sympathetic citizens rallied around the workers, offering food, shelter, and transportation; those opposed to the strike—including Henry Corbett, Amedee Smith, and Henry Cabell—formed the Citizens Emergency Committee and called on President Roosevelt to stop the strike with federal troops.
The presenter is Michael Munk, political scientist, local expert on radicalism in Oregon, and author of The Portland Red Guide.
Doors open at 5pm for this free event (21 and over only). Presentation begins at 7:30pm.