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Strength & Hope

Bus Riders Unite builds strength and hope for Transit Justice Like you, we here at OPAL are subdued today. A heavy fog has set, with harsh reminder of who has power in our communities, who the laws protect, and who they don’t. There are few words that can do justice to the moment, but […]

Seeing Value in the Long Haul

This week, OPAL and Bus Riders Unite leaders met with partner organizations that signed onto the Campaign for a Fair Transfer to discuss the Title Six Civil Rights complaint that OPAL and the Center for Intercultural Organizing jointly issued against Trimet (you can read more about those events here). Throughout the course of these […]

Mid-program Check In with the OiTs

From L-R: Emily Brown, Perla Alvarez, OiT Coordinator Vania Loredo, Halla Williams, Omar Omar.

It’s a little past the midway point in the summer Organizer in Training program, and our OiTs wanted to share a little bit of the exciting work they’ve been doing thus far.

Youth Engagement and YouthPass

The OiTs will be […]

New friends and reNEWed energy!

Did anyone else notice how the month of August just kind of snuck in on us? Along with that comes another opportunity to join your friends at OPAL and BRU! for 1st Saturday organizing. It looks to be a beautiful day, so we expect to have plenty of chances to engage transit riders. Remember, the […]

A Win for East Portland Bus Stops and BRU!

You did it! You won improvements to 3 East Portland bus stops!

We have GREAT news to share about our East Portland Bus Stop Project. Bus Riders Unite! prioritized East Portland bus stops as one of three priority areas back in 2010 and throughout the process, we’ve had great engagement from people use transit. […]

Turning Up the Heat in June

We had another great day of 1stSaturday Organizing last weekend, with blue skies and more than 15 volunteer organizers! We even had three youth representatives out with us for their first day of organizing. It was great to see them engaging the public about Youth Pass and Campaign for a Fair Transfer, issues that are […]

Save the Date: Thursday, June 27th

On Thursday, June 27th, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon will host Voices from a People‚Äôs History of the United States, a benefit for the summer Organizer in Training Program at an inaugural fundraising event at Curious Comedy Theatre, located in the heart of Vanport Square in Northeast Portland. The evening will feature community leaders, elected […]

Guest Post: A BRU Member’s Take

This has been a big week in the world of Bus Riders Unite and OPAL. An active BRU member and outer Southeast Portland resident Eavan Moore is our guest posting for this week, offering her take on the future of Campaign for a Fair Transfer.

Think back to October 2010. Who were you two and […]