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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 […]

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OPAL and Partners: Cleaner Air Oregon is Broken

Cleaner Air Oregon’s draft rules are now open for public comment. Below is a joint statement OPAL and our partners in the community on how the draft rules look to us, and a link for you to provide your own input. Please let regulators […]

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30 Years Later, Not Much Has Changed

October, 2017 marks the 30 year anniversary of the publication of Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States. In 1987, the United Church of Christ performed an exhaustive study comparing US Census data with information on environmental health hazards. The study showed what […]

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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 […]

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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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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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Marisol Ceballos: “I Owe It To My Communities”

I’m in this for my family. My mom and her 9 siblings grew up working in the fields. They have been exposed to all kinds of pesticides. The women suffered miscarriages. My family works in factories, in grocery stores. Their wages barely cover the […]

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State Transportation Package Revealed

Governor Brown asked for a transportation package from the state legislature this year. Today, the long-awaited legislation was introduced in the form of HB 2017-3. OPAL and our allied organizations are reviewing the bill carefully to develop our shared analysis and details of the […]

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Multnomah County & Portland, Oregon Lead On Climate Policy

Portland is not perfect. But today, our region is a beacon in an increasingly dark country. Multnomah County and the City of Portland have affirmed a commitment to using 100% renewable resources for energy by the year 2050. This policy can and should be […]