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OPAL Partners with Oregon Walks and Community Cycling Center

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Community Cycling Center, and Oregon Walks are pleased to announce the receipt of a joint Kaiser Permanente Community Fund (KPCF) grant award. The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance, OPAL’s youth organizing membership body, has received the two-year investment to enhance their […]

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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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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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YEJA Leaders Support Measure 97

In an ideal world, Oregon schools would have the highest graduation rates. Every student regardless of race, gender, or economic background would have all the opportunities and resources to succeed. But we do not live in ideal world. And certainly, the Oregon public school […]

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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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STP Recap: Youth Organizers In Their Own Words

By Lupita Velazquez, Youth Environmental Justice Alliance College Intern I first got involved with OPAL as a high school student at Parkrose. I was recruited to help out with fighting for youth transit justice. Then, I became an Organizer-in-Training in 2014, and it was a […]

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YEJA Leaders to City Hall: YouthPass is Your Job

Today at Portland City Council, commissioners voted to fund YouthPass for the coming school year at Portland Public Schools. We applaud this continued investment in student and community success. But we are alarmed at City Council’s conversation around the issue. “Why is the city […]

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OiT Maria Gallegos: “Grassroots Organizing is Crucial”

By Maria Gallegos, Organizer-in-Training cohort member I was born in Quito, Ecuador, which is well known for bananas and the Galapagos Islands. But Ecuador is also a victim of US industrialized farming and ecological degradation from tourism. My family and I emigrated to South […]