Jade Greening: An Oregon Solution

(This article is part two of a three-part series about Jade Greening, a project to bring environmental justice to our community. Read part one here.) Because the Jade District lacks a tree canopy, and is boxed in by transportation corridors, this majority-minority population of our […]


Cleaner Air Oregon Update

By Dayna Jones, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon Legal Intern and concerned community member OPAL continues to participate and steer the conversation in Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO), a special task force that Governor Brown convened this year to address concerns about air toxics in our […]


Environmental Injustice in The Jade District

(This article is part one of a three-part series about Jade Greening, a project to bring environmental justice to our community.) OPAL works closely with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). APANO’s current Executive Director was at one point OPAL’s co-Director, and […]


Help YEJA Meet Their Fundraising Goal!

Youth Environmental Justice Alliance leaders hope to raise $500 for a special project called Youth Making a Change Screen Printing Series YEJA youth, and the larger East Portland community, will learn how to design and screen print t-shirts that reflect our social justice values. Through the […]


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 […]

Jai Singh, Organizer-in-Training

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 […]

YEJA leaders held a rally outside Multnomah County to demand YouthPass expansion.

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 […]


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.


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, […]

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YouthPass Campaign Update

Since the campaign kick-off last November, youth organizers at Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) have been working tirelessly to strategize next steps of the campaign, build relationships with other constituents and partners, as well as continue to develop youth leadership and skills. In December, […]