This week’s guest blog post is from long time Bus Riders Unite member and self-identified ‘transit geek’ Cameron Johnson.
Hello fellow transit riders and activists.
You may have noticed how the mainstream media has picked up the pace in investigating TriMet’s decision to allocate almost $1 million in non-union wage increases as part of the [...]
We are really excited about two significant milestones for both BRU and OPAL that occurred this week! The first one you may have read about in OPAL’s Facebook post about 1st Saturday Organizing. We had a record number of participants on May 4th with 12 organizers! Many of them were brand new faces and all [...]
Bus Riders Unite! has had a busy week as they continue to work toward being guided entirely by members. The Leadership Committee helped to shape the agenda for next week’s BRU meeting, during which members will have more of a role in facilitation as well. Topics for discussion will include the Campaign for a Fair [...]
Did someone say “momentum”? Oh, that’s right, WE did. OPAL and BRU are still picking up speed after the successes of the First Annual Membership Gathering at the end of March. We’re continuing to build power within multiple campaigns and efforts.
BRU members were out for 1st Saturday Organizing, messaging the Campaign for a Fair [...]
If you have found yourself thinking lately that you would like to get more involved with OPAL and Bus Riders Unite!, this Saturday is the perfect opportunity. We will be out for 1st Saturday Organizing and also conducting more bus stop assessments as part of the East Portland Bus Stop Improvement Project. Both of these [...]
As our weather is warming up, so is the activity level at OPAL. This week began the approval process for TriMet’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget. With no service cuts or fair increases on the table, the transit agency’s management and board of directors may have been surprised to see that OPAL staff and BRU members [...]
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in Bus Riders Unite’s first annual Membership Gathering this weekend! The organizational structure of Bus Riders Unite is really starting to take shape, thanks to the hard work and patience of BRU members themselves.
Our Associate Director Vivian and the BRU Planning Committee organized a fun and [...]
What a busy week at OPAL! We were gearing up for a week dedicated to Affordable Housing and Section 8 reform when stories broke about TriMet’s secretive use of the contingency fund in last year’s budget. Thanks to great reporting by Michael Andersen of Portland Afoot and Joseph Rose of The Oregonian, the agency’s reticent behavior [...]
Help OPAL build power for Environmental Justice & Civil Rights in our communities by coming out to our 1st Saturday of the Month Organizing Day
BRU members about to go out organizing
WHEN: Saturday, February 2nd, 11am–2pm WHERE: Meet at the OPAL office 2407 SE 49th Avenue, Portland, Or. 97206 On Bus [...]
The East Portland Bus Stop Project focuses on creating opportunities for meaningful involvement in transit decision making and increases awareness of connectivity issues between bus and pedestrian transit. This is a community driven project focusing on areas around: SE 82nd, SE 122nd, Stark, Powell, Foster, Division and Halsey.