East Portland

Justice is On Our Side

By Orlando Lopez, BRU Organizer In 2010 I was part of the first cohort of Organizers-in-Training (OiT). Many of the issues that people faced back then are the same issues folks are facing today. Back then, we were getting on the buses and talking to folks about fighting the pending fare increases and service cuts…

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Jai Singh: Fighting for Transit Liberation

“We need to do what I call visionary organizing. Recognize that in every crisis, people do not respond like a school of fish. Some people become immobilized. Some people become very angry, some commit suicide, and other people begin to find solutions. And visionary organizers look at those people, recognize them and encourage them, and…

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YEJA Leaders to City Hall: YouthPass is Your Job

Today at Portland City Council, commissioners voted to fund YouthPass for the coming school year at Portland Public Schools. We applaud this continued investment in student and community success. But we are alarmed at City Council’s conversation around the issue. “Why is the city responsible?,” asked one Commissioner. “Every year we are gonna be the…

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OPAL Has Moved Offices!

OPAL has moved! We are now located at 3202 SE 82nd Avenue, Suite B., Portland OR 97266. We’re off bus lines 9, 72, and 4. Our phone number has also changed! Our main line is (503) 774 4503. Please make note of these changes.

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OPAL Is Moving!

To our community, As revealed at last night’s Voices of a People’s History event, I am writing today to share some big news: OPAL is moving! OPAL’s Board and I are pleased to announce we’ve found a more-affordable office space, closer to our communities, where members can organize, meet, and build movement power. The new…

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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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