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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 […]

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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 […]

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When We Fight, We Win. Whats Next?

The sheer number of victories coming out of grassroots organizing right now are stunning, even to ourselves. OPAL’s members with Bus Riders Unite (BRU) and the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) been so successful that as of right now OPAL is not actually running any formally-declared […]

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Voices 2017: An Incredible Display of Unity

Tuesday night OPAL’s closest family of supporters and allies turned out for Voices of A People’s History: Nothing About Us Without Us. And it was amazing. The unity and support in the room was tangible from the moment that supporters started to trickle in […]

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Frontlines and Allies Rise for Climate Justice

WE DID IT! Oregon Just Transition Alliance, supported by OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Unite Oregon, Rural Organizing Project, PCUN, Beyond Toxics, and APANO held our first ever mass mobilization on Saturday, April 29th. The turnout was beyond our expectations, and the march and rallies […]

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April 29th Portland People’s Climate Movement Update

Route, Partners, Program Details WHEN: April 29th, 2017 12:00pm-5:00pm WHERE: Portland OR: Dawson Park, N. Williams at N Stanton (map) – March will proceed south on N. Vancouver, South on Wheeler, East on Multnomah, South on MLK and east on Davis, ending at Buckman […]

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Transportation: 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, and […]