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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 […]

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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Farmworker Justice: 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, […]

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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 […]

A prisoner in handcuffs and an orange prison jumpsuit. The jumpsuit has the "Trimet Riders Club" logo on the back.

Sign the Petition! No Transit Jail!

TriMet snuck $11M into their next budget for a new transit police facility. Bus Riders Unite, Portland’s transit riders union, says JAIL NO! NO INCREASED FARE ENFORCEMENT! We do not need a new transit police facility located steps from the Rose Quarter and Lloyd Center […]

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 […]

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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OPAL, Partners to TriMet & JPACT: “Portland Must Do Better”

Last week, OPAL was proud to sign on to a letter with a broad coalition demanding that TriMet and the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) make serious investments in the future of our region’s transportation system. Partners signing on to the letter […]