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Deep History & American Empire: Reflections on the Bundys, Manifest Destiny & left-right politics

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Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest Anthony Hall, Prof. at Lethbridge Univ., author of "The American Empire & the Fourth World"
The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon has brought widespread attention to long-simmering (and occasionally boiling-over) conflicts over federally-owned and managed public lands in the West. Competing ideologies (states' rights vs. federal control; private property rights vs. public land management; "free market" access vs. environmental regulation etc.) echo debates and conflicts that go back to the founding of the United States. 

Report-back from the siege of Malheur, with Arun Gupta

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Wed, 01/27/2016 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Host Paul Roland and freelance reporter Gupta just got back from a week in Harney County
Special inside look at what's happening in Burns, Oregon. Roland and Gupta just spent a week in Burns, interviewing people in the community, visiting the occupation at the Malheur Wildlife refuge, hanging out in local bars, and generally getting a feel for how the "Bundy gang's" declaration of war on the federal government is playing out and affecting the local community.

Gupta has been covering the situation for "The Raw Story," a news website. See his reporting here: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/bundys-escalating-showdown-with-feds-as-support-dwindles-and-lone-wolves-come-looking-for-trouble/

As Bundy gang heightens tensions in Burns community: What's at stake in the Malheur takeover?

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Wed, 01/20/2016 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guests Linda Neale (from Harney Co. homesteader family) and Bob Sallinger of Portland Audobon

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The Necessity of Disobedience, with guest Tim DeChristopher

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Wed, 01/13/2016 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Climate Change on Trial in Seattle
While a group of armed antigovernment militants casually tears down fences and accesses personal and official files in their second week of occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge offices in Eastern Oregon, another group of protestors in Seattle goes on trial for blocking a mile-long oil train in September, 2014.

Incident at Malheur: An Indigenous perspective on "militia" occupation in Eastern Oregon

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Wed, 01/06/2016 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest Jacqueline Keeler looks at settler myths and historical realities

As national and global media turn their attention to the small town of Burns in central-eastern Oregon, we here at KBOO are doing our best to keep up with events. By now you probably know the basic story: a small group of disgruntled Westerners, apparently mostly from Nevada and Arizona, split off from a larger march on Saturday and took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge facility outsid of Burns. Ostensibly in support of two local ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were convicted on arson charges, but had five-year minimum sentences imposed under the draconian Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, the occupiers are linked to various  "militia"/property rights/possibly white supremacist groups.

BP Gulf spill, Fukushima, Aliso Canyon (LA) gas leak: inevitable disaster, predictable response...

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Wed, 12/30/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest Matt Pakucko on the massive gas gusher near his Porter Ranch community
Since  October 23, an aging gas well that ruptured has been spewing enormous amounts of methane into the air at the northern end of the San Fernando Valley outside of Los Angeles. Like the 2010 BP oil "spill" and the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns, this is an unprecedented, out-of-control situation involving energy extraction or production facilities. And, like those other two recent industrial disasters, the corporate and government response has been slow, deceptive and pathetically inadequate to the scale of the problem.

Wednesday Talk Radio on 12/23/15

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Wed, 12/23/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

Challenging the Militarization of Climate Change, with guest Nick Buxton

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Wed, 12/16/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Co-editor of new book on "How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-changed World"
The military is at the heart of the fossil fuel economy, yet military emissions were specifically excluded from the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 at the behest of the U.S. government. Though it's possible they may no longer be specifically excluded in the wake of the recent Paris agreement, individual countries' current reporting of emissions and planned actions to combat climate change ("Intended Nationally Determined Contributions") have so far failed to include military emissions.

Reckoning with Reality: there's no way out!

