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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Travel Log: Growing OPAL’s National Base

An important part of our work in movement-building is strengthening and supporting our relationships to allies across the country. Recently, Deputy Director Vivian Satterfield went on a two-leg trip across the US to do just that. In mid-April, Vivian first traveled to Chicago for […]

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Seven YEJA members stand in a field outside the Community Budget forum, wearing matching YEJA shirts and bandanas. The youth look serious.

#DefendYouthPass! Sign The Petition!

The young leaders of the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance are collecting signatures in support of their strategy to win permanent, expanded YouthPass funding. Please use the form below to tell City Council they must fund YouthPass in this transitional year to preserve this invaluable […]

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Meet the BRU Fellows!

Organizers in Training is now the BRU Fellowship! This new, six-month cohort program will enable OPAL to have a more consistent presence organizing on Portland’s buses, while we deepen our investment in developing leadership in our communities. Last Saturday, we onboarded the five leaders […]

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YEJA’s Vision for YouthPass

The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance and their allies won YouthPass expansion into East Portland high schools this year. Sadly, the program is not included in the draft budget at the City of Portland. The loss of the program would be detrimental to the success […]

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Seven YEJA members stand in a field outside the Community Budget forum, wearing matching YEJA shirts and bandanas. The youth look serious.

YEJA #DefendYouthPass at City Budget Forum

At an April 3rd budget forum with the City of Portland, Youth Environmental Justice Alliance leaders sent a clear message to the City: until TriMet steps up and supports youth transit access fully, it’s up to City decision-makers to keep the program intact and […]

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Understanding Air Toxics

In response to community concerns about air toxics in our neighborhoods, OPAL brought a student researcher into our organization to do an in-depth study on air toxics. OPAL Air Toxics Intern Kate Jentoft-Herr compiled an 80-page document to help OPAL staff understand the issues […]

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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

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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

Email: info@opalpdx.org

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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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