Photo of people carrying signs. Several of the signs say Why Pay more for less?

Sign Our Letter: No Fare Hikes!

TriMet’s new General Manager Doug Kelsey is pushing for higher transit fares. He says “we haven’t [raised fares] in nine years.” Such a move would make our daily commute more expensive. When fares go up, ridership goes down. It causes a downward spiral that […]

UP WITH RIDERS- STOP THE FARE HIKE

Our Values:  Transit riders should make decisions about how the transit system functions. Riders’ ideas should be incorporated into all conversations that will impact their daily lives.  We follow the leadership of low-income people, people of color, youth, seniors, and disabled people. These are […]

Defend YouthPass

Objective: Win Fareless Youth Transit Access for As Many Youth As Possible Issue: Study after study shows that when youth have access to public transit, they don’t jsut do better in school: they have better health, economic, and community outcomes as well. For more than 20 […]

Alejandra stands on the bank of the Willamette River

Maria Alejandra Gallegos-Chacón: Libra Sun, Feminist Rising

We’re excited to introduce to the community our new Youth Environmental Justice Alliance Organizer, Alejandra Gallegos-Chacón. Alejandra was born in Quito, Ecuador. “I was born two weeks later than planned,” she says, “because even back then I wasn’t about to let a man tell […]

Brian sits on a blanket on a sunny day. Next to him are a drum and a bag of clothing.

Brian Liu: From Organizing People to Organizing Money

We  are excited to announce that Brian Liu is OPAL’s new Grants Coordinator. In his role, Brian will ensure that the community of funders who support OPAL understand our theory of change and the values which ground our work. An experienced and articulate writer […]

NO on HB 3023-A “The Lyft Bill”

Objective: Protect and ensure we have options to address transportation issues at all levels of decision-making. Issue: Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) are increasingly being viewed as a ‘last mile’ connector for transit trips, and offer services which extend beyond the bus or light rail operating hours. The […]

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Carbon Trading Reading List

OPAL has been researching carbon trading systems for the last few years, and lots of people have asked us where we get our data from! We compiled this helpful reading list for folks who want to delve deeper into the experiences of other places that have […]

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HB 2020: Oregon’s Carbon Trading Bill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CZczRH5ljw Dear Governor Brown, Speaker Kotek, Senator Dembrow, and Representative Power: We, leaders of environmental justice groups in Oregon and throughout the U.S., call on you to be a true climate leader by supporting a fair, equitable and just transition and to oppose false […]

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FAQ: Why are frontline communities opposing carbon trading?

We recently posted this video: The video comes after EJ groups from around the country and globe sent this letter to Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Legislative leaders, urging them to reconsider HB2020. Some questions came up, so we’ve got answers: Doesn’t carbon trading […]

YES ON HB 2015 – Driver’s Licenses for All

Objective: Strengthen and expand access to a basic human right for all immigrant communities. Issue: Environmental Justice communities, which includes our immigrant and refugee neighbors, are currently denied access to a driver licence. This inhibits transportation for these individuals, stifling a basic human right. 80,000 to 100,000 […]