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Wed, 12/09/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Conversation with Robert Hunziker, social-ecological-economic writer/researcher
This week's (returning) guest is Robert Hunziker, who writes on climate change, Fukushima, political economy and other timely subjects for Counterpunch and other places. He lives in Los Angeles and can be reached at roberthunziker@icloud.com

 

In the Spirit of Insurrection: Experiences on the front lines of struggle

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Wed, 12/02/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Host Paul Roland reflects on his own activism and political perspective
Wednesday Talk Radio host Paul Roland has had a long history of involvement in ecological, Indigenous and land defense campaigns and movements. From the Earth First! and the Pacific NW forest protection battles of the 1980's and '90's to the struggle against an invasive high-speed train project in an Italian alpine valley, and back stateside in Appalachia and again in Oregon, he's both participated and reported on a wide variety of issues. 

For this Membership Drive, he's decided to talk about his own story. Listeners are invited to call in and interview him for a change, at 503-231-8187

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Against the Fossil-fueled Patriarchal Death Cult

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Wed, 08/05/2015

More conversation of the deranged fossil fuel machine that has us all in its death grip. Call-ins on the ShellNo action last week and relections on the "nature of the beast."

Opening and closing song: "The Oil Song 2010" by Steve Forbert: https://steveforbert.bandcamp.com/track/the-oil-song-2010

To get involved and contribute to ongoing campaigns against the fossil fuel machine and global climate change:

http://www.climate-action-coalition.org/doku.php

https://portlandrisingtide.org/

http://350pdx.org/

https://www.facebook.com/shellnoactioncouncil

https://www.facebook.com/GreenpeacePNW

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/

https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/help-seattle-say-shell-no




Some of the articles mentioned on the program:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/03/the-perfectly-nasty-ocean-storm/

http://www.nofrackingway.us/2015/08/04/biggest-new-source-of-global-warming-fracking/

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/08/is-anywhere-on-earth-safe-from-climate-change/400304/

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2015/0803/California-Rocky-Fire-why-it-fits-a-global-trend

https://theconversation.com/the-scariest-part-of-climate-change-isnt-what-we-know-but-what-we-dont-45419

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/32131-the-new-climate-normal-abrupt-sea-level-rise-and-predictions-of-civilization-collapse

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/drought-slows-forests-carbon-absorption-19297

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/07/26/alas...

http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/aug/03/epa-oil-terminal-plan-doesnt-p...

http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/glaciers-have-shrunk-to-lowest-levels-in-120-years



 

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Wed, 07/08/2015
Guest host Doug McVay speaks with Haven Wheelock, syringe exchange program coordinator with Outside In, about harm reduction, overdose prevention, and local efforts to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis transmission among injection drug users.
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One Flaming Arrow: Inter-Tribal Art, Music & Film Festival

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Wed, 06/03/2015
One Flaming Arrow is an Inter-tribal, Indigenous Art, Music & Film festival happening from June 2nd-14th of 2015 in various venues throughout Portland, Oregon. One Flaming Arrowemerged as a collaboration between local business entrepreneur, Carlee Smith and the artist collective RISE: Radical, Indigenous, Survivance, & Empowerment’s Demian DinéYazhí (Diné) and Kaila Farrell-Smith (Klamath-Modoc)
One Flaming Arrow's goal is to promote, empower, educate, persevere, and heal through the creative and political act of contemporary Indigenous Survivance. One Flaming Arrowaccomplishes its goals by bringing emerging, experimental, and established contemporary artists showing within museums to experimental art exhibitions on reclaimed Indigenous land.
http://www.oneflamingarrow.com/      https://www.facebook.com/OneFlamingArrow


Demian DinéYazhi’ is a Portland-based transdisciplinary warrior born to the clans Tódích'íí'nii (Bitter Water) and Naasht'ézhí Tábąąhá  (Water's Edge) of the Diné (Navajo). DinéYazhi' received his BFA in Intermedia Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014. Demian's work as an artist can be understood through the lens of curatorial inquiry, zine production, street interventions, education, workshops, and transdisciplinary methods of art production. His work is rooted in Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist politics, landscape representation, memory formation, HIV/AIDS-related art and activism, gender and sexuality, Indigenous Survivance, and Decolonization. He is the founder and director of the artist/activist/warrior collective, RISE: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, which is dedicated to the education and perseverance of Indigenous art and culture.
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There is a war.....on the houseless, going on right now in Portland

