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. 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? 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. Organizers who are diverse in age, ability and race smile for the camera. A 3,500 person march of frontline communities for Climate, Jobs and Justice crosses in front of the Moda Center

Movement Updates

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<< Español Abajo>> Oregon’s air is polluted. Our regulations have gaps and limits because they are based on very weak federal regulations rather than health-based standards. Oregon deserves cleaner air. We are fighting for air quality regulations that protect public health, especially for those […]

A map of the Broadway Bridgehead where the project will be placed.

March 21st, Help Shape the Broadway Corridor

OPAL works in coalition with labor and environmental groups to ensure major new developments benefit our communities. Right now is a critical decision-point for a project that could change the face of Northwest Portland, and we want your input! Join us March 21st at […]

The BRU logo, a bus with people atop it. The bus reads "BRU" and the logo says "Bus Riders Unite!"

It’s Time for Transit System Change

When we first started organizing transit riders and elevating rider concerns around safety, affordability and accessibility of the system, Twitter hadn’t launched yet, Snapchat hadn’t created its first filter, and Facebook was still a platform for connecting college students. We’ve embraced online platforms for […]

Candidate Ted Wheeler speaking in speaking in favor of youth transit access in November 2015.

Mayor Receives Letter from Youth Leaders

Community members, led by OPAL’s Youth Environmental Justice Alliance and the Multnomah Youth Commission, are calling on Mayor Ted Wheeler to help preserve the vital YouthPass program through the next city budget. Their letter went to City Hall on Friday. Check it out:   […]

Doug Kelsey looks on as he is questioned by Shirley Block of ATU757, President of the Driver's union

RECAP: OPAL & TriMet Meet To Discuss Accountability

Update to Community Stakeholders on the TriMet General Manager Hiring, It’s been two weeks since TriMet paused their rushed hiring process thanks to the advocacy of Bus Riders Unite and OPAL. On Wednesday, we finally had our meeting with leaders from TriMet. We had […]

Volunteers with Transit Equity Day hold their fists in the air.

Transit Equity Day Success!

On Monday February 5th, OPAL celebrated Transit Equity Day! We invited community members to come out with us to organize on the buses, celebrate our recent victories, and build power and interest in our campaigns to demilitarize transit, make our transit system better serve […]


Environmental Justice Values

OPAL's Logo, concentric circles with silhouettes of people raising their hands.

Frontline Leadership – The people most impacted should be fairly treated, and meaningfully involved in decision-making.
Self Determination – No one can claim to represent us. We speak for ourselves: youth, bus riders, renters, everyone.
Solidarity – Our organizing and campaigns must work to end all systems of oppression.

Environmental Justice Demands

Transportation Justice

Safe, accessible, affordable, efficient, and decriminalized mass and active transportation is a human right!

housing-circle-watermarkHousing Justice

Safe, accessible, affordable and stable housing choice is a human right!

climate-circle-watermarkClimate Justice

Clean air, water, and soil in communities resilient to climate change is a human right!

green-circle-watermarkGreen Justice

Green public spaces, culturally-relevant food, and sustainable, living-wage employment in our communities is a human right!

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


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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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