EJ Movement Updates
My name is Beatriz Gutierrez. I’m an Organizer-in-Training with OPAL this summer. I was raised in rural southern Oregon, on a small farm with my parents and four siblings. Both of my parents immigrated here from Mexico. We had chickens, which we depended on for eggs and meat. We had a few cows and a…
Those of us in the Environmental Justice community are paying close attention to the ongoing situation taking place on the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota – a situation the mainstream media has all-but ignored. In a classic case of corporate greed versus human need, the water and sacred land rights of the Standing Rock…
By Lupita Velazquez, Youth Environmental Justice Alliance College Intern I first got involved with OPAL as a high school student at Parkrose. I was recruited to help out with fighting for youth transit justice. Then, I became an Organizer-in-Training in 2014, and it was a very memorable summer. Through the past few years, OPAL and Bus…
By Orlando Lopez, BRU Organizer In 2010 I was part of the first cohort of Organizers-in-Training (OiT). Many of the issues that people faced back then are the same issues folks are facing today. Back then, we were getting on the buses and talking to folks about fighting the pending fare increases and service cuts…
Bus Riders Unite (BRU), Portland’s transit riders’ union, exists to lift up the voices of transit-dependent people, who are often overlooked in decision-making. Bus Riders Demand LIFE: Low Income Fare Equity! Here are the facts: transportation is a critical lifeline, the second-largest household expense for everyone, and even more expensive for people with low incomes.…
“We need to do what I call visionary organizing. Recognize that in every crisis, people do not respond like a school of fish. Some people become immobilized. Some people become very angry, some commit suicide, and other people begin to find solutions. And visionary organizers look at those people, recognize them and encourage them, and…
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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