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Apr 11, 2017
Environmental Justice 101
Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th

Do you want to help mobilize our community around the People's Climate Mobilization?

This year, the frontline communities of the Oregon Just Transition Alliance (OJTA) are taking a central, leading role in the Portland People’s Climate Movement (PCM). 350PDX is joining in solidarity, led by those who are most impacted by ecological injustice, to advance the Portland PCM Platform.

Join 350PDX for an Environmental Justice 101 workshop as the first step to be involved in all aspects of planning and organizing our community for the People's Climate Mobilization!

RSVP online to gaurantee a spot:

Frontline leadership does not diminish the valued participation of 350PDX and other organizations who have led and participated in PCM in years prior. This year’s PCM supports the vision and leadership of people who haven’t been centered, from planning to implementation, with the full partnership of allied organizations and individuals. The proper role of mainstream groups in climate justice is to uplift and support the vision of frontline communities. Organizations and individuals who want to participate are encouraged to come to this workshop to learn OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon's analysis and prepare to take on a role of support in planning Portland PCM.

We’re stronger together, guided by those who are hurt first and worst by injustice.

At the end of the workshop, you'll get plugged in to all the work happening in our city. Topics will be wide ranging including what's in the works, how you can get involved, and why we’re taking an environmental justice approach to PCM.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Apr 29, 2017
People's Climate Movement: PDX
Dawson Park

On April 29th, we mobilize! OPAL and our partners in the Oregon Just Transition Alliance are calling on Oregon's Environmental Justice communities and anyone who stands with people of color and low income people to join the movements for racial, social, and economic justice as pathways to climate action.

All individuals are invited to join to show solidarity. RSVP and share the announcement on Facebook here. Grassroots organizations, nonprofits, faith communities, academic institutions, and other groups can formally endorse and support this day of action: click here:

Individuals who want details as they emerge, join the action email list. Click here:

Event Details:

Where: Dawson Park, Portland, OR

When: April 29th, 2017, 12:00pm

What: Visible direct action led by people of color and low-income communities who are at the front lines of environmental and climate injustice. AGENDA: 12:00-12:30 Gather 12:30-1:30 Spoken Program 1:30-4:00 March! (Route TBD) 4:00-5:00 Tabling and Cleanup

What we know:

  • People of color suffer the worst impacts of climate change both in the U.S. and worldwide. Communities of color and low income people are disproportionately affected by natural and manmade disaster. We are the last to leave and the first to respond to disaster. Our communities already lack basic infrastructure to support us – from adequate transportation options to affordable housing and food access. These systems will fail during climate disaster.
  • Housing is a climate issue. Transportation is a climate issue. Energy, education, food, and jobs are climate issues. Every sector of our economy must transition to stop climate change.
  • Our communities are under attack by climate denial rooted in systems of oppression. A bold, urgent, collective response is needed.
  • Historically-marginalized people must lead the transition to advance justice, or the outcomes will not improve conditions for those of us who are most-impacted. Nothing about us without us!
  • Grassroots Global Justice states, “The climate crisis is a symptom of a deeper problem: an economy based on extraction and exploitation of resources and people. This economy benefits a few at the expense of communities and the planet. ... Climate Action must be rooted in justice. The frontlines of the climate crisis are low-income people, communities of color and indigenous communities. We are the hardest hit by both climate disruption––the storms, floods and droughts––as well as by the extractive, polluting and wasteful industries causing global warming. We are also at the forefront of innovative community-led solutions that ensure a just transition off fossil fuels, and that support an economy good for both people and the planet. ... People on the frontlines of the climate crisis know what action needs to be taken, and are ready to make change happen. We need our governments and global leaders to catch up with the people on the ground.”
  • The Climate Justice Alliance Principles state, “Living a good life in a good way can only happen by first recognizing that the root causes of the daily economic, environmental and social inequity that plague communities worldwide are also compromising the metabolism of Mother Earth; and that all real solutions must address both the economic and ecological crisis. This recognition is what defines the Climate Justice Movement."

