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 […]

A prisoner in handcuffs and an orange prison jumpsuit. The jumpsuit has the "Trimet Riders Club" logo on the back.

Trimet Sneaks $11M for Police Into Budget

Massive expansion of police presence with no public discussion OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and Bus Riders Unite are shocked and appalled at the announcement of an increase of $11M for police in the Trimet budget. There is no need for this expansion of the […]

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UPDATED: Legislators Need To Hear From Renters Today!

The fight for tenant protections is heating up. We need renters, particularly from the following key districts, to contact their legislators today. Currently, these Representatives need to hear from their constituents about the issues of just cause evictions and rent stabilization.Representative Lively in House District 12 […]

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

Climate Action Rooted In Justice! This event has passed! Read the full recap here! 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 […]

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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 […]