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Celebrate LIFE with BRU on Saturday!

Our community is invited to join Bus Riders Unite for a celebration of our victories in the Low Income Fare Equity (LIFE) campaign. We successfully won an agreement from TriMet to implement a fare reduction for low income people! Bus Riders Unite won the […]

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Recap: Oregon Just Transition Assembly

Wow. What happened last weekend at the Oregon Just Transition Assembly was absolutely mind-blowing. Over the course of four days, more than 250 community members from across the state built power for a Just Transition. Breakout groups examined the three gglobal crises: empire, economic […]

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Julie Reardon: Mother, Fighter, Punk

By Julie Reardon, Organizer-In-Training I was born and raised in a suburb outside of Riverside, California to a Mexican mother and Irish-German father with three siblings. As a child of the 80’s, I thrived on pop-culture, climbing trees with a book in hand and […]

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When We Fight, We Win. Whats Next?

The sheer number of victories coming out of grassroots organizing right now are stunning, even to ourselves. OPAL’s members with Bus Riders Unite (BRU) and the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) been so successful that as of right now OPAL is not actually running any formally-declared […]

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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 […]