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Marisol Ceballos: “I Owe It To My Communities”

I’m in this for my family. My mom and her 9 siblings grew up working in the fields. They have been exposed to all kinds of pesticides. The women suffered miscarriages. My family works in factories, in grocery stores. Their wages barely cover the […]

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When We Fight, We Win. Whats Next?

The sheer number of victories coming out of grassroots organizing right now are stunning, even to ourselves. OPAL’s members with Bus Riders Unite (BRU) and the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) been so successful that as of right now OPAL is not actually running any formally-declared […]

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BRU Update – August 8th, 2017

By Tristan, Organizer-In-Training Over the past few weeks, Bus Riders Unite members, Organizers-in-Training, and OPAL staff have been working hard on a number of campaigns related to creating an inclusive and equitable transit system. In June and July we attended TriMet board meetings, both […]

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People Power Won the Low Income Fare Equity Campaign

Direct Action gets the goods. OPAL and Bus Riders Unite are declaring victory in the campaign for a low income fare. This victory will have a huge impact in our community. A Low-income fare is coming to Portland’s transit system. The decision to push […]

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Voices 2017: An Incredible Display of Unity

Tuesday night OPAL’s closest family of supporters and allies turned out for Voices of A People’s History: Nothing About Us Without Us. And it was amazing. The unity and support in the room was tangible from the moment that supporters started to trickle in […]

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Transportation Package Passes State Legislature

After a long legislative process that began months before the official start of the 2017 legislative session, on July 5th the House of Representatives passed a historic statewide transportation package with 39 votes in favor. Today, HB2017-10 passed the Senate Floor with 22 votes […]

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Changing the Rules for Transit Justice

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and our partners have won two major victories in the state legislature this session. We’re hopeful Governor Brown will quickly sign SB357 and HB2777 into law, making transit safer for low income people and people of color by changing the […]

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Celebrating YEJA Graduating Seniors

Two key members of the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) are graduating from high school and heading off to college, and we want to celebrate them for their leadership development at OPAL and their bright futures! Tommy Jay Larracas Graduating from David Douglas, YEJA […]

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State Transportation Package Revealed

Governor Brown asked for a transportation package from the state legislature this year. Today, the long-awaited legislation was introduced in the form of HB 2017-3. OPAL and our allied organizations are reviewing the bill carefully to develop our shared analysis and details of the […]