- Big stuff, coming soon!
We’re on the lookout for some awesome interns to help our Spring programs bloom in full force! We’ve got a whole darn smorgasbord of open spots. If you’re interested in a gig, see if any of these sound like you!
Admissions: We are all about finding talent and connecting it to meaningful work! The Bus runs one of the nation’s most competitive summer fellowships, PolitiCorps. To stay competitive we work on this program year-round and are now in the process of revamping our admissions processes. If you are a good planner, expert with logistics and able to manage multiple projects, then PolitiCorps needs you! This position will require comfort navigating college sites, organizing applicant data, familiarity with Bus data systems (we’ll train you, no worries) and some phone time.
Events & Fundraising: Ever dreamed of being a club promoter? Or just like to throw ragers? Then we want you! We’re gonna party like it’s 2014… which means all the time. We need someone who is a total people person, a graceful yet speedy juggler of everything, and unafraid to ask for what you want. You’ll learn how to schmooze, hustle and raise those dollar bills in big, big stacks.
Finance & Development: If you’re into money and numbers, come learn the basics of non-profit work behind the scenes. As an organized guru, you’ll work with our development team to keep our finance boat afloat. You’ll get trade secrets of fundraising and schooled in the sexy legal lingo. Our dream interns are driven to bring in the dough, discreet and responsible with sensitive information – and understand that love is in the details.
Outreach: You love meeting new people and bringing diverse communities together. We’re looking for the ultimate “people person” to join our team to get folks interested, organize our supporters, and keep the wheels on this machine properly rolling. You’ll get exposure to some of the greatest minds in politics, nonprofit leadership and business. On top of it all, you’ll hammer out event details, develop new organizing strategies, and keep our Outreach and Voter Engagement Coordinator in line.
Social Media & Outreach: We need help getting the word out! We want the Bus to be the place where young people go to get involved and lately it’s felt more like a secret society. If you move about social media sites with ease, enjoy connecting with new people and love going to events, then this has your name ALL OVER IT! As a social media and outreach intern you will be responsible for giving a facelift to our current social media sites, getting folks interested, organizing our supporters and capturing our work for the world to know about.
Web Design: Our sites need some mad love! You found this so chances are good you’ve seen em – you agree? Then we need you! We want our web pages to reflect our fun spirit and capture in the words of our youth leaders what we do and what we are really about. As a web design intern you will use your creative genius to capture the ideas of our team and combine them with your tech savvy to create gifs, memes, short videos and whatever else makes sense.
To apply, get in touch with our Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Are you looking for a way to BE THE CHANGE in your local community? Are you all about ACTION? Do you want to inspire the mini, high school versions of your intelligent and badass selves? Do you like to WIN? Then Democracy Cup wants you. We’re on the lookout for college students to lead civic engagement competitions in Oregon high schools in your area. Are you up to the challenge? Read on, reader!
Responsibilities and Expectations:
- Communicate with schools throughout Oregon to run interactive civiceducation workshops geared towards high school juniors and seniors
- Recruit, train, support and collaborate with volunteers, interns and studentteams in those schools to register voters in local communities
- Coordinate outreach and build relationships with local organizations andgroups to garner support for Democracy Cup
- Track data of critical workshop and voter registration components and meetgoals
- Take charge in creating civic education lesson plans to continue in classrooms with students and volunteer teams through the semester
- College students and recent graduates with backgrounds in education,political science and related fields strongly encouraged to apply
- Previous volunteer and/or community engagement experience preferred
- Familiarity working with teens and high school students
- Strong oral communication skills and comfort with public speaking
- Commitment to public service, civic education and belief in young people’s involvement in the public sector
- Culturally competent/aware of social and racial justice issues and possess awillingness to talk and learn about them
- Strong relationship-building skills (Do babies and grandmas love you??)
- Must have access to a car
- Ability to commit, on average, 20 hours/week, March – May
Benefits & Compensation:
- Fellows will be provided a stipend of $1,500 each from March – May for their work, in addition to a bonus following completion of goals
- Fellows are eligible for course credit, pending the fulfillment of requirements determined by their respective colleges and universities
- Fellows’ professional development, support and resources will be provided by Bus staff
To apply, complete the survey (link below) and send a resume to email@example.com with “Full Name: Democracy Cup Fellow” in the subject line. Feel free to email with any questions as well!
Alright, here’s how this goes. October 15th, 2013 is a big day for the Bus. Not only because it is the last day to REGISTER TO VOTE before the November 5th election (hint: do it if you haven’t), but it’s also the first day for Tara Sulzen, the Bus Project’s new Executive Director.
Tara, bada** that she is, will be kicking off her new role Bus-style with a phonephest and Bus Trip day, and she’s hell-bent on having you there with her. Let us explain.
