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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 […]

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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 […]

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VIDEO: True or False: Youth Transit

The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance has created a video to dispel some myths about youth use of transit and their campaign, YouthPass to the Future. Watch the video below, and click the buttons to share with your networks!

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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 […]

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Riders Say “JAIL NO!”

Did you hear the news? Trimet snuck an $11M transit jail into their new budget. Bus Riders first heard the news on February 22nd. We held internal meetings to ask: what’s the Bus Riders Unite response? At March 22nd’s Trimet Board Meeting, we were […]

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UPDATED: Legislators Need To Hear From Renters Today!

The fight for tenant protections is heating up. We need renters, particularly from the following key districts, to contact their legislators today. Currently, these Representatives need to hear from their constituents about the issues of just cause evictions and rent stabilization. Representative Lively in House District […]

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April 29th People’s Climate Movement: Portland, OR

Climate Action Rooted In Justice! This event has passed! Read the full recap here! On April 29th, we mobilize! OPAL and our partners in the Oregon Just Transition Alliance are calling on Oregon’s Environmental Justice communities and anyone who stands with people of color […]

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OPAL Partners with Oregon Walks and Community Cycling Center

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Community Cycling Center, and Oregon Walks are pleased to announce the receipt of a joint Kaiser Permanente Community Fund (KPCF) grant award. The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance, OPAL’s youth organizing membership body, has received the two-year investment to enhance their […]