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Save the Date – June 24

Get your tickets today! Tuesday, June 24th Doors open at 5:30pm Curious Comedy Theatre: 5225 NE MLK Blvd. Recognizing that our current struggles for Environmental Justice are just part of the long history of organizing for social justice in the United States, OPAL is organizing for the second year in a row a staged reading…

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TriMet Board Moves Forward with Riders’ Proposal to Extend Transfer Times

Community leaders from OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and Bus Riders Unite (BRU), the region’s preeminent transit justice organization, testified at the TriMet Board of Directors meeting this morning in support of Ordinance No. 332, which will extend transfer times for cash and single-ticket fares to 2.5 hours. The Board held a first reading of the ordinance…

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A Win for East Portland Bus Stops and BRU!

We have GREAT news to share about our East Portland Bus Stop Project. Bus Riders Unite! prioritized East Portland bus stops as one of three priority areas back in 2010 and throughout the process, we’ve had great engagement from people use transit. We had an incredibly successful prioritization process in which you said which 3…

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First day of summer: work hard, play hard!

This month’s Bus Riders Unite! meeting marked the final adoption of our guiding document. The Bus Riders Unite Organizational Structure and Collaborative Vision includes by-laws, membership criteria and forms committees. Built into all of this is the ability for members to present ideas, provide input, and be the decision-making body that will guide BRU! efforts…

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Making Strides for Transit Justice

We are really excited about two significant milestones for both BRU and OPAL that occurred this week! The first one you may have read about in OPAL’s Facebook post about 1st Saturday Organizing. We had a record number of participants on May 4th with 12 organizers! Many of them were brand new faces and all…

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Guest Post: A Night Without a Bus Pass

This week’s blog post comes from OPAL Youth Organizer, Nicole Johnson, who has been working with youth city-wide to advocate for stable funding of the YouthPass benefit, and to expand it to all students in the Portland metropolitan area. Herself and Multnomah Youth Commissioner Jose Lopez Delgado penned an opinion piece published this week in the Oregonian…

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Improve Your Bus Stops

The East Portland Bus Stop Project focuses on creating opportunities for meaningful involvement in transit decision making and increases awareness of connectivity  issues between bus and pedestrian transit. This is a community driven project focusing on areas around: SE 82nd, SE 122nd, Stark, Powell, Foster, Division and Halsey. If you live in East Portland, we…

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Adela’s Journey

“Adela’s Journey” is a short documentary created by OPAL’s Community Organizer Hector Osuna. Adela rides the #4, East Portland’s only frequent service east-west line, to her 5am hotel shift in downtown Portland. What thoughts do you have after watching? Share in the comments below.

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Join us at our 1st Bus Stop POP!

Wednesday 12/21 4:00 – 6:30 pm Bus Stop POP! Is a form of community education and reclamation that turns neglected bus stops into the center of community celebration. At least once per month EPBS Project will POP up at a bus stop in East Portland that needs some community love. We’ll offer riders hot beverages,…

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Bus Stop Workshop Dec 12

Bus Stop Workshop: Action Meeting for the EPBS Project Monday Dec 12th | 6:00-8:00 PM OPAL Office 2407 SE 49th Ave, Portland OR 97206 We are hosting a Bus Stop Workshop for community members interested in the East Portland Bus Stop (EPBS) Project Dec 12.  This meeting will be a chance for folks to learn…

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