We’re hirin’ for a Leadership Development Coordinator! Is it you?

Hey folks! The Bus Project is gearing up for a busy 2015, with plans to modernize our state’s voter registration system, to fight to make Oregon the first state in the country with a progressive carbon tax, and to accomplish this work by empowering the next generation of Oregonians to become political leaders and organizers in our fair state. To do that, though, we’re gonna need help! The Bus Project is hiring a LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR who will be managing our esteemed Politicorps program, developing legislative internships and more!

The full details of the job description are HERE; please do us a solid and forward this position to anyone you know who is excited about working with youth, interested in community organizing, passionate about racial and social justice, or (preferably) all of the above.

Applications received before 12/31 at midnight receive priority. Hope to hear from you!

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Three Ways To Make Oregon Great!!!

1) Come To Our Voter Guide Party And Share With Your Friends

The Bus Project staff, board and volunteers spent many a long night reviewing the slate of ballot measures to explain them simply and clearly, and to make recommendations based on how these measures impact young people across the state. We have FIFTY THOUSAND VOTER GUIDES that we plan to distribute across the state. Head on over to www.theballot.org/ORPortland to grab some for your neighbors! If you live in Corvallis or Southern Oregon, check out our extra-special guides at www.theballot.org/ORValley or www.theballot.org/ORSouth, respectively.

To launch our voter guides, We’re having a big party in Portland on October 21st at the June Key Delta Community Center in North Portland. It starts at 5:30 and goes to 7:30. There’ll be games, one on one talk with campaign representatives and free food and booze!!!! Hope to see you there!

2) GOTV Canvass in Portland Saturday

Are you a fan of safe roads, immigration rights, pragmatic progressive policy, and making sure your neighbors are knowledgable about what’s on the ballot?

When: Saturday, October 18th. 11am-3pm.

Where: Meet at  St Francis Assisi Church in Southeast Portland at 11th and Oak

What: Canvass for Measure 88, which will provide a legal pathway for all Oregon residents to obtain a drivers’ card. Our BIGGEST DOOR KNOCK OF THE YEAR TO DATE.

Details here on our Facebook Page



Don’t forget to RSVP for the biggest democracy-filled party in the city on Halloween by clicking HERE today.  

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One Wild Crazy Month Ahead! Can We Count on your Help?


The voter registration deadline in Oregon is rapidly approaching. Did you know there are SEVEN days left to register. That’s only one week, folks! If you haven’t had the chance, go to beregistered.org and update your registration asap! Please share the link with your friends on social media, as well, to make sure we get as many folks registered as possible!

Also, did you know this year the Bus Project printed 50,000 voter guides that we are going to distribute to young voters all across the state? We provided our recommendations on almost all of the statewide ballot measures, which can be viewed here:


We’ve also published specific voter guides for people living in Corvallis and Ashland; check out those voter guidesThat something spooky is OCTOBER 14th: the voter registration deadline in Oregon! So go to beregistered.org and update your registration asap! Please share the link with your friends on social media, as well, to make sure we get as many folks registered as possible!

With election day upon us, we’ve got 50,000 voter guides that we’ll be using to help young voters get the info they need to show up to vote! After months of debate, we’ve got recommendations on the statewide ballot measures and local Portland measures here:


And since we’ve expanded our organizing team to Ashland and Corvallis, we’ve got thousands more voter guides to help turn out the vote in these hubs as well. Check ‘em out! 

Corvallis: www.theballot.org/ORvalley

Ashland: www.theballot.org/ORSouth.

Maybe you’ve already got your mind made up on the slate of issues heading to a ballot near you this month, and are already on Josh Lyman’s level, BUT don’t let your friends be at a loss of words, share the links and spread the word!

Coming up…

Turn out for WHAT?! 

We’re so excited about our Voter Guides that we’re holding a party to kick off setting them loose! 

Join the shenanigans at the June Key Delta Community Center on Tuesday, Oct. 21st @5:30pm. We’ll have food, reps from the assorted campaigns, and games to help everyone understand what’s what on the ballot. Check out the facebook page here!


The Bus Project is proud to support Measure 88, which will provide a legal pathway for all Oregon residents to obtain a drivers’ card. We’re really stoked to be working closely with Causa Oregon, Center for Intercultural Organizing, Basic Rights Oregon, Oregon Walks and many other organizations to support this pragmatic, progressive policy for immigrants’ rights. Join us Saturday, October 18 in Southeast Portland as we knock on doors and tell our neighbors and our community why it’s vitally important to vote Yes on 88. Details here on our Facebook Page. 


Boom. Now you have Halloween Plans.