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Wed, 05/27/2015

Host Paul Roland talks about the "homeless sweeps" currently underway by the Portland Police in inner Southeast Portland, in the context of the endless social war. After the opening song by Leonard Cohen, he reads from The Invisible Committee's "To Our Friends" comunique of last year.  http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/the-invisible-committe-to-our-friends
He then takes calls from the listeners....

To get involved in the campaign against the "sweeps," go to https://www.facebook.com/events/993455123999325/


Leonard Cohen, 
"There Is A War"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncdY2nGKzBs
There is a war between the rich and poor, 
a war between the man and the woman. 
There is a war between the ones who say there is a war 
and the ones who say there isn't. 
Why don't you come on back to the war, that's right, get in it, 
why don't you come on back to the war, it's just beginning. 

Well I live here with a woman and a child, 
the situation makes me kind of nervous. 
Yes, I rise up from her arms, she says "I guess you call this love"; 
I call it service. 

Why don't you come on back to the war, don't be a tourist, 
why don't you come on back to the war, before it hurts us, 
why don't you come on back to the war, let's all get nervous. 

You cannot stand what I've become, 
you much prefer the gentleman I was before. 
I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control, 
I didn't even know there was a war. 

Why don't you come on back to the war, don't be embarrassed, 
why don't you come on back to the war, you can still get married. 

There is a war between the rich and poor, 
a war between the man and the woman. 
There is a war between the left and right, 
a war between the black and white, 
a war between the odd and the even. 

Why don't you come on back to the war, pick up your tiny burden, 
why don't you come on back to the war, let's all get even, 
why don't you come on back to the war, can't you hear me speaking?







Rethinking electroshock

program date: 
Wed, 05/20/2015

Marcia Meyers of Rethinking Psychiatry and electroshock survivor Deborah Schwartzkopff are today's guests. 

http://www.ectjustice.com/
http://www.rethinkingpsychiatry.org/


 

Also, check out these previous KBOO news features on the subject:
http://kboo.fm/electroshocksurvivorarrestedatprotestinc

http://kboo.fm/electroshockprotestinclackamas

Special Guest Ralph Nader on his new book and the current state of U.S. politics

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Wed, 05/13/2015
Join host Paul Roland, this week featuring long-time activist, organizer, political reformer and Third Party proponent Ralph Nader.

Nader's new book, just out on Seven Stories Press, is Return to Sender, a long series of letters to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, all of which went unanswered. 

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Guest Chris Hedges on his new book: "Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt"

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Wed, 05/06/2015
From seminarian to New York Times journalist to one of the leading social critics on the left to (just last year) ordained Presbyterian minister, Chris Hedges remains as provocative and insightful as ever with his twefth book: "Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt," due out next week.

Enjoy the conversation with membership "pitches" edited out!
 
From the blurb for his new book:

Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. In 
Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges—who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class—investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. Hedges’ message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

Focusing on the stories of rebels from around the world and throughout history, Hedges investigates what it takes to be a rebel in modern times. Utilizing the work of Reinhold Niebuhr, Hedges describes the motivation that guides the actions of rebels as “sublime madness” — the state of passion that causes the rebel to engage in an unavailing fight against overwhelmingly powerful and oppressive forces. For Hedges, resistance is carried out not for its success, but as a moral imperative that affirms life. Those who rise up against the odds will be those endowed with this “sublime madness.”

From South African activists who dedicated their lives to ending apartheid, to contemporary anti-fracking protests in Alberta, Canada, to whistleblowers in pursuit of transparency, Wages of Rebellion shows the cost of a life committed to speaking the truth and demanding justice. Hedges has penned an indispensable guide to rebellion.


