Like the residents of Hood River County opposed to a planned Nestle water bottling plant in Cascade Locks, local activists in Mount Shasta, just south of the Oregon border, are trying to stop a Crystal Geyser bottling operation from opening in their community. A growing movement to stop the corporate takeover of water resources is coming together regionally, nationally and internationally. 17:32 minutes (16.05 MB)
On Wednesday evening in Hood River, the Local Water Alliance launched the Hood River County Water Protection Measure, a ballot initiative that would ban corporate water bottling facilities in the county.
A large crowd filled the Springhouse Cellar Winery to hear speakers, watch a video on the proposed Nestle plant in Cascade Locks made by local high school students and listen to live music.
KBOO news will have audio from the event next week.
But in the meantime, another community in the Pacific Northwest is fighting to regain control of their local water resource in the face of yet another multinational corporate takeover. 6:35 minutes (9.05 MB)
The head of the Catholic church worldwide, Pope Francis, spoke in front of the U-S Congress today.
He said that the U-S should abolish the death penalty, but did not call on the U-S to reduce or eliminate its militarism.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with former Washington Post columnist Colman McCarthy, who said the Pope could have gone much further in his calls to action in Washington 8:52 minutes (8.12 MB)
Guest Aurora del Val of Local Water Alliance announces new ballot measure to ban commercial water bottling facilities in Hood River County, which was launched Wednesday, September 23 in Hood River.
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Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Portland, along with many other cities, is changing as it gentrifies the core and pushes poorer people out to the periphery. They also discuss the leading role that teachers' unions can have in organizing against these changes. 17:06 minutes (11.75 MB)
Two speakers from September 16 rally in Salem: traditional Klickitat chief Johnny Jackson (in center of photo at left) and Warm Springs Tribal Councilman Carlos Smith (to the left of Jackson). 12:27 minutes (17.1 MB)
Whenever we envision a world without war, prisons, or capitalism, we are producing speculative fic-tion. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown have brought 20 of them together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. These visionary tales span genres, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism, but all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be.
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