We’re in the Give!Guide!

This year The Bus Project is participating in Willamette Week’s Give!Guide! It’s a fun and easy way to give back to organizations you care about, while getting some cool incentives back. To make things a little more interesting, our board member, Dan Torres, has agreed to get a Vote Bot Tattoo if we can raise $10,000 from November 1st through December 31st. Help us make that dream a reality, by donating to Give!Guide today!

If you give at least $10, you get access to the Chinook Book app. If you give $1,000 you will get a hand-delivered bag of gifts! And when you make a gift on a Big Give Day, you will be entered into a raffle for even more cool prizes, like a dream Salt and Straw and ping pong party with you and 59 of your closest friends at Pips and Bounce.

You get cool prizes, and you help keep The Bus rolling, what could be better? Make sure to check out The Bus Project page, throw a few dollarz our way, and don’t miss out on this amazing win-WIN situation.

XOXO Team Bus

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Transitions at The Bus Project

Friends,

I’m writing today with some bittersweet news. Our incredible Executive Director, Nikki Fisher, is leaving her position with the Bus to take on a new challenge. The board is excited to support Nikki’s transition and to begin our search for the Bus Project’s next fearless leader.

Since Nikki joined the staff in 2015, the Bus has done some pretty great things. We helped implement automatic voter registration and saw over 400,000 Oregonians get added to the voter rolls – including nearly 100,000 people who voted for the first time in 2016. We literally revolutionized the way voter registration is done in this country. We graduated 37 PolitiCorps fellows and found job placements for a ton of them. We were even on the front cover of the Nation magazine! We passed some other important voting reforms, too: voter pre-registration for 16-year-olds and a bill that added more drop boxes to college campuses.

More than anything, we are grateful for the leaders Nikki has helped build. At the Bus Project, we take young leaders, provide opportunities for growth and success, and encourage them long-term to help build progressive structures to win, to build, and succeed. We are proud of the work Nikki has done and we are proud to have her in the Bus family.

During the transition, Courtney Graham, who has worked with the Bus for the last year as our lobbyist and fearless leader in Salem, will be our Interim Director. We also have awesome staff: Amy, our Leadership Director, has been around for three cycles of fellows and has been a huge asset to our team. Gnora, our Policy and Advocacy Director, has been with the Bus since September and is already rocking it. Jack is our super savvy and trusted accountant, and has been a longtime member of the Bus family. And we have our brilliant fellow Joseph with us from Mozambique until December.

Myself and the board are ready to support this transition, and we have already started planning for an extensive and inclusive search for a new Executive Director (stay tuned for a job description).

​The Bus Project, with Courtney’s interim leadership, will continue to drive our policy priorities, legislative agenda, and vision and strategy forward.​ We are so excited for the future of the organization. We wouldn’t be here without Nikki’s hard work and leadership, and we hope you will join us in thanking her for her years of service. ​

Your c(3) board chair,

 

Sam Chapman

P.S.We hope to see you at Jingle Bus this year! We are going to celebrate Nikki’s years of work and are excited to wrap up the year with a bunch of our amazing friends and generous donors.

 

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Now Accepting Applications for Fall Interns!

Apply today to intern with the Bus Project!

ABOUT US: The Oregon Bus Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to build a more accessible democracy that more accurately reflects and engages the millennial generation. Our goal is to bring young people into the political process through civic engagement, leadership development, and issue advocacy. The Bus Project has registered, educated, and turned out tens of thousands of young voters. The Bus Project has also passed forward-thinking policies that make elections more accessible and make tangible change on issues that impact young people. We’re working to change our state for the better, and we need you to make that happen.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Our fall program is focused on training young people to be effective and inclusive community leaders and organizers through weekly classroom sessions and on-the-ground fieldwork. Interns lead and participate in weekly classroom sessions designed to give them skills and tools necessary to make positive change in their community. We pair the classroom trainings with serious fieldwork so that interns can make a tangible impact on their community by utilizing the skills they learn in the classroom.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Gain valuable leadership skills through a mix of classroom sessions and hands-on fieldwork. Participate in local and state-level grassroots campaigns. Build a strong community of friends and allies that you will work with in the future. Explore your strengths and weaknesses as a leader. Grow personally and intentionally through intentional feedback from your supervisor and fellow interns, classroom trainings, and self-reflection.

Inters are required to be with the Bus Project 8 hours a week. 2 of these hours will be spent in classroom trainings from Bus Project staff as well as experts in the community. The other 6 hours will be spent working in the field on voter registration, collecting pledge-to-vote cards, and research.

