We’ve been asked to issue a statement on how we feel about the Oregonian article: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/learning_curve_layoffs_beset_n.html#incart_river_home
Here is our statement: The Bus Project is committed to ensuring all eligible Oregonians get a ballot. We have concerns about about what Dennis Richardson’s voting record and recent actions mean for ballot access for everyone. Dennis Richardson, as state representative, has voted against a majority of our legislation priorities ensuring Oregonians are free from potential barriers. And, Dennis Richardson has recently fired, for no cause, the people responsible for implementing these access systems. The Bus Project has fought hard to ensure Oregon makes great strides in voter access, often leading the nation in reforms. Dennis Richardson’s previous votes, and his recent actions, seem to put that progress at risk. It is essential to have staff within the Elections Division as opposed to a political office who are focused on ensuring everyone in Oregon knows how to vote, when to vote, and that their vote counts, especially diverse and hard to reach communities.
We think democracy is a great. And Oregon does democracy pretty well… Motor Voter, vote-by-mail, and online voter reg are a few examples of how Oregon has lead the way on voter access.
We also recognize democracy, in order to work at its best, needs a little help, a little attention and support from people like you and me. Even with these innovative voter access policies in place, there are still tons of Oregonians who face barriers to the ballot and there are still places where Oregon can improve.
That’s why this legislative session, we’re continuing to make voter access a priority with bills on:
~ Pre-voter registration for 16 year olds ~
~ Paid Postage on ballots ~
~ In-language tools for minority-language voters ~
~ National Popular Vote ~
You can take action to help ensure democracy is working for all Oregonians by joining us on March 8th for our Democracy Day of Action at the Capitol! Transportation and lunch will be provided.
What: Democracy Day of Action
When: Wednesday March 8th, 9 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Oregon State Capitol. Meet at Bus office (333 SE 2nd Ave) at 7:45 am to ride the bus down to Salem with us!
Can’t join us in Salem but still wanna help out? Democracy can use all kinds of TLC– voter registration in high schools, calling state reps and senators, submitting testimony– Pledge to take action now!
Wanna make a BIG difference but can’t join us for our lobby day? Chip in $10 bucks today and buy one of our high school students a lunch. Chip in $20 bucks a month and you’ve bough lunch, breakfast and a lobby packet. OR make a larger impact and donate $10 bucks a month and make sure we can talk to legislators all year long about how essential democracy is in 2017.
Democracy needs you now more than ever.
We hope you will join us in continuing to expand voter access, like we did with online voter registration, with pre-registration, with vote by mail, and with our latest 2015 victory with Motor Voter, by pledging to take action. We’ve got work to do, but we’re gonna need your help.
#AutomaticVoterRegistration is the future and 73% of registered voters polled in Oregon agree.
Oregon implemented a secure, modern electronic voter registration system – and the voters approve. #AutomaticVoterRegistration
86% of Democrats and 62% of Republicans polled in Oregon support the state’s Motor Voter program. #AutomaticVoterRegistration
#AutomaticVoterRegistration brings voting into the 21st century and almost 3 out of 4 registered voters in Oregon support it.
US Attorney General
Secretary of Education
Head of Environmental Protection Agency
|WHY IS SESSIONS
In 1986, Coretta Scott King warned us about Jeff Sessions. He thinks that civil rights should be thrown to the wind opposing marriage equality and Roe v Wade. He also supports increased surveillanc
He opposes a legal pathway for citizenship for people immigrating into the US and voted against a ban on cruel and inhuman punishment for prisoners.
Last but not least, he opposes medical marijuana, once saying “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
|WHY IS DeVOS
She’s not an expert in curriculum, education or pedagogy. Her qualification for serving in education’s highest seat is serving as a lobbyist for the school choice movement in Michigan. This means she supports voucher & tax credit programs, which would ultimately move public tax dollars away from public classrooms and into private schools.
Further, she doesn’t believe in separation of church and the public school classroom– going as far as to say public schools should “advance God’s kingdom.”
Oh also, she said we should have guns in public schools to protect students from grizzlies. Here’s a link… we can’t make this stuff up.
|WHY IS PRUITT
He doesn’t think climate change is real saying “Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind.” #NoScottTheyDont
He’s continuously taken the side of industry over the well-being of people during his tenure as Oklahoma’s Attorney General. The Head of the Department of Environmental Quality described Pruitt as having “advocated and stood up for the profits of business . . . at the expense of people who have to drink the water or breathe the air.”
Join us just a week before Trumps inauguration to mark the beginning of our resistance to his administration’s impending attacks on immigrant communities.
We’ll be taking our first Bus Trip of the year next Saturday Jan. 14th as part of the One Oregon Coalition down to Salem for the United for Immigrant Rights March and Rally at the capitol building. On this national day of action, we want to make it heard loud and clear that immigrants and refugees are essential to the fabric of Oregon and we will not tolerate hateful rhetoric that scapegoats immigrant communities or policy that attacks their human rights.
We cannot allow this new administration to threaten our friends, our families, our neighbors, our colleagues. We must not be idle while member of our community are being targeted.
What can we do?
Unite in support of our immigrant and refugee communities and join us as we march for dignity, justice, and respect.
Are you in Portland? Wanna ride with us down to Salem? RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/a/causaoregon.org/forms/d/1cCAyQi0j-imIZ-dnZ4PYxlCLAaeR1k8-imN5pdDu3dw/viewform?edit_requested=true
What: Unite for Immigrant Rights Rally and March
Where: Oregon State Capitol, Salem, OR
When: Saturday Jan. 14th, 2016
- Bus departing Portland at 10:15 am
- March begins at the Capitol at 11:30 am
- Bus arrive back in Portland at 3:45 pm