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

Orlando and a crowd of other transit justice advocates stand outside a bus, watching how a new type of boarding system works.

Interview: Orlando Lopez Visits Chicago for Transit Center Event

BRU Organizer Orlando Lopez recently traveled to Chicago with the Transit Center, a foundation that that assists in research, advocacy and leadership development to improve public transportation. We sat down with Orlando to talk about the experience and how it relates to OPAL’s work […]

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Picture of someone getting on the bus, about to pay for the bus, holding a dollar bill.

Fare Enforcement: Reducing Penalties for Our Communities

The EPA defines Environmental Justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” HB 2777 Development (checked!), Implementation (In Process), […]

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VIDEO: A New Path Forward – Build the New Assembly 2017

Our vision of a new economy should nurture our culture, souls, and spirits through songs, ceremony, gatherings, practice, and play. A Just Transition must be irresistible, and rooted in the wisdom of our ancestors. We should aim to create a culture that can hold […]

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Group photo with Rogue Climate orgnaizers, Indigenous youth, and OPAL and our allies. Everyone is smiling and holding up a fist.

Rogue Climate and OJTA Resist Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

By OPAL Intern Lela Brown I’ve been organizing since my teenage years. With the police killing of Kendra James, I saw a more urgent need to organize against white supremacy and police brutality. Late last summer that effort became tied to environmental work when […]

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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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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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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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