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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 […]

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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 […]

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We Demand A Halt to TriMet GM Hiring Process

OPAL and our community stand in solidarity to demand that TriMet halts their rushed process of selecting a new General Manager. We have gathered signatures of regional and local elected officials, organizational leaders, and community activists who know this decision came too quickly and […]

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Fare Enforcement: Reducing Penalties for Our Communities

The EPA defines Environmental Justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” HB 2777 Development (checked!), Implementation (In Process), […]


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 […]

A photo of oil derricks behind a chain link fence. A sign on the fence reads "poisonous gas."

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 […]