EJ Movement Updates


VICTORY: DEQ Listens to OPAL & Fixes Mistakes

OPAL is happy to update our supporters and members that DEQ read and responded to our blog critiquing the notes handed out during the Technical Work Group process for meetings 3 & 4. After reading our blog and reaching out to discuss our concerns, the notes on the DEQ website are now comprehensive and fairly…


Environmental Justice is About More Than Recycling

My name is Beatriz Gutierrez. I’m an Organizer-in-Training with OPAL this summer. I was raised in rural southern Oregon, on a small farm with my parents and four siblings. Both of my parents immigrated here from Mexico. We had chickens, which we depended on for eggs and meat. We had a few cows and a…


OPAL and our Members Stand with Standing Rock

Those of us in the Environmental Justice community are paying close attention to the ongoing situation taking place on the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota – a situation the mainstream media has all-but ignored. In a classic case of corporate greed versus human need, the water and sacred land rights of the Standing Rock…

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STP Recap: Youth Organizers In Their Own Words

By Lupita Velazquez, Youth Environmental Justice Alliance College Intern I first got involved with OPAL as a high school student at Parkrose. I was recruited to help out with fighting for youth transit justice. Then, I became an Organizer-in-Training in 2014, and it was a very memorable summer. Through the past few years, OPAL and Bus…


Justice is On Our Side

By Orlando Lopez, BRU Organizer In 2010 I was part of the first cohort of Organizers-in-Training (OiT). Many of the issues that people faced back then are the same issues folks are facing today. Back then, we were getting on the buses and talking to folks about fighting the pending fare increases and service cuts…


Bus Riders Unite Release LIFE Report

Bus Riders Unite (BRU), Portland’s transit riders’ union, exists to lift up the voices of transit-dependent people, who are often overlooked in decision-making. Bus Riders Demand LIFE: Low Income Fare Equity! Here are the facts: transportation is a critical lifeline, the second-largest household expense for everyone, and even more expensive for people with low incomes.…

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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

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Protections for renters

…State and local inclusionary housing policies

Quality housing we can afford

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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.

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…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