We have some hope for you today.

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TERESA ALONSO LEON AND WHY WE’RE TAKING OUT THE BUS.

Come join Team Alonso Leon for our big canvass BUS TRIP kickoff on July 10 at 9 am and we’ll back by 12:30 at the latest! We will be meeting at the Bus headquarters and then drive down to her district.

We’ll get a chance to talk to voters about Teresa’s passion for strong schools, a fair economy, and an accountable, transparent government. We need your help to spread the word about Teresa Alonso Leon for State Representative in Oregon House District 22.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. We will provide snacks and the campaign will provide all the supplies you will need! If this is your first Bus Trip, don’t worrrrrry– the campaign will also provide training so that you are prepared to hit the doors!

Please let us know if you’re planning to attend. We have limited seats on the Bus and want to be sure we save one for you!! WE CANNOT WAIT.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SHAPING OREGON’S FUTURE? RSVP for a seat on the Bus info@busproject.org

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Bus Project endorsed A Better Oregon!

There is a ton of reasons why we supported A Better Oregon campaign. Last week, we had a chance to speak about why we’re a coalition partner and a proud supporter.

Check us out on Situations & Conversations with Tra’Renee on Z100.

http://z100portland.iheart.com/onair/situations-conversations-47748/a-better-oregon-14846354/

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There is a lot of reasons to celebrate this 4th of July.

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We hope one of them is democracy. We hope one of them is Will Smith. And we hope one of them is being a total boss.

Get registered to vote and tell your friends.

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Do you want to run for office?

Here is a message from our former Board Member Sara Ryan:

 

Applications now being accepted for the Oregon Labor Candidate School

2016 is an exciting year for OLCS.  As we start our 5th year training union members to run for political office, we have 7 alumni running for state level elected office, 12 members currently serving in office, and many more sitting on appointed boards and commissions, and stepping up for leadership roles. Does this sound like the right organization for you?

 

OLCS is currently accepting applications from members for the Portland area class starting in October. Classes are held on the second Saturday of the month, for six months, in different union halls. Our engaging and interactive curriculum is designed to support both the political newbie as well as the experienced campaigner. Union members who are interested in learning more about this 6 month course can contact me for more information, or visit our website at www.oregonlaborcandidateschool.org. You will find the link to apply on the APPLY tab.

 

If you are wondering if this class is right for you, let’s grab some coffee and talk about it. Participants in the program are required to fundraise, attend all classes, and volunteer for political campaigns.  Travel scholarships are available for people who have to commute farther than 100 miles. Additionally, if you would like to nominate someone to attend OLCS, please just send me his or her contact information and why you are nominating this member.

 

In solidarity,

 

Sara Ryan

 

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SNAPCHAT! IT’S HAPPENING!

Catch democracy on the move through the snap! Add busproject on your snapchat!

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First Bus Trip!

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It’s happening.

We’re doing it.

And we’re doing it for one of the best candidates, ever.

We are BIG fans of Teresa. We know you will be too.

RSVP to the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/296499504027785/

Get your space on the Bus reserved.

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Tonight in Portland!

We teamed up with environmental activists to investigate one question:
How do fossil fuel companies try to buy Oregon’s democracy?

Now we want to share our findings with you.

Join us as we go in depth to show how the energy industry tries to buy our elections, influence lawmakers, and prevent Oregon from confronting the threat of climate change

We’ll also discuss how People Power can overcome Big Money, and what we can do to rebalance our democracy.

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Date: June 27th
Time: 7:00 pm–8:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Location: First Unitarian Church of Portland
Address: Buchan Building, 1226 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205

Panel:
Nick Abraham–Editor, Oil Check NW
Angela Crowley-Koch–Government Relations Director, The Oregon Environmental Council
Nikki Fisher–Executive Director, The Bus Project
Daniel Lewkow–Political Director, Common Cause Oregon

Moderator:
Jefferson Smith–Host, Thank You Democracy on XRAY.fm

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BREAKING: Oregon Motor Voter Ballot Returns Outpace Peers

Oregon Motor Voter Ballot Returns Outpace Peers

PORTLAND – This January, Oregon launched Oregon Motor Voter (OMV), our nation’s first automatic voter registration system. OMV added 43,577 new voters to the electorate for the May Primary. On average, 808 eligible Oregonians register every day through automatic voter registration. Previously, Oregon registered an average of 2,023 new voters per month. With Oregon Motor Voter, our state is making great strides in getting a ballot into the hands of every eligible Oregonian.

Initial calculations of (unofficial) turnout of automatically registered voters signals success. Early analysis of returned ballots by age and party affiliation, demonstrate positive outcomes for voter participation for those who were registered through automatic voter registration (AVR).

 

Democratic Party

Republican Party

Independent Party

Non-affiliated

and minor parties

AGE

Traditional Registrant

AVR

Traditional Registrant

AVR

Traditional Registrant

AVR

Traditional Registrant

AVR

18 to 29

63.6%

65.0%

32.1%

47.7%

17.2%

26.8%

8.1%

4.6%

30 to 39

69.1%

72.4%

40.3%

45.8%

24.5%

36.2%

13.9%

5.0%

40 to 49

65.7%

70.0%

48.2%

46.1%

31.6%

42.9%

19.1%

4.8%

50 to 59

69.6%

73.8%

61.4%

59.3%

45.3%

39.7%

24.6%

7.8%

60 to 69

80.3%

81.1%

76.6%

69.6%

66.0%

67.2%

34.4%

12.2%

70+

78.3%

83.8%

78.9%

74.4%

76.1%

90.6%

37.4%

14.1%

 

The majority of AVR voters by age and major party voted at higher rates than their traditionally registered peers. Young people that registered with a party consistently out performed their traditionally registered peers. Young automatically registered Independent Party members turned out 9.5% higher and young Republican AVR members participated in the election at a 15.5% greater rate. Oregon has seen growth in unaffiliated voters of all ages for a number of year. It is the role of political parties in Oregon to educate and motivate the electorate in general about the value of affiliating with a party so there can be broader participation in primaries, regardless of their method of registration.

Nikki Fisher, Executive Director of the Bus Project noted, “The primary results show that Oregon Motor Voter is working to get ballots in the hands of more eligible voters. We believe democracy works best when all eligible voters have access to the ballot. We are excited to empower even more Oregonians this November.”

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Meet the newest member of our team: Daisy!

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Name: Daisy Quiñonez
What high school did you go to: David Douglas HS, in East Portland ~ Go scotsmen!
Favorite democracy memory: Standing 3+ hours waiting to see President Obama at a the Convention Center when I was in high school and [almost!] shaking his hand. #sademojiface
If you had a dance party and could only play one song on repeat what would it be: Get Busy – Sean Paul
Who runs the world: Geminis
Anything else Bus Family should know about you: I was a Bus intern/volunteer when I was a high school student and I’m beyond stoked to be back on the Bus!
Daisy is a Chicana from Portland, OR and a graduate from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s in Planning, Public Policy, and Management. She got her first taste in advocacy and political organizing while in high school when she advocated for local youth policies as Co-Chair of the Multnomah Youth Commission and phone-banked and knocked on doors interning for the Bus Project. While at UO, Daisy worked on the 2012 Vote or Vote campaign and served as a Legislative Fellow with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon for the 2015 legislative session. She has also worked as a field organizer in a statewide ballot measure campaign and organized college students around the state around issues of public higher education. Daisy’s work is driven by a passion on racial justice, LGBTQ+ justice, reproductive rights, immigrant rights, and youth empowerment. When she catches some downtime, Daisy loves going to music shows, reading feminist lit by women of color, and building up her lipstick collection.
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