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Adrian Cato: “People Are Part of Their Environments”

OPAL is pleased to announce the hire of our new Youth Organizer, Adrian Cato. Adrian will organize the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance and its Serve the People summer training program, continuing the movement for Youth Justice our youth members lead. Adrian was born and […]

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14 Youth Leaders Emerge From Serve the People

Serve the People, the summer training intensive program of the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance, came to a close last week. 14 youth of color from East Portland participated in the fun, motivating, educational and empowering experience of four half-day meetings per week for six […]

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Haley’s OPAL Story

OPAL is a transformative place, not just for our members but also for those who volunteer and intern with us. Haley Bosse spent ten weeks with OPAL this summer, and she loved being here. We asked Haley to share her thoughts on her time with us, […]

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When We Fight, We Win. Whats Next?

The sheer number of victories coming out of grassroots organizing right now are stunning, even to ourselves. OPAL’s members with Bus Riders Unite (BRU) and the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) been so successful that as of right now OPAL is not actually running any formally-declared […]

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Voices 2017: An Incredible Display of Unity

Tuesday night OPAL’s closest family of supporters and allies turned out for Voices of A People’s History: Nothing About Us Without Us. And it was amazing. The unity and support in the room was tangible from the moment that supporters started to trickle in […]

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OPAL Loves Jennifer Phung

A special note from Youth Organizer Jennifer Phung: “After more than 2 years at OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, I am humbly announcing that I will be transitioning out of the organization and moving back to Oakland in September. While I am a bit sad […]

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Celebrating YEJA Graduating Seniors

Two key members of the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) are graduating from high school and heading off to college, and we want to celebrate them for their leadership development at OPAL and their bright futures! Tommy Jay Larracas Graduating from David Douglas, YEJA […]

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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 […]

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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 […]