BRU Organizer Orlando Lopez recently traveled to Chicago with the Transit Center, a foundation that that assists in research, advocacy and leadership development to improve public transportation. We sat down with Orlando to talk about the experience and how it relates to OPAL’s work […]Read more...
The EPA defines Environmental Justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” HB 2777 Development (checked!), Implementation (In Process), […]Read more...
Our vision of a new economy should nurture our culture, souls, and spirits through songs, ceremony, gatherings, practice, and play. A Just Transition must be irresistible, and rooted in the wisdom of our ancestors. We should aim to create a culture that can hold […]Read more...
By OPAL Intern Lela Brown I’ve been organizing since my teenage years. With the police killing of Kendra James, I saw a more urgent need to organize against white supremacy and police brutality. Late last summer that effort became tied to environmental work when […]Read more...
Last week, we told you the bad news: David Douglas High School students still haven’t received YouthPasses two months into the school year. Following our expose on the delayed process, several of our allies reached out to react in outrage and shock. Then, just […]Read more...
If you’ve lived in this region for more than a few years, you’ve probably heard of OPAL, or at least felt the impacts of our work. Our members have extended transfer times on Portland’s transit system, expanded free transit access for students, secured huge changes in housing […]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