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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 […]

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Partial 2018-2019 YouthPass Funding Secured

Transportation is a human right. Sustainable, equitable funding for youth transportation access is a key goal of the local youth-led movement for transportation justice. Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA), Multnomah Youth Commission, our allies and supporters have long been working with school districts and […]

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Defining and Achieving Equity

On May 16th, OPAL and the YEJA leadership team published a blog titled “The Mayor Doesn’t Care” in response to the final budget proposal of the City of Portland which lacked any funds to continue YouthPass for students in two East Portland school districts. […]

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The Fight for YouthPass Must Go On!

OPAL and YEJA would like to thank our allies and partners for their support in working towards securing YouthPass for East Portland youth. We celebrate the successful implementation of the YouthPass program for the 2017-2018 school year at David Douglas High School and Parkrose […]

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The Mayor Doesn’t Care

“My dad’s an immigrant and he’s paid under the table,” says a youth, speaking on condition of anonymity. “He should be making $3000 but he’s making far less because he’s an immigrant. My mom works at Subway, she’s not making a lot of money.” […]