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

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Youth Leaders Strategizing

By Adrian Cato, YEJA Organizer In early December, members of Youth Environmental Justice Alliance participated in their yearly winter retreat to build community and strategize around next year’s campaign goals. Youth from Parkrose, David Douglas, and Franklin High School gathered at our annual retreat to […]

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Shanice Clarke

Field Notes: Black 2 Just Transition Explores Black Liberation

By Shanice Clarke In early November, Black people in the environmental justice movement organized together to co-create solutions for liberation in Detroit, MI for the Black 2 Just Transition Training & Assembly. Within environmental justice movements, Black people often experience erasure and invisibility, while […]

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Field Notes: 100% Renewables Network in Albuquerque

OPAL is a part of the 100% Renewables Network, working with national partners to develop clear pathways to 100% renewable energy in our regions. Representatives to the Network gather in local areas (having visited Buffalo, NY and Portland, OR previously) and tours the sites […]

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The moment of confrontation between frontline and indigenous communities and the police

Part 3: OPAL Joins International Delegates at Solidarity to Solutions

This article is part three of a series by Community Engagement Coordinator Shawn Fleek. Read Part 1 here. Read Part 2 here. Day 6 – If We’re Not Prepared to Govern, We’re Not Prepared to Win Today is the actual summit, Solidarity to Solutions, which is […]

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Field Notes: Transit Justice in Boston, MA

By Orlando Lopez Bautista, BRU Organizer Last week, I attended a workshop convening of organizations from across the country who are working on improving transportation systems locally. TransitCenter, a national partner to OPAL, convened this gathering so that organizations could cross-pollinate policy ideas, strategies, […]

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OPAL 2018-2022 Strategic Overview

What We’re Doing, Where We’re Going

2018 was an incredible, challenging year. So much happened, it’s hard to recap it all. National and international news may have dominated the conversation, but the work on the ground here in Oregon has been monumental. A new majority of voters in Oregon and […]

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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:

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

Trimet bus lines:
#4, #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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