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Janaira Ramirez: “Organizing to Change Narratives is Power”

After an exhaustive nationwide search, OPAL is proud to introduce Janaira Ramirez, our new Oregon Just Transition Alliance Organizer! Janaira was born and raised in New York City, the oldest of three daughters born to Dominican parents. She relocated to Portland this week, but […]

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OPAL’s 2017 Report to our Investors

OPAL is proud to present our 2017 Annual Report! This year, we decided to create a consolidated publication to share our many victories from the past year with our community. OPAL tackles many different issues around Environmental Justice, but in this one place you […]

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Needs Assessment Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Zach Henkin, Forth, zachh@forthmobility.org, 503 724-8670 x 103 Shawn Fleek, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, shawn@opalpdx.org, 503 774-4503 x 6 New Report Highlights Disparities, Barriers for Low-Income Communities to Access Smart Transportation Technologies Research led by OPAL and Portland State University […]

OPAL Strategic Overview - 2014-17 Environmental Justice Agenda - Building the EJ Movement People Power (• Organizers-in-Training • Leadership Development • Youth) Transportation Justice (• Develop Bus Riders Unite membership & leadership • Hold TriMet accountable to transit equity & transparency • Lead Transportation Justice coalition to advance regional equity outcomes) Climate Justice (• Raise awareness of air toxics and public health concerns • Support EJ communities to ID risk-reduction strategies • Advocate for increased monitoring and enforcement • Climate justice action) Inclusive Housing • Repeal inclusionary zoning prohibition in Legislature • Promote inclusive housing policies in local jurisdiction • Raise public awareness of housing mobility and AFFH

Where Do We Go From Here?

Between 2014 and 2017, OPAL used a Strategic Framework (pictured) to guide our decision-making, hiring, and organizational growth. We’re proud to say that the high-level goals of the plan were unequivocally met and advanced. We repealed the Inclusionary Zoning ban at the legislature. We […]

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March 21st, Help Shape the Broadway Corridor

OPAL works in coalition with labor and environmental groups to ensure major new developments benefit our communities. Right now is a critical decision-point for a project that could change the face of Northwest Portland, and we want your input! Join us March 21st at […]

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Stand with OPAL in 2018!

Take the pledge! Stand with OPAL in 2018 as we advance Environmental Justice across the state! Environmental Justice Values: Frontline Leadership – The people most impacted should be fairly treated, and meaningfully involved in decision-making. Self Determination – No one can claim to represent […]

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Extractive Economics is Destroying the Planet

A Just Transition to a living economy will transform the pillars of the current, extractive economy. We must protect and retrain workers as industries change gears; but our analysis must go even further. We believe that we must also root our movement in a […]

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Jade Greening: An Oregon Solution

(This article is part two of a three-part series about Jade Greening, a project to bring environmental justice to our community. Read part one here.) Because the Jade District lacks a tree canopy, and is boxed in by transportation corridors, this majority-minority population of our […]

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Environmental Injustice in The Jade District

(This article is part one of a three-part series about Jade Greening, a project to bring environmental justice to our community.) OPAL works closely with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). APANO’s current Executive Director was at one point OPAL’s co-Director, and […]