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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]