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AUDIO: Oregon’s Frontlines Demand Clean Air

OPAL is a part of a broad coalition of community groups who believe the air quality in Portland has been bad for far too long. Communities of color face unequal exposure to toxics from diesel, on-road emissions from cars and trucks, and point sources […]

Participants gather at the Oregon Just Transition Assembly

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 […]

Members of the Serve the People Training Program at their East Portland Just Us event.

14 Youth Leaders Emerge From Serve the People

Serve the People, the summer training intensive program of the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance, came to a close last week. 14 youth of color from East Portland participated in the fun, motivating, educational and empowering experience of four half-day meetings per week for six […]

Julie Reardon and her family and dog.

Julie Reardon: Mother, Fighter, Punk

By Julie Reardon, Organizer-In-Training I was born and raised in a suburb outside of Riverside, California to a Mexican mother and Irish-German father with three siblings. As a child of the 80’s, I thrived on pop-culture, climbing trees with a book in hand and […]

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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 […]