Shanice Clarke

Field Notes: Black 2 Just Transition Explores Black Liberation

By Shanice Clarke In early November, Black people in the environmental justice movement organized together to co-create solutions for liberation in Detroit, MI for the Black 2 Just Transition Training & Assembly. Within environmental justice movements, Black people often experience erasure and invisibility, while […]

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Field Notes: 100% Renewables Network in Albuquerque

OPAL is a part of the 100% Renewables Network, working with national partners to develop clear pathways to 100% renewable energy in our regions. Representatives to the Network gather in local areas (having visited Buffalo, NY and Portland, OR previously) and tours the sites […]

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2019 OPAL EJ / CJ Agenda

In 2018, Oregon’s new majority showed itself. A near-supermajority of the electorate showed up to defend immigrants, women, and good government. A near-supermajority of Portlanders voted to tax major corporations to fund the clean energy future. Oregon’s legislature now has a supermajority of elected […]

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Thank You For A Transformative Six Years at OPAL

“To enter and influence history in connection with other people is the need that aches in all our deepest selves. It is this uniquely human desire that is missing in the so called “American” materialism and individualism. We have not fulfilled our need to […]

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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 […]

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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Travel Log: Growing OPAL’s National Base

An important part of our work in movement-building is strengthening and supporting our relationships to allies across the country. Recently, Deputy Director Vivian Satterfield went on a two-leg trip across the US to do just that. In mid-April, Vivian first traveled to Chicago for […]

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Wealthy Developers Attack Inclusionary Housing

In February 2017, the City of Portland implemented a strong tool for housing justice which OPAL and a team of local housing experts helped design: Inclusionary Housing. OPAL’s expertise, rooted in our deep engagement of low-income communities and communities of color, informs our housing […]

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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 […]