Right now, the Gresham Barlow School District is looking to pass their first school bond in 13 years, and they need some help. Besides building much-needed classroom space and filling it up with cutting edge technology, books that have both the front AND back covers, and AMAZING students (um…PolitiCorps class of 2020 *cough cough*), this school bond will create jobs and also keep kids safe.
You know that nothing moves the needle on critical local issues more than boots-on-the-ground direct-action democracy. We want to make that kind of positive impact for the students out in Gresham-Barlow. And we want to spend those couple of hours with you, working hard and having fun. Get on the bus!
When: October 24th, 5 – 8 pm
Where: Bus Central at 333 SE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR
What/Why: PhonePhest time! Bring your smoothest phone voice and sweetest smile to talk to voters and help get the Gresham Barlow School District some cash-money to fix up their schools. Join us.
When: November 2nd, 10-3pm
Where: Bus Central
What/Why: We are taking our Bus out to Gresham for some democracy-style action as we talk with voters, remind them to vooooote, and make sure they know what this bond can do for generations to come. Click here to sign up right now.
I know what you’re thinking: I can’t choose! I want to come to both events! Well, you can! Just hit Ebony up with an email and let her know you’re getting on the Bus with us.
**Never been to a PhonePhest or Bus Trip before? No worries! We’ll feed you and train you, and you’ll even get to hang out with our BRAND NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.
|We know you’ve been waiting for it all year. Congratulations, you patient sweethearts. It’s finally here.Today is National Voter Registration Day. America’s favorite coast-to-coast celebration of voter registration, democracy, and wonderfulness.Obviously you’re wondering how you should celebrate. Should you throw a bunch of miniature red, white, & blue disco balls on the nearest Douglas Fir? Should you light some candles and roast a bunch of quail/tofurquail?
I mean, you can if you want. But probably better to:
Regardless of how you go this extra mile this National Voter Registration Day, make sure to post about this beloved, time-honored holiday on the Twitters & the Facebooks, with hashtag #CelebrateNVRD.
Ok, go get your democracy on. Much love.
It is our great pleasure to introduce Tara Sulzen as the next Executive Director of the Oregon Bus Project.
As we approach such an important election cycle here in Oregon, the leadership of the Bus Project couldn’t be more important. After an exhaustive national search, we are confident that we couldn’t have found a better fit than Tara. She brings with her a compelling vision for the Bus, a passion for engaging volunteers and young leaders, as well as a deep understanding of the project’s tradition of hands-on democracy.
Like many of us, Tara got her political start with the Bus Project, and has been a dedicated organizer ever since. Tara has shown incredible leadership in her roles at 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Urban Sustainability Accelerator at Portland State University, and has been a strong voice for her generation in Oregon politics.
Tara will officially be taking the reins as Executive Director on October 15th, and we will invite everyone to come and meet (and grill) Tara. We’d like to warn you in advance that she will be asking all our supporters, young and old, to sign up to volunteer and share your insights in return.
Thank you for your ongoing support, and for helping lead the Bus into its next exciting chapter.
Recently we got together with some Bus Drivers, PolitiCorps alum, and generally awesome movers-n-shakers to celebrate the end of an another amazing PolitiCorps summer. And while we’re so sad that the time flew by, we feel pretty stoked about the delectable democracy that they brewed up, including:
- Registering 2,245 voters.
- Calling 25,285 voters and knocking on 15,425 doors to help the Gresham Barlow School Bond Campaign.
- Collecting 767 community surveys to help the Portland Urban League prioritize their constituents’ needs – and then contacting 400 organizations to get donations for the Urban League’s fundraising raffle.
- Gathering 11,699 signatures for Oregon United for Marriage to put marriage equality on the ballot in 2014.
In case you weren’t able to make it to our PolitiCorps 2013 Graduation, watch this video to hear what these twenty one amazing PolitiCorps Fellows had to say about what they did with their summer vacation. (Um, which wasn’t really vacation because they worked more than 240 hours. BUT. It was crazy fun.)
If you think you might want to join in the democracy fun as a 2014 PolitiCorps Fellow, make sure to watch for our 2014 call for applications. Or, you can help support great programs like PolitiCorps by becoming a Bus Driver today.
What about now? Now?
Right now—like, literally right now—legislators are talking amongst themselves about a huge game-changing public safety bill called HB 3194. The bill already received a hearing and the sausage-making has commenced.
If HB 3194 were to pass unchanged, it would:
- Flatline prison growth over the next decade and avoid $600 million in new prison expenses;
- Some of those savings would be re-invested into under-resourced parts of our public safety sector: community-based victim services, community corrections, drug courts, addiction and mental health treatment, and re-entry programs.
So, you know, pretty common sense stuff if you’re a lover of safety, savings, and justice. And let’s be real, who among us isn’t?
