Photo of people carrying signs. Several of the signs say Why Pay more for less?

Sign Our Letter: No Fare Hikes!

TriMet’s new General Manager Doug Kelsey is pushing for higher transit fares. He says “we haven’t [raised fares] in nine years.” Such a move would make our daily commute more expensive. When fares go up, ridership goes down. It causes a downward spiral that […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Joann Hardesty reads Maria W Stewart

OPAL Made History at a Movement of Movements!

A Movement of Movements was a huge success! Thank you to all our sponsors, all the attendees, and everyone involved in making the event our biggest, most inspiring annual event ever. On a balmy July evening, more than 400 people crowded into Revolution Hall […]

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Carbon Trading Reading List

OPAL has been researching carbon trading systems for the last few years, and lots of people have asked us where we get our data from! We compiled this helpful reading list for folks who want to delve deeper into the experiences of other places that have […]

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HB 2020: Oregon’s Carbon Trading Bill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CZczRH5ljw Dear Governor Brown, Speaker Kotek, Senator Dembrow, and Representative Power: We, leaders of environmental justice groups in Oregon and throughout the U.S., call on you to be a true climate leader by supporting a fair, equitable and just transition and to oppose false […]

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FAQ: Why are frontline communities opposing carbon trading?

We recently posted this video: The video comes after EJ groups from around the country and globe sent this letter to Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Legislative leaders, urging them to reconsider HB2020. Some questions came up, so we’ve got answers: Doesn’t carbon trading […]