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, […]Read more...
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 […]Read more...
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 […]Read more...
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 […]Read more...
(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 […]Read more...
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 […]Read more...
Environmental Justice demands:
…Frequent, affordable, accessible and efficient mass and active transit for greater mobility and access to opportunity
...Reduced auto emissions for public health
…Protections for renters
…State and local inclusionary housing policies
…Quality housing we can afford
…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.
…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