Graphic of OPAL's logo. A small person and then two larger people behind surrounded by a circle. Picture of Vivian at a podium by a microphone. 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

Marissa Naranjo stands in front of Crater Lake in a purple coat.

A Sad Goodbye, and Important Announcement

To the OPAL Family, Some of us may already know that Marissa Naranjo has decided to return back to New Mexico to attend to needs stemming from a very unexpected family medical emergency. Marissa wanted to share the below note: While I leave one […]

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27 people stand with fists up at the Movement Generation retreat. They look happy and are standing in front of a farmhouse in a forest.

Field Notes: Retreat Envisions a Just Transition

In Mid-May, OPAL and our partners in the Oregon Just Transition Alliance convened a three-day Just Transition retreat. We gathered in partnership with the Multnomah County Climate Justice Collaborative, Oregon Just Transition Alliance, and the Oakland, CA-based Movement Generation, a movement strategy center leading in […]

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"youthPass in East Portland NOW!" with a raised fist

Partial 2018-2019 YouthPass Funding Secured

Transportation is a human right. Sustainable, equitable funding for youth transportation access is a key goal of the local youth-led movement for transportation justice. Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA), Multnomah Youth Commission, our allies and supporters have long been working with school districts and […]

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Organizers who are diverse in age, ability and race smile for the camera.

BRU Fellowship Applications are Open!

It’s time to train the next cohort of the bus Riders Unite Fellowship! We are accepting applications until June 22nd for the next group of movement leaders. The cohort will begin their training on July 5th, and will be organizing with Bus Riders Unite for […]

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Youth Power!

Defining and Achieving Equity

On May 16th, OPAL and the YEJA leadership team published a blog titled “The Mayor Doesn’t Care” in response to the final budget proposal of the City of Portland which lacked any funds to continue YouthPass for students in two East Portland school districts. […]

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OPAL's Logo, concentric circles with silhouettes of people raising their hands.

One Year Later

One year ago, on May 26th, three courageous individuals put their lives on the line to stop white supremacist violence on our public transit system. Honoring the fallen, we wrote: “Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, Ricky Best, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher did not know each other, […]

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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

transit-circle-watermark
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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