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Field Notes: Black 2 Just Transition Explores Black Liberation

By Shanice Clarke In early November, Black people in the environmental justice movement organized together to co-create solutions for liberation in Detroit, MI for the Black 2 Just Transition Training & Assembly. Within environmental justice movements, Black people often experience erasure and invisibility, while […]

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Field Notes: 100% Renewables Network in Albuquerque

OPAL is a part of the 100% Renewables Network, working with national partners to develop clear pathways to 100% renewable energy in our regions. Representatives to the Network gather in local areas (having visited Buffalo, NY and Portland, OR previously) and tours the sites […]

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Field Notes: Transit Justice in Boston, MA

By Orlando Lopez Bautista, BRU Organizer Last week, I attended a workshop convening of organizations from across the country who are working on improving transportation systems locally. TransitCenter, a national partner to OPAL, convened this gathering so that organizations could cross-pollinate policy ideas, strategies, […]

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Part 2: OPAL Joins International Delegates at Solidarity to Solutions

This article is part two of a series by Community Engagement Coordinator Shawn Fleek. Read Part 1 here. Day 4 – What The Hands Do, the Heart Learns The morning began with Indigenous communities local and international celebrating. So many songs, prayers, and hearing from […]

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Janaira Ramirez: “Organizing to Change Narratives is Power”

After an exhaustive nationwide search, OPAL is proud to introduce Janaira Ramirez, our new Oregon Just Transition Alliance Organizer! Janaira was born and raised in New York City, the oldest of three daughters born to Dominican parents. She relocated to Portland this week, but […]

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OPAL’s 2017 Report to our Investors

OPAL is proud to present our 2017 Annual Report! This year, we decided to create a consolidated publication to share our many victories from the past year with our community. OPAL tackles many different issues around Environmental Justice, but in this one place you […]

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YEJA and Allies Push Regional #YouthPass4All Expansion

YouthPass means opportunity. YouthPass means greater equity. YouthPass means a cleaner environment. With Youth Environmental Justice Alliance leaders, OPAL staff, and community allies showing up for YEJA, an overwhelming majority of the testimonies shared at the July 27th meeting of the HB 2017 Advisory Board were […]

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OPAL Supports the Portland Clean Energy Fund

The rapid depletion of Mother’s Earth’s non-renewable resources in our current extractive economy goes hand-in-hand with increased energy consumption globally and especially in the United States. Fossil fuel-based energy production harms communities of color, low income communities and communities on the frontlines of extraction. It is […]

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Needs Assessment Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Zach Henkin, Forth, zachh@forthmobility.org, 503 724-8670 x 103 Shawn Fleek, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, shawn@opalpdx.org, 503 774-4503 x 6 New Report Highlights Disparities, Barriers for Low-Income Communities to Access Smart Transportation Technologies Research led by OPAL and Portland State University […]

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Understanding Air Toxics

In response to community concerns about air toxics in our neighborhoods, OPAL brought a student researcher into our organization to do an in-depth study on air toxics. OPAL Air Toxics Intern Kate Jentoft-Herr compiled an 80-page document to help OPAL staff understand the issues […]