EJ Movement Updates


Jennifer Phung: The Arts are a Powerful Tool

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…


Nakisha Nathan: Building, Celebrating, and Highlighting Leaders

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…

Vivian Satterfield

“Home is the most important place”

By Deputy Director Vivian Satterfield (Join us for an important conversation about housing in Portland. Thursday 6-8 pm at the JAMS / APANO Multicultural space on 82nd and Division. RSVP here.) Home is a place that every person has a right to, regardless of age, income, race, national origin, ability. Home is the most important place we…


OPAL Has Moved Offices!

OPAL has moved! We are now located at 3202 SE 82nd Avenue, Suite B., Portland OR 97266. We’re off bus lines 9, 72, and 4. Our phone number has also changed! Our main line is (503) 774 4503. Please make note of these changes.


OPAL Is Moving!

To our community, As revealed at last night’s Voices of a People’s History event, I am writing today to share some big news: OPAL is moving! OPAL’s Board and I are pleased to announce we’ve found a more-affordable office space, closer to our communities, where members can organize, meet, and build movement power. The new…


VIDEO: OPAL on Community Hotline

OPAL’s Community Engagement Coordinator Shawn Fleek was on Portland Community Media’s Community Hotline to talk about OPAL, our current campaigns, and our upcoming Voices of a People’s History Event. The full video is below. Support our intersectional organizing by attending the Voices event. Tickets are nearly sold out – get yours today!

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Upcoming Events

  1. OPAL Potluck Picnic Celebration

    September 1 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. TriMet Board meeting

    September 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. TriMet Board meeting

    October 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. TriMet Board meeting

    December 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Environmental Justice demands:

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