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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. […]

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YEJA Will Present at OSOCC 2017!

Youth Environmental Justice Alliance leaders will be featured speakers at the Oregon Students of Color Coalition (OSOCC) annual Conference, taking place November 11th-13th at Oregon State University. YEJA will feature alongside radical organizers and presenters who fight for and win major victories for social, racial, […]

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Environmental Injustice in The Jade District

(This article is part one of a three-part series about Jade Greening, a project to bring environmental justice to our community.) OPAL works closely with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). APANO’s current Executive Director was at one point OPAL’s co-Director, and […]

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Help YEJA Meet Their Fundraising Goal!

Youth Environmental Justice Alliance leaders hope to raise $500 for a special project called Youth Making a Change Screen Printing Series YEJA youth, and the larger East Portland community, will learn how to design and screen print t-shirts that reflect our social justice values. Through the […]

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We’re Winning, But We’re Not Done

E-Fare, TriMet’s costly new change in the way that riders pay for the bus, has the potential to make buses less accessible across the region. Fortunately, Bus Riders Unite is paying attention to these changes. We’re stopping some of the scarier changes from happening […]

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Justice is On Our Side

By Orlando Lopez, BRU Organizer In 2010 I was part of the first cohort of Organizers-in-Training (OiT). Many of the issues that people faced back then are the same issues folks are facing today. Back then, we were getting on the buses and talking […]

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Bus Riders Unite Release LIFE Report

Bus Riders Unite (BRU), Portland’s transit riders’ union, exists to lift up the voices of transit-dependent people, who are often overlooked in decision-making. Bus Riders Demand LIFE: Low Income Fare Equity! Here are the facts: transportation is a critical lifeline, the second-largest household expense […]