Al Jazeera, “‘A huge difference’: Volunteers mobilise in Oregon fire aftermath”

Activist groups in Oregon are collecting and distributing supplies to families displaced by deadly wildfires.

Shane Burley, September 25, 2020

Portland, United States – Hunter Bombadier has spent the better part of the past year protesting for an end to police violence and anti-Black racism – and supporting communities hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

That is how the 33-year-old member of Symbiosis, a network of left-wing organisations across the United States, was ready to help when massive wildfires broke out south of Portland, Oregon, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

“We were able to use the programming and infrastructure we already had,” Bombadier told Al Jazeera in a recent phone interview.

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