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2016 Movement Give Guide

  Where do we go from here? At our core, OPAL is about grassroots organizing for community and social change. And after a highly divisive election and its subsequent protests, many people want to know what can be done to keep our communities safe. […]

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YEJA Will Present at OSOCC 2017!

Youth Environmental Justice Alliance leaders will be featured speakers at the Oregon Students of Color Coalition (OSOCC) annual Conference, taking place November 11th-13th at Oregon State University. YEJA will feature alongside radical organizers and presenters who fight for and win major victories for social, racial, […]

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Environmental Injustice in The Jade District

(This article is part one of a three-part series about Jade Greening, a project to bring environmental justice to our community.) OPAL works closely with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). APANO’s current Executive Director was at one point OPAL’s co-Director, and […]

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Help YEJA Meet Their Fundraising Goal!

Youth Environmental Justice Alliance leaders hope to raise $500 for a special project called Youth Making a Change Screen Printing Series YEJA youth, and the larger East Portland community, will learn how to design and screen print t-shirts that reflect our social justice values. Through the […]

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We’re Winning, But We’re Not Done

E-Fare, TriMet’s costly new change in the way that riders pay for the bus, has the potential to make buses less accessible across the region. Fortunately, Bus Riders Unite is paying attention to these changes. We’re stopping some of the scarier changes from happening […]

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Justice is On Our Side

By Orlando Lopez, BRU Organizer In 2010 I was part of the first cohort of Organizers-in-Training (OiT). Many of the issues that people faced back then are the same issues folks are facing today. Back then, we were getting on the buses and talking […]

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Bus Riders Unite Release LIFE Report

Bus Riders Unite (BRU), Portland’s transit riders’ union, exists to lift up the voices of transit-dependent people, who are often overlooked in decision-making. Bus Riders Demand LIFE: Low Income Fare Equity! Here are the facts: transportation is a critical lifeline, the second-largest household expense […]

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Jai Singh: Fighting for Transit Liberation

“We need to do what I call visionary organizing. Recognize that in every crisis, people do not respond like a school of fish. Some people become immobilized. Some people become very angry, some commit suicide, and other people begin to find solutions. And visionary […]

YEJA leaders held a rally outside Multnomah County to demand YouthPass expansion.

YEJA Leaders to City Hall: YouthPass is Your Job

Today at Portland City Council, commissioners voted to fund YouthPass for the coming school year at Portland Public Schools. We applaud this continued investment in student and community success. But we are alarmed at City Council’s conversation around the issue. “Why is the city […]

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OiT Maria Gallegos: “Grassroots Organizing is Crucial”

By Maria Gallegos, Organizer-in-Training cohort member I was born in Quito, Ecuador, which is well known for bananas and the Galapagos Islands. But Ecuador is also a victim of US industrialized farming and ecological degradation from tourism. My family and I emigrated to South […]