A photo of oil derricks behind a chain link fence. A sign on the fence reads "poisonous gas."

Extractive Economics is Destroying the Planet

A Just Transition to a living economy will transform the pillars of the current, extractive economy. We must protect and retrain workers as industries change gears; but our analysis must go even further. We believe that we must also root our movement in a […]

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Build the New- Highlight from Oregon Just Transition Assembly

We did it! On the weekend of September 1st-4th frontline communities came together for the Just Transition Assembly put together by Oregon Just Transition Alliance. Check out the highlight video below. Thank you to everyone who came together and started to envision a Just […]

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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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What’s Your Oregon Horror Story?

Oregon is a beautiful state – but not everything here is what it seems. We know there’s some terrifying injustice taking place in Oregon, and in the spirit of Halloween, we’ve resurrected and reanimated last year’s #TriMetHorrorStories campaign for a month of stirring up […]

Participants gather at the Oregon Just Transition Assembly

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 […]