Today, after years of advocacy at the state and local level, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon secured a great victory. Inclusionary Zoning is now official policy in the City of Portland, the first jurisdiction in the state of Oregon to do so. Beginning in February, […]Read more...
On December 9th, Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) leaders co-convened a meeting of key stakeholders at City Hall to discuss the future of YouthPass. Since YEJA launched the YouthPass to the Future campaign last year, our youth have been leading the conversation of how […]Read more...
By Shawn Fleek, Community Engagement Coordinator Orlando Lopez has been OPAL’s Bus Riders Unite (BRU) Organizer for more than a year now, and BRU has seen some massive progress over the course of the 2016. The Low Income Fare Equity (LIFE) campaign is getting […]Read more...
We had an incredibly strong lineup today for the City Council hearing on inclusionary housing, starting at around 9:30am with two invited panels: Vivian Satterfield, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon Felisa Hagins, SEIU 49 John Mulvey, citizen activist, gentleman Dr. George C. Galster, MIT professor, metropolitan housing markets expert Dennis […]Read more...
OPAL is pleased to announce the hire of our new Advocacy Coordinator, Maria Hernandez! Her passion for community control over decision making started at an early age: Maria comes from the small town of Cruz de Aguilar Romita Guanajuato, where only 550 individuals live, […]Read more...
Environmental Justice demands:
…Frequent, affordable, accessible and efficient mass and active transit for greater mobility and access to opportunity
...Reduced auto emissions for public health
…Protections for renters
…State and local inclusionary housing policies
…Quality housing we can afford
…Climate action to benefit us first and most, as we are the communities most impacted by climate change
...Action to reduce toxics in our air, water and soil.
…Parks, green spaces, tree canopy and brownfield restoration for community livability
…Green, living-wage jobs in mass transit, infrastructure construction and maintenance, energy, and weatherization