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Where To B(RU)

It’s a busy autumn for Bus Riders Unite! Launched in June, the #UpWithRiders campaign continues to pick up momentum. #UpWithRiders is a joint campaign of OPAL, Bus Riders Unite, and the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance to stop fare hikes and win truly public transportation […]

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Gabriela Saldaña-López: Community-Rooted Campaigner

OPAL is so excited to introduce the newest member of our Organizing Team. Gabriela Saldaña-López (she/her) has assumed the role of the Bus Riders Unite Organizer, as we work to improve transit service, accessibility, and reduce fares across the region. Gaby is no stranger […]

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TriMet Seeks Fare Hikes, Not Service Enhancement

Members and Organizers with Bus Riders Unite were at the TriMet Board Meeting on the morning of September 18th to testify in support of the #UpWithRiders campaign. Together, we will stop fare hikes and win safe and accessible public transit that is free of […]

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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 […]