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

Climate Action Rooted In Justice! 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 and low income people to join the movements for […]

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OPAL’s 2017 Oregon Legislative Agenda

OPAL is working in the state legislature this session, pushing to advance Environmental Justice on the following key priorities: Affordable and Stable Housing Sustainable Transportation Funding Improving Air Quality Transparent, Accountable, and Equitable Governance Read below to learn our objectives, and the issues we […]

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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 […]

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BRU Life Campaign Nearing Victory!

By Orlando Lopez, Bus Riders Unite Organizer Tuesday January 31st was the 4th Low-income fare Taskforce meeting at the Metro building. As we seek out ways to transition our economy so it works for everyone, it’s vital for low-income people and people of color […]

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OPAL Makes History: Portland Passes Inclusionary Zoning

Today, after years of advocacy at the state and local level, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon secured a great victory. Inclusionary Zoning is now official policy in the City of Portland, the first jurisdiction in the state of Oregon to do so. Beginning in February, […]

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Interview: Orlando Lopez on LIFE Campaign Progress

By Shawn Fleek, Community Engagement Coordinator Orlando Lopez has been OPAL’s Bus Riders Unite (BRU) Organizer for more than a year now, and BRU has seen some massive progress over the course of the 2016. The Low Income Fare Equity (LIFE) campaign is getting […]

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OPAL Members Win Big in 2016

The Board and Staff at OPAL are so proud of our members and allies, and our many successes in 2016. As we head toward the end of the year and the season of giving, we want to thank them publicly for the work they’ve […]

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RECAP: City Council IH Hearing

We had an incredibly strong lineup today for the City Council hearing on inclusionary housing, starting at around 9:30am with two invited panels: Vivian Satterfield, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon Felisa Hagins, SEIU 49 John Mulvey, citizen activist, gentleman Dr. George C. Galster, MIT professor, metropolitan housing markets expert Dennis […]

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Maria Hernandez: Everything Starts With People

OPAL is pleased to announce the hire of our new Advocacy Coordinator, Maria Hernandez! Her passion for community control over decision making started at an early age: Maria comes from the small town of Cruz de Aguilar Romita Guanajuato, where only 550 individuals live, […]

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Inclusionary Housing for PDX Now!

We see new housing construction all over town – but the average Portlander can’t afford to live there. That’s why OPAL and our housing justice community partners are having a social media action this week. We’re asking you to step up and participate in […]