Bus Riders Unite

Interview: Orlando Lopez on LIFE Campaign Progress

By Shawn Fleek, Community Engagement Coordinator Orlando Lopez has been OPAL’s Bus Riders Unite (BRU) Organizer for more than a year now, and BRU has seen some massive progress over the course of the 2016. The Low Income Fare Equity (LIFE) campaign is getting […]

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OPAL Members Win Big in 2016

The Board and Staff at OPAL are so proud of our members and allies, and our many successes in 2016. As we head toward the end of the year and the season of giving, we want to thank them publicly for the work they’ve […]


2016 Movement Give Guide

  Where do we go from here? At our core, OPAL is about grassroots organizing for community and social change. And after a highly divisive election and its subsequent protests, many people want to know what can be done to keep our communities safe. […]

Bus Riders Unite

We’re Winning, But We’re Not Done

E-Fare, TriMet’s costly new change in the way that riders pay for the bus, has the potential to make buses less accessible across the region. Fortunately, Bus Riders Unite is paying attention to these changes. We’re stopping some of the scarier changes from happening […]

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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]