27 people stand with fists up at the Movement Generation retreat. They look happy and are standing in front of a farmhouse in a forest.

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 […]

Marissa Naranjo stands in front of Crater Lake in a purple coat.

Marissa Naranjo: A Heritage of Resistance

We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to the OPAL Family! After an exhaustive, prolonged search featuring candidates from across the country, we have chosen our Oregon Just Transition Alliance Organizer! Welcome Marissa Naranjo! Marissa is a tribal citizen of Kha’p’o Owingeh, or […]

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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 […]

The BRU logo, a bus with people atop it. The bus reads "BRU" and the logo says "Bus Riders Unite!"

It’s Time for Transit System Change

When we first started organizing transit riders and elevating rider concerns around safety, affordability and accessibility of the system, Twitter hadn’t launched yet, Snapchat hadn’t created its first filter, and Facebook was still a platform for connecting college students. We’ve embraced online platforms for […]

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

RECAP: OPAL & TriMet Meet To Discuss Accountability

Update to Community Stakeholders on the TriMet General Manager Hiring, It’s been two weeks since TriMet paused their rushed hiring process thanks to the advocacy of Bus Riders Unite and OPAL. On Wednesday, we finally had our meeting with leaders from TriMet. We had […]

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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 […]

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 […]