Gabriela Saldaña-López: Community-Rooted Campaigner

OPAL is so excited to introduce the newest member of our Organizing Team. Gabriela Saldaña-López (she/her) has assumed the role of the Bus Riders Unite Organizer, as we work to improve transit service, accessibility, and reduce fares across the region. Gaby is no stranger […]

Alejandra stands on the bank of the Willamette River

Maria Alejandra Gallegos-Chacón: Libra Sun, Feminist Rising

We’re excited to introduce to the community our new Youth Environmental Justice Alliance Organizer, Alejandra Gallegos-Chacón. Alejandra was born in Quito, Ecuador. “I was born two weeks later than planned,” she says, “because even back then I wasn’t about to let a man tell […]

OPAL Will Screen The North Pole Season 2!

UPDATE: Due to a scheduling error, we have cancelled the screening of Season 1. Season 2 will still be shown as scheduled!     OPAL is proud to partner with Movement Genereation to host screenings of The North Pole, Season 2! It’s a comedy show that […]

OPAL Has Moved!

We are excited to announce that OPAL recently moved into a new office space! It is close to the location of the old office, but larger and more appropriate for our continued growth and financial sustainability. We now inhabit a pleasant, open, sunlit second-floor space […]

Drawing. Brown hand holds green letters spelling out YEJA. Underneath the hand are the words youth environmental justice alliance.

Serve the People: Youth Leadership Expands

(Editor’s Note: due to a technical error, photographs for this event were lost. Thankfully, our intern Grace Chun was there to document the event, so you’ll have to use your imagination!) Serve the People (STP) is a leadership and training program that educates high […]

Brian sits on a blanket on a sunny day. Next to him are a drum and a bag of clothing.

Brian Liu: From Organizing People to Organizing Money

We  are excited to announce that Brian Liu is OPAL’s new Grants Coordinator. In his role, Brian will ensure that the community of funders who support OPAL understand our theory of change and the values which ground our work. An experienced and articulate writer […]

Joann Hardesty reads Maria W Stewart

OPAL Made History at a Movement of Movements!

A Movement of Movements was a huge success! Thank you to all our sponsors, all the attendees, and everyone involved in making the event our biggest, most inspiring annual event ever. On a balmy July evening, more than 400 people crowded into Revolution Hall […]

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 […]

Huy reads the OPAL Top Ten to the OPAL Hour crowd

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, […]

Julie Reardon and her two daughters, husband, bunny, and dog.

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 […]