Graphic of OPAL's logo. A small person and then two larger people behind surrounded by a circle. Large group of people, most with fists in the air. People hold an OPAL banner. Picture of BRU members. Jen holds an OPAL banner in the background. Orlando holds a poster that looks like an envelope from Bus riders Unit to Neil McFrlane and Doug Kelsey at TriMet. Orlando is wearing an OPAL t-shirt and is speaking into a microphone. Youth rally outside Multnomah County for YouthPass expansion. Picture. Group in OPAL T-shirts. Banner reads, youth for transit justice. Other signs read, are you gonna give me a ride to school?

Movement Updates

Julie Reardon and her family and dog.

Julie Reardon: Mother, Fighter, Punk

By Julie Reardon, Organizer-In-Training I was born and raised in a suburb outside of Riverside, California to a Mexican mother and Irish-German father with three siblings. As a child of the 80’s, I thrived on pop-culture, climbing trees with a book in hand and […]

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Haley stands in front of a red all in a black dress.

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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Marisol and two additional young women pose for a photograph.

Marisol Ceballos: “I Owe It To My Communities”

I’m in this for my family. My mom and her 9 siblings grew up working in the fields. They have been exposed to all kinds of pesticides. The women suffered miscarriages. My family works in factories, in grocery stores. Their wages barely cover the […]

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Sierra standing in front of the ocean.

Sierra’s OPAL Story

OPAL is a transformative place, not just for our members but also for those who volunteer and intern with us. Sierra Cleveland has been an intern with OPAL for the last ten weeks, and this Friday is her last day. We asked her to […]

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Power fist surrounded byt hte text "all power to the people"

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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BRU Update – August 8th, 2017

By Tristan, Organizer-In-Training Over the past few weeks, Bus Riders Unite members, Organizers-in-Training, and OPAL staff have been working hard on a number of campaigns related to creating an inclusive and equitable transit system. In June and July we attended TriMet board meetings, both […]

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Environmental Justice demands:

transit-circle-watermark
Transportation Justice

…Frequent, affordable, accessible and efficient mass and active transit for greater mobility and access to opportunity

...Reduced auto emissions for public health

housing-circle-watermarkHousing Justice

Protections for renters

…State and local inclusionary housing policies

Quality housing we can afford

climate-circle-watermarkClimate Justice

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.

green-circle-watermarkGreen Justice

…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

Visit or Contact us:

3202 SE 82nd Ave.
(corner of 82nd and Kelly)
Portland, OR 97266

Trimet bus lines:
#4, #9, #72

Phone: (503) 774-4503

Email: info@opalpdx.org

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Our Mission:

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon builds power for Environmental Justice and Civil Rights in our communities. We organize low-income communities and people of color to achieve a safe and healthy environment where we live, work, learn, play and pray. We strive to create opportunities for meaningful participation in decision making.

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