Gabriela Saldaña-López: Community-Rooted Campaigner

OPAL is so excited to introduce the newest member of our Organizing Team. Gabriela Saldaña-López (she/her) has assumed the role of the Bus Riders Unite Organizer, as we work to improve transit service, accessibility, and reduce fares across the region. Gaby is no stranger […]

BRU members, Orgnaizers, and OPALs Executive Director stand outside the TriMet board meeting

TriMet Seeks Fare Hikes, Not Service Enhancement

Members and Organizers with Bus Riders Unite were at the TriMet Board Meeting on the morning of September 18th to testify in support of the #UpWithRiders campaign. Together, we will stop fare hikes and win safe and accessible public transit that is free of […]

Alejandra stands on the bank of the Willamette River

Maria Alejandra Gallegos-Chacón: Libra Sun, Feminist Rising

We’re excited to introduce to the community our new Youth Environmental Justice Alliance Organizer, Alejandra Gallegos-Chacón. Alejandra was born in Quito, Ecuador. “I was born two weeks later than planned,” she says, “because even back then I wasn’t about to let a man tell […]

OPAL Will Screen The North Pole Season 2!

UPDATE: Due to a scheduling error, we have cancelled the screening of Season 1. Season 2 will still be shown as scheduled!     OPAL is proud to partner with Movement Genereation to host screenings of The North Pole, Season 2! It’s a comedy show that […]

OPAL Has Moved!

We are excited to announce that OPAL recently moved into a new office space! It is close to the location of the old office, but larger and more appropriate for our continued growth and financial sustainability. We now inhabit a pleasant, open, sunlit second-floor space […]

Drawing. Brown hand holds green letters spelling out YEJA. Underneath the hand are the words youth environmental justice alliance.

Serve the People: Youth Leadership Expands

(Editor’s Note: due to a technical error, photographs for this event were lost. Thankfully, our intern Grace Chun was there to document the event, so you’ll have to use your imagination!) Serve the People (STP) is a leadership and training program that educates high […]

Brian sits on a blanket on a sunny day. Next to him are a drum and a bag of clothing.

Brian Liu: From Organizing People to Organizing Money

We  are excited to announce that Brian Liu is OPAL’s new Grants Coordinator. In his role, Brian will ensure that the community of funders who support OPAL understand our theory of change and the values which ground our work. An experienced and articulate writer […]

Riders Envision #UpWithRiders at July BRU Meeting

By Eireann Young, BRU Member At 6PM on July 25th, Bus Riders Unite members and participants showed up to July’s General Membership Meeting to discuss ideas for #UpWithRiders, our bold new campaign to stop fare hikes, and win public transit services free of fares, congestion, […]

Orlando Lopez, BRU Organizer

A Note from Orlando: Im Leaving, Not Ghosting

by BRU Organizer Orlando Lopez Almost four years ago, I walked into the OPAL office to interview for the Community Organizing position here at OPAL. About ten folks were sitting around the table. I must admit that it was the most intimidating interview that […]