EJ Movement Updates


Environmental Justice in the 2016 Election

In 2016, Oregon voters will decide a variety of issues. As a nonprofit, OPAL won’t be recommending who to vote for elected office. But ballot measure campaigns are different because you’re the decision maker. We want to be sure that our community knows about important issues coming up on the ballot this year: access to nature, anti-immigrant measures,…



This radio program on YEJA’s YouthPass to the Future campaign is fantastic. Special thanks to the folks at XRAY.fm, especially reporter Jenn Chavez of The Five Quadrants of Portland.


VIDEO: BRU Members Testify to TriMet

Bus Riders Unite has been advocating for our E-Fare Alternative for months now. Skip ahead to 15:58 in the video below to see BRU members testify to the TriMet Board on the need for a Multi-Rider card to support access to TriMet for families with multiple children.


INTERVIEW: BRU Leader Nic Phillips

Nicole (Nic) Phillips (she/her) will be one of the featured speakers at Voices of a People’s History 2016 – Roots, Resistance, Revolution. Nic and other leaders in our local movement will share historical perspectives on the fight for justice. In this in-depth interview, Nic talks about how she got involved in Bus Riders Unite, how…


BRU Victory! TriMet Studies Reduced Fare

In a huge victory for Bus Riders Unite, whose advocacy for a low-income fare has been ongoing, TriMet has agreed to study a low-income fare policy – how it would be implemented, who it would impact, and more. While BRU’s Research and Advisory Committee has been studying the policy internally, TriMet has finally agreed to…


Youth Protest County Inaction

On May 17th, 2016, members of Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA), a youth group part of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon held a rally in front of the Multnomah County building to demand YouthPass expansion to East Portland schools. “Since we launched this campaign last November, we have secured support from the David Douglas and Parkrose…

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Upcoming Events

  1. TriMet Board meeting

    July 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. BRU General Meeting

    July 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. TriMet Board meeting

    August 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. TriMet Board meeting

    September 28 @ 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