After the largest year of protests in recent memory across the country, an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and sometimes deadly fights between political factions at the fringes of society, what has changed? And what are the consequences of government inaction?
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A new witness comes forward who raises questions about why the killing of Sean Kealiher remains unsolved two years later.
For the first time ever, two anti-fascists who were with Sean Kealiher the night of his homicide tell their side of the story.
The uprising of Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 swept the country. As many as 1 in 10 adult Americans attended a protest. They got a taste of the world Sean Kealiher had been inhabiting for years before he was killed. And in Portland, the culture war over race and politics would turn deadly.
Ani Raven is a longtime activist and community radio host in Portland. She was also one of Sean Kealiher’s mentors when he joined the Occupy movement at 15 years old.
After Sean Kealiher was killed, his mother Laura was subjected to brutal harassment from conservative trolls at her home and online—and it was Sean’s antifascist friends who provided her security, not the Portland police.
When Sean Kealiher and his friend Micah Fletcher began confronting racists in their community, neither one could have predicted the consequences.
Oregon’s long history of racism was what brought Sean Kealiher and so many protesters like him to the streets. That history is part of the reason Laura Kealiher believes Portland police aren't solving her son's killing.
In this episode, we look at who was in the streets leading up to one of the most significant years in American protests, and what brought them there.
Sean Kealiher was killed Oct. 12, 2019, near a popular bar for Portland’s anti-fascist scene. An SUV ran him over and crashed outside the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters. Gunshots rang out through the night sky, and whoever was driving fled the scene, leaving the vehicle behind. Now, almost two years later, his mother Laura Kealiher is demanding police answer why his killing remains unsolved.