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...
We see new housing construction all over town – but the average Portlander can’t afford to live there. That’s why OPAL and our housing justice community partners are having a social media action this week. We’re asking you to step up and participate in […]Read more...
by Shawn Fleek, Community Engagement Coordinator We’re aware that plenty changed on election day – and many folks are scrambling for answers. I decided to interview ED Huy Ong to ask some key questions about the future of OPAL – including what is changing, […]Read more...
(This article is part two of a three-part series about Jade Greening, a project to bring environmental justice to our community. Read part one here.) Because the Jade District lacks a tree canopy, and is boxed in by transportation corridors, this majority-minority population of our […]Read more...
OPAL is proud to celebrate Native American Heritage Month and to uplift the history of indigenous leadership in the movement for Environmental Justice. The struggle of Indigenous people for self-determination, and the right to traditional lands, is the first struggle for Environmental Justice on […]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