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World Meeting of Popular Movements Report-Back

by Orlando Lopez, Bus Riders Unite Organizer This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the US Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto California. This is an initiative that Pope Francis has been working for the past several years, one that […]

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

Climate Action Rooted In Justice! 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 and low income people to join the movements for […]

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OPAL’s 2017 Oregon Legislative Agenda

OPAL is working in the state legislature this session, pushing to advance Environmental Justice on the following key priorities: Affordable and Stable Housing Sustainable Transportation Funding Improving Air Quality Transparent, Accountable, and Equitable Governance Read below to learn our objectives, and the issues we […]

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OPAL Partners with Oregon Walks and Community Cycling Center

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Community Cycling Center, and Oregon Walks are pleased to announce the receipt of a joint Kaiser Permanente Community Fund (KPCF) grant award. The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance, OPAL’s youth organizing membership body, has received the two-year investment to enhance their […]

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BRU Life Campaign Nearing Victory!

By Orlando Lopez, Bus Riders Unite Organizer Tuesday January 31st was the 4th Low-income fare Taskforce meeting at the Metro building. As we seek out ways to transition our economy so it works for everyone, it’s vital for low-income people and people of color […]

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Low Income Fare Task Force Update

Help us keep the pressure on TriMet and local government to reduce the fare for low-income riders! RSVP here for the Monday meeting at Metro. At the January 9th Low-Income fare task force meeting two presenters from Seattle came down to Portland to present on […]

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Youth Leaders Convene Stakeholders Meeting

On December 9th, Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) leaders co-convened a meeting of key stakeholders at City Hall to discuss the future of YouthPass. Since YEJA launched the YouthPass to the Future campaign last year, our youth have been leading the conversation of how […]

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Interview: Orlando Lopez on LIFE Campaign Progress

By Shawn Fleek, Community Engagement Coordinator Orlando Lopez has been OPAL’s Bus Riders Unite (BRU) Organizer for more than a year now, and BRU has seen some massive progress over the course of the 2016. The Low Income Fare Equity (LIFE) campaign is getting […]

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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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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. […]