Victories for Our Communities

Since 2006 OPAL has been fighting to create safer and healthy places for our communities to live, work, pray, learn, and play, with victories including:

  • Bus Riders Unite! won a $10M Low Income Fare program for riders of TriMet through grassroots organizing.

  • Youth Environmental Justice Alliance won an expansion of YouthPass to East Portland schools through developing young leaders.

  • OPAL won Inclusionary Zoning by leading a statewide coalition to demand this affordable housing tool.

  • Developed 40+ youth leaders annually

  • Built coalitions to drive local, regional, and state policy

  • Secured $1.3M low-income rider mitigation fund

  • Won an extended 2.5 hour bus transfer through our Campaign for a Fair Transfer

  • Saved YouthPass program from repeated threats of budget cuts

  • Won reduction in youth fares

  • Established Transit Equity Advisory Committee to TriMet

  • Established Youth Environmental Justice Alliance

  • Led broad coalition to repeal statewide prohibition on Inclusionary Zoning

  • Won city update of density bonus policy for affordable housing

  • Developed “Best Practices” guidelines for state agencies through Oregon EJ Task Force

  • $111 million investment from the state of Oregon for statewide transit

  • Developed BRU Budget Alternative to propose equitable budget priorities

  • Improved key bus stops prioritized by riders

  • Prevented elimination of cash transfers in E-Fare implementation

  • Secured agreement to phase in E-Fare, with a free introductory period

  • Organized Two Annual Youth Transit Justice Days of Action

  • Facilitated seven years of the Organizer-in-Training program for emerging youth leaders of color

  • Built a multiracial climate justice table with explicit environmental justice lens

  • Partnered with ROSE CDC to support the Lents Youth Initiative and Lents Green Ring

  • Exposed use of TriMet’s Contingency Fund for secret Executive Raises

  • Acted as lead author of Metro’s Equity Strategy Framework Report

  • Secured major changes in Metro’s understanding/approach to Title VI analysis of projects

  • Founded the Transportation Justice Alliance

  • Changed TriMet Board Meeting rules to include public comment on issues prior to board votes

  • Discovered TriMet Clean Air Act violation of “Transportation Control Measures” that are part of our region’s Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan (TriMet and Metro later received a rule change from EPA rather than change transit service levels to satisfy the old rule.)

  • Significant prior and ongoing efforts to improve Metro’s public engagement practices

Please consider donating to OPAL to support environmental, racial, and economic justice.