EJ Movement Updates
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.
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.
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…
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…
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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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