But as with actual sausage-making, the figurative sausage-making of the legislature ain’t pretty and it’s totally possible someone could lose a finger. You see, opponents are speaking out and they’re pressuring our policy makers to water down key parts of the bill.
This is where you come in. We need to make sure that the good people in our legislature aren’t just hearing from opponents; they need to hear from the supporters as well.
There’s two ways you can make sure they hear you now and help the bill get a good reception (get it? Because cell phones?) in the legislature.
Option 1: Come to Phone Phest Next Tuesday
Next Tuesday, Partnership for Safety & Justice and the Bus will be calling voters all over Oregon and encouraging them to have a phone date with their legislator. It’s a few hours of telephonic awesomeness plus good eats and great folks.
- When: April 30th, food at 5 PM, calls from 5:30 – 8:00
- Where: Bus Central, 333 SE 2nd Ave, Portland
Option 2: Make Yourself Heard
Can’t make the Phone Phest? No worries, friend. Just take 5 minutes today and call your legislator to let them know you support HB 3194. Even if your rep or senator is generally supportive, it still helps to hear friendly supporters cheering them on.
For a Jolly Good Fellowship
Do you know someone looking to ignite a career organizing for the environment, running political campaigns, fighting for equal rights and social justice, or launching their own nonprofit?
Then they should totally apply for PolitiCorps Summer 2013, the ninth edition of our signature summer bootcamp for aspiring public interest leaders.
The PolitiCorps Class of 2013 is filling up fast, but the search for 24 of the most inspiring young leaders isn’t over yet. And we need your help.
Can you help us identify the most creative, driven, entrepreneurial, passionate young folks in Oregon? We know you know them. In fact, many of you are them.
That’s why we need you to nominate these people. Like, today. (The deadline for applications is rolling, but the sooner someone applies, the better).
Who’s right for PolitiCorps? Well, for starters nominees should be college seniors or recent graduates and they should be ready to bust serious tail for the entire summer. Beyond that, Fellows come in all stripes. They come from every state in the union, some who grew up with a clipboard in their hand and others who are still getting their campaign legs under them.
Sound like someone you know? We thought so. So go ahead and nominate those fine folks here and then let them know that you’ve nominated them. And we’ll take it from there.
Wanna apply for PolitiCorps yourself? Skip the whole nomination process and get started on your application today. Click here to apply.
What if you could pre-register to vote when you turn 16 and make that first breathtaking trip to the DMV? What if every time you moved within the state you didn’t also need to move your registration because it was attached to you and not your house, which can’t even vote?
If this sounds like the kind of state you wanna live in—and, frankly, you’re a little bummed to learn that it doesn’t already work like this—you can help make it happen.
Over the next two weeks the Oregon House is taking a good long look at a slate of bills meant to make voting in Oregon more free, fair and accessible. And we want—nay, we need—you to be right in the heart of the action.
Read on for a quick intro to the policies and a couple ways you can help.
- HB 2988, 16 Year-Old Pre-Registration: 20,000 16 year-olds get their driver’s licenses at the DMV every year. This bill would allow them all to pre-register to vote in the same trip (just like 17-year-olds already do).
- HB 3175, Improving College Voter Registration: Offers students more opportunities and information to register to vote at all public colleges and universities.
- HB 2017, Online Voter Reg. Update: Allows currently registered Oregon voters without a driver’s license to update their voter registration online using their Social Security number.
- HB 2198, Portable Voter Registration: Keeps your voter registration up-to-date when you move, so you get your ballot at your new address without needing to fill out a new voter registration.
For more details, head over to our Makin’ Laws page.
How You Can Help: Attend a Hearing
Wednesday, March 13, 3 PM: The House Rules Committee will be taking a look at bills #1-3 from above. This is a big day for getting young people even more engaged with politics in our state.
Wednesday, March 20, 3 PM: The House Rules Committee is back at it, this time looking at the Portable Voter Registration bill. Because who has two thumbs and wants to re-register every time they move? Probably no one (just guessing).
We want to fill the hearing room on both of these dates with your beautiful faces and infectious love for democracy. Click here to save your seat in a carpool from Portland on the 13th. And click here to save your seat on the 20th.
How You Can Help: Call your Representative
Can’t make it down to Salem for the day? Give your legislator a phone call or write them a letter. Legislators love hearing from their constituents. Click here to find your legislator.
Together we can make Oregon a state with convenient, secure, hassle-free voter registration. Because when more people do democracy, democracy does more for all of us.
P.S. Can’t do either of the above but want to help fuel the work? Click here to become a Bus Driver and totally make our day.
The legislature just wrapped up the first month of the 2013 session and we’re happy to say that with your help, Bus policy priorities have been moving along nicely.
