Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement:
The Equity in Active Transportation Committee is focused on collaborative approaches to providing culturally competent and relevant transportation related programming in low income communities of color in the Portland Metro area. The Committee is comprised of program level staff from various agencies who are engaged in transportation program design, implementation and delivery.

The Equity in Active Transportation Committee was founded by the Community Cycling Center in 2010, and continues to be moderated and facilitated by them.


The goals of the Equity in Active Transportation Committee are:
1. To effectively collaborate as transportation focused agencies with our partner organizations that serve low income and communities of color in Portland, Oregon.
2. To share resources and challenges in providing culturally competent outreach, community engagement, leadership empowerment and program delivery in low income and communities of color.
3. To share resources and connections with our partner organizations to better provide ongoing support in a manner that best suits the needs of each specific community.

Monday, November 28, 2011

OPAL Holiday Party - Dec. 21st

OPAL Community Holiday Party
Wednesday Dec 21st | 7:00-9:00 PM

Come celebrate another year of Environmental Justice grassroots organizing and advocacy with OPAL at our annual Holiday Party Dec 21.  Join members of Bus Riders Unite, leaders of our Campaign for a Fair Transfer, East Portland Bus Stops activists, coalition partners, board, staff, family and friends for an evening of socializing, sharing, and building community together.

Dinner and drinks provided.  RSVP by Mon Dec 19th with OPAL Office (971) 340-4866 or info@opalpdx.org

People Of Color Potluck!

OPAL People of Color Community Potluck
Friday Dec 16th | 5:30-8:30 PM

OPAL is committed to building a space and political power for People of Color to address environmental racism, and welcomes members and community partners who self-identify as People of Color to join us for a community potluck Dec 16.  Enjoy great food, music, and an opportunity to give input into the future of People of Color leadership in OPAL’s work.  Hear about our current Transit Justice work, and meet other great people working for environmental justice.  We hope you will join us, and if you’re interested but can’t attend this one, please let us know so we can invite you to future gatherings.  White Allies are respectfully asked to reserve this space for self-identified People of Color.

Please bring a side dish to share for 4 people.  Main dishes, drinks and desert will be provided.  RSVP by Thu Dec 15th with Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons (971) 340-4866 or joseph@opalpdx.org

Bus Stop Workshop! Dec. 12th 2011

Bus Stop Workshop: Action Meeting for the EPBS Project
Monday Dec 12th | 6:00-8:00 PM
OPAL Office 2407 SE 49th Ave, Portland OR 97206

We are hosting a Bus Stop Workshop for community members interested in the East Portland Bus Stop (EPBS) Project Dec 12.  This meeting will be a chance for folks to learn more about the project and start getting involved right away.  The goal of this project is to increase the number of transit rides and walking by residents of low-income communities and communities of color in East Portland, while decreasing the number of single-occupancy vehicle trips by advocating for much needed transit stop improvements. EPBS Project also aims to increase ownership of bus stops by the people who use them and to transform our bus stops into community spaces where people gather and connect.

Are you interested in the direct and dynamic action of our upcoming Bus Stop POP events?  Getting out in the community to educate folks about bus stop improvements? Or is working with a team to assess the bus stops we use daily for accessibility and improvements more your thing? We need your skills and enthusiasm in these areas and more!

We’ll be providing food and childcare so please bring the family! We’ll also be able to provide folks with a single trip bus ticket to help offset traveling costs.

Looking forward to seeing you December 12th  from 6 – 8pm at OPAL!  RSVP with Myrna Andrade (971) 340-4866 or myrna@opalpdx.org