TO APPLY: access the application by clicking here! The program starts the week of October 16th, so hurry on over! PS, we’re looking for enthusiastic, passionate people– no experience necessary! Get in touch with Amy@busproject.org with questions.

We welcome applications from all and strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

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National Voter Registration Day!

Did you know that last year millions of Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline, or didn’t know how to register? Many Oregonians are not aware that you can register when you’re 17, and need to update your registration when you move, or change your name.

Democracy is built from the ground up and key decisions that affect our communities, our kids, taxes and the investments they support are determined locally, so #BeVocalVoteLocal. In this political climate it’s important to use your voice, and vote!

The Bus Project will be celebrating National Voter Registration Day today and we’re so stoked.

Check if you are up to date with your current voter registration, or register for the first time at beregistered.org

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A message from your Senators.

Senator Ron Wyden provides a great message to everyone at the Bus Project who has volunteered and registered folks. 

Senator Merkley provides a powerful message about the importance of voting. 

We are proud to celebrate National Voter Registration Day and have the support of our two US Senators.

Today is a special day for us at the Bus. It’s a national holiday. A day were we get to remind folks about the importance of voting. It’s a day were Republicans, Democrats, Working Family Party, Independent Party of Oregon can all come together and agree: It’s time to register folks!

Take a moment and ask your friends and family members if they’re registered and use the easy link at beregistered.org to check your status.

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Join us!

2017 has already been a landmark year for criminal justice reform in our state! Thousands of you reached out to elected officials and helped pass laws to end law enforcement profiling, reduce unreasonably harsh penalties for simple drug possession, slow the expansion of our prison population, and make our grand jury system more transparent and accountable. We thank each of you for getting involved.

It is a new day and a new political landscape! We’re building momentum and are far from done. Today, we are excited to announce that we are partnering with the ACLU of Oregon for their launch of the They Report to You Campaign, a cutting-edge campaign to make our criminal justice system more accountable to everyday people. Our PolitiCorps fellows have already knocked over 14,000 doors for this campaign over the summer and we’re excited to share this with you! Join us on Sunday, August 27th in Beaverton to help kick off the campaign!

There is more to accountability than building and filling prisons. Accountability includes reflecting our values through increasing access to education, mental health treatment, re-entry support, and ensuring equal treatment. It means not only holding people convicted of crimes accountable, but also holding district attorneys and law enforcement accountable. It means holding ourselves accountable too, so that we educate ourselves about candidates running for positions like district attorney and vote for the one who best reflects our values.

Join the ACLU for lunch and learn how you can get involved with They Report to You. Afterwards, we will hit the streets on our first volunteer canvass for district attorney accountability. Sign up today!

The basics
What: They Report to You Campaign launch for the ACLU
When: Sunday, August 27th
Where: Beaverton Public Library Green (12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR 97005)
Time: 12-3pm
Lunch and a training are both provided before hitting the doors!
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Meet the fellows!

Meet the 2017 PolitiCorps Fellows!

Hey Friend,

For the past 13 years, the Bus Project has brought in young folks from all around the nation to participate in our annual summer fellowship, PolitiCorps. PolitiCorps is an intensive 10-week program where fellows learn the ins-and-outs of political organizing. Some of the sharpest minds in Oregon donate their time to teach fellows skills in fundraising, campaign planning, campaign management, nonprofit management, working in both the National and State Capitol, and tons more.

Fellows also do some of democracy’s hardest and most important work–which is having thousands upon thousands of meaningful one-on-one conversations with voters. These fellows are talented, determined, and passionate. We appreciate the heck outta ’em and we are honored to introduce them to you. So, without further ado, meet the 2017 PolitiCorps Cohort!

 

Abby Boulton was born and raised in Portland and is super excited to be back for the summer. Arising senior at the University of Vermont, she is a double major in Art History and Sociology. After working for Planned Parenthood, Abby gained a much deeper appreciation of advocacy and is looking forward to continuing her involvement through PolitiCorps. She is deeply passionate about issues of representation, education, and equality. You could probably find her reading the news, practicing yoga, or out and about around Portland.

