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YouthPass Victory! This is HUGE!

After years of youth organizing and advocacy, Portland City Council unanimously passed an amendment on YouthPass that requires the City funding to be distributed towards all 3 Portland school districts, including Portland Public Schools, Parkrose, and David Douglas! We won YouthPass extension to East […]

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Frontlines and Allies Rise for Climate Justice

WE DID IT! Oregon Just Transition Alliance, supported by OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Unite Oregon, Rural Organizing Project, PCUN, Beyond Toxics, and APANO held our first ever mass mobilization on Saturday, April 29th. The turnout was beyond our expectations, and the march and rallies […]

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Portland People’s Climate Movement March

Drone footage and music by Colin McClean: Photographer Gabriel Olson provided a short video featuring the launch and march, set to the opening song by Sacred Poets of Many Nations. Volume ⬆️!!! 🔊📢 _____ Happy Sunday to you all. Thank you to everyone who came […]

Youth from YEJA in the state Capitol stand holding sings to show support for Youth Transit.

Youth Transit Moves Forward!

On April 12th, 2017 the Oregon House Committee on Education passed HB 2693 which establishes a grant program under the Department of Education, that would award funds to school districts a percentage of student transportation costs that are not currently reimbursed through the State […]

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April 29th Portland People’s Climate Movement Update

Route, Partners, Program Details WHEN: April 29th, 2017 12:00pm-5:00pm WHERE: Portland OR: Dawson Park, N. Williams at N Stanton (map) – March will proceed south on N. Vancouver, South on Wheeler, East on Multnomah, South on MLK and east on Davis, ending at Buckman […]

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Transportation: a People’s Climate Movement Issue

As we gear up for the April 29th Portland People’s Climate Movement, we will elevate the front-line communities who are leading the day of action. The Portland Climate Movement will not just focus on carbon-reduction and sea level rise (though those issues are vital, and […]

UPDATE: Metro Responds to OPAL Letter!

Two weeks ago, OPAL signed on to a letter with a broad coalition of organizations to demand that Trimet, Metro, and the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) support a robust and comprehensive regional infrastructure bond measure. You can find out more details […]

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Cleaner Air Oregon Results: Good, Bad and Ugly

Following the uproar in Portland over air toxics early last year, Governor Brown brought together a new process, Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO). So far, it’s been a series of meetings which have taken place across the state with a combination of industry, grassroots, and […]

Huy and baby Rosalia smile as Huy delivers his prepared remarks.

Recap: Huy Hour at Zoiglhaus

Wednesday evening, March 22nd, at Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, community members came together to celebrate one year of Huy Ong serving as OPAL’s Executive Director. We’re so thankful to everyone who came out to make the event a fun, entertaining and inspiring gathering of the […]

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April 29th People’s Climate Movement: Portland, OR

Climate Action Rooted In Justice! This event has passed! Read the full recap here! On April 29th, we mobilize! OPAL and our partners in the Oregon Just Transition Alliance are calling on Oregon’s Environmental Justice communities and anyone who stands with people of color […]