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Partial 2018-2019 YouthPass Funding Secured

Transportation is a human right. Sustainable, equitable funding for youth transportation access is a key goal of the local youth-led movement for transportation justice. Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA), Multnomah Youth Commission, our allies and supporters have long been working with school districts and […]

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Defining and Achieving Equity

On May 16th, OPAL and the YEJA leadership team published a blog titled “The Mayor Doesn’t Care” in response to the final budget proposal of the City of Portland which lacked any funds to continue YouthPass for students in two East Portland school districts. […]

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The Fight for YouthPass Must Go On!

OPAL and YEJA would like to thank our allies and partners for their support in working towards securing YouthPass for East Portland youth. We celebrate the successful implementation of the YouthPass program for the 2017-2018 school year at David Douglas High School and Parkrose […]

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Racist TriMet Security: a BRU Organizer’s first-hand account

By Orlando Lopez Bautista, BRU Organizer I am a bus organizer. I talk to folks about their transit experience and how folks would like to see the system improved. Today I saw a group of folks who appeared homeless at the Gateway Transit Center. […]

Ted Wheeler

The Mayor Doesn’t Care

“My dad’s an immigrant and he’s paid under the table,” says a youth, speaking on condition of anonymity. “He should be making $3000 but he’s making far less because he’s an immigrant. My mom works at Subway, she’s not making a lot of money.” […]

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VIDEO: Must-See #DefendYouthPass Testimony!

Co-chair of the Multnomah Youth Commission’s Sustainability Committee Elexis Moyer testified at City Council’s Budget Hearing last night, and you need to see it. Watch the video below: (view their entire testimony here, along with many others at the same link) This is the […]

Seven YEJA members stand in a field outside the Community Budget forum, wearing matching YEJA shirts and bandanas. The youth look serious.

Community Stakeholders #DefendYouthPass

We’re building momentum for Thursday’s rally at City Hall. The organizations and individuals are showing their love for East Portland Youth. We support YEJA and MYC in their effort to #DefendYouthPass – please include funding for YouthPass for East Portland schools in the City […]

Seven YEJA members sit in the audience at the Community Budget forum, surrounded by other community members. The youth are smiling and wearing matching YEJA shirts.

Oregonian Cites OPAL, But Misses Environmental Justice

Join us for a rally Thursday at City Hall to get Youth Pass into the Portland Budget! RSVP Here! This past week, OPAL was featured in an Oregonian article about the changes to TriMet Youth Pass funding. The proposed budget for the city of […]

Seven YEJA members stand in a field outside the Community Budget forum, wearing matching YEJA shirts and bandanas. The youth look serious.

#DefendYouthPass! Sign The Petition!

The young leaders of the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance are collecting signatures in support of their strategy to win permanent, expanded YouthPass funding. Please use the form below to tell City Council they must fund YouthPass in this transitional year to preserve this invaluable […]

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YEJA’s Vision for YouthPass

The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance and their allies won YouthPass expansion into East Portland high schools this year. Sadly, the program is not included in the draft budget at the City of Portland. The loss of the program would be detrimental to the success […]