"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 […]

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Racist TriMet Security: a BRU Organizer’s first-hand account

By Orlando Lopez Bautista, BRU Organizer I am a bus organizer. I talk to folks about their transit experience and how folks would like to see the system improved. Today I saw a group of folks who appeared homeless at the Gateway Transit Center. […]

Ted Wheeler

The Mayor Doesn’t Care

“My dad’s an immigrant and he’s paid under the table,” says a youth, speaking on condition of anonymity. “He should be making $3000 but he’s making far less because he’s an immigrant. My mom works at Subway, she’s not making a lot of money.” […]

Elexis Moyer testifies at City Hall.

VIDEO: Must-See #DefendYouthPass Testimony!

Co-chair of the Multnomah Youth Commission’s Sustainability Committee Elexis Moyer testified at City Council’s Budget Hearing last night, and you need to see it. Watch the video below: (view their entire testimony here, along with many others at the same link) This is the […]

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 […]

Seven YEJA members sit in the audience at the Community Budget forum, surrounded by other community members. The youth are smiling and wearing matching YEJA shirts.

Oregonian Cites OPAL, But Misses Environmental Justice

Join us for a rally Thursday at City Hall to get Youth Pass into the Portland Budget! RSVP Here! This past week, OPAL was featured in an Oregonian article about the changes to TriMet Youth Pass funding. The proposed budget for the city of […]

OPAL Strategic Overview - 2014-17 Environmental Justice Agenda - Building the EJ Movement People Power (• Organizers-in-Training • Leadership Development • Youth) Transportation Justice (• Develop Bus Riders Unite membership & leadership • Hold TriMet accountable to transit equity & transparency • Lead Transportation Justice coalition to advance regional equity outcomes) Climate Justice (• Raise awareness of air toxics and public health concerns • Support EJ communities to ID risk-reduction strategies • Advocate for increased monitoring and enforcement • Climate justice action) Inclusive Housing • Repeal inclusionary zoning prohibition in Legislature • Promote inclusive housing policies in local jurisdiction • Raise public awareness of housing mobility and AFFH

Where Do We Go From Here?

Between 2014 and 2017, OPAL used a Strategic Framework (pictured) to guide our decision-making, hiring, and organizational growth. We’re proud to say that the high-level goals of the plan were unequivocally met and advanced. We repealed the Inclusionary Zoning ban at the legislature. We […]

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TriMet’s Skewed Annual Survey

TriMet’s Annual Attitude Survey is not representative of their ridership. Every year, the agency conducts a public opinion poll to prove to the community that they are popular and effective. Every year, the results are skewed heavily and represent an unrealistic and ill-informed view […]

Vivian

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 […]

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

#DefendYouthPass! Sign The Petition!

The young leaders of the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance are collecting signatures in support of their strategy to win permanent, expanded YouthPass funding. Please use the form below to tell City Council they must fund YouthPass in this transitional year to preserve this invaluable […]