OPAL develops the leadership of low income people of color to dismantle racism, classism, and other systems of oppression. But this is everyone’s movement, and there is an important work to be done by people with race and class privilege.
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Last year, OPAL raised nearly $700,000. And we won more than $123,000,000 (one hundred and twenty three million dollars!) in investments in our communities from state, regional and local governments. We won YouthPass expansion to East Portland, the Low Income Fare on TriMet, and huge expansions in transit operations statewide. Plus, we decriminalized victimless crimes, held decision-makers accountable, and changed laws to require affordable housing construction with new development. For every dollar we raised in 2017, we won $20 in investments in our communities, and lasting changes that make our communities safer and healthier.
Most of OPAL’s money comes from foundations. A small amount comes from government grants – support from Metro to help organize community forums, or from the City to explore transit safety. Some comes from the sponsors of our annual event, Voices of a People’s History, who help make the event bigger and better year after year. And each year, we raise about 10% of our budget from the contributions of individual community members. That’s where our allies with privilege come in.
EJ Champions build power by organizing money on OPAL’s behalf. Our goal is for EJ Champions to raise $15,000 in new donations and pledges before the end of September. We raised more than $500 in the first day of this campaign! Investments in OPAL’s impact are vital to combat Oregon’s transportation crunch, housing crisis, and air quality disasters. EJ Champions contribute directly to huge victories through our transformational leadership development programs like the Bus Riders Unite Fellowship, POC Organizing Institute, and the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance.
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