A large crowd gathers in a city street, holding many banners and signs that say "climate justice."

April 29th Portland People’s Climate Movement Update

Route, Partners, Program Details WHEN: April 29th, 2017 12:00pm-5:00pm WHERE: Portland OR: Dawson Park, N. Williams at N Stanton (map) – March will proceed south on N. Vancouver, South on Wheeler, East on Multnomah, South on MLK and east on Davis, ending at Buckman […]

A prisoner in handcuffs and an orange prison jumpsuit. The jumpsuit has the "Trimet Riders Club" logo on the back.

CONFIRMED: TriMet Building Interrogation, Detention Cells

As first reported on KBOO Community Radio (skip to -36:20 to hear segment), TriMet now admits that the $11M Transit Jail will include interrogation and detention facilities.  We’ve been trying to get TriMet on the record about this for some time. Kudos to community-supported media […]

Three pictures side by side. Two are of YEJA members in OPAL t-shirts. The third picture is of a mother holding her daughter's hand as she speaks at a microphone.

Transportation: a People’s Climate Movement Issue

As we gear up for the April 29th Portland People’s Climate Movement, we will elevate the front-line communities who are leading the day of action. The Portland Climate Movement will not just focus on carbon-reduction and sea level rise (though those issues are vital, and […]

A prisoner in handcuffs and an orange prison jumpsuit. The jumpsuit has the "Trimet Riders Club" logo on the back.

Sign the Petition! No Transit Jail!

TriMet snuck $11M into their next budget for a new transit police facility. Bus Riders Unite, Portland’s transit riders union, says JAIL NO! NO INCREASED FARE ENFORCEMENT! We do not need a new transit police facility located steps from the Rose Quarter and Lloyd Center […]

Huy and baby Rosalia smile as Huy delivers his prepared remarks.

Recap: Huy Hour at Zoiglhaus

Wednesday evening, March 22nd, at Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, community members came together to celebrate one year of Huy Ong serving as OPAL’s Executive Director. We’re so thankful to everyone who came out to make the event a fun, entertaining and inspiring gathering of the […]

A prisoner in handcuffs and an orange prison jumpsuit. The jumpsuit has the "Trimet Riders Club" logo on the back.

Riders Say “JAIL NO!”

Did you hear the news? Trimet snuck an $11M transit jail into their new budget. Bus Riders first heard the news on February 22nd. We held internal meetings to ask: what’s the Bus Riders Unite response? At March 22nd’s Trimet Board Meeting, we were […]

A prisoner in handcuffs and an orange prison jumpsuit. The jumpsuit has the "Trimet Riders Club" logo on the back.

Trimet Sneaks $11M for Police Into Budget

Massive expansion of police presence with no public discussion OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and Bus Riders Unite are shocked and appalled at the announcement of an increase of $11M for police in the Trimet budget. There is no need for this expansion of the […]

David Bouchard stands behind a microphone. He wears a purple shirt, and holds his cane. The picture is from a rally outside the Trimet offices.

Meet Elected BRU Leader David Bouchard

by Shawn Fleek, Community Engagement Coordinator David Bouchard is a bright and inspiring guy. He’s got a magnetic personality, and his voice can fill a room. David is the elected chair of the Bus Riders Unite Research and Advisory Committee (RAC). They’re the group […]

A large crowd in a gymnasium, seated behind long rows of tables facing a stage.

World Meeting of Popular Movements Report-Back

by Orlando Lopez, Bus Riders Unite Organizer This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the US Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto California. This is an initiative that Pope Francis has been working for the past several years, one that […]

Lobby Day Calendar 2017

Click the image below for a visual timeline. Lobby Days and events highlighted in green will feature OPAL’s attendance. Other days are listed as opportunities to join partners in advocacy. Last updated 2/14/2017.   Text of image: Feb. 10th Ways and Means Roadshow (OPAL […]