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Serve the People: Youth Leadership Expands

(Editor’s Note: due to a technical error, photographs for this event were lost. Thankfully, our intern Grace Chun was there to document the event, so you’ll have to use your imagination!) Serve the People (STP) is a leadership and training program that educates high […]

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OPAL Made History at a Movement of Movements!

A Movement of Movements was a huge success! Thank you to all our sponsors, all the attendees, and everyone involved in making the event our biggest, most inspiring annual event ever. On a balmy July evening, more than 400 people crowded into Revolution Hall […]

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HB 2326: Youth Transportation

Objective: Strengthen and support investments in access to transportation.  Issue: Transportation is central to everyone’s life, but not all residents are able to enjoy the benefits of this human right. More importantly, those most impacted by the inequitable investment are significantly excluded from the very decision-making […]

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OPAL Hour Recap: How We Build the Bigger We

OPAL Hour on March 13th was a huge success. We gathered with food, friends, wine and beer, and a fierce determination to build power for our communities. The real reason the OPAL Family gathers at OPAL Hour is to hear the OPAL Top Ten, […]

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A Special Note from YEJA Organizer Adrian Cato

Hello OPAL supporters and community partners! I am announcing that I will be transitioning out of my role here as Youth Organizer at OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. It has been powerful working in community to galvanize change for environmental justice here in East Portland. […]

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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 […]