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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 Tristan: “I Now Know Who I Am”

My name is Tristan and I am a member of OPAL’s Organizers-in-Training cohort this summer. I’ve always been perplexed by the question, “Where are you from?” My family were wanderers. My parents were both in the military. Strictly speaking I was born in North […]

Oregon Just Transition Assembly Program Details

The Oregon Just Transition Assembly is bringing together targeted, frontline communities from around the state to discuss the path to a Just Transition. We are taking particular aim at dismantling white supremacy and building an economy based in interconnectedness, cooperation and caring. The agenda […]

White People Need To Dismantle White Supremacy

SURJ, Showing Up for Racial Justice, organizes white people to be accountable to organizations led by and for people of color, as a means of addressing white supremacy. “We envision a society where we struggle together with love, for justice, human dignity and a […]

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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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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Changing How We Talk About Money

How does money make you feel? If you’re a low-income person, probably not great! Money is always tight, and it’s hard to make ends meet. Money is something you spend. Or maybe you’re a middle-income earner. You’re not poor, you’re not rich, you’re somewhat […]

Oregon Just Transition Assembly

Announcing the Oregon Just Transition Assembly

Oregon Just Transition Assembly- Build the New! It is with tremendous excitement we announce that on September 1-4 the Oregon Just Transition Alliance (OJTA) is bringing 250+ frontline community members together to build power and envision Oregon’s future. Individuals are coming together to learn […]

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EJ Champions Campaign Is Here!

On Tuesday night at Voices we announced the launch of our EJ Champions Campaign! OPAL has organized for and won a bunch of victories this year. We have seen expansion of YouthPass, implementation of Inclusionary Zoning, and people power won the Low Income Fare […]