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OPAL Has Moved!

We are excited to announce that OPAL recently moved into a new office space! It is close to the location of the old office, but larger and more appropriate for our continued growth and financial sustainability. We now inhabit a pleasant, open, sunlit second-floor space […]

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Riders Envision #UpWithRiders at July BRU Meeting

By Eireann Young, BRU Member At 6PM on July 25th, Bus Riders Unite members and participants showed up to July’s General Membership Meeting to discuss ideas for #UpWithRiders, our bold new campaign to stop fare hikes, and win public transit services free of fares, congestion, […]

Orlando Lopez, BRU Organizer

A Note from Orlando: Im Leaving, Not Ghosting

by BRU Organizer Orlando Lopez Almost four years ago, I walked into the OPAL office to interview for the Community Organizing position here at OPAL. About ten folks were sitting around the table. I must admit that it was the most intimidating interview that […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Huy reads the OPAL Top Ten to the OPAL Hour crowd

OPAL Hour Recap: How We Build the Bigger We

OPAL Hour on March 13th was a huge success. We gathered with food, friends, wine and beer, and a fierce determination to build power for our communities. The real reason the OPAL Family gathers at OPAL Hour is to hear the OPAL Top Ten, […]

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OPAL Organizing Fellowship Applications are Open!

It’s time to train the next cohort of the OPAL Organizing Fellowship! We are accepting applications now for the next group of movement leaders. The cohort will begin their training on July 5th, and will be organizing with OPAL for 20 hours monthly, for […]