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Partial 2018-2019 YouthPass Funding Secured

Transportation is a human right. Sustainable, equitable funding for youth transportation access is a key goal of the local youth-led movement for transportation justice. Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA), Multnomah Youth Commission, our allies and supporters have long been working with school districts and […]

"youthPass in East Portland NOW!" with a raised fist

The Fight for YouthPass Must Go On!

OPAL and YEJA would like to thank our allies and partners for their support in working towards securing YouthPass for East Portland youth. We celebrate the successful implementation of the YouthPass program for the 2017-2018 school year at David Douglas High School and Parkrose […]

Seven YEJA members stand in a field outside the Community Budget forum, wearing matching YEJA shirts and bandanas. The youth look serious.

Community Stakeholders #DefendYouthPass

We’re building momentum for Thursday’s rally at City Hall. The organizations and individuals are showing their love for East Portland Youth. We support YEJA and MYC in their effort to #DefendYouthPass – please include funding for YouthPass for East Portland schools in the City […]

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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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YEJA’s Vision for YouthPass

The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance and their allies won YouthPass expansion into East Portland high schools this year. Sadly, the program is not included in the draft budget at the City of Portland. The loss of the program would be detrimental to the success […]

Seven YEJA members stand in a field outside the Community Budget forum, wearing matching YEJA shirts and bandanas. The youth look serious.

YEJA #DefendYouthPass at City Budget Forum

At an April 3rd budget forum with the City of Portland, Youth Environmental Justice Alliance leaders sent a clear message to the City: until TriMet steps up and supports youth transit access fully, it’s up to City decision-makers to keep the program intact and […]

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Marissa Naranjo: A Heritage of Resistance

We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to the OPAL Family! After an exhaustive, prolonged search featuring candidates from across the country, we have chosen our Oregon Just Transition Alliance Organizer! Welcome Marissa Naranjo! Marissa is a tribal citizen of Kha’p’o Owingeh, or […]

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Our Transit Justice Priorities

OPAL, Bus Riders Unite!, and our Fellows are here to make sure that TriMet works for the community. In the past few years, we’ve grown increasingly concerned with the decision-making that oversees the system. Because of the recent turmoil at TriMet, we’ve decided to […]

Youth and adult allies stand inside the state capitol ater successfully lobbying legislators to support the Youth Transit Initiative.

Youth Transit Initiative Victory!

OPAL is proud to announce a major victory in the state legislature: we finally secured a mechanism for the state to pay for students to utilize public transportation to get to and from school. The Youth Transit Initiative is about to become law! Many […]

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Huy Hour Returns: Save the Date

Click the image to RSVP! Since joining OPAL in 2016, Executive Director Huy Ong has overseen the growth and transformation of OPAL while continuing our legacy of grassroots organizing in impacted communities. Every year, we bring together community to meet and greet Huy and […]