Graphic of OPAL's logo. A small person and then two larger people behind surrounded by a circle. Large group of people, most with fists in the air. People hold an OPAL banner. Youth rally outside Multnomah County for YouthPass expansion. Picture. Group in OPAL T-shirts. Banner reads, youth for transit justice. Other signs read, are you gonna give me a ride to school? Picture of BRU members. Jen holds an OPAL banner in the background. Orlando holds a poster that looks like an envelope from Bus riders Unit to Neil McFrlane and Doug Kelsey at TriMet. Orlando is wearing an OPAL t-shirt and is speaking into a microphone. Organizers who are diverse in age, ability and race smile for the camera. A 3,500 person march of frontline communities for Climate, Jobs and Justice crosses in front of the Moda Center

Movement Updates

Photo of people carrying signs. Several of the signs say Why Pay more for less?

Our Transit Justice Priorities

OPAL, Bus Riders Unite!, and our Fellows are here to make sure that TriMet works for the community. In the past few years, we’ve grown increasingly concerned with the decision-making that oversees the system. Because of the recent turmoil at TriMet, we’ve decided to […]

Youth and adult allies stand inside the state capitol ater successfully lobbying legislators to support the Youth Transit Initiative.

Youth Transit Initiative Victory!

OPAL is proud to announce a major victory in the state legislature: we finally secured a mechanism for the state to pay for students to utilize public transportation to get to and from school. The Youth Transit Initiative is about to become law! Many […]

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

Wealthy Developers Attack Inclusionary Housing

In February 2017, the City of Portland implemented a strong tool for housing justice which OPAL and a team of local housing experts helped design: Inclusionary Housing. OPAL’s expertise, rooted in our deep engagement of low-income communities and communities of color, informs our housing […]

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Environmental Justice and Public Health Groups Oppose SB 1541

Below read the letter that environmental justice and public health groups submitted to legislators in Salem. __________________________________________________________________________________ Vote NO on Senate Bill 1541-A Dear Legislator, Oregon has an air pollution problem. We need to clean up Oregon’s air by enacting science-based regulations that protect […]

Huy holds Rosalia at the 2017 Huy Hour event. The banner reay "Huy Hour, Mekong Bistro, March 28th, 5:30pm"

Huy Hour Returns: Save the Date

Click the image to RSVP! Since joining OPAL in 2016, Executive Director Huy Ong has overseen the growth and transformation of OPAL while continuing our legacy of grassroots organizing in impacted communities. Every year, we bring together community to meet and greet Huy and […]

The BRU logo, a bus with people atop it. The bus reads "BRU" and the logo says "Bus Riders Unite!"

OPAL and BRU Convene National Transit Union Call

In early February, Bus Riders Unite (BRU) convened a conference call with bus rider unions from across the continent! This huge display of solidarity came in conjunction with our National Transit Equity Day planning, and connected riders’ unions in the US and Canada who are […]


Environmental Justice Values

OPAL's Logo, concentric circles with silhouettes of people raising their hands.

Frontline Leadership – The people most impacted should be fairly treated, and meaningfully involved in decision-making.
Self Determination – No one can claim to represent us. We speak for ourselves: youth, bus riders, renters, everyone.
Solidarity – Our organizing and campaigns must work to end all systems of oppression.

Environmental Justice Demands

Transportation Justice

Safe, accessible, affordable, efficient, and decriminalized mass and active transportation is a human right!

housing-circle-watermarkHousing Justice

Safe, accessible, affordable and stable housing choice is a human right!

climate-circle-watermarkClimate Justice

Clean air, water, and soil in communities resilient to climate change is a human right!

green-circle-watermarkGreen Justice

Green public spaces, culturally-relevant food, and sustainable, living-wage employment in our communities is a human right!

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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