Articles mentioned during the program:
"Make the Rich Panic" http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/make_the_rich_panic_20150503

"Why We Need Professional Revolutionists"  http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/why_we_need_professional_revolutionists_20141123

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Why police unions are a big problem

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Wed, 04/29/2015
Violent, too-often lethal and racist police behavior continues to be in the public spotlight with the recent outrage in Baltimore. Although public discussion of the role of police unions in protecting cops from both internal discipline and criminal prosecution has increased over the past year since the events in Ferguson, there is still relatively little movement among progressives and organized labor to seriously address this issue. 

On February 4, Wednesday Talk Radio Host Paul Roland organized a special two hour  "Forum on police unions and their role in the culture of police violence in the United States," (http://kboo.fm/aforumonpoliceu0)with the participation of national and local labor activists, lawyers, academics and police critics. He had hoped to spur a wider debate in the Portland progressive movement. Whether or not this has actually occurred is difficult to assess, but anyway, with this program he's trying once again to stimulate some debate. And you're invited!!

This May Day is also the 15th anniversary of the 2000 Portland May Day police riot. The historic role of the police as protectors of the Status Quo was all too evident there as in so many other occasions of public protest and dissent. Police Unions have always had a double role of guaranteeing workplace safety, adequate wages and benefits for their members but at the same time maintaining the political and social power and preventing civilian oversight of the police. Is this an unresolvable contradiction? Should police unions exist at all? Should they have strict limits placed on their ability to wield their unique position as armed enforcers of social order? 


Portland Police Association Labor Agreement:
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bhr/article/10857?
Recent articles on police unions from around the country:

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/03/portland_police_oversight_thre.html
https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/04/28/balltimore-freddie-gray-prosecute/
http://reason.com/blog/2015/04/27/baltimore-protests-riots-and-police-unio
http://www.salon.com/2015/04/28/the_police_are_the_problem_why_its_time_to_take_on_marylands_cop_unions/
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/19/us/police-unions-facing-public-anger-rethink-how-to-address-shootings.html
http://www.azcentral.com/story/robertleger/2015/03/30/ducey-vetoes-police-secrecy-bill/70700920/
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Police-Violence-Impunity-and-Reactionary-Police-Unions-20150405-0007.html

Portland activist and author ("Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America") has a website: http://www.kristianwilliams.com/
Other relevant articles:
http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2011/0911williams.html
https://worxintheory.wordpress.com/2014/12/07/origins-of-the-police/
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/policing-is-a-dirty-job-but-nobodys-gotta-do-it-6-ideas-for-a-cop-free-world-20141216

More links to articles on KBOO page for February's "Forum on police unions.." http://kboo.fm/aforumonpoliceu0

"Why the Mountain": a struggle for autonomy, dignity and tradition on Mauna Kea in Hawaii

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Wed, 04/22/2015
Native Hawaiian protestors have halted construction of a massive 18-story telescope on their sacred, life-giving Mauna Kea. While the protest is about stopping the continued desecration and damage to a mountain central to their culture, beliefs and traditions, it is also about an ongoing movement for independence and decolonization. Filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly has been documenting and involved in this struggle for many years. She joins host Paul Roland by phone to counter misleading and superficial news reporting of the issue on mainstream media and to give us the latest news from the front lines. 

 From her  her nohohewa website (below): 

Anne Keala Kelly is a Hawaiian filmmaker who documented the Hawaiian sovereignty movement during the first decade of the 21st century. As a journalist, she has covered hawaiian and other indigenous peoples' issues and the environment, and in 2006-7 whe was a Ted Scripps Fellow in Boulder, CO at the Center for Environmental Journalism. She has filed stories from Hawaii, where she lives, as well as Geneva and katmandu for the pacifica Network's free Speech Radio News. Her print journalism has appeared in "The Naton," "Indian Country Today," "The Honoluly Weekly," and elsewhere, and her video reporting has been featured on The Newshour with jhim Lehrer and Democracy Now! In September 2008, Keala co-produced "The other Hawaii" for Al Jazeera. She has an MFA in Directing from UCLA.

