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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Walk, Bike, Ride, and Give!

OPAL and our partners at Community Cycling Center and Oregon Walks are coming together to celebrate the season of giving. We’re hosting a fundraiser packed with fun and games next Thursday, November 16th, from 5:30 to 7:30 at Hair of the Dog Brewing Company […]

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Gratitude for Oregon’s Movement

OPAL is proud to once again host our annual Thank-A-Thon! On November 30th and December 1st from 4pm to 7pm, we will gather at the OPAL office to spread a message of thanks to everyone who has touched OPAL this year. We will call partners, members, […]

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Extractive Economics is Destroying the Planet

A Just Transition to a living economy will transform the pillars of the current, extractive economy. We must protect and retrain workers as industries change gears; but our analysis must go even further. We believe that we must also root our movement in a […]

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DDHS Refuses to Distribute YouthPass

The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) is reporting that two months into the school year, students at David Douglas still have not received free transit passes, or even applications to receive passes. And there’s no plan in place to do so. YEJA won funding […]

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Big News! Year-Round Training Is Coming!

We’re excited to announce a major shift in how OPAL builds power for transit riders through our Bus Riders Unite membership program! In previous years, OPAL and BRU brought together a cohort each summer in the Organizers-in-Training program, a ten-week intensive that gave new […]

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OPAL and Partners: Cleaner Air Oregon is Broken

Cleaner Air Oregon’s draft rules are now open for public comment. Below is a joint statement OPAL and our partners in the community on how the draft rules look to us, and a link for you to provide your own input. Please let regulators […]