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Khanh Pham: Building a Movement for a Different World

After an exhaustive and highly-competitive search, we’re excited to announce that Khanh Pham has joined OPAL as our new Organizing Director. After serving as OPAL’s Board Chair for the last three years, and maintaining a deep connection to OPAL through her work at APANO […]

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OPAL Hour Recap: How We Build the Bigger We

OPAL Hour on March 13th was a huge success. We gathered with food, friends, wine and beer, and a fierce determination to build power for our communities. The real reason the OPAL Family gathers at OPAL Hour is to hear the OPAL Top Ten, […]

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Field Notes: Julie Reardon at the World March of Women

By Julie Reardon, Operations Associate In January, I had the honor of participating as a delegate for the US Chapter of the World March of Women at the Women’s March in DC. As a womxn of color contingency, we brought our diverse representation to […]

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Youth Leaders Strategizing

By Adrian Cato, YEJA Organizer In early December, members of Youth Environmental Justice Alliance participated in their yearly winter retreat to build community and strategize around next year’s campaign goals. Youth from Parkrose, David Douglas, and Franklin High School gathered at our annual retreat to […]

OPAL 2018-2022 Strategic Overview

What We’re Doing, Where We’re Going

2018 was an incredible, challenging year. So much happened, it’s hard to recap it all. National and international news may have dominated the conversation, but the work on the ground here in Oregon has been monumental. A new majority of voters in Oregon and […]

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All New Member Leaders Elected

  For the first time, OPAL’s Members have elected a new Steering Committee entirely under age 30! In the past several years we’ve been blessed to have the leadership of Keith Scholz, who led the Action Planning Team as an Elder in our movement, […]

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Transit Funding: A Partial Victory

Since the 2017 state legislative session, which brought new investments in mass transit, OPAL has served on the Public Transportation Investment Plan to represent the concerns of youth and bus riders in how funds are spent. Last Friday, the exhaustive process came to a […]

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OPAL Joins International Delegates at Solidarity to Solutions

From September 6th – 15th, OPAL and delegates from around the world headed to the San Francisco Bay Area as a part of the It Takes Roots Solidarity to Solutions Summit. OPAL and the Oregon Just Transition Alliance sent a delegation of ten organizers, […]

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Janaira Ramirez: “Organizing to Change Narratives is Power”

After an exhaustive nationwide search, OPAL is proud to introduce Janaira Ramirez, our new Oregon Just Transition Alliance Organizer! Janaira was born and raised in New York City, the oldest of three daughters born to Dominican parents. She relocated to Portland this week, but […]

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VIDEO: Congratulations Serve the People Graduates!

  OPAL congratulates this year’s Serve the People cohort of youth leaders! Youth from Franklin High School, Parkrose High School, David Douglas High School and Muslim Educational Trust came together this summer to participate in a series of workshops. Youth participants completed the program by […]