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World Meeting of Popular Movements Report-Back

by Orlando Lopez, Bus Riders Unite Organizer This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the US Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto California. This is an initiative that Pope Francis has been working for the past several years, one that […]

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

Climate Action Rooted In Justice! 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 and low income people to join the movements for […]

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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 […]

Lobby Day Calendar 2017

Click the image below for a visual timeline. Lobby Days and events highlighted in green will feature OPAL’s attendance. Other days are listed as opportunities to join partners in advocacy. Last updated 2/14/2017.   Text of image: Feb. 10th Ways and Means Roadshow (OPAL […]

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OPAL Makes History: Portland Passes Inclusionary Zoning

Today, after years of advocacy at the state and local level, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon secured a great victory. Inclusionary Zoning is now official policy in the City of Portland, the first jurisdiction in the state of Oregon to do so. Beginning in February, […]

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OPAL Members Win Big in 2016

The Board and Staff at OPAL are so proud of our members and allies, and our many successes in 2016. As we head toward the end of the year and the season of giving, we want to thank them publicly for the work they’ve […]

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RECAP: City Council IH Hearing

We had an incredibly strong lineup today for the City Council hearing on inclusionary housing, starting at around 9:30am with two invited panels: Vivian Satterfield, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon Felisa Hagins, SEIU 49 John Mulvey, citizen activist, gentleman Dr. George C. Galster, MIT professor, metropolitan housing markets expert Dennis […]

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Inclusionary Housing for PDX Now!

We see new housing construction all over town – but the average Portlander can’t afford to live there. That’s why OPAL and our housing justice community partners are having a social media action this week. We’re asking you to step up and participate in […]

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2016 Movement Give Guide

  Where do we go from here? At our core, OPAL is about grassroots organizing for community and social change. And after a highly divisive election and its subsequent protests, many people want to know what can be done to keep our communities safe. […]

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Environmental Justice in the 2016 Election

NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect accurate ballot titles. In 2016, Oregon voters will decide a variety of issues. As a nonprofit, OPAL won’t be recommending who to vote for elected office. But ballot measure campaigns are different because you’re the decision maker. We […]