Because this is our first update like this, we’re going to take the time to introduce you to the bills we’re driving towards, as well as we’re they’re all at in the process.
About the Policies: Modernizing our voter registration system so that all eligible Oregonians can have secure, hassle-free access to our democracy. The bills we’re currently working on are:
- HB 2988, 16 Year-Old Pre-Registration: Allows 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote (just like 17-year-olds already do). So when the 20,000 16-year-olds that get their licenses every year go to the DMV they can save their spot on the voter rolls, too. Plus, it makes high school voter registration drives WAY better.
- HB 2198, Portable Voter Registration: Keeps your voter registration up-to-date when you move, so you get your ballot at your new address without needing to fill out a new voter registration.
- HB 3175, Improving College Voter Registration: Offers students more opportunities and information to register to vote at all public colleges and universities — on popular university webpages, in the highest traffic places on campus, and requiring voter registration announcements on campus. (Led by our kickass partners at the Oregon Student Association)
- HB 2017, Online Voter Reg. Update: Allows currently registered Oregon voters without a driver’s license to update their voter registration online using their Social Security number. Convenient, right?
The Latest: We’ve been meeting with legislators all last month to build support for this issue. All of these bills have been referred to the House Rules Committee
and we’re waiting on a hearing to be scheduled UPDATE: The committee has scheduled two hearings for voter access bills in the next two weeks:
- Wednesday, March 13, 3-5:00 PM: Hearing on National Voter Registration Act compliance (didn’t mention this one above…but it’s a good thing).
- Monday, March 18, 3-5:30 PM: Hearing on all three of the bills above.
There’s also a smattering of other cool stuff to come (we’ll keep you posted).
Campaign Finance Reform
About the Policies: We’re strong believers that Oregon’s campaign finance system needs some fixes. The legislature is considering a whole range of bills to limit the role of money in elections and make campaign transactions more transparent:
- HB 2420, Independent Expenditure Transparency: Requires the source of independent expenditures to be identified on the communications pieces they fund, so we know who’s behind every piece of mail, TV spot and radio ad.
- HB 2018, Independent Expenditure Electronic Reporting: Requires independent expenditures to be reported electronically. That way it’s super easy to see which outside groups are spending money to influence your vote.
- HB 2419, Rapid Reporting: Requires large contributions in the final two weeks of an election to be reported on OreStar within 48 hours.
The Latest: Like our Voter Access bills, these bills have landed a sweet spot on the House Rules Committee’s docket, though no hearing has been scheduled just yet. Stay tuned.
Stuff that Affects the Next Generation
Tuition Equity (HB 2787)
About the Policy: One of the smartest pieces of economic policy that also happens to be the right moral thing to do: offering in-state tuition to long-time Oregon students who graduated from Oregon high schools, have been accepted to Oregon colleges and are working toward citizenship, but who didn’t receive documentation when their parents brought them to America.
The Latest: Our hard-charging partners over at Oregon Student Association, Causa and others have been doing a ridiculously awesome job for the last several years on this one. Thanks to the brilliant work of the coalition, HB 2787 passed through the House with flying colors a couple weeks back and the Senate will be taking a gander soon.
Earned Sick Days (City of Portland)
About the Policy: Over 80% of Portlanders don’t have the opportunity to earn paid sick leave. So when they get sick, they either have to skip a day of pay or go to work sick. Which means you’re getting more with that latte than you might’ve bargained for.
The Latest:This Thursday, March, 7, the Portland City Council will be holding a public hearing on the policy that would require employers give their employees the ability to earn paid sick days. It goes down at 3 PM, and is, well, obviously open to the public. If you care about this issue you should get yourself down there.
Safety and Savings
About the Policy: It’s no secret that Oregon’s public safety & criminal justice system is in need of a serious facelift. In the search for the public policy equivalent of Botox, Oregon’s crazy-huge Safety and Savings Coalition—of which yours truly is a proud member—is focused on three policy objectives this session:
- Flatline prison growth
- Allow more judicial discretion for youth tried as adults
- Adequately fund victim and rehabilitation services
The legislature is considering an ever-evolving swarm of bills related to these issues. Bounce on over to the Partnership for Safety & Justice’s Legislative Agenda fact sheet for more info.
The Latest: If you’re looking to get involved in this area, we’ve got two big dates for you:
- March 12th, 7 – 9 PM: PSU is holding a forum—”The Future of Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Oregon”. It’s free and you should go. More info here.
- April 2nd, 7 – 4 PM: Our friends at Partnership for Safety and Justice are holding a Youth Justice Day at the State Capitol. We’ll be taking our Bus down. Save your seat here.
Whew. That’s it. We’re keeping busy, as you can see. To help make sure this work can keep going, consider making our day by becoming a monthly Bus Driver.