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Bus Riders Support Measure 101

By David Bouchard, Chair, BRU’s Research and Advisory Committee A few days after I moved to Portland in 2015, I was walking with my mother and sister in downtown, when suddenly, my mother fell after stepping off a curb. Her ankle was fractured, and […]

Nothing About Us Without Us – David Bouchard Reads Ken Jernigan

Environmental Justice calls us to ensure the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people in the development and implementation of policies that impact their lives. Our friends in the disability community coined a phrase that embodies this ethic: “Nothing About Us Without Us.” We […]

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Interview: Orlando Lopez Visits Chicago for Transit Center Event

BRU Organizer Orlando Lopez recently traveled to Chicago with the Transit Center, a foundation that that assists in research, advocacy and leadership development to improve public transportation. We sat down with Orlando to talk about the experience and how it relates to OPAL’s work […]

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Fare Enforcement: Reducing Penalties for Our Communities

The EPA defines Environmental Justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” HB 2777 Development (checked!), Implementation (In Process), […]

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Celebrate LIFE with BRU on Saturday!

Our community is invited to join Bus Riders Unite for a celebration of our victories in the Low Income Fare Equity (LIFE) campaign. We successfully won an agreement from TriMet to implement a fare reduction for low income people! Bus Riders Unite won the […]

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Meet Alex Mijares: Spiritual Revolutionary

Hello, my name is Alex Mario Mijares. I grew up in a rough environment in San Fernando Valley, California. My neighborhoods were diverse in race & class. Communities there were, and still are today, experiencing issues with affordable housing, illnesses, jobs, drugs, and gang […]

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Haley’s OPAL Story

OPAL is a transformative place, not just for our members but also for those who volunteer and intern with us. Haley Bosse spent ten weeks with OPAL this summer, and she loved being here. We asked Haley to share her thoughts on her time with us, […]

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When We Fight, We Win. Whats Next?

The sheer number of victories coming out of grassroots organizing right now are stunning, even to ourselves. OPAL’s members with Bus Riders Unite (BRU) and the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) been so successful that as of right now OPAL is not actually running any formally-declared […]

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BRU Update – August 8th, 2017

By Tristan, Organizer-In-Training Over the past few weeks, Bus Riders Unite members, Organizers-in-Training, and OPAL staff have been working hard on a number of campaigns related to creating an inclusive and equitable transit system. In June and July we attended TriMet board meetings, both […]