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YouthPass Victory! This is HUGE!

After years of youth organizing and advocacy, Portland City Council unanimously passed an amendment on YouthPass that requires the City funding to be distributed towards all 3 Portland school districts, including Portland Public Schools, Parkrose, and David Douglas! We won YouthPass extension to East […]

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Frontlines and Allies Rise for Climate Justice

WE DID IT! Oregon Just Transition Alliance, supported by OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Unite Oregon, Rural Organizing Project, PCUN, Beyond Toxics, and APANO held our first ever mass mobilization on Saturday, April 29th. The turnout was beyond our expectations, and the march and rallies […]

Youth from YEJA in the state Capitol stand holding sings to show support for Youth Transit.

Youth Transit Moves Forward!

On April 12th, 2017 the Oregon House Committee on Education passed HB 2693 which establishes a grant program under the Department of Education, that would award funds to school districts a percentage of student transportation costs that are not currently reimbursed through the State […]

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Transportation: a People’s Climate Movement Issue

As we gear up for the April 29th Portland People’s Climate Movement, we will elevate the front-line communities who are leading the day of action. The Portland Climate Movement will not just focus on carbon-reduction and sea level rise (though those issues are vital, and […]

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VIDEO: True or False: Youth Transit

The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance has created a video to dispel some myths about youth use of transit and their campaign, YouthPass to the Future. Watch the video below, and click the buttons to share with your networks!

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Recap: Huy Hour at Zoiglhaus

Wednesday evening, March 22nd, at Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, community members came together to celebrate one year of Huy Ong serving as OPAL’s Executive Director. We’re so thankful to everyone who came out to make the event a fun, entertaining and inspiring gathering of the […]

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Youth Leaders Request Your Support

Two of the young leaders from the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) are heading to a Youth Organizing training this week with the SOUL (School of Unity and Liberation) Training Institute. Below, read the youth in their own words about how important this opportunity is […]

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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 […]