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VIDEO: A New Path Forward – Build the New Assembly 2017

Our vision of a new economy should nurture our culture, souls, and spirits through songs, ceremony, gatherings, practice, and play. A Just Transition must be irresistible, and rooted in the wisdom of our ancestors. We should aim to create a culture that can hold […]

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Rogue Climate and OJTA Resist Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

By OPAL Intern Lela Brown I’ve been organizing since my teenage years. With the police killing of Kendra James, I saw a more urgent need to organize against white supremacy and police brutality. Late last summer that effort became tied to environmental work when […]

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Gratitude for Oregon’s Movement

OPAL is proud to once again host our annual Thank-A-Thon! On November 30th and December 1st from 4pm to 7pm, we will gather at the OPAL office to spread a message of thanks to everyone who has touched OPAL this year. We will call partners, members, […]

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Extractive Economics is Destroying the Planet

A Just Transition to a living economy will transform the pillars of the current, extractive economy. We must protect and retrain workers as industries change gears; but our analysis must go even further. We believe that we must also root our movement in a […]

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OPAL and Partners: Cleaner Air Oregon is Broken

Cleaner Air Oregon’s draft rules are now open for public comment. Below is a joint statement OPAL and our partners in the community on how the draft rules look to us, and a link for you to provide your own input. Please let regulators […]

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Build the New- Highlight from Oregon Just Transition Assembly

We did it! On the weekend of September 1st-4th frontline communities came together for the Just Transition Assembly put together by Oregon Just Transition Alliance. Check out the highlight video below. Thank you to everyone who came together and started to envision a Just […]

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30 Years Later, Not Much Has Changed

October, 2017 marks the 30 year anniversary of the publication of Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States. In 1987, the United Church of Christ performed an exhaustive study comparing US Census data with information on environmental health hazards. The study showed what […]

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What’s Your Oregon Horror Story?

Oregon is a beautiful state – but not everything here is what it seems. We know there’s some terrifying injustice taking place in Oregon, and in the spirit of Halloween, we’ve resurrected and reanimated last year’s #TriMetHorrorStories campaign for a month of stirring up […]

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AUDIO: Oregon’s Frontlines Demand Clean Air

OPAL is a part of a broad coalition of community groups who believe the air quality in Portland has been bad for far too long. Communities of color face unequal exposure to toxics from diesel, on-road emissions from cars and trucks, and point sources […]

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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 […]