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2017 State Legislative Session: Wins and Losses

The 2017 Legislative Session concluded last week having passed some significant legislation that will advance justice for our communities. Simultaneously, the legislature failed in key areas.   OPAL’s legislative priorities were focused in making sure that policies were driven by those impacted the most. […]

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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 […]

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People Power Won the Low Income Fare Equity Campaign

Direct Action gets the goods. OPAL and Bus Riders Unite are declaring victory in the campaign for a low income fare. This victory will have a huge impact in our community. A Low-income fare is coming to Portland’s transit system. The decision to push […]

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Voices 2017: An Incredible Display of Unity

Tuesday night OPAL’s closest family of supporters and allies turned out for Voices of A People’s History: Nothing About Us Without Us. And it was amazing. The unity and support in the room was tangible from the moment that supporters started to trickle in […]

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Changing the Rules for Transit Justice

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and our partners have won two major victories in the state legislature this session. We’re hopeful Governor Brown will quickly sign SB357 and HB2777 into law, making transit safer for low income people and people of color by changing the […]

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Against White Supremacy, Militarism, and False Solutions

(Mueva el cursor hacia abajo para español) Public transit is one of the last places in our society where lots of different people congregate, a truly diverse community space. The people on our buses and trains are much more likely than the general population […]

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TriMet Budget Passes – Community No Safer

Despite overwhelming opposition to spending money on yet another unnecessary and unwanted Transit Police station, TriMet today approved a budget that does nothing to address the detrimental and racist effects of their current enforcement policies. Safety is paramount for all on our transportation system. […]

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This is Not “Safety”

BRU Leadership Speaks Out on Transit Police Shooting Last week an officer assigned to TriMet’s Transit Police division shot and killed Terrell Johnson, a 24 year old Portland man, at SE 92nd and Flavel. Johnson was running from police when a Portland Police Officer, […]

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Frontlines and Allies Rise for Climate Justice

WE DID IT! Oregon Just Transition Alliance, supported by OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Unite Oregon, Rural Organizing Project, PCUN, Beyond Toxics, and APANO held our first ever mass mobilization on Saturday, April 29th. The turnout was beyond our expectations, and the march and rallies […]

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April 29th Portland People’s Climate Movement Update

Route, Partners, Program Details WHEN: April 29th, 2017 12:00pm-5:00pm WHERE: Portland OR: Dawson Park, N. Williams at N Stanton (map) – March will proceed south on N. Vancouver, South on Wheeler, East on Multnomah, South on MLK and east on Davis, ending at Buckman […]