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HB 2020: Oregon’s Carbon Trading Bill

Take Action! 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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HB 2326: Youth Transportation

Objective: Strengthen and support investments in access to transportation.  Issue: Transportation is central to everyone’s life, but not all residents are able to enjoy the benefits of this human right. More importantly, those most impacted by the inequitable investment are significantly excluded from the very decision-making […]

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HB 2007: “The Diesel Bill”

Objective: Support legislation and state funding to reduce toxic air emissions and improve air quality for Oregonians. Issue:  According to DEQ, each ton of diesel particulate matter emissions released in Portland results in almost $400,000 in environmental and public health costs. North Portland has the […]

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OPAL Hour Recap: How We Build the Bigger We

OPAL Hour on March 13th was a huge success. We gathered with food, friends, wine and beer, and a fierce determination to build power for our communities. The real reason the OPAL Family gathers at OPAL Hour is to hear the OPAL Top Ten, […]

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Oregon Green New Deal

Oregon Needs a Green New Deal. The urgent moment calls for climate action that comes directly from frontline communities, transitions our energy systems, ensures workers’ security, cleans up our air, holds polluters accountable, addresses the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and directly funds […]

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SB608 – Stable Homes

Objective: Strengthen and defend tenant protections for Oregon residents. Remove barriers for local governments to address the housing affordability crisis. Support state investments that increase access to, and supply of, affordable homes. Issue: Environmental Justice communities in the global south are being displaced by […]

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2019 OPAL EJ / CJ Agenda

In 2018, Oregon’s new majority showed itself. A near-supermajority of the electorate showed up to defend immigrants, women, and good government. A near-supermajority of Portlanders voted to tax major corporations to fund the clean energy future. Oregon’s legislature now has a supermajority of elected […]

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Transit Funding: A Partial Victory

Since the 2017 state legislative session, which brought new investments in mass transit, OPAL has served on the Public Transportation Investment Plan to represent the concerns of youth and bus riders in how funds are spent. Last Friday, the exhaustive process came to a […]