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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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Celebrate LIFE with BRU on Saturday!

Our community is invited to join Bus Riders Unite for a celebration of our victories in the Low Income Fare Equity (LIFE) campaign. We successfully won an agreement from TriMet to implement a fare reduction for low income people! Bus Riders Unite won the […]

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Frontlines and Allies Rise for Climate Justice

WE DID IT! Oregon Just Transition Alliance, supported by OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Unite Oregon, Rural Organizing Project, PCUN, Beyond Toxics, and APANO held our first ever mass mobilization on Saturday, April 29th. The turnout was beyond our expectations, and the march and rallies […]

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CONFIRMED: TriMet Building Interrogation, Detention Cells

As first reported on KBOO Community Radio (skip to -36:20 to hear segment), TriMet now admits that the $11M Transit Jail will include interrogation and detention facilities.  We’ve been trying to get TriMet on the record about this for some time. Kudos to community-supported media […]

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April 29th People’s Climate Movement: Portland, OR

Climate Action Rooted In Justice! This event has passed! Read the full recap here! On April 29th, we mobilize! OPAL and our partners in the Oregon Just Transition Alliance are calling on Oregon’s Environmental Justice communities and anyone who stands with people of color […]

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OPAL Makes History: Portland Passes Inclusionary Zoning

Today, after years of advocacy at the state and local level, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon secured a great victory. Inclusionary Zoning is now official policy in the City of Portland, the first jurisdiction in the state of Oregon to do so. Beginning in February, […]

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OPAL Members Win Big in 2016

The Board and Staff at OPAL are so proud of our members and allies, and our many successes in 2016. As we head toward the end of the year and the season of giving, we want to thank them publicly for the work they’ve […]

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RECAP: City Council IH Hearing

We had an incredibly strong lineup today for the City Council hearing on inclusionary housing, starting at around 9:30am with two invited panels: Vivian Satterfield, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon Felisa Hagins, SEIU 49 John Mulvey, citizen activist, gentleman Dr. George C. Galster, MIT professor, metropolitan housing markets expert Dennis […]

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Jade Greening: An Oregon Solution

(This article is part two of a three-part series about Jade Greening, a project to bring environmental justice to our community. Read part one here.) Because the Jade District lacks a tree canopy, and is boxed in by transportation corridors, this majority-minority population of our […]

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VIDEO: OPAL Celebrates Indigenous Leadership

OPAL is proud to celebrate Native American Heritage Month and to uplift the history of indigenous leadership in the movement for Environmental Justice. The struggle of Indigenous people for self-determination, and the right to traditional lands, is the first struggle for Environmental Justice on […]