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YouthPass is Transit Equity

Today, on civil rights leader Rosa Parks birthday, we celebrate her work and Transit Equity Day, a collaborative effort among several organizations and unions to promote access to public transportation as a civil right and a strategy to combat climate change. Access to YouthPass […]

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Youth Leaders Strategizing

By Adrian Cato, YEJA Organizer In early December, members of Youth Environmental Justice Alliance participated in their yearly winter retreat to build community and strategize around next year’s campaign goals. Youth from Parkrose, David Douglas, and Franklin High School gathered at our annual retreat to […]

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We Stand With Students of Color

The recent, rushed decision by Portland Public Schools to increase the presence of police in schools is dangerous, misguided, and potentially unconstitutional. The decision was made with a laughable attempt at community involvement, and flies in the face of environmental justice principles. The most […]

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Transit Funding: A Partial Victory

Since the 2017 state legislative session, which brought new investments in mass transit, OPAL has served on the Public Transportation Investment Plan to represent the concerns of youth and bus riders in how funds are spent. Last Friday, the exhaustive process came to a […]

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VIDEO: Congratulations Serve the People Graduates!

  OPAL congratulates this year’s Serve the People cohort of youth leaders! Youth from Franklin High School, Parkrose High School, David Douglas High School and Muslim Educational Trust came together this summer to participate in a series of workshops. Youth participants completed the program by […]

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EJ Champions Grow OPAL’s Impact

OPAL develops the leadership of low income people of color to dismantle racism, classism, and other systems of oppression. But this is everyone’s movement, and there is an important work to be done by people with race and class privilege. Do you believe in self-determination […]

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OPAL’s 2017 Report to our Investors

OPAL is proud to present our 2017 Annual Report! This year, we decided to create a consolidated publication to share our many victories from the past year with our community. OPAL tackles many different issues around Environmental Justice, but in this one place you […]

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Youth Explore Food Justice at Zenger Farms

by Hazel Horvath, DukeEngage Intern Chickens clucked. A rooster crowed. The air was a fragrant mix between flowers and manure. These sights, sounds, and smells seem impossible to find in a city, but after just a twenty-minute ride on the 72 bus from OPAL’s offices, the […]

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YEJA and Allies Push Regional #YouthPass4All Expansion

YouthPass means opportunity. YouthPass means greater equity. YouthPass means a cleaner environment. With Youth Environmental Justice Alliance leaders, OPAL staff, and community allies showing up for YEJA, an overwhelming majority of the testimonies shared at the July 27th meeting of the HB 2017 Advisory Board were […]

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Field Notes: Retreat Envisions a Just Transition

In Mid-May, OPAL and our partners in the Oregon Just Transition Alliance convened a three-day Just Transition retreat. We gathered in partnership with the Multnomah County Climate Justice Collaborative, Oregon Just Transition Alliance, and the Oakland, CA-based Movement Generation, a movement strategy center leading in […]