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Movement Updates

Photo of people carrying signs. Several of the signs say Why Pay more for less?

Sign Our Letter: No Fare Hikes!

TriMet’s new General Manager Doug Kelsey is pushing for higher transit fares. He says “we haven’t [raised fares] in nine years.” Such a move would make our daily commute more expensive. When fares go up, ridership goes down. It causes a downward spiral that […]

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the OPAL logo wearing a Santa hat

OPAL’s Holiday Wishlist

With Halloween behind us, the holidays are officially here! Below, we are excited to present OPAL’s Holiday Wishlist – our key priorities as the year comes to a close! 1) $15,000 in the GiveGuide! OPAL is proud to once again be a part of the Willamette Week Give!Guide. […]

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Defend YouthPass

Objective: Win Fareless Youth Transit Access for As Many Youth As Possible Issue: Study after study shows that when youth have access to public transit, they don’t jsut do better in school: they have better health, economic, and community outcomes as well. For more than 20 […]

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"People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to do extraordinary things."

Where To B(RU)

It’s a busy autumn for Bus Riders Unite! Launched in June, the #UpWithRiders campaign continues to pick up momentum. #UpWithRiders is a joint campaign of OPAL, Bus Riders Unite, and the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance to stop fare hikes and win truly public transportation […]

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Gabriela Saldaña-López: Community-Rooted Campaigner

OPAL is so excited to introduce the newest member of our Organizing Team. Gabriela Saldaña-López (she/her) has assumed the role of the Bus Riders Unite Organizer, as we work to improve transit service, accessibility, and reduce fares across the region. Gaby is no stranger […]

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BRU members, Orgnaizers, and OPALs Executive Director stand outside the TriMet board meeting

TriMet Seeks Fare Hikes, Not Service Enhancement

Members and Organizers with Bus Riders Unite were at the TriMet Board Meeting on the morning of September 18th to testify in support of the #UpWithRiders campaign. Together, we will stop fare hikes and win safe and accessible public transit that is free of […]

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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:

2788 SE 82nd Avenue
Suite #203 (second story)
Portland, OR 97266

Trimet bus lines:
#2, #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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