"People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to do extraordinary things."

Where To B(RU)

It’s a busy autumn for Bus Riders Unite! Launched in June, the #UpWithRiders campaign continues to pick up momentum. #UpWithRiders is a joint campaign of OPAL, Bus Riders Unite, and the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance to stop fare hikes and win truly public transportation […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Carbon Trading Reading List

OPAL has been researching carbon trading systems for the last few years, and lots of people have asked us where we get our data from! We compiled this helpful reading list for folks who want to delve deeper into the experiences of other places that have […]

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HB 2020: Oregon’s Carbon Trading Bill

Take Action! Dear Governor Brown, Speaker Kotek, Senator Dembrow, and Representative Power: We, leaders of environmental justice groups in Oregon and throughout the U.S., call on you to be a true climate leader by supporting a fair, equitable and just transition and to oppose […]

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FAQ: Why are frontline communities opposing carbon trading?

We recently posted this video: The video comes after EJ groups from around the country and globe sent this letter to Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Legislative leaders, urging them to reconsider HB2020. Some questions came up, so we’ve got answers: Doesn’t carbon trading […]

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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, […]

the many organizations who have signed onto the Oregon Green New Deal

Oregon Green New Deal

Oregon Needs a Green New Deal. The urgent moment calls for climate action that comes directly from frontline communities, transitions our energy systems, ensures workers’ security, cleans up our air, holds polluters accountable, addresses the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and directly funds […]