Adilene Valencia is a student at Portland State University working towards a BS in Community Development. She grew up across the river in Vancouver, WA but her heart has always loved Portland. She moved to neighboring Gresham and has fallen even more in love with the city and its people. In high school she spent her time in student government, then at MHCC she was the director of community affairs where she got her first taste of organizing and absolutely loved it! She has two adorable poodle pups at home, and spends most of her free time out in the parks, Cafe Delirium, or grabbing a bite to eat with friends.
 Collin Haahr was born in Portland and was raised by two proud “St. Johns” residents in the Northwest section of the city. He is a recent graduate of the University of Portland, and after spending countless hours studying and working, with a few dedicated to fun, he is ready to finally cause the action he wishes to see in politics. His main passions are Environmental Policy, Public Schooling, and Civil Rights, subjects he has vocally and publicly supported his entire life. When he’s not reading political commentary on The Atlantic or Politico, he’s most likely watching sports, always proudly routing for his Northwest Teams, as well as sometimes across the pond proudly supporting Everton FC.
Helen Eldred was born and raised in Corvallis, Oregon and is currently a rising sophomore at Mount Holyoke College where she is a Politics major with an intended minor in Journalism. In 2014, she interned for Sara Gelser’s successful campaign for Oregon State Senate. She is interested in transferring her academic pursuits into practical solutions to real world problems. In her spare time she loves to read, listen to music, go on hikes, have dinner parties, and there is nothing that gets her going more than a good panel discussion.
Huell White is a Portland State University graduate originally from Southern New Mexico. He moved to Portland in 2012 to study Russian at PSU. Huell has lived, studied and interned in Europe, Russia and Central Asia, which subsequently shaped his worldview. A lifelong obsession with politics has led him to hop on the Bus, and hopes that PolitiCorps will lead him to fulfill his dream of working in public service.
Janiel Santos is originally from Nevada and moved to Oregon as a child where she grew up in Tualatin. Acurrent student at the University of Oregon, Janiel is pursuing a degree in Family-Human Services, with aminor in Ethnic Studies. Janiel is passionate about women and reproductive rights, racial justice and empowering Latinx youth. Janiel’s dream is to pursue a graduate degree in Administration and Policy, and hopefully work with Latinx youth in the future.
Kaia Johnson Born and raised in Northwest Washington, Kaia grew up barefoot wandering through the San Juan Islands, finding her voice not only in social work, but as a writer and artist. Kaia is almost a Washington State University alumni, finishing up her last semester this fall, getting her undergraduate degree in Journalism after completing her minor in Comparative Ethnic Studies. Passionate on just about every topic, she is quick to add not only her views and thoughts, but probably at least one joke per conversation. She’s incredibly excited for what this summer can achieve.
Kathy Bond is a current Economics and Political Science major at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Kathy first became interested in politics after working on a campaign for a district representative in Las Vegas, Nevada. To Kathy, politics is about creating positive change within your community, and Kathy continues to be passionate for community engagement by volunteering for the Oregon Food Bank and after-school programs in middle schools across Portland. Kathy loves to make bad puns, play card games, and pet cute dogs.
Nathaniel Torry-Schrag, a native Oregonian who grew up in small towns west of Portland, is currently enrolled in the Portland State University Urban Honors College. A student of Political Science, Nathaniel stays engaged with academics, clubs, local campaigns, and more. If he isn’t on the Washington Post’s website, you can find him reading, eating, tweeting, and all that other good stuff millennials do. His biggest passions are politics (duh), music, and travel. Nathaniel is excited for the opportunity to work with an incredible non-profit like The Bus Project, and looks forward to bringing his dedication to local and ethical politics to the fellowship.
Olivia Hasencamp Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Olivia is majoring in Dance Studies at Reed College. She has been involved in organizing on campus as well as in the greater Portland area. She has acurrent focus on racial justice, LGBTQ+ justice, gender equality, and educating youth, with an interest in the ways that different bodies of knowledge–like dancing and cooking!–can be used and valued as sites of teaching and learning in the classroom. Although Olivia likes being busy, her favorite pastimes are having dance parties, reading, hanging out with friends, and drinking a large glass of milk.
And they’re graduating soon!
We wish they could stay at the Bus Project forever, but all good things must come to an end. Save the date for PolitiCorps graduation. Tuesday, August 22nd at 6:30pm. Stay tuned for the details and location!
One last thing–these fellows work hard every day to develop their skills and meet their goals. An average stipend for each fellow is $1700. If just 15 people donated $10 a month we would be able to add another fellow next summer. Please consider chipping in here!
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Make Oregon’s criminal justice system more accountable

2017 has already been a landmark year for criminal justice reform in our state! Thousands of you reached out to elected officials and helped pass laws to end law enforcement profiling, reduce unreasonably harsh penalties for simple drug possession, slow the expansion of our prison population, and make our grand jury system more transparent and accountable. We thank each of you for getting involved.

