Mount Tabor Occupation Ends After Four Days


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


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


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


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

Hotseat: Jessie Sponberg

The Occupy activist is ready for a confrontation on Mount Tabor.

Q & A
Jessie Sponberg is planning for a long camp-out. The leader of Camp Cascadia—the live-in protest of draining Mount Tabor’s reservoirs—is heading up the mountain July 12. Sponberg says he��   More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 AARON MESH

Water Bedfellows

Unlikely allies dive into the Portland water wars. The siege starts on Mount Tabor.

News Stories
Dawn Smallman lives in a cozy three-bedroom house in the shadow of Mount Tabor. The documentary filmmaker has fought for more than a decade to preserve the forested volcano cone and the scenic d   More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 AARON MESH


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