Youth rally outside Multnomah County for YouthPass expansion.

Movement Updates


YEJA Will Present at OSOCC 2017!

Youth Environmental Justice Alliance leaders will be featured speakers at the Oregon Students of Color Coalition (OSOCC) annual Conference, taking place November 11th-13th at Oregon State University. YEJA will feature alongside radical organizers and presenters who fight for and win major victories for social, racial, […]


Cleaner Air Oregon Update

By Dayna Jones, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon Legal Intern and concerned community member OPAL continues to participate and steer the conversation in Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO), a special task force that Governor Brown convened this year to address concerns about air toxics in our […]


Environmental Justice in the 2016 Election

NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect accurate ballot titles. 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 […]

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YEJA Leaders Support Measure 97

In an ideal world, Oregon schools would have the highest graduation rates. Every student regardless of race, gender, or economic background would have all the opportunities and resources to succeed. But we do not live in ideal world. And certainly, the Oregon public school […]


Environmental Injustice in The Jade District

(This article is part one of a three-part series about Jade Greening, a project to bring environmental justice to our community.) OPAL works closely with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). APANO’s current Executive Director was at one point OPAL’s co-Director, and […]


Clean Air for All

As Cleaner Air Oregon Picks Up Speed, DEQ Must Focus on Environmental Justice to Protect the Most Vulnerable Among Us By Huy Ong, Executive Director, OPAL Environmental Justice and Chris Winter, Co-Executive Director, Crag Law Center On October 18th, DEQ convened the first meeting […]


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

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Portland, OR 97266

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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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