It is a new day and a new political landscape! We’re building momentum and are far from done. Today, we are excited to announce that we are partnering with the ACLU of Oregon for their launch of the They Report to You Campaign, a cutting-edge campaign to make our criminal justice system more accountable to everyday people. Our PolitiCorps fellows have already knocked over 14,000 doors for this campaign over the summer and we’re excited to share this with you! Join us on Sunday, August 27th in Beaverton to help kick off the campaign!

There is more to accountability than building and filling prisons. Accountability includes reflecting our values through increasing access to education, mental health treatment, re-entry support, and ensuring equal treatment. It means not only holding people convicted of crimes accountable, but also holding district attorneys and law enforcement accountable. It means holding ourselves accountable too, so that we educate ourselves about candidates running for positions like district attorney and vote for the one who best reflects our values.

Join the ACLU for lunch and learn how you can get involved with They Report to You. Afterwards, we will hit the streets on our first volunteer canvass for district attorney accountability. Sign up today!

The basics
What: They Report to You Campaign launch for the ACLU
When: Sunday, August 27th
Where: Beaverton Public Library Green (12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR 97005)
Time: 12-3pm
Lunch and a training are both provided before hitting the doors!
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That’s a wrap!

We did it! The Oregon legislature wrapped up last week, and we are so proud of the work we’ve all done together!

Here’s some of what we did, at a glance:

After a decade of hard work, we successfully lowered Oregon’s voter pre-registration age to 16 by passing Senate Bill 802! Now when 16-year-olds get their license at the DMV, they’ll be automatically pre-registered to vote! Nearly 20,000 16-year-olds go the the DMV every year, so this is going to make a HUGE difference. BIG UPS to our fierce sponsors, Senators Taylor, Steiner Hayward, and Boquist, and Representatives Lininger and Malstrom.

We worked with our friends at the Oregon Student Association to pass House Bill 3408, protecting Oregon’s best-in-the-nation voter registration rules and ensuring that we can continue to do the important work we do to register thousands of voters every year.

     

We also supported efforts to do a lot of other great things, like extending health coverage to all Oregon kids, requiring student loan transparency, and creating standards for statewide ethnic studies curriculum for our schools. All of these bills will make Oregon a better place for all of us, and we are excited they passed.

All told, we closely monitored 15 elections-related bills, testified or submitted testimony on 12 different bills, and had 400+ people email or call their legislator about their priorities and nearly 100 people come lobby in person on bills in Salem. IT MADE A HELLUVA difference. 

There were other important bills that we supported that unfortunately didn’t pass, and we are disappointed the legislature didn’t take action. BUT, DAMN IF WE DIDN’T TRY OUR HARDEST. 

We know that paying for postage for all ballots will increase turnout and make voting even easier for all Oregonians, that‘s why we supported Senate Bill 683. Unfortunately, we’ve got a ton of work to do to ensure legislators understand what we hear when we’re knocking on doors. Although it didn’t pass, we wanna give a shout out to Senator Devlin and his staff for their help on this bill! 

Thousands of Oregonians across our state are struggling to keep a roof over their heads as they juggle the burdens of increasing rents, low wages, and student debt. Many more are faced with no-cause evictions, leaving them with nowhere to go. House Bill 2004 would have helped fix that, but the big special interest groups representing landlords and developers just wouldn’t back down, and the bill died in the Senate. We’re very disappointed and we’re committed to fighting for these protections in the interim. 

And finally, Oregon failed to pass House Bill 2927,  the National Popular Vote bill. Out of 45 elections, a President has been elected that lost the popular vote a whopping 5 times. The bill would have changed that so that the President would be elected by a true vote of the people. We’re committed to trying again in the future to help make sure on person equals one vote in the Presidential election. We’ve been fighting for this bill for multiple sessions, and we’re more committed than ever to making sure your voice is heard in Salem on this critical issue.

As always, thank you so much for supporting the Bus and for riding along with us on this wild journey! We couldn’t do it without our amazing and wonderful staff, our dream team of volunteers, Ben the volunteer Bus driver, and all of y’all.

We had a ton of successes this legislative session and we are so proud of all the yellow Bus buttons we saw every day in the Capitol. Thanks for making this work so much fun and rewarding. We can’t do it without ya.

All of us over at Team Bus can’t wait to keep fighting so every eligible voter can cast their ballot free from restrictions and barriers.

P.S.

We see the crazy, banana-pants requests made by the guy in the White House. Don’t worry though–we’re monitoring it. Best way to stop him is to register friends and family to vote by visiting beregistered.org.   

