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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 […]

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Field Notes: Transit Justice in Boston, MA

By Orlando Lopez Bautista, BRU Organizer Last week, I attended a workshop convening of organizations from across the country who are working on improving transportation systems locally. TransitCenter, a national partner to OPAL, convened this gathering so that organizations could cross-pollinate policy ideas, strategies, […]

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All New Member Leaders Elected

  For the first time, OPAL’s Members have elected a new Steering Committee entirely under age 30! In the past several years we’ve been blessed to have the leadership of Keith Scholz, who led the Action Planning Team as an Elder in our movement, […]

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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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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 […]