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Where To B(RU)

It’s a busy autumn for Bus Riders Unite! Launched in June, the #UpWithRiders campaign continues to pick up momentum. #UpWithRiders is a joint campaign of OPAL, Bus Riders Unite, and the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance to stop fare hikes and win truly public transportation […]

The membership at the Encuentro.

Part 2: OPAL Joins International Delegates at Solidarity to Solutions

This article is part two of a series by Community Engagement Coordinator Shawn Fleek. Read Part 1 here. Day 4 – What The Hands Do, the Heart Learns The morning began with Indigenous communities local and international celebrating. So many songs, prayers, and hearing from […]

OPAL Joins International Delegates at Solidarity to Solutions

From September 6th – 15th, OPAL and delegates from around the world headed to the San Francisco Bay Area as a part of the It Takes Roots Solidarity to Solutions Summit. OPAL and the Oregon Just Transition Alliance sent a delegation of ten organizers, […]

OPAL's 2017 report to our investors - cover page with the OPAL logo.

OPAL’s 2017 Report to our Investors

OPAL is proud to present our 2017 Annual Report! This year, we decided to create a consolidated publication to share our many victories from the past year with our community. OPAL tackles many different issues around Environmental Justice, but in this one place you […]

ACTION ALERT: FIGHT FOR CLEAN AIR- SAY NO TO SENATE BILL 1541

<< Español Abajo>> Oregon’s air is polluted. Our regulations have gaps and limits because they are based on very weak federal regulations rather than health-based standards. Oregon deserves cleaner air. We are fighting for air quality regulations that protect public health, especially for those […]

David Bouchard reads Ken Jernigan at Voices 2017.

Bus Riders Support Measure 101

By David Bouchard, Chair, BRU’s Research and Advisory Committee A few days after I moved to Portland in 2015, I was walking with my mother and sister in downtown, when suddenly, my mother fell after stepping off a curb. Her ankle was fractured, and […]

Participants gather at the Oregon Just Transition Assembly

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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When We Fight, We Win. Whats Next?

The sheer number of victories coming out of grassroots organizing right now are stunning, even to ourselves. OPAL’s members with Bus Riders Unite (BRU) and the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) been so successful that as of right now OPAL is not actually running any formally-declared […]

Picture of someone getting on the bus, about to pay for the bus, holding a dollar bill.

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 […]

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 […]