In Solidarity With All Movements for Justice

  • The People's Climate Movement is also mobilizing in Washington, D.C. on April 29th, with echo actions taking place nationwide. We stand in solidarity with impacted people around the country and around the globe to demand action to stop and reverse climate change, prepare for and adapt to climate change, and strengthen community to grow our collective power.
  • Environmental Justice was among the Unity Principles of the Women’s March on Washington: “We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed - especially at the risk of public safety and health.”
  • Environmental and Climate Justice intersect the great issues of our time. Everyone who fights for racial, social and economic justice must recognize the urgency of this moment, and that our fates are bound.
May 17, 2017
Bean Count! Understanding TriMet's Budget
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon


Have you ever wondered how TriMet makes spending decisions? We've studied the budget for 2017-2018 so you don't have to! It's time for our annnual bean count, where we use a whole bunch of jellybeans and a lot of community participation to show you how TriMet chooses to fund projects (like an $11M transit police detention and interrogration facility, or a $22M e-fare system) or to not fund projects (like reduced fares for low-income riders, or expansion of the YouthPass program).

Join Bus Riders Unite as we break down the budget and show you where TriMet's morals are... not just where they SAY they are, but where they actually choose to spend public dollars.

Translation and child care available upon request. Food will be provided - please contact us with any other requests to make this event accessible. OPAL's offices and bathroom are ADA accessible. We want you there!

Questions / comments? Contact - or call: 503 774 4504

Jul 25, 2017
Que es la Seguridad? / What is Safety?
Sisters of the Road Cafe, 133 NW 6th

El transporte público es un servicio esencial para nuestras comunidades, es la manera en que la gente se mueve alrededor de la región para llegar al trabajo, la escuela, los espacios verdes, y las citas con el doctor. Hemos sido testigos de terribles tragedias en el último mes, que han causado la muerte de Terrell Johnson, Taliesin Namkai-Meche Myrddin, y Ricky mejor. La respuesta inmediata de funcionarios de TriMet ha sido aumentar la presencia de policías de tránsito armados.

Nuestra comunidad valora y desea una mejorar la seguridad y la inclusión de nuestro sistema de transporte, esto no significa que deseamos ver un aumento de policías armados en tránsito. Así que, ¿cómo podemos definir la seguridad?

Acompáñenos para formar nuestra visión de un sistema de transporte seguro y inclusivo, desacelerar situaciones tensas y reportar prejuicios raciales de la policía.

Habrá alimentos y traducción, también cuidado infantil si se solicita.

Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con Orlando López al 503-774-4504 o


Public Transportation is an essential service for our communities, it is the manner in which people move around the region to get to work, school, green spaces, and doctor appointments. We have witnessed horrific tragedies in the last month that have caused the deaths of Terrell Johnson, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, and Ricky Best. The immediate response of TriMet officials has been to increase the presence of armed transit police officers.

Our community values and wishes to improve the safety and inclusiveness of our transportation system, this does not mean that we wish to see an increase in armed police officers in transit. So how do we define safety?

Join us as we discuss our vision for a safe and inclusive transportation system, de-escalating situations, and reporting bias behaviors from transit police officers.

Food and Translation will be provided, childcare can be provided upon request.

For More Info please contact Orlando Lopez at 503-774-4504 or

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon - OPAL is a community organizing & advocacy organization working with low-income & communities of color to educate, engage & empower.

Aug 8, 2017
Eastside 'Just Us' Stories - East Portland Photo Exhibit
Jade/APANO Multicultural Space -JAMS

We want to explore and document what it's like growing up in Portland and living in East Portland communities, and to capture our families' experiences of displacement and resilience. This project will challenge the notions people have of Portland and of young people of color. We are interested in flipping the narrative and empowering young people of color, as well as creating a safe space in our community to celebrate our diverse identities.

Come and celebrate our hard work on this project! We want to build community with YOU!

Free food. Free admission. Good vibes.

In addition to the photo essay collection, there will be amazing performances by youth and the community!

This event is made possible through the Jade Midway Placemaking Grant!

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon - OPAL is a community organizing & advocacy organization working with low-income & communities of color to educate, engage & empower.

Aug 25, 2017
Junta de Membrecia / Bus Riders Union Membership Meeting
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon

¡Ganamos! Este viernes hablaremos más sobre nuestra campaña para una tarifa reducida y que será los próximos pasos. ¡También hablaremos más sobre que debería ser nuestra próxima campaña y sobre el bono que pasamos para viviendas asequibles!

Acompáñenos este Viernes en la oficina de OPAL de 6 a 8 PM.

We won! This Friday we Will be talking about our recent victory on the Low-income fare campaign and next steps. We will also be talking about what should be our next campaign as well as updates from the housing bond that passed in November! Join us this Friday from 6-8 PM at the OPAL office!

