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 We repealed the Inclusionary Zoning ban at the legislature.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 […]

A map of the Broadway Bridgehead where the project will be placed.

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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30 Years Later, Not Much Has Changed

October, 2017 marks the 30 year anniversary of the publication of Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States. In 1987, the United Church of Christ performed an exhaustive study comparing US Census data with information on environmental health hazards. The study showed what […]

Participants gather at the Oregon Just Transition Assembly

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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Meet Alex Mijares: Spiritual Revolutionary

Hello, my name is Alex Mario Mijares. I grew up in a rough environment in San Fernando Valley, California. My neighborhoods were diverse in race & class. Communities there were, and still are today, experiencing issues with affordable housing, illnesses, jobs, drugs, and gang […]

Members of the Serve the People Training Program at their East Portland Just Us event.

14 Youth Leaders Emerge From Serve the People

Serve the People, the summer training intensive program of the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance, came to a close last week. 14 youth of color from East Portland participated in the fun, motivating, educational and empowering experience of four half-day meetings per week for six […]

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Marisol Ceballos: “I Owe It To My Communities”

I’m in this for my family. My mom and her 9 siblings grew up working in the fields. They have been exposed to all kinds of pesticides. The women suffered miscarriages. My family works in factories, in grocery stores. Their wages barely cover the […]