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Transit Funding: A Partial Victory

Since the 2017 state legislative session, which brought new investments in mass transit, OPAL has served on the Public Transportation Investment Plan to represent the concerns of youth and bus riders in how funds are spent. Last Friday, the exhaustive process came to a […]

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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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BRU Fellowship Applications are Open!

It’s time to train the next cohort of the bus Riders Unite Fellowship! We are accepting applications until June 22nd for the next group of movement leaders. The cohort will begin their training on July 5th, and will be organizing with Bus Riders Unite for […]

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One Year Later

One year ago, on May 26th, three courageous individuals put their lives on the line to stop white supremacist violence on our public transit system. Honoring the fallen, we wrote: “Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, Ricky Best, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher did not know each other, […]

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Racist TriMet Security: a BRU Organizer’s first-hand account

By Orlando Lopez Bautista, BRU Organizer I am a bus organizer. I talk to folks about their transit experience and how folks would like to see the system improved. Today I saw a group of folks who appeared homeless at the Gateway Transit Center. […]

Seven YEJA members sit in the audience at the Community Budget forum, surrounded by other community members. The youth are smiling and wearing matching YEJA shirts.

Oregonian Cites OPAL, But Misses Environmental Justice

Join us for a rally Thursday at City Hall to get Youth Pass into the Portland Budget! RSVP Here! This past week, OPAL was featured in an Oregonian article about the changes to TriMet Youth Pass funding. The proposed budget for the city of […]

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TriMet’s Skewed Annual Survey

TriMet’s Annual Attitude Survey is not representative of their ridership. Every year, the agency conducts a public opinion poll to prove to the community that they are popular and effective. Every year, the results are skewed heavily and represent an unrealistic and ill-informed view […]

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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 […]

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Our Transit Justice Priorities

OPAL, Bus Riders Unite!, and our Fellows are here to make sure that TriMet works for the community. In the past few years, we’ve grown increasingly concerned with the decision-making that oversees the system. Because of the recent turmoil at TriMet, we’ve decided to […]

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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 […]