Join the Bus Project on October 31st for the biggest, spookiest, most-democracy filled Halloween party in town! Trick OR Vote returns as Oregon’s largest costumed canvass. This big, spooky party will be even better if we can count on you to be there; Our hosts are Velo Cult Bike Shop in the Hollywood neighborhood of Northeast Portland. Check our facebook event for more details, and be sure to fill out our Volunteer Sign Up Sheet HERE so we can plan for lots of tasty snacks, drinks and doors to knock on for you. You may be too old to Trick or Treat, but you’re never too old to Trick OR Vote!


Lastly, National Voter Registration Day was a smashing success and we just wanted to thank our 40+ volunteers that helped bring in over 400 voter registrations across the state on our favorite holiday!

Go Team Win!

Tara, Aaron, Ebony, Rita, Curtis, McKenna, Mitchell, Hannah, Tim and Aylinn

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Have you ever wanted to make it rain dolla dolla bills ya’ll? Here’s your chance!

Our beloved Bus is seeking a Development Coordinator! What’s that you say?

It’s the person who helps cultivate our donor base, new as well as those closer ones who have stayed on the Bus far longer than their intended stop– like the bosses they are, these folks love us too much to get off now! It’s the person that keeps track of all the lovely folks who support us and keep our tank on FULL. This person will do it all– from helping to coordinate events celebrating our fantastic Bus Drivers to making us all that much more grown-up by keeping our admin docs in order to finding new and exciting corporate sponsorships to keep our Bus all the more shiny! Wanna know more? View the description by clicking on this>>>>> Development Coordinator position opening

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The position is open and candidates must be able to start full-time by November 11th. What do you say? Wanna get on this crazy Bus?! We’ll provide the driver, you bring your rain maker! Applications due by 5pm on Tuesday, September 30th; please send a cover letter, resume and three references to tara@busproject.org. Include “Development Coordinator: [Your Full Name]” in the subject line.

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We’re hiring again! Application for Democracy Organizing Fellow due 8/24.

The Bus Project is looking to hire another fine upstanding foot-soldier for democracy!

We’re looking to add another Democracy Organizing Fellow to our staff, with an expected start date of September 1st. If you’re the type of person who wakes up in the morning with a cheery disposition, optimism for the future and loves helping Oregonians across the state register to vote, check out our full description of the position, which is listed here.

Applications due by 5pm on August 24th; please send a cover letter, resume and three references to aaron@busproject.org. Include “Democracy Organizing Fellow: [Your Full Name]” in the subject line.

Women, People of Color, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Hope to hear from you!

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Susan B Anthony, Brewhaha!, and More: Summer Lovin’ On the Bus


Didja see all the photos from our Washington County Door Knock for Safe Roads Last Weekend? Bus Trips are Back, yo!)

BREWHAHA! Asks: Is It Easy Being Green? TUESDAY August 5

Join the Bus Project and the Portland Mercury for an informal discussion about an issue that’ll be on on the Oregon Ballot this November: The legalization of Marijuana. We’ll bring a bunch of folks together who have unique perspectives on how, if passed, the bill to legalize marijuana in Oregon could impact our economy, our incarceration rate, and our communities.We’ll be meeting at 5:30 on TUESDAY, AUGUST 5th at the Green Dragon (928 SE 9th, Portland)
and we’ll have a brief panel discussion and questions from the crowd; our panel features:

Brian Budz, New Vansterdam
Liz Kaufman, New Approach Oregon
Becky Straus, ACLU of Oregon
Panel Moderated by Dirk Vanderhart, News Reporter at the Portland Mercury.

As always, Bus Drivers (monthly donors! become one?) get a drink on the house! Click HERE to RSVP on facebook; invite some friends!

Door Knock for the Oregon Safe Roads Campaign August 16-17

The Bus Project teamed with Basic Rights Oregon, Latino Network and Causa this past weekend and knocked over 1000 Doors for the Oregon Safe Roads Campaign.

We need your help to knock on TWICE that many doors the weekend of August 16-17. Be sure to email Outreach Coordinator Aaron by clicking HERE to RSVP your spot, and look for the facebook event soon!

Unfamiliar with the Safe Roads campaign? Check out their websiteHERE, *like* them on facebook HERE, and follow them on twitter at@oregonsaferoads (and follow along with the newfangled hashtag at #YesOnSafeRoads). Be sure to check out the Causa’s “100 Days, 100 Stories” Series, which features the story of the Bus Project’s very own Rita Ombaka.


The Bus Project has been lucky to bring on Democracy Organizing Fellow Elise Brown for a few months this summer, and she’s planning a Voter Action Day to register voters on the 94th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment (that’s the one about letting women to vote). Join Elise and a gaggle of men and women dressed as Rosie the Riveter in Downtown Portland on Saturday, August 23to help register voters (men and women alike!). Contact Elise HERE to let her know that you’re ready to brandish a red bandana, a blue jean shirt and rock some serious suffrage feminism in helping her register 500 voters this summer. Susan B. Anthony would be SO proud.


