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. Picture. Two people wearing OPAL T-shirts. Both have clip boards. One of the people is wearing a hat covered in pins. People sitting in chairs around tables looking at the stage.

Movement Updates

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World Meeting of Popular Movements Report-Back

by Orlando Lopez, Bus Riders Unite Organizer This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the US Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto California. This is an initiative that Pope Francis has been working for the past several years, one that […]

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April 29th People’s Climate Movement: Portland, OR

Climate Action Rooted In Justice! On April 29th, we mobilize! OPAL and our partners in the Oregon Just Transition Alliance are calling on Oregon’s Environmental Justice communities and anyone who stands with people of color and low income people to join the movements for […]

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OPAL’s 2017 Oregon Legislative Agenda

OPAL is working in the state legislature this session, pushing to advance Environmental Justice on the following key priorities: Affordable and Stable Housing Sustainable Transportation Funding Improving Air Quality Transparent, Accountable, and Equitable Governance Read below to learn our objectives, and the issues we […]

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OPAL Partners with Oregon Walks and Community Cycling Center

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Community Cycling Center, and Oregon Walks are pleased to announce the receipt of a joint Kaiser Permanente Community Fund (KPCF) grant award. The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance, OPAL’s youth organizing membership body, has received the two-year investment to enhance their […]

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Picture of the LIFE report cover. In a circle in the center of the page: LIFE, Low-income fare equity campaign, August 2016. Near the bottom: BRU, Bus Riders Unite. BRU symbol of people coming out of the top of a bus.

BRU Life Campaign Nearing Victory!

By Orlando Lopez, Bus Riders Unite Organizer Tuesday January 31st was the 4th Low-income fare Taskforce meeting at the Metro building. As we seek out ways to transition our economy so it works for everyone, it’s vital for low-income people and people of color […]

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It’s Our Movement Moment

For the last 11 years, OPAL has organized the people who are most impacted by environmental injustice: people of color, low-income people, and working families. Together we’ve created campaigns around the vision of a safer, healthier environment. We’ve won safer bus stops, $1.3M in […]

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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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