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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 […]

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Meet Tristan: “I Now Know Who I Am”

My name is Tristan and I am a member of OPAL’s Organizers-in-Training cohort this summer. I’ve always been perplexed by the question, “Where are you from?” My family were wanderers. My parents were both in the military. Strictly speaking I was born in North […]

Oregon Just Transition Assembly Program Details

The Oregon Just Transition Assembly is bringing together targeted, frontline communities from around the state to discuss the path to a Just Transition. We are taking particular aim at dismantling white supremacy and building an economy based in interconnectedness, cooperation and caring. The agenda […]

White People Need To Dismantle White Supremacy

SURJ, Showing Up for Racial Justice, organizes white people to be accountable to organizations led by and for people of color, as a means of addressing white supremacy. “We envision a society where we struggle together with love, for justice, human dignity and a […]

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When We Fight, We Win. Whats Next?

The sheer number of victories coming out of grassroots organizing right now are stunning, even to ourselves. OPAL’s members with Bus Riders Unite (BRU) and the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) been so successful that as of right now OPAL is not actually running any formally-declared […]

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BRU Update – August 8th, 2017

By Tristan, Organizer-In-Training Over the past few weeks, Bus Riders Unite members, Organizers-in-Training, and OPAL staff have been working hard on a number of campaigns related to creating an inclusive and equitable transit system. In June and July we attended TriMet board meetings, both […]

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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 […]