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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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]