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TriMet Budget Passes – Community No Safer

Despite overwhelming opposition to spending money on yet another unnecessary and unwanted Transit Police station, TriMet today approved a budget that does nothing to address the detrimental and racist effects of their current enforcement policies. Safety is paramount for all on our transportation system. […]

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YouthPass Victory! This is HUGE!

After years of youth organizing and advocacy, Portland City Council unanimously passed an amendment on YouthPass that requires the City funding to be distributed towards all 3 Portland school districts, including Portland Public Schools, Parkrose, and David Douglas! We won YouthPass extension to East […]

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This is Not “Safety”

BRU Leadership Speaks Out on Transit Police Shooting Last week an officer assigned to TriMet’s Transit Police division shot and killed Terrell Johnson, a 24 year old Portland man, at SE 92nd and Flavel. Johnson was running from police when a Portland Police Officer, […]

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Frontline Organizers Change The World

We’re now accepting applications for our summer leadership programs Serve the People (available to youth ages 12-19) and Organizers-In-Training (OIT, open to anyone 18 and older). OPAL’s summer programs provide hands-on organizing experience, teach life-changing skills, and connect participants to movement-building work. Trainers from the […]

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Frontlines and Allies Rise for Climate Justice

WE DID IT! Oregon Just Transition Alliance, supported by OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Unite Oregon, Rural Organizing Project, PCUN, Beyond Toxics, and APANO held our first ever mass mobilization on Saturday, April 29th. The turnout was beyond our expectations, and the march and rallies […]

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Portland People’s Climate Movement March

Drone footage and music by Colin McClean: Photographer Gabriel Olson provided a short video featuring the launch and march, set to the opening song by Sacred Poets of Many Nations. Volume ⬆️!!! 🔊📢 _____ Happy Sunday to you all. Thank you to everyone who came […]

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Housing and Gentrification: A People’s Climate Movement Issue

As we gear up for the April 29th Portland People’s Climate Movement, we will elevate the front-line communities who are leading the day of action. The Portland Climate Movement will not just focus on carbon-reduction and sea level rise (though those issues are vital, […]

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Youth Transit Moves Forward!

On April 12th, 2017 the Oregon House Committee on Education passed HB 2693 which establishes a grant program under the Department of Education, that would award funds to school districts a percentage of student transportation costs that are not currently reimbursed through the State […]