Organizing People | Activating Leaders

Join Us For OPAL's 10 Year Anniversary Celebration!

OPAL 10 year anniversary

Our biggest celebration yet...

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon has on the front lines of Portland's movement for environmental and social justice since our inception in 2005. We fight for greater self-determination within our most impacted communities. We have built a powerful and inclusive movement at the intersection of transportation, housing and health, lifting up the voices of people of color, low-income residents, women, immigrants, people with disabilities, youth and seniors to speak for themselves and make change.

Voices from the Movement: a People’s History of Environmental Justice in Portland will be held at Helium Comedy Club (1510 SE 9th Ave. in Portland) on Tuesday, July 21st. The evening will feature old guard and new guard organizers, those who helped build our local movement and those who are now carrying it forward, to tell the story of our movement in two acts. The first act will include selections from Howard Zinn’s monumental book “A People’s History of the United States”. The second act will include personal stories of organizers and their connection to the environmental and social justice movement here in Portland and beyond.

 This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime moment to hear the story of Portland’s movements being told live, on stage, by the pioneers and change makers themselves. We are going to pack the house on July 21st with individuals and organizations have been involved in shaping our local movement, and are ready to take on the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead

 Important Event Information

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Helium Comedy Club is a venue that is 21+ with ID required. Infants, babies and very young children ARE allowed in the venue, however note that if they will be occupying their own seat, a ticket must be purchased. Please contact us if you have questions or seek further clarification. 

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Helium Comedy Club is easily accessible by bike and TriMet (bus #4, 6, 10, 14, 70 and streetcar). If you are driving, please utilize on-street parking in the area.

Is Helium Comedy Club ADA accessible?

Yes, all areas of the venue are ADA accessible. We will have ushers present to help seat you at a table of your choosing when you arrive.

What's included with my ticket?

OPAL will be hosting food for the evening, but please plan on bringing your wallet for the cash bar. You'll also need it for our fundraising appeal to make sure OPAL keeps on going strong for the next 10+ years!

I can't make it, will the performance be video recorded?

Yes! We've heard your requests and we will be video recording the performance this year, thanks to Hearts and Sparks Productions. Visit back soon after the performance for details on how to view.

 Confirmed Performers:

Perla Alvarez

Peter Cervantes-Gautschi

Running Grass

Diego Hernandez

Hop Hopkins

Jeri Jimenez

Kevin Odell

Shannon Olive

Jonathan Ostar

... reading historical selections and telling their personal stories live on stage ...

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Supporting Sponsor




Organizational Sponsors

CRAG Law Center

Pacific Office Automation

Grassroots Sponsors

Center for Intercultural Organizing

Community Alliance of Tenants

Community Cycling Center

Oregon Opportunity Network

Proud Ground 

ROSE Community Development Corporation

Sierra Club

Voz Worker's Education Project