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. 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. 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?

Movement Updates

David Douglas High School

YEJA Leaders Visit DDHS Board

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 […]

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OPAL's logo, with a GiveGuide logo layered on top.

A New Way to Support OPAL

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 […]

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Hands at political protest march

Gratitude for Oregon’s Movement

OPAL is proud to once again host our annual Thank-A-Thon! On November 30th and December 1st from 4pm to 7pm, we will gather at the OPAL office to spread a message of thanks to everyone who has touched OPAL this year. We will call partners, members, […]

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A photo of oil derricks behind a chain link fence. A sign on the fence reads "poisonous gas."

Extractive Economics is Destroying the Planet

A Just Transition to a living economy will transform the pillars of the current, extractive economy. We must protect and retrain workers as industries change gears; but our analysis must go even further. We believe that we must also root our movement in a […]

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Drawing. Brown hand holds green letters spelling out YEJA. Underneath the hand are the words youth environmental justice alliance.

DDHS Refuses to Distribute YouthPass

The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) is reporting that two months into the school year, students at David Douglas still have not received free transit passes, or even applications to receive passes. And there’s no plan in place to do so. YEJA won funding […]

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Graphic of three black hands clenched in fists around the cord that is used to request that the bus stop.In the background, a bus window.

Big News! Year-Round Training Is Coming!

We’re excited to announce a major shift in how OPAL builds power for transit riders through our Bus Riders Unite membership program! In previous years, OPAL and BRU brought together a cohort each summer in the Organizers-in-Training program, a ten-week intensive that gave new […]

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Environmental Justice demands:

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Transportation Justice

…Frequent, affordable, accessible and efficient mass and active transit for greater mobility and access to opportunity

...Reduced auto emissions for public health

housing-circle-watermarkHousing Justice

Protections for renters

…State and local inclusionary housing policies

Quality housing we can afford

climate-circle-watermarkClimate Justice

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.

green-circle-watermarkGreen Justice

…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

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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