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Apply Today for Organizers-In-Training

Organizers-In-Training is now accepting applications for our Summer 2016 cohort! Click here to download the application. Email completed applications and essays to OIT@opalpdx.org before 6pm May 27, 2016. We’re also hiring a coordinator for the summer program – if you’re a bit more experienced, and want to try your hand at facilitating our signature, 10-week leadership development…

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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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YEJA YouthPass Report Release Recap

On Thursday April 7th, OPAL’s Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) shared major findings from their report YouthPass to the Future: Youth Experiences on Public Transit, Challenges and Needs, and Solutions for a Better Future. The event was covered by OPB, and the Portland Tribune. The report, seven months in the making, includes results of over…

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Youth Organizers to Release Transit Report

  Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) youth leaders are holding a press event marking the public release of YouthPass to the Future: Youth Experiences on Public Transit, Challenges and Needs, and Solutions for a Better Future. The report reveals insights into transit inequities among East Portland youth. The event is 4:00 – 5:30pm on Thursday, April 7th,…

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YEJA Open Letter to Mayor Charlie Hales

Youth leaders working to preserve and improve the YouthPass program have sent an open letter to Mayor Charlie Hales. The full text of the letter is below. Click here for a PDF copy. — Mayor Charlie Hales City of Portland 1224 SW 4th Ave Portland, OR 97204 March 23, 2016 Dear Mayor Hales, We are writing…

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BRU Campaign Launch Photos

BRU’s Campaign Launch last Friday was a huge success. If you haven’t already, watch the KOIN6 News Video about the event, and keep scrolling to see some great and powerful images from the day.

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VIDEO: Low Income Fare Launch Recap

Bus Riders Unite are organizing around a rider-created alternative to TriMet’s planned electronic fare system. On Friday March 18th, riders rallied and held a press conference to state our demands: a low-income fare, expanded retail network, and multi-rder or family card. “Bus riders are youth and seniors, people with disabilities, women with families – and…

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