27 people stand with fists up at the Movement Generation retreat. They look happy and are standing in front of a farmhouse in a forest.

Field Notes: Retreat Envisions a Just Transition

In Mid-May, OPAL and our partners in the Oregon Just Transition Alliance convened a three-day Just Transition retreat. We gathered in partnership with the Multnomah County Climate Justice Collaborative, Oregon Just Transition Alliance, and the Oakland, CA-based Movement Generation, a movement strategy center leading in […]

"youthPass in East Portland NOW!" with a raised fist

Partial 2018-2019 YouthPass Funding Secured

Transportation is a human right. Sustainable, equitable funding for youth transportation access is a key goal of the local youth-led movement for transportation justice. Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA), Multnomah Youth Commission, our allies and supporters have long been working with school districts and […]

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Meet the BRU Fellows!

Organizers in Training is now the BRU Fellowship! This new, six-month cohort program will enable OPAL to have a more consistent presence organizing on Portland’s buses, while we deepen our investment in developing leadership in our communities. Last Saturday, we onboarded the five leaders […]

Marissa Naranjo stands in front of Crater Lake in a purple coat.

Marissa Naranjo: A Heritage of Resistance

We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to the OPAL Family! After an exhaustive, prolonged search featuring candidates from across the country, we have chosen our Oregon Just Transition Alliance Organizer! Welcome Marissa Naranjo! Marissa is a tribal citizen of Kha’p’o Owingeh, or […]

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, […]

Three young people wearing OPAL T-shirts dancing and smiling.

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 […]