Brian sits on a blanket on a sunny day. Next to him are a drum and a bag of clothing.

Brian Liu: From Organizing People to Organizing Money

We  are excited to announce that Brian Liu is OPAL’s new Grants Coordinator. In his role, Brian will ensure that the community of funders who support OPAL understand our theory of change and the values which ground our work. An experienced and articulate writer […]

Joann Hardesty reads Maria W Stewart

OPAL Made History at a Movement of Movements!

A Movement of Movements was a huge success! Thank you to all our sponsors, all the attendees, and everyone involved in making the event our biggest, most inspiring annual event ever. On a balmy July evening, more than 400 people crowded into Revolution Hall […]

OCAP offsets allow polluters to keep polluting

Carbon Trading Reading List

OPAL has been researching carbon trading systems for the last few years, and lots of people have asked us where we get our data from! We compiled this helpful reading list for folks who want to delve deeper into the experiences of other places that have […]

OCAP offsets allow polluters to keep polluting

HB 2020: Oregon’s Carbon Trading Bill

Take Action! Dear Governor Brown, Speaker Kotek, Senator Dembrow, and Representative Power: We, leaders of environmental justice groups in Oregon and throughout the U.S., call on you to be a true climate leader by supporting a fair, equitable and just transition and to oppose […]

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HB 2007: “The Diesel Bill”

Objective: Support legislation and state funding to reduce toxic air emissions and improve air quality for Oregonians. Issue:  According to DEQ, each ton of diesel particulate matter emissions released in Portland results in almost $400,000 in environmental and public health costs. North Portland has the […]

Huy reads the OPAL Top Ten to the OPAL Hour crowd

OPAL Hour Recap: How We Build the Bigger We

OPAL Hour on March 13th was a huge success. We gathered with food, friends, wine and beer, and a fierce determination to build power for our communities. The real reason the OPAL Family gathers at OPAL Hour is to hear the OPAL Top Ten, […]

the many organizations who have signed onto the Oregon Green New Deal

Oregon Green New Deal

Oregon Needs a Green New Deal. The urgent moment calls for climate action that comes directly from frontline communities, transitions our energy systems, ensures workers’ security, cleans up our air, holds polluters accountable, addresses the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and directly funds […]

Bus Only lanes in Boston

Field Notes: Transit Justice in Boston, MA

By Orlando Lopez Bautista, BRU Organizer Last week, I attended a workshop convening of organizations from across the country who are working on improving transportation systems locally. TransitCenter, a national partner to OPAL, convened this gathering so that organizations could cross-pollinate policy ideas, strategies, […]

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Transit Funding: A Partial Victory

Since the 2017 state legislative session, which brought new investments in mass transit, OPAL has served on the Public Transportation Investment Plan to represent the concerns of youth and bus riders in how funds are spent. Last Friday, the exhaustive process came to a […]

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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 […]