P.P.S.

If you want to help us continue to fight for democracy, you can chip in $5 a month here! 

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We are hiring!!!!

Description:
What we hope for: We’re looking for a committed, resourceful individual who believes in the power of young people to create change and is passionate about mobilizing young people to register to vote, participate in elections, and tackle the most pressing issues facing our generation (i.e., economic justice, climate justice, criminal justice, housing justice). The Program Organizer is a core member of our team, and will be leading the largest component of our 2017/2018​ young voter registration.

Our ideal candidate takes initiative, is highly organized, builds relationships easily, and has experience working with diverse and underrepresented communities. You’d be a good fit if you’ve got the energy to register voters while rollerskating, the determination to hit ambitious goals, and the commitment to support young leaders in learning to do this work. We also look for people who have a positive outlook and contagious personality. You, yes, you should throw your hat in the ring if you’re excited by this challenge and are ready to work hard. This position offers tremendous opportunities for leadership, innovation, and professional development on a very supportive team that takes the work seriously, but not ourselves.

About us: ​We’re an innovative nonprofit organization that mobilizes young people to move Oregon forward through civic engagement, leadership development and advocacy work. We register and turn out thousands of young voters every year by working on issues like election reform, and economic, climate and housing justice, all while training hundreds of young leaders to create change.

The Ideal Program Organizer will:

❖ Lead the execution of large-scale, volunteer-driven voter registration drives and turnout programs targeting young voters in Oregon including all aspects of voter registration, phone banks, canvasses, voter guide distribution, etc.

❖ Work in close partnership with the Leadership Development Coordinator to meet the goals of the Bus; In particular, supporting all aspects of our leadership program including goal-setting, recruitment, management and plugging volunteers into leadership opportunities.

❖ Maintain a regular presence at private college campuses,​high schools, ​community events and festivals.

❖ Manage a small team of temporary organizers and organizing fellows to assist with the execution of a large-scale voter registration in Summer/Fall 201​7​.

❖ Manage tasks such as data entry, financial management, voter registration entry, taking voter registration cards to the county clerks office and help staff with other small projects as necessary.

❖ Lead all grassroots lobbying activities in Salem, and engage interns and volunteers in Oregon’s legislative session.

❖ Manage National Voter Registration Day and Trick or Vote.

❖ Manage and oversee Brewhahas, Education Forums and other events.

❖ Draft email correspondence, blog posts, and Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts.

❖ Work with coalition partners to collaborate on programs and campaigns as needed.

❖ Maintain a deep ​commitment to the Bus Project mission and to advancing the organization’s goals and objectives.

❖ Emanate enthusiasm for voter registration, voter turnout, and election access.

❖ Have incredible organizational skills. Seriously.

❖ Take initiative to lead and self-improve, and work efficiently and effectively under tight deadlines.

❖ Communicate a passion for tackling the issues facing our generation, especially economic justice and racial justice.

❖ Build relationships easily, especially with young people, and commitment to developing young leaders.

❖ Attend Monthly Bus Project Board meetings, while assisting a variety of Board of Directors Committees.

❖ Have enthusiasm for, experience with, and ability to work within diverse and underrepresented communities.

❖ Have a high energy personality and enthusiasm for engaging thousands of young voters face-to-face.

❖ Demonstrate success in thoroughly managing multiple projects with many moving parts to produce great results.

❖ Be relentless in reaching goals.

❖ Have a work style that is flexible, respectful and collaborative, and the ability to maintain a supportive, empowering work culture.

❖ Have a positive, solutions-oriented attitude & enthusiasm for designing and implementing new initiatives.

❖ Be willing to work nontraditional hours on a regular basis & campaign hours during election season.

Preferred, but not required:

❖ Fluency in Spanish.

❖ Some experience working with voter registration or campaigns.

❖ Understanding of VAN or willingness to get trained and learn VAN and NGP.

Please note: We care more about your ability to get the job done than whether you have formal or informal experience. We encourage you to submit your application if this job excites you!

Position Details: This is a full-time position based out of Portland’s office reporting to the Executive Director. We provides a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental coverage (with 100% of the premium covered by the employer), paid sick and vacation time, and lots of pizza during election times. Salary range ​begin at $31,000-$34,000,​ ​but is ​commensurate with experience.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates has been identified. Ideal deadline for hire is no later than July 30th.

Application Guidelines/Contact:
Please send your cover letter and resume to info@busproject.org and in the subject line put Program Organizer.

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