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
We’ve all got that racist aunt or uncle who wears the red trucker hat that says: Make America Great Again. We know you might need a few minutes to celebrate something positive in your life. Here is an excuse to stop listening to them and instead, celebrate with us.
We’ve got some real news (none of it’s that fake stuff) that you can celebrate.
Check out the opinion editorