Bus Riders Unite

STP Recap: Youth Organizers In Their Own Words

By Lupita Velazquez, Youth Environmental Justice Alliance College Intern I first got involved with OPAL as a high school student at Parkrose. I was recruited to help out with fighting for youth transit justice. Then, I became an Organizer-in-Training in 2014, and it was a very memorable summer. Through the past few years, OPAL and Bus…

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Justice is On Our Side

By Orlando Lopez, BRU Organizer In 2010 I was part of the first cohort of Organizers-in-Training (OiT). Many of the issues that people faced back then are the same issues folks are facing today. Back then, we were getting on the buses and talking to folks about fighting the pending fare increases and service cuts…

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Bus Riders Unite Release LIFE Report

Bus Riders Unite (BRU), Portland’s transit riders’ union, exists to lift up the voices of transit-dependent people, who are often overlooked in decision-making. Bus Riders Demand LIFE: Low Income Fare Equity! Here are the facts: transportation is a critical lifeline, the second-largest household expense for everyone, and even more expensive for people with low incomes.…

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Jai Singh: Fighting for Transit Liberation

“We need to do what I call visionary organizing. Recognize that in every crisis, people do not respond like a school of fish. Some people become immobilized. Some people become very angry, some commit suicide, and other people begin to find solutions. And visionary organizers look at those people, recognize them and encourage them, and…

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VIDEO: OPAL on Community Hotline

OPAL’s Community Engagement Coordinator Shawn Fleek was on Portland Community Media’s Community Hotline to talk about OPAL, our current campaigns, and our upcoming Voices of a People’s History Event. The full video is below. Support our intersectional organizing by attending the Voices event. Tickets are nearly sold out – get yours today!

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INTERVIEW: BRU Leader Nic Phillips

Nicole (Nic) Phillips (she/her) will be one of the featured speakers at Voices of a People’s History 2016 – Roots, Resistance, Revolution. Nic and other leaders in our local movement will share historical perspectives on the fight for justice. In this in-depth interview, Nic talks about how she got involved in Bus Riders Unite, how…

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BRU Victory! TriMet Studies Reduced Fare

In a huge victory for Bus Riders Unite, whose advocacy for a low-income fare has been ongoing, TriMet has agreed to study a low-income fare policy – how it would be implemented, who it would impact, and more. While BRU’s Research and Advisory Committee has been studying the policy internally, TriMet has finally agreed to…

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BRU Campaign Launch Photos

BRU’s Campaign Launch last Friday was a huge success. If you haven’t already, watch the KOIN6 News Video about the event, and keep scrolling to see some great and powerful images from the day.

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