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Movement Updates

A prisoner in handcuffs and an orange prison jumpsuit. The jumpsuit has the "Trimet Riders Club" logo on the back.

Riders Say “JAIL NO!”

Did you hear the news? Trimet snuck an $11M transit jail into their new budget. Bus Riders first heard the news on February 22nd. We held internal meetings to ask: what’s the Bus Riders Unite response? At March 22nd’s Trimet Board Meeting, we were […]

A prisoner in handcuffs and an orange prison jumpsuit. The jumpsuit has the "Trimet Riders Club" logo on the back.

Trimet Sneaks $11M for Police Into Budget

Massive expansion of police presence with no public discussion OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and Bus Riders Unite are shocked and appalled at the announcement of an increase of $11M for police in the Trimet budget. There is no need for this expansion of the […]

Graphic of a house with trees next to it, surrounded by a circle.

Legislators Need To Hear From Renters Today!

The fight for tenant protections is heating up. We need renters, particularly from the following key districts, to contact their legislators today. Currently, these Representatives need to hear from their constituents about the issues of just cause evictions and rent stabilization. Representative Barker in House […]

David Bouchard stands behind a microphone. He wears a purple shirt, and holds his cane. The picture is from a rally outside the Trimet offices.

Meet Elected BRU Leader David Bouchard

by Shawn Fleek, Community Engagement Coordinator David Bouchard is a bright and inspiring guy. He’s got a magnetic personality, and his voice can fill a room. David is the elected chair of the Bus Riders Unite Research and Advisory Committee (RAC). They’re the group […]

Ramon and Mayleena stand with their fists raised. They stand in front of a chalkboard that read "Remember that Consciousness is Power"

Youth Leaders Request Your Support

Two of the young leaders from the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) are heading to a Youth Organizing training this week with the SOUL (School of Unity and Liberation) Training Institute. Below, read the youth in their own words about how important this opportunity is […]

A large crowd gathers in a city street, holding many banners and signs that say "climate justice."

Centering Frontline Communities in Portland’s Climate Movement

In previous years, environmental groups and social justice groups have operated independently. This has been to our detriment. We know from the many successes of coalition-building that we are stronger when we work together to achieve our goals. Together, we can achieve ecological justice, […]


Environmental Justice demands:

Transportation Justice

…Frequent, affordable, accessible and efficient mass and active transit for greater mobility and access to opportunity

...Reduced auto emissions for public health

housing-circle-watermarkHousing Justice

Protections for renters

…State and local inclusionary housing policies

Quality housing we can afford

climate-circle-watermarkClimate Justice

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.

green-circle-watermarkGreen Justice

…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

Visit or Contact us:

3202 SE 82nd Ave.
(corner of 82nd and Kelly)
Portland, OR 97266

Trimet bus lines:
#4, #9, #72

Phone: (503) 774-4503


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Our Mission:

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon builds power for Environmental Justice and Civil Rights in our communities. We organize low-income communities and people of color to achieve a safe and healthy environment where we live, work, learn, play and pray. We strive to create opportunities for meaningful participation in decision making.

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