Transit Justice

#YouthPass4All Campaign Launch Recap

The YouthPass to the Future campaign launch on November 14th was a huge success. Youth Environmental Justice Alliance members told their personal stories of accessing transit, led the crowd in chants, performed a song, and debuted a new campaign video. See more photos of the event here. You organization can become an endorser of YouthPass…

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Building Youth Power

  Jennifer Phung was born and raised in Oakland, CA by Chinese refugee parents from Vietnam. At age 16, she was politicized through AYPAL, a youth organizing program where she learned about inequalities and issues affecting Asian Americans and communities of color. Inspired by the power of organizing, she worked on the Williams Settlement and…

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Strength & Hope

Bus Riders Unite builds strength and hope for Transit Justice Like you, we here at OPAL are subdued today. A heavy fog has set, with harsh reminder of who has power in our communities, who the laws protect, and who they don’t. There are few words that can do justice to the moment, but the…

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Save the Date – June 24

Get your tickets today! Tuesday, June 24th Doors open at 5:30pm Curious Comedy Theatre: 5225 NE MLK Blvd. Recognizing that our current struggles for Environmental Justice are just part of the long history of organizing for social justice in the United States, OPAL is organizing for the second year in a row a staged reading…

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Seeing Value in the Long Haul

This week, OPAL and Bus Riders Unite leaders met with partner organizations that signed onto the Campaign for a Fair Transfer to discuss the Title Six Civil Rights complaint that OPAL and the Center for Intercultural Organizing jointly issued against Trimet (you can read more about those events here). Throughout the course of these proceedings,…

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The Long Reach of Privilege

Devon S. is a student at Lewis & Clark College working with OPAL and Bus Riders Unite as a sustainability intern. You’ll be reading more blog posts about her perspective and experiences here, please feel free to leave feedback and say hello in the comments! Given the recent details surrounding the TriMet board meeting and…

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TriMet Board Moves Forward with Riders’ Proposal to Extend Transfer Times

Community leaders from OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and Bus Riders Unite (BRU), the region’s preeminent transit justice organization, testified at the TriMet Board of Directors meeting this morning in support of Ordinance No. 332, which will extend transfer times for cash and single-ticket fares to 2.5 hours. The Board held a first reading of the ordinance…

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The Story of Us

This week OPAL and Bus Riders Unite showed once again that we are able to effectively mobilize and advocate on behalf of transit riders. The fact that TriMet’s board meetings are held at 9AM on weekdays has been a point of contention for a long time. Even at this inconvenient hour for working families, we…

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A Win for East Portland Bus Stops and BRU!

We have GREAT news to share about our East Portland Bus Stop Project. Bus Riders Unite! prioritized East Portland bus stops as one of three priority areas back in 2010 and throughout the process, we’ve had great engagement from people use transit. We had an incredibly successful prioritization process in which you said which 3…

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Important BRU! meeting approaching

We are at a crucial point in the Campaign for a Fair Transfer, making it all the more exciting to see so many of you getting involved. Including our OiTs, OPAL had about 16 people out talking with transit riders last weekend for our monthly 1st Saturday Organizing day. That gave us enough organizers to…

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