UP WITH RIDERS- STOP THE FARE HIKE

Our Values:  Transit riders should make decisions about how the transit system functions. Riders’ ideas should be incorporated into all conversations that will impact their daily lives.  We follow the leadership of low-income people, people of color, youth, seniors, and disabled people. These are […]

Defend YouthPass

Objective: Win Fareless Youth Transit Access for As Many Youth As Possible Issue: Study after study shows that when youth have access to public transit, they don’t jsut do better in school: they have better health, economic, and community outcomes as well. For more than 20 […]

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Where To B(RU)

It’s a busy autumn for Bus Riders Unite! Launched in June, the #UpWithRiders campaign continues to pick up momentum. #UpWithRiders is a joint campaign of OPAL, Bus Riders Unite, and the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance to stop fare hikes and win truly public transportation […]

Joann Hardesty reads Maria W Stewart

OPAL Made History at a Movement of Movements!

A Movement of Movements was a huge success! Thank you to all our sponsors, all the attendees, and everyone involved in making the event our biggest, most inspiring annual event ever. On a balmy July evening, more than 400 people crowded into Revolution Hall […]

NO on HB 3023-A “The Lyft Bill”

Objective: Protect and ensure we have options to address transportation issues at all levels of decision-making. Issue: Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) are increasingly being viewed as a ‘last mile’ connector for transit trips, and offer services which extend beyond the bus or light rail operating hours. The […]

OCAP offsets allow polluters to keep polluting

HB 2020: Oregon’s Carbon Trading Bill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CZczRH5ljw Dear Governor Brown, Speaker Kotek, Senator Dembrow, and Representative Power: We, leaders of environmental justice groups in Oregon and throughout the U.S., call on you to be a true climate leader by supporting a fair, equitable and just transition and to oppose false […]

OCAP offsets allow polluters to keep polluting

FAQ: Why are frontline communities opposing carbon trading?

We recently posted this video: The video comes after EJ groups from around the country and globe sent this letter to Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Legislative leaders, urging them to reconsider HB2020. Some questions came up, so we’ve got answers: Doesn’t carbon trading […]

YES ON HB 2015 – Driver’s Licenses for All

Objective: Strengthen and expand access to a basic human right for all immigrant communities. Issue: Environmental Justice communities, which includes our immigrant and refugee neighbors, are currently denied access to a driver licence. This inhibits transportation for these individuals, stifling a basic human right. 80,000 to 100,000 […]

HB 2326: Youth Transportation

Objective: Strengthen and support investments in access to transportation. Issue: Transportation is central to everyone’s life, but not all residents are able to enjoy the benefits of this human right. More importantly, those most impacted by the inequitable investment are significantly excluded from the very decision-making process […]

HB 2007: “The Diesel Bill”

Objective: Support legislation and state funding to reduce toxic air emissions and improve air quality for Oregonians. Issue:  According to DEQ, each ton of diesel particulate matter emissions released in Portland results in almost $400,000 in environmental and public health costs. North Portland has the […]