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2017 State Legislative Session: Wins and Losses

The 2017 Legislative Session concluded last week having passed some significant legislation that will advance justice for our communities. Simultaneously, the legislature failed in key areas.   OPAL’s legislative priorities were focused in making sure that policies were driven by those impacted the most. […]

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Voices 2017: An Incredible Display of Unity

Tuesday night OPAL’s closest family of supporters and allies turned out for Voices of A People’s History: Nothing About Us Without Us. And it was amazing. The unity and support in the room was tangible from the moment that supporters started to trickle in […]

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Transportation Package Passes State Legislature

After a long legislative process that began months before the official start of the 2017 legislative session, on July 5th the House of Representatives passed a historic statewide transportation package with 39 votes in favor. Today, HB2017-10 passed the Senate Floor with 22 votes […]

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Changing the Rules for Transit Justice

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and our partners have won two major victories in the state legislature this session. We’re hopeful Governor Brown will quickly sign SB357 and HB2777 into law, making transit safer for low income people and people of color by changing the […]

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Multnomah County & Portland, Oregon Lead On Climate Policy

Portland is not perfect. But today, our region is a beacon in an increasingly dark country. Multnomah County and the City of Portland have affirmed a commitment to using 100% renewable resources for energy by the year 2050. This policy can and should be […]

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Youth Transit Moves Forward!

On April 12th, 2017 the Oregon House Committee on Education passed HB 2693 which establishes a grant program under the Department of Education, that would award funds to school districts a percentage of student transportation costs that are not currently reimbursed through the State […]

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Farmworker Justice: 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, […]

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Diesel Bill Gutted By Industry Corruption

NOW IS THE TIME TO APPLY GRASSTOPS AND GRASSROOTS PRESSURE    CONTEXT SB 1008 is a bill intended to reduce diesel engine emissions across the state. Eliminating dirty diesel exhaust saves lives and is the only way to ensure clean air for every Oregonian. Here […]

UPDATE: Metro Responds to OPAL Letter!

Two weeks ago, OPAL signed on to a letter with a broad coalition of organizations to demand that Trimet, Metro, and the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) support a robust and comprehensive regional infrastructure bond measure. You can find out more details […]

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Cleaner Air Oregon Results: Good, Bad and Ugly

Following the uproar in Portland over air toxics early last year, Governor Brown brought together a new process, Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO). So far, it’s been a series of meetings which have taken place across the state with a combination of industry, grassroots, and […]