OPAL Environmental Justice
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon builds power for environmental justice and civil rights in our communities.
Bottom Line for Portland
In a typical year, OPAL develops leadership and advocacy skills in more than 150 Portlanders, most of whom are low-income, Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and/or youth. Together, we win campaigns on housing, transportation, air quality, energy policy, public health, and other issues of justice in the built and natural lived environment. Successful campaigns in recent years have won reductions in fare for youth and low-income riders, improvements to rider-identified unsafe bus stops, and a 30-minute extension of transfer times to help East Portland residents to access the resources of the broader city at lower cost.
"If it wasn't for OPAL providing resources and guidance, I wouldn't have found this path of seeking liberation in not only having a just transit system, but also in seeking pathways of liberation from racial capitalism. This empowerment, from what I know, is the best way forward for Black, Indigenous, and other oppressed communities." - Cuauhtemoc Mikalauskas, former Organizer-in-Training fellow, current Bus Riders Unite member
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As a frontline base-building organization, OPAL is staffed and led by our low-income communities of color, transit-dependent communities, and people from neighborhoods who experience the immediate and disparate effects of gentrification, pollution, and social injustice. We understand that no long lasting change is possible without leadership and insight from the communities who experience injustice as a lived reality.
All donors will receive a “My other ride is fareless transit” magnet, “Environmental Justice = Racial Justice” magnet, or “Environmental Justice = Racial Justice” button from Badge Bomb
One donor (of any amount) will be selected to win: a North Face Stormbreak 3 Tent, a Selkbags Print Sleeping Bag, a Selk'bag Lite 6G Sleeping Bag, a GSI Outdoors Gourmet Kitchen Set 11, and 2 Rumpl Beer Blankets [together valuing over $480!] from evo