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Khanh Pham: Building a Movement for a Different World

After an exhaustive and highly-competitive search, we’re excited to announce that Khanh Pham has joined OPAL as our new Organizing Director. After serving as OPAL’s Board Chair for the last three years, and maintaining a deep connection to OPAL through her work at APANO […]

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Field Notes: Transit Justice in Boston, MA

By Orlando Lopez Bautista, BRU Organizer Last week, I attended a workshop convening of organizations from across the country who are working on improving transportation systems locally. TransitCenter, a national partner to OPAL, convened this gathering so that organizations could cross-pollinate policy ideas, strategies, […]

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We Stand With Students of Color

The recent, rushed decision by Portland Public Schools to increase the presence of police in schools is dangerous, misguided, and potentially unconstitutional. The decision was made with a laughable attempt at community involvement, and flies in the face of environmental justice principles. The most […]

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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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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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One Year Later

One year ago, on May 26th, three courageous individuals put their lives on the line to stop white supremacist violence on our public transit system. Honoring the fallen, we wrote: “Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, Ricky Best, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher did not know each other, […]

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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 […]