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Changing How We Talk About Money

How does money make you feel? If you’re a low-income person, probably not great! Money is always tight, and it’s hard to make ends meet. Money is something you spend. Or maybe you’re a middle-income earner. You’re not poor, you’re not rich, you’re somewhat […]

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2017 State Legislative Session: Wins and Losses

The 2017 Legislative Session concluded last week having passed some significant legislation that will advance justice for our communities. Simultaneously, the legislature failed in key areas.   OPAL’s legislative priorities were focused in making sure that policies were driven by those impacted the most. […]

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Announcing the Oregon Just Transition Assembly

Oregon Just Transition Assembly- Build the New! It is with tremendous excitement we announce that on September 1-4 the Oregon Just Transition Alliance (OJTA) is bringing 250+ frontline community members together to build power and envision Oregon’s future. Individuals are coming together to learn […]

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EJ Champions Campaign Is Here!

On Tuesday night at Voices we announced the launch of our EJ Champions Campaign! OPAL has organized for and won a bunch of victories this year. We have seen expansion of YouthPass, implementation of Inclusionary Zoning, and people power won the Low Income Fare […]

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People Power Won the Low Income Fare Equity Campaign

Direct Action gets the goods. OPAL and Bus Riders Unite are declaring victory in the campaign for a low income fare. This victory will have a huge impact in our community. A Low-income fare is coming to Portland’s transit system. The decision to push […]

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Voices 2017: An Incredible Display of Unity

Tuesday night OPAL’s closest family of supporters and allies turned out for Voices of A People’s History: Nothing About Us Without Us. And it was amazing. The unity and support in the room was tangible from the moment that supporters started to trickle in […]

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Who Cares About OPAL? Members Like Alex Garcia

Alex Garcia is a dues-paying member of Bus Riders Unite. OPAL membership makes Alex qualified to run in and vote in BRu elections, and gives her access to members-only activities. As an active member, Alex is a vital part of OPAL’s work. We sat […]

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Transportation Package Passes State Legislature

After a long legislative process that began months before the official start of the 2017 legislative session, on July 5th the House of Representatives passed a historic statewide transportation package with 39 votes in favor. Today, HB2017-10 passed the Senate Floor with 22 votes […]

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OPAL Loves Jennifer Phung

A special note from Youth Organizer Jennifer Phung: “After more than 2 years at OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, I am humbly announcing that I will be transitioning out of the organization and moving back to Oakland in September. While I am a bit sad […]