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AUDIO: Oregon’s Frontlines Demand Clean Air

OPAL is a part of a broad coalition of community groups who believe the air quality in Portland has been bad for far too long. Communities of color face unequal exposure to toxics from diesel, on-road emissions from cars and trucks, and point sources […]

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PedPDX: Where Do You Walk?

  PedPDX hopes to identify pedestrian needs across the city (including needs for new sidewalks/walking paths, crossings, and other pedestrian infrastructure) through a new survey. They will prioritize those needs to help provide guidance on which needs they should direct available funding to first (based on […]

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Celebrate LIFE with BRU on Saturday!

Our community is invited to join Bus Riders Unite for a celebration of our victories in the Low Income Fare Equity (LIFE) campaign. We successfully won an agreement from TriMet to implement a fare reduction for low income people! Bus Riders Unite won the […]

EJ Champions Victory!

Grassroots Fundraising Victory!

Victory! Through the power of grassroots organizing, building relationships, and setting attainable goals, EJ Champions raised more money than ever before! We have secured and received pledges for more than $50,000 in grassroots donations in 2017. That’s HUGE! This pool of unrestricted resources helps pay […]

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Adrian Cato: “People Are Part of Their Environments”

OPAL is pleased to announce the hire of our new Youth Organizer, Adrian Cato. Adrian will organize the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance and its Serve the People summer training program, continuing the movement for Youth Justice our youth members lead. Adrian was born and […]

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My Housing Story Matters- Renter Week of Action

OPAL has been working on the crossroads to support solutions that create safe, affordable and stable housing for our communities. We know that there is much more to do! Oregon most impacted communities continue to suffer from skyrocketing rent increases, no cause evictions, unhealthy living […]

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Recap: Oregon Just Transition Assembly

Wow. What happened last weekend at the Oregon Just Transition Assembly was absolutely mind-blowing. Over the course of four days, more than 250 community members from across the state built power for a Just Transition. Breakout groups examined the three gglobal crises: empire, economic […]

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Meet Alex Mijares: Spiritual Revolutionary

Hello, my name is Alex Mario Mijares. I grew up in a rough environment in San Fernando Valley, California. My neighborhoods were diverse in race & class. Communities there were, and still are today, experiencing issues with affordable housing, illnesses, jobs, drugs, and gang […]