Youth and adult allies stand inside the state capitol ater successfully lobbying legislators to support the Youth Transit Initiative.

Youth Transit Initiative Victory!

OPAL is proud to announce a major victory in the state legislature: we finally secured a mechanism for the state to pay for students to utilize public transportation to get to and from school. The Youth Transit Initiative is about to become law! Many […]

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February 5th Celebrate Transit Equity Day!

Transit Equity Day is a collaborative effort among organizations and unions who believe that public transit is a civil right, and a key strategy is preventing climate change. Bus Riders Unite are celebrating on Monday, February 5th with transit rider outreach, letting people know […]

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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Gratitude for Oregon’s Movement

OPAL is proud to once again host our annual Thank-A-Thon! On November 30th and December 1st from 4pm to 7pm, we will gather at the OPAL office to spread a message of thanks to everyone who has touched OPAL this year. We will call partners, members, […]

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Celebrate with OPAL this Season

It’s been a victorious year, and what better way to celebrate than by bringing people together to feel our power and build community? Below are some opportunities in the coming months to join OPAL as we reflect on our movement in 2017, and set […]

Build the New

Build the New- Highlight from Oregon Just Transition Assembly

We did it! On the weekend of September 1st-4th frontline communities came together for the Just Transition Assembly put together by Oregon Just Transition Alliance. Check out the highlight video below. Thank you to everyone who came together and started to envision a Just […]

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30 Years Later, Not Much Has Changed

October, 2017 marks the 30 year anniversary of the publication of Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States. In 1987, the United Church of Christ performed an exhaustive study comparing US Census data with information on environmental health hazards. The study showed what […]

The BRU logo, a bus with people atop it. The bus reads "BRU" and the logo says "Bus Riders Unite!"

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 […]

EJ Champions Victory!

Grassroots Fundraising Victory!

Victory! Through the power of grassroots organizing, building relationships, and setting attainable goals, EJ Champions raised more money than ever before! We have secured and received pledges for more than $50,000 in grassroots donations in 2017. That’s HUGE! This pool of unrestricted resources helps pay […]

Adrian Cato stands outside in a blue t-shirt. She has short curly hair and a smile.

Adrian Cato: “People Are Part of Their Environments”

OPAL is pleased to announce the hire of our new Youth Organizer, Adrian Cato. Adrian will organize the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance and its Serve the People summer training program, continuing the movement for Youth Justice our youth members lead. Adrian was born and […]