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Our Transit Justice Priorities

OPAL, Bus Riders Unite!, and our Fellows are here to make sure that TriMet works for the community. In the past few years, we’ve grown increasingly concerned with the decision-making that oversees the system. Because of the recent turmoil at TriMet, we’ve decided to […]

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OPAL and BRU Convene National Transit Union Call

In early February, Bus Riders Unite (BRU) convened a conference call with bus rider unions from across the continent! This huge display of solidarity came in conjunction with our National Transit Equity Day planning, and connected riders’ unions in the US and Canada who are […]

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<< 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 […]

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Transit Equity Day Success!

On Monday February 5th, OPAL celebrated Transit Equity Day! We invited community members to come out with us to organize on the buses, celebrate our recent victories, and build power and interest in our campaigns to demilitarize transit, make our transit system better serve […]

Doug Kelsey looks on as he is questioned by Shirley Block of ATU757, President of the Driver's union

What Next for the TriMet GM Hire?

Update to the community stakeholders regarding Trimet’s impending hire of a general manager: First of all, thank you for paying attention to this issue of great significance to our region. We are blessed to live in a civically-engaged place such as this, where elected […]

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Do You Love Clean Air?

OPAL knows that for far too long, environmental justice communities across the state have been forced to bear the very real health risks and costs imposed on us by the lack of an adequate air toxics regulatory program. We’ve known that in Portland communities, particularly […]

Four organizers of color stand in the photo booth at Voices 2017. Signs say "Community Resilience," "We Heart OPAL" and "RESIST"

Announcing the Transit Union Fellowship

For the past seven years OPAL has conducted Organizers In Training (OIT). This program has produced a number of organizers who have gone on to do amazing work in the Social Justice movement. We are proud of the work we have accomplished through OIT. In […]

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We Demand A Halt to TriMet GM Hiring Process

OPAL and our community stand in solidarity to demand that TriMet halts their rushed process of selecting a new General Manager. We have gathered signatures of regional and local elected officials, organizational leaders, and community activists who know this decision came too quickly and […]

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ALERT: Paper TriMet Ticket Sales Ending February 1st

To Our Community, We are sad to report that, beginning February 1st, local retailers plan to discontinue sales of paper TriMet tickets. TriMet intends to eliminate the use of current paper “foil” tickets entirely. This change will impact all local retail stores, who on […]