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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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Wealthy Developers Attack Inclusionary Housing

In February 2017, the City of Portland implemented a strong tool for housing justice which OPAL and a team of local housing experts helped design: Inclusionary Housing. OPAL’s expertise, rooted in our deep engagement of low-income communities and communities of color, informs our housing […]

Huy holds Rosalia at the 2017 Huy Hour event. The banner reay "Huy Hour, Mekong Bistro, March 28th, 5:30pm"

Huy Hour Returns: Save the Date

Click the image to RSVP! Since joining OPAL in 2016, Executive Director Huy Ong has overseen the growth and transformation of OPAL while continuing our legacy of grassroots organizing in impacted communities. Every year, we bring together community to meet and greet Huy and […]

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

OPAL and BRU Convene National Transit Union Call

In early February, Bus Riders Unite (BRU) convened a conference call with bus rider unions from across the continent! This huge display of solidarity came in conjunction with our National Transit Equity Day planning, and connected riders’ unions in the US and Canada who are […]

A map of the Broadway Bridgehead where the project will be placed.

March 21st, Help Shape the Broadway Corridor

OPAL works in coalition with labor and environmental groups to ensure major new developments benefit our communities. Right now is a critical decision-point for a project that could change the face of Northwest Portland, and we want your input! Join us March 21st at […]

Candidate Ted Wheeler speaking in speaking in favor of youth transit access in November 2015.

Mayor Receives Letter from Youth Leaders

Community members, led by OPAL’s Youth Environmental Justice Alliance and the Multnomah Youth Commission, are calling on Mayor Ted Wheeler to help preserve the vital YouthPass program through the next city budget. Their letter went to City Hall on Friday. Check it out:   […]

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 […]

Five things to know about DACA graphic. 1) The decision is a victory for freedom fighters. 2) the decision is only temporary. 3) the decision applies to DACA renewals only. We do not recommend renewing until a process is announced. 4) this does not apply to new DACA applicants. We do not recommend applying for the first time right now. 5) We must pass a permanent solution now!

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Things to Know About DACA

A recent circuit court decision has raised some questions about the status of DACA / Dreamers. Check out the infographic below from United We Dream to learn more about the current situation.