EJ Movement Updates
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 responsible?,” asked one Commissioner. “Every year we are gonna be the…
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 Side Chicago where I grew up. All throughout my time there,…
By Dayna Jones, OPAL Legal Intern Having a baby at home means I’m often running on very little sleep. I try to be as thorough as possible in taking notes when I’m in meetings, so I don’t have to rely on my sometimes-fuzzy memory. I’m working this Summer and Fall with OPAL to help track,…
OPAL is proud to be among the many organizations and individuals in our community supporting #YesForAffordableHomes – the campaign to create homes for Portlanders who need our support most in this housing crisis. The $258.4 million affordable housing bond will create permanently affordable housing for tens of thousands of people over the life of the…
By Jennifer Phung, YEJA Organizer The first time that I was introduced to poetry and spoken word was through youth organizing. I was a high school student organizing with an Asian Pacific Islander youth leadership group in Oakland. Although I never loved writing, poetry opened doors to my own self-healing, self-love, exploration to my identity…
Everyone at OPAL is so happy to be working alongside our Summer Organizers-In-Training (OIT) coordinator Nakisha Nathan. Nakisha joined OPAL in mid-June of 2016 to lead our summer internship program offering in-depth training in movement building. The OiT cohort engages around Environmental Justice while learning how to harness the power of storytelling. Members of the cohort conduct transformational organizing…
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Environmental Justice demands:
…Frequent, affordable, accessible and efficient mass and active transit for greater mobility and access to opportunity
...Reduced auto emissions for public health
…Protections for renters
…State and local inclusionary housing policies
…Quality housing we can afford
…Climate action to benefit us first and most, as we are the communities most impacted by climate change
...Action to reduce toxics in our air, water and soil.
…Parks, green spaces, tree canopy and brownfield restoration for community livability
…Green, living-wage jobs in mass transit, infrastructure construction and maintenance, energy, and weatherization