Environmental Activists Split From Water District Campaign, Launch Second Ballot Initiative

UPDATE: New "public trust" would bar fluoridation, require fight against underground reservoirs.

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UPDATE, 10:15 am Monday:A look at the language of the new ballot initiative shows the "People's Water Trust" would amend city code to mandate a fight against federal regulations on burying open-air reservoirs. It also requires city officials to refer to voters any proposal to add new chemicals to the water supply—prohibiting another secret attempt at fluoridation.The proposed rules include strict ...   More
 
Sunday, October 27, 2013 AARON MESH

Mount Tabor Occupation Ends After Four Days

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The occupation of Mount Tabor is over after four days.The organizer of the Camp Cascadia protest against covering the city's open-air reservoirs tells WW that demonstrators are leaving the mountain, concerned that further chanting, honking and police presence would alienate neighborhood backing."After four days, we're not interested in alienating the people we want to work with," Jessie Sponberg says. ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Mount Tabor Occupation Leader: Do Not Bring Children Tonight

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A leader of the reservoir protest on Mount Tabor says occupiers will stay past midnight tonight, and is telling neighborhood water activists not to bring their children—because he expects a confrontation with police."No kids tonight," says Jessie Sponberg, a leader of Camp Cascadia. "That's how they got us last time. If you're raising a normal kid who does not need to see police brutality, do not ...   More
 
Monday, July 15, 2013 AARON MESH

Mount Tabor Occupiers Protest, But Police Stop Overnight Camping

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The Mount Tabor revolution will not be a camp-out. About 200 neighborhood activists and Occupy Portland demonstrators gathered Friday night on the lower slopes of Mount Tabor to launch Camp Cascadia, a protest against closing the city's open-air drinking water reservoirs.But Mayor Charlie Hales appears to to have prevented any repeat of the protracted Occupy camps that held downtown parks in 2011. ...   More
 
Saturday, July 13, 2013 AARON MESH

Mount Tabor Occupation Conflicts with Mount Tabor Weddings

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Activists who want to stop the City of Portland from closing its open-air reservoirs will begin a camping protest on Mount Tabor at 5 pm today. Camp Cascadia organizers promise they'll remain on the volcano slopes until city officials agree to seek a waiver from federal rules requiring the construction of underground drinking water tanks.If the protest lasts until Saturday afternoon, however, it will ...   More
 
Friday, July 12, 2013 AARON MESH

City Locks All Gates to Mount Tabor Park Before Occupation

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The City of Portland is preparing for the occupation of Mount Tabor, which is scheduled to start at 5 pm Friday, by closing all roads into the park.Portland Parks & Recreation regularly closes the gates that give cars access to Mount Tabor Park on Wednesdays for maintenance. But this morning, those gates remained closed—as the parks department steels itself for Camp Cascadia, a camping protest ...   More
 
Thursday, July 11, 2013 AARON MESH

Mount Tabor Occupiers Refuse to Meet with Cops

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Organizers of a Mount Tabor camping protest to fight covering or draining the city's open-air reservoirs have refused to meet in advance with the Portland Police Bureau. Leaders of the Occupy Mount Tabor movement—now called "Camp Cascadia"—say Portland Police Sgt. Craig Dobson posted on their Facebook page, asking them to meet for a conversation before they begin pitching tents on July 12. But ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 AARON MESH

Occupy Mount Tabor Will March on City Hall This Wednesday

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The reservoir rebellion is descending on City Hall. Oreganizers of the Occupy Mount Tabor camping protest will hold a kickoff march at Portland City Hall at 10 am this Wednesday, June 19, demanding the city resume efforts to keep open-air drinking-water reservoirs in Washington Park and on Mount Tabor. "The City of Portland has given up trying to get a waiver for our reservoirs," says the protest's ...   More
 
Monday, June 17, 2013 AARON MESH

"Occupy Mount Tabor" Begins Today

UPDATE: "Occupy Mount Tabor" no longer begins today

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UPDATE, 1:03 pm: Less than two hours after WW reported the event, the Occupy Portland calendar corrected the date of the "Occupy Mount Tabor" camping protest to Friday, July 12. Event organizer Jesse Sponberg says Occupy Portland's calendar erroneously listed the event today. He has created a Facebook page for the July 12 occupation. ORIGINAL POST, 11:30 am: Opponents of the Portland city's government's ...   More
 
Friday, June 7, 2013 AARON MESH

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