National Voter Registration Day is September 23rd. Trick or Vote is October 31st.

Clear your calendars. It’ll be a blast, and you won’t wanna miss out.


The Bus Project has registered over 2000 people to vote since you last received an email from us, and we’re well on our way to register 10,000 voters before the October 13 deadline. What are you doing with your summer?

I wrote this in the last blog post, but it all definitely applies: The Bus is all about building a movement that engages and empowers young people to participate in politics. Whether you want to help register voters, make some phone calls, become a data-entry wizard, help with some bloggin’, or simply participate in weekly push up competitions (I always lose them…), Send me an email and we’ll put your skills to use for democracy!

Here’s your GIF for the day. This is what Democracy Feels Like!


See you on a Bus Trip in the Near Future!


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Join the Bus! Looking for a 2014 Democracy Organizing Fellow.

The Bus Project is hiring two highly-motivated, energetic, and street-savvy organizers to participate in our 2014 Democracy Organizing Fellowship.  The program kicks off in mid July with intensive training in organizing, team management, volunteer mobilization, and a whole host of other topics for the kick-ass organizer.

During the course of the program, Fellows create their own voter registration field plan, develop volunteer leaders, and take to the streets to engage Oregonians in democracy. Oh, and they’ll help a ton of new voters register to vote before the October 14, 2014 Oregon deadline and talk with young folks about important issues on the November ballot.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with a tight-knit team to help Oregonians register or update their registration for the 2014 elections
  • Create a field plan (with assistance from Bus Staff) with specific quantifiable targets for volunteers recruited, signatures gathered and voters registered to help ensure we meet our 2014 goals.
  • Participate in two weeks of intensive skill-building in grassroots organizing and leadership development
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers to register, educate, and mobilize young voters
  • Manage the processing and data entry of voter registration cards and volunteer information
  • Research voter registration opportunities, and attend concerts, street fairs and festivals, and private college & university events to register voters
  • Take part in, and potentially manage, Get Out The Vote efforts after the voter registration deadline


  • Previous significant experience with a political, advocacy, or voter engagement campaign, including face-to-face field work, coalition building, coordination within campaigns, and management of multiple volunteers and staff
  • Whip-smart (Maybe you’ve been called a genius a time or two.)
  • Outgoing, enthusiastic and confident (Ever met a person you couldn’t charm?)
  • Highly organized, self-motivated and productive (Other people talk, you get shit done.)
  • Proven ability to work toward a plan and achieve results
  • Relentlessly positive in the face of obstacles (and endless opportunities)
  • Culturally competent and comfortable discussing race, gender, and power
  • Ability to buckle down and wrap projects up
  • “Zoom factor” (You know the dream is only as good as the execution)

Time Commitment

Mandatory crash course starting ASAP in early to mid July. Ongoing, campaign hours are generally 40-50 hours per week, including many evenings and some weekends, with more demanding hours leading up to the November election.  July 5 – November 7th, with the option of a summer only fellowship for students.


$1700-2000 per month, plus eligibility for some overtime pay and bonuses for meeting and exceeding targets.

To Apply

If this sounds like we wrote your life story without ever having met you, apply by sending your resume, cover letter, and three references to aaron@busproject.org. We’ll be reviewing applications as they arrive, with priority given to those we receive by 5pm on Thursday, July 10, 2014.  Include “Democracy Organizing Fellow: [Your Full Name]” in the subject line.

Women, People of Color, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Be a Wet Hot American Democracy Summer Intern!

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Are you already super bored with everything you’re doing to finish out the school year? The Bus Project is doing cool stuff this summer and we want you to hang out with us this summer instead of going to camp for the fourteenth straight year.

We like to say that we’re a forward thinking, even more forward-doing, non-partisan and hella young non-profit advocating and building power for the youths. We register anyone and everyone we can to vote, we train activists and organizers, and we lobby and vouch for the issues we care about. We’ll be doing organizing of all kinds this summer, so if you’re down to register voters in all of the ways, build and run entire programs and change some lives, LET’S DO THIS!!

Apply to be one of our BAMF interns today!

Administrative: This is the perfect role for someone who likes to be behind the scenes. If you’re a wizard at scheduling, using Google Apps and organizing databases and documents, this will be a sweet gig for you to garner some office experience. You’ll be the right hand homies to our staff, whose quirks and bad jokes you’ll get to know best. Love is in the details, and we’d love it if you were super detail-oriented for this position!