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon is a community organizing & advocacy organization working with low-income & communities of color to educate, engage & empower.

Sep 1, 2017
OR Just Transition Assembly
through TBD

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, in partnership with the Oregon Just Transition Alliance, presents a weekend of movement-building in pursuit of Environmental Justice, Climate Justice, and a Just Transition. The Assembly will prioritize the voices and experiences of communities of color, low-income people, and other historically-marginalized people. Together, we will build our shared understanding of the path toward a Just Transition.

Assembly-related events will happen throughout Portland - full agenda is here:


What: Invest in Our Power

  • Where: Friday Sept 1
  • Time: 6pm-9pm
  • Where: Lagunitas Brewery Co. (237 NE Broadway St Suite 300, Portland, OR 97232)
  • Open to all, free for participants; buy your tickets in advance

What: Day 2: End the Bad

  • When: Saturday September 2nd/ Sábado 2 de Septiembre
  • Time: 9am-5pm
  • Where: Native American Youth and Family Center, Gym (5135 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, 97218)
  • Open to frontline communities, please email Maria Hernandez at for application form.

Day 2 Continued… What: Roots, Rhythm, Revolution: A Night of Cultural Resistance

  • When: Saturday September. 2nd
  • Time: 7pm-10pm
  • Where: IRCO Community Center (10301 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97220)
  • Free to assembly participants, fixed amount of tickets open. Buy them in advance

What: Day 3: Build the New

  • When: Sunday September 3rd
  • Time: 7pm-11pm
  • Where: Native American Youth and Family Center, Gym
  • Assembly participants only

What: Day 4: Justice for the Worker

  • When: Monday September 4th
  • Time: 9am-12pm
  • Where: Native American Youth and Family Center, Gym

Learn more about Oregon Just Transition Alliance at

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon - OPAL is a community organizing & advocacy organization working with low-income & communities of color to educate, engage & empower.

Sep 23, 2017
Low-Income Bus Fare Equity Campaign Victory Celebration!
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon

We Won! Starting next summer low-income folks will be able to enjoy a reduced because of our Low-Income Fare Equity (LIFE) campaign. Join us as we celebrate our LIFE Campaign victory! We will provide food from Tamale Boy and drinks at 2 PM followed by a short program at 3 PM and then sign making for the Burgerville action at 4 PM.

Ganamos! Empezando en el verano del proximo año personas de bajos ingresos podran pagar una tarifa reducida gracias a nuestra campaña. Acompañenos para celebrar esta gran victoria! Tendremos comida y bebidas empezando a las 2 PM, despues una programa corta a las 3 PM y despues hacer pancartas para la accion en Burgerville sobre la vivienda a las 4 PM.

Oct 27, 2017
Bus Riders Unite general membership meeting
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon

Join us for the BRU membership meeting this friday at the OPAL office from 6-8 PM. We will give updates on where we are in our campaign. Food and childcare provided.

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon is a community organizing & advocacy organization working with low-income & communities of color to educate, engage & empower.

Nov 13, 2017
Environmental Justice 101
Oregon Zoo

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon will provide a training on the concept of environmental justice, the history of the movement, the difference between environmentalism and environmental justice, and how environmental inequity functions.

Dec 14, 2017
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, and 1000 Friends of Oregon - Our natural & built environments
Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th

Join OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, and 1000 Friends of Oregon for a Give!Guide night celebrating Oregon’s natural and built environments.

A Give!Guide night at City Hall is a fun-filled evening exploring the connections between our cities and forests, and how you can help ensure the health and safety of our environment and our people for future generations. Oregon’s lands are balanced between our natural and built environments. We protect that balance, share the beauty and bounty of our forests and watersheds, and fight for environmental justice so that every Oregonian may thrive in their community.

  • FREE pizza, snacks, and beer!
  • Wine tastings from our Give!Guide business partner, K&M Wines
  • Coffee and treats from our Give!Guide business partner, Water Avenue Coffee
  • Pizza from Sizzle Pie and HOTLIPS Pizza

Give to our organizations during the event and be entered to win fantastic prizes, including: - Copies of Water Rising - a stunning collection of paintings and poems celebrating the natural world. - Highly-coveted tickets to OPAL’s Voices of a People’s History Event - A gift bag from Opal Creek and certificate for an outdoor workshop at Opal Creek!