27 people stand with fists up at the Movement Generation retreat. They look happy and are standing in front of a farmhouse in a forest.

Field Notes: Retreat Envisions a Just Transition

In Mid-May, OPAL and our partners in the Oregon Just Transition Alliance convened a three-day Just Transition retreat. We gathered in partnership with the Multnomah County Climate Justice Collaborative, Oregon Just Transition Alliance, and the Oakland, CA-based Movement Generation, a movement strategy center leading in […]

OPAL Strategic Overview - 2014-17 Environmental Justice Agenda - Building the EJ Movement People Power (• Organizers-in-Training • Leadership Development • Youth) Transportation Justice (• Develop Bus Riders Unite membership & leadership • Hold TriMet accountable to transit equity & transparency • Lead Transportation Justice coalition to advance regional equity outcomes) Climate Justice (• Raise awareness of air toxics and public health concerns • Support EJ communities to ID risk-reduction strategies • Advocate for increased monitoring and enforcement • Climate justice action) Inclusive Housing • Repeal inclusionary zoning prohibition in Legislature • Promote inclusive housing policies in local jurisdiction • Raise public awareness of housing mobility and AFFH

Where Do We Go From Here?

Between 2014 and 2017, OPAL used a Strategic Framework (pictured) to guide our decision-making, hiring, and organizational growth. We’re proud to say that the high-level goals of the plan were unequivocally met and advanced. We repealed the Inclusionary Zoning ban at the legislature. We […]

Power fist surrounded byt hte text "all power to the people"

Meet the BRU Fellows!

Organizers in Training is now the BRU Fellowship! This new, six-month cohort program will enable OPAL to have a more consistent presence organizing on Portland’s buses, while we deepen our investment in developing leadership in our communities. Last Saturday, we onboarded the five leaders […]

Seven YEJA members stand in a field outside the Community Budget forum, wearing matching YEJA shirts and bandanas. The youth look serious.

YEJA #DefendYouthPass at City Budget Forum

At an April 3rd budget forum with the City of Portland, Youth Environmental Justice Alliance leaders sent a clear message to the City: until TriMet steps up and supports youth transit access fully, it’s up to City decision-makers to keep the program intact and […]

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 […]

The Transit Equity Day logo- a green circle with a bus, train, and pedestrian on the outside. Inside reads "Transit Equity Day / For Civil Rights and a Healthy Planet #TransitEquityDay"

February 5th Celebrate Transit Equity Day!

Transit Equity Day is a collaborative effort among organizations and unions who believe that public transit is a civil right, and a key strategy is preventing climate change. Bus Riders Unite are celebrating on Monday, February 5th with transit rider outreach, letting people know […]

Orlando and a crowd of other transit justice advocates stand outside a bus, watching how a new type of boarding system works.

Interview: Orlando Lopez Visits Chicago for Transit Center Event

BRU Organizer Orlando Lopez recently traveled to Chicago with the Transit Center, a foundation that that assists in research, advocacy and leadership development to improve public transportation. We sat down with Orlando to talk about the experience and how it relates to OPAL’s work […]

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VIDEO: A New Path Forward – Build the New Assembly 2017

Our vision of a new economy should nurture our culture, souls, and spirits through songs, ceremony, gatherings, practice, and play. A Just Transition must be irresistible, and rooted in the wisdom of our ancestors. We should aim to create a culture that can hold […]