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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 […]

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Janaira Ramirez: “Organizing to Change Narratives is Power”

After an exhaustive nationwide search, OPAL is proud to introduce Janaira Ramirez, our new Oregon Just Transition Alliance Organizer! Janaira was born and raised in New York City, the oldest of three daughters born to Dominican parents. She relocated to Portland this week, but […]

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VIDEO: Congratulations Serve the People Graduates!

  OPAL congratulates this year’s Serve the People cohort of youth leaders! Youth from Franklin High School, Parkrose High School, David Douglas High School and Muslim Educational Trust came together this summer to participate in a series of workshops. Youth participants completed the program by […]

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EJ Champions Grow OPAL’s Impact

OPAL develops the leadership of low income people of color to dismantle racism, classism, and other systems of oppression. But this is everyone’s movement, and there is an important work to be done by people with race and class privilege. Do you believe in self-determination […]

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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 […]

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Don’t Lose Hope

Family separation. Anti-Muslim policy. Right to work. Racist gerrymandering. Corporate handouts. Environmental mismanagement. You’d be lucky not to know about all the many ways the US Government is not only failing to protect marginalized communities, but actively attacking rights we’ve defended and won over centuries. Many […]

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Field Notes: Retreat Envisions a Just Transition

In Mid-May, OPAL and our partners in the Oregon Just Transition Alliance convened a three-day Just Transition retreat. We gathered in partnership with the Multnomah County Climate Justice Collaborative, Oregon Just Transition Alliance, and the Oakland, CA-based Movement Generation, a movement strategy center leading in […]

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Meet the BRU Fellows!

Organizers in Training is now the BRU Fellowship! This new, six-month cohort program will enable OPAL to have a more consistent presence organizing on Portland’s buses, while we deepen our investment in developing leadership in our communities. Last Saturday, we onboarded the five leaders […]

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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 […]