Social Justice: If you’ve got big ideas about how to have those hard discussions about race, class, gender, sexual orientation – YOU NAME IT – we want you. We’re building a crew that can craft issue-specific trainings to give to our whole network. We want diverse perspectives, we want irreverent and/or serious lessons, but above all we want honest approaches that come from a place of love. This is an opportunity for you to flex your brain and show the world your skills, say what you think and start a much-needed dialogue.

Development: If you’re curious about nonprofit fundraising and all of the ways we receive the financial resources we need to run our programs, look no further. You’ll learn the fine art of roping in $$ and how it guides our work. No previous experience is required, but your responsibilities will vary depending on your background.  Tasks could include anything from donor research to database management to assisting with grant applications. This position is heavily dependent on people who are hyper-organized and incredibly detail-oriented.

Outreach & Field: If you’d call yourself a people person, love being the center of attention and/or somebody could mistake you for one of the extras in the video for Pharrell’s “Happy,” then this position is perfect for ya. You’ll be going to events and schmoozing with young people who are as stoked about democracy as you are and plug them into the Bus! Basically, you’ll be the face of fun.

Communications: Calling all tech, A/V and social media wizards!! Because we’re up to a ton of good this summer, we need people who are going to help us document all of it. We’re definitely going to be all over the streets of Portland and we want the rest of the world to know it too! If you’re savvy with websites, cameras, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. then hit us up! Did someone say #selfie?

All interns are expected to commit an average of 10-20 hours depending on the intensity of your involvement. If you think you have what it takes to be a member of the team or if you really don’t want to go to camp, talk to us! Apply here: http://goo.gl/YzWuS1

You can email minh@busproject.org with any questions you’ve got!

**And don’t worry, we don’t actually bleed our interns.

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Good afternoon! Your pals at the Bus Project, that charming little organization working to improve youth engagement in Oregon politics, wanted to send you a quick little reminder that today’s a great day to TURN IN YOUR BALLOT.

Step 1: Fill it out (Judges and all!)
Step 2: Sign your name.
Step 3: Drop off your ballot.
Step 4: Repeat (in November).

Remember, folks, It’s TOO LATE TO MAIL IN YOUR BALLOT, so you need to DROP IT OFF by 8:00pm sharp this evening. Take a quick moment CLICK HERE and check out this helpful map by the Oregon Secretary of State to figure out where you can drop off your ballot on your way home this evening.

If you are in the Portland area and looking to celebrate a little bit of democracy, we’re teaming up with the fine folks at Oregon Walks, the state’s pedestrian advocacy committee, to march to the Ballot Box this evening. We’ll be meeting at 5pm at Lucky Lab Brewery on SE Hawthorne then marching up to the Election Office at 6:30. Come learn more about Bus Project/Oregon Walks initiatives this summer and enjoy the weather and democracy over drinks!

While we have your attention, were you aware of the shiny, happy new faces hanging around the Bus Project? We’ve been busy hiring new staff to run our outreach programs and the 2014 crop of Politicorp Fellows; click HERE to read more about Aylinn, Tim and yours truly!

We’ve got a ton of events coming up this summer; if you’re interested in being a footsoldier for democracy through our organization, be in touch!

Are you one of those people who scrolled to the bottom and didn’t have time to actually look over this blog post?


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The Bus’s Endorsements for Local Office


Anybody who’s taken a ride on the Bus knows we don’t make our decisions lightly. Our endorsements are the product of hundreds of hours of thoughtful conversations (loud arguments) between volunteers and are supported by countless hours of rigorous research (rigorous drinking).

Local offices are the parts of American democracy closest to us. The ones we can touch, and feel, and smell. They’re where the real business gets done. They matter, dammit. And that’s why we put in the work.

But it’s all worth it, because the Bus makes the right choices. And ME OH MY 2014 will be a doozy. We know these choices may be controversial. But if you can’t stand on principle in this world, where can you stand? In line, with the rest of the sheeple? NO THANK YOU.

Without further ado, here are the Bus Project’s endorsements for local offices:

We find the tasteful yellow hues soothing.


What is this, an office for GYMNASTS? A workspace from the third dream level of Inception? #CAREFULDONTFALL

Simple. Elegant. Nice use of green stuff. I’ll take it!

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We agree that the bear is kinda overkill, but you can’t be a purist in politics.

Dude! Look at the shiny vents! AND THE HARDWOOD. OH BABY THE HARDWOOD.

But our favorite is definitely this one:


C’mon. Where else will you have this much fun doin’ good? We’ve got epic Trick or Votes to plan, a Millennial Voter Guide to design, the TENTH summer of PolitiCorps to kick off. PLUS – we’re gonna knock on ten hundred zillion doors to support GLBT equality, marijuana reform & legalization, and the Driver’s Card referendum. So, um Git. On. Da. BUS. Or, donate.

*April Fools! Some of these offices aren’t even in Oregon… DUH!

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