With support from Ruckus’s Indigenous Peoples’ Power Project (IP3), Klamath River Tribal members and community allies from the Klamath region and Portland, converged on PacifiCorp headquarters in Portland, OR, September 18th.
Over 100 folks met at Hallidie Plaza and marched to PacifiCorps headquarters to protest PacifiCorp-owned dams on the Klamath River in Northern CA, which are killing off salmon at astonishing rates and endangering tribal ways of life.
Activists staged street theatre and die-ins, and crossed security lines to demand the right to deliver to PacifiCorp authorities several gallons of toxic algae collected from the river. Tribal members and community leaders spoke testified to the harmful effect PacifiCorp’s dams have on the river, its inhabitants, and the people who live along the river.
Due to the the successful direct action campaign throughout this year (at the Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders meeting in Omaha, actions in the Klamath communities, and in Portland) PacifiCorp is bowing to public pressure and negotiating with tribal representatives, who are demanding the removal of all four dams.
IP3 will continue to support Klamath tribal activists to keep the pressure on, and ensure a victory!