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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 […]

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Against White Supremacy, Militarism, and False Solutions

(Mueva el cursor hacia abajo para español) Public transit is one of the last places in our society where lots of different people congregate, a truly diverse community space. The people on our buses and trains are much more likely than the general population […]

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TriMet Budget Passes – Community No Safer

Despite overwhelming opposition to spending money on yet another unnecessary and unwanted Transit Police station, TriMet today approved a budget that does nothing to address the detrimental and racist effects of their current enforcement policies. Safety is paramount for all on our transportation system. […]

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YouthPass Victory! This is HUGE!

After years of youth organizing and advocacy, Portland City Council unanimously passed an amendment on YouthPass that requires the City funding to be distributed towards all 3 Portland school districts, including Portland Public Schools, Parkrose, and David Douglas! We won YouthPass extension to East […]

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This is Not “Safety”

BRU Leadership Speaks Out on Transit Police Shooting Last week an officer assigned to TriMet’s Transit Police division shot and killed Terrell Johnson, a 24 year old Portland man, at SE 92nd and Flavel. Johnson was running from police when a Portland Police Officer, […]