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Our Transit Justice Priorities

OPAL, Bus Riders Unite!, and our Fellows are here to make sure that TriMet works for the community. In the past few years, we’ve grown increasingly concerned with the decision-making that oversees the system. Because of the recent turmoil at TriMet, we’ve decided to […]

Youth and adult allies stand inside the state capitol ater successfully lobbying legislators to support the Youth Transit Initiative.

Youth Transit Initiative Victory!

OPAL is proud to announce a major victory in the state legislature: we finally secured a mechanism for the state to pay for students to utilize public transportation to get to and from school. The Youth Transit Initiative is about to become law! Many […]

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Wealthy Developers Attack Inclusionary Housing

In February 2017, the City of Portland implemented a strong tool for housing justice which OPAL and a team of local housing experts helped design: Inclusionary Housing. OPAL’s expertise, rooted in our deep engagement of low-income communities and communities of color, informs our housing […]

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<< Español Abajo>> Oregon’s air is polluted. Our regulations have gaps and limits because they are based on very weak federal regulations rather than health-based standards. Oregon deserves cleaner air. We are fighting for air quality regulations that protect public health, especially for those […]

Alex Mijares speaks to PBS Newshour

Alex Mijares: Environmental Justice Warrior

We are so proud of 2017 Organizer-in-Training Alex Mijares, who is now advocating in our community and across the country for a safer, healthier environment. In this national PBS Newshour special on Oregon’s diesel exhaust problem, he talks about living in low-income housing in […]

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Do You Love Clean Air?

OPAL knows that for far too long, environmental justice communities across the state have been forced to bear the very real health risks and costs imposed on us by the lack of an adequate air toxics regulatory program. We’ve known that in Portland communities, particularly […]


Bus Riders Support Measure 101

By David Bouchard, Chair, BRU’s Research and Advisory Committee A few days after I moved to Portland in 2015, I was walking with my mother and sister in downtown, when suddenly, my mother fell after stepping off a curb. Her ankle was fractured, and […]

Nothing About Us Without Us – David Bouchard Reads Ken Jernigan

Environmental Justice calls us to ensure the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people in the development and implementation of policies that impact their lives. Our friends in the disability community coined a phrase that embodies this ethic: “Nothing About Us Without Us.” We […]

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Fare Enforcement: Reducing Penalties for Our Communities

The EPA defines Environmental Justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” HB 2777 Development (checked!), Implementation (In Process), […]