Transit Justice

VIDEO: OPAL on Community Hotline

OPAL’s Community Engagement Coordinator Shawn Fleek was on Portland Community Media’s Community Hotline to talk about OPAL, our current campaigns, and our upcoming Voices of a People’s History Event. The full video is below. Support our intersectional organizing by attending the Voices event. Tickets are nearly sold out – get yours today!

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Monday: Join the Fight for Transportation Investment

BikePortland.org: OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon is bringing their push for more transportation options and safe streets right to legislators on Monday. They’ll hold a press conference in the plaza outside the hearing an hour before it starts.” Read more here.

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BRU Membership Contest

OPAL has two free tickets to Helium Comedy Club to give away to one lucky member of Bus Riders Unite. In looking at the list of the hundreds of BRU members, we realized that many of us haven’t paid BRU membership dues this year, so we’re having a contest to win these tickets! Dues are…

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LISTEN: YEJA on XRAY.fm

This radio program on YEJA’s YouthPass to the Future campaign is fantastic. Special thanks to the folks at XRAY.fm, especially reporter Jenn Chavez of The Five Quadrants of Portland.

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VIDEO: BRU Members Testify to TriMet

Bus Riders Unite has been advocating for our E-Fare Alternative for months now. Skip ahead to 15:58 in the video below to see BRU members testify to the TriMet Board on the need for a Multi-Rider card to support access to TriMet for families with multiple children.

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INTERVIEW: BRU Leader Nic Phillips

Nicole (Nic) Phillips (she/her) will be one of the featured speakers at Voices of a People’s History 2016 – Roots, Resistance, Revolution. Nic and other leaders in our local movement will share historical perspectives on the fight for justice. In this in-depth interview, Nic talks about how she got involved in Bus Riders Unite, how…

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BRU Victory! TriMet Studies Reduced Fare

In a huge victory for Bus Riders Unite, whose advocacy for a low-income fare has been ongoing, TriMet has agreed to study a low-income fare policy – how it would be implemented, who it would impact, and more. While BRU’s Research and Advisory Committee has been studying the policy internally, TriMet has finally agreed to…

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Youth Protest County Inaction

On May 17th, 2016, members of Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA), a youth group part of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon held a rally in front of the Multnomah County building to demand YouthPass expansion to East Portland schools. “Since we launched this campaign last November, we have secured support from the David Douglas and Parkrose…

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Tell MultCo Commissioners: I Support #YouthPass4All

The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance, OPAL’s youth leadership program, is planning a week-long call-in action to urge Multnomah County Commissioners to help fund the YouthPass program in East Portland schools. Help us make some phone calls to let Multnomah County Commissioners know that you support 3000+ students gaining access to public transit so they can…

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The Oregonian is Wrong on YouthPass

Official Joint Statement from Youth Environmental Justice Alliance and the Multnomah Youth Commission in Response to the Oregonian Editorial Board’s Recent Attacks on YouthPass Funding We have read the Oregonian Editorial Board’s most recent article urging the City not to fund YouthPass. We are disappointed and outraged that the editors chose not to interview any…

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