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Movement Updates

Thank You for Celebrating Rosa Parks with Us!

Thank you!  Thank you for joining us last Tuesday to celebrate Rosa Parks’ Birthday with us. We look forward to celebrating with you again next year.   The day was wonderful! We gathered together to celebrate Rosa Parks’ birthday and our communities’ victory where starting […]

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People Power Wins Rosa Parks Declaration; Fare Holiday Begins in 2021

On Rosa Parks’ Birthday, we celebrate Transit Equity Day. This celebration is an annual opportunity to uplift the vital necessity for transportation justice through an efficient, safe, accessible transit system.  Last week, The Transit Equity Coalition approached the TriMet Board of Directors with a […]

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Huge Year End Victory!

To Our Community, Last week, our members claimed some incredible victories in the fight for transit justice. Earlier this year, bus riders spotted the fare hike in TriMet’s budget projections, and we made it known: fare hikes are the wrong direction. Our transit system […]

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Sign Our Letter: No Fare Hikes!

TriMet’s new General Manager Doug Kelsey is pushing for higher transit fares. He says “we haven’t [raised fares] in nine years.” Such a move would make our daily commute more expensive. When fares go up, ridership goes down. It causes a downward spiral that […]

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OPAL’s Holiday Wishlist

With Halloween behind us, the holidays are officially here! Below, we are excited to present OPAL’s Holiday Wishlist – our key priorities as the year comes to a close! 1) $15,000 in the GiveGuide! OPAL is proud to once again be a part of the Willamette Week Give!Guide. […]

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Defend YouthPass

Objective: Win Fareless Youth Transit Access for As Many Youth As Possible Issue: Study after study shows that when youth have access to public transit, they don’t jsut do better in school: they have better health, economic, and community outcomes as well. For more than 20 […]

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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

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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:

2788 SE 82nd Avenue
Suite #203 (second story)
Portland, OR 97266

Trimet bus lines:
#2, #9, #72

Phone: (503) 774-4503

Email: info@opalpdx.org

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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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