EJ Movement Updates
In an ideal world, Oregon schools would have the highest graduation rates. Every student regardless of race, gender, or economic background would have all the opportunities and resources to succeed. But we do not live in ideal world. And certainly, the Oregon public school system is struggling. We are Yvette and Mayleena, and we are…
(This article is part one of a three-part series about Jade Greening, a project to bring environmental justice to our community.) OPAL works closely with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). APANO’s current Executive Director was at one point OPAL’s co-Director, and both organizations have been committed to environmental justice since their respective…
As Cleaner Air Oregon Picks Up Speed, DEQ Must Focus on Environmental Justice to Protect the Most Vulnerable Among Us By Huy Ong, Executive Director, OPAL Environmental Justice and Chris Winter, Co-Executive Director, Crag Law Center On October 18th, DEQ convened the first meeting of the Cleaner Air Oregon Regulatory Reform Advisory Committee, which is…
Portland’s inclusionary housing policy proposal is moving through the Planning and Sustainability Commission before heading to City Council in December for approval and adoption. The proposal is shaped by OPAL’s success in lifting the 17-year long ban in the 2015 legislative session and informed by our participation in the Inclusionary Zoning Panel of Experts as convened…
I’ve worked on plenty of organizing efforts where I’ve seen long hours, too many slices of pizza, and not enough sleep or down time. Organizing can be stressful, and when you’re running campaigns you care about it’s easy to forget to drink water or take a break. I always remind people, “you’re no good to…
Youth Environmental Justice Alliance leaders hope to raise $500 for a special project called Youth Making a Change Screen Printing Series YEJA youth, and the larger East Portland community, will learn how to design and screen print t-shirts that reflect our social justice values. Through the project, YEJA will hold 3-4 different workshop sessions on t-shirt design…
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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