For more information about her and her films, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/TheMakingOfWhyTheMountain?fref=ts
 http://www.nohohewa.com/
http://whythemountain.blogspot.com
People mentioned on program include:  Professor Williamson Chang, who sent a letter to Atty. General Eric Holder asking him to consider whether or not the US is guilty of War Crimes in Hawaii, specifically the crime of pillaging via the illegal taxation of Hawaiians and others; Keanu Sai, who has done important research on Hawaiian history and the US occupation. 

Groups in Hawaii:
We Are Mauna Kea https://www.facebook.com/groups/393211327547061/
http://www.protectmaunakea.org/
http://www.gofundme.com/maunakeaohana
http://www.hawaiiankingdom.org

Local Hawaiian cultural organization (based in Vancouver, WA):
http://kekukuifoundation.org/ 
They are offering an 8-week course in Hawaiian History on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. starting May 5. Call or write Kepule: 503-580-6662, kepulekaneokealoha@comcast.net

Article on how people can help the cause:
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/04/17/4-ways-show-your-support-mauna-kea-160020

Wednesday Talk Radio host Paul Roland can be reached at paulrkboo@gmail.com
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WATER WARS: Local communities fight back against Nestle water bottling plants

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Wed, 04/15/2015
A six-year battle to keep Nestle out of Cascadia and the Columbia Gorge is heating up again as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has agreed to trade its water rights at Oxbow Springs, which could pave the way for a Nestle bottled water plant in Cascade Locks, just west of Hood River. Concerned citizens in the Gorge, environmental groups, labor unions and others are renewing efforts to prevent that from happening. http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2015/04/odfw_agress_to_new_approach_fo.html
Due to phone problems in the air room, we were unable to have Bob Saunders of the Crunch Nestle Alliance  from Sacramento on the show, or call-ins. However, host Paul Roland and guest Matthew Bristow  did have a lively conversation about corporate food & beverage behemoth Nestle, specifically their bottled water branch, Nestle Waters, aka "The Healthy Hydration Company." 
Bark is calling for a demonstration on Thursday, April 16 at 7 a.m. at the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge http://www.bark-out.org/event/bridge-action-protest-nestle-water-grab, 503-331-0374. There will be a sign and banner-making party Wednesday, April 15 at the Bark office, 537 SE Ash from 5-7 p..m.
Communities around North America have been fighting proposed or existing bottling plants, which draw large quantities of a public resource from springs, acquifers and even municipal water supplies. Stop Nestle Waters (http://stopnestlewaters.org/) is a coalition of such local groups from Maine to Michigan to Colorado to California and here in Oregon. They have succeeded in stopping some massive water privatization projects, just as they have for six years thus far here in Cascadia.
Nestle has in the past been targetted for nealth impacts of its infant formula in poor countries, including one of  the longest-running global corporate boycott campaigns in history.  The Corporate Research Project published a "Corporate Rap Sheet" on Nestle on their website: http://www.corp-research.org/nestle.
Nestles operations in California are coming under particularly intense scrutiny because of the acute water crisis from the prolonged drought. The Crunch Nestle Alliance was formed to challenge the company's withdrawal of millions of gallons of water in Sacramento and other sites around the state. In March, the group shut down the Sacramento bottling plant  with a creative and spirited protest https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/03/27/18770528.php. More on that campaign at https://www.facebook.com/TheEssenceOfLifeProject.
Local activists are asking people to weigh in with Governor Kate Brown, phone no. 503-378-4582 and the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, 503-947-6044.
Activists are also calling for a boycott of all Nestle bottled water brands, which include Arrowhead, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Poland Spring, S. Pellegrino, Perrier, Nestea, and many others.
Other local groups include Food and Water Watch Portland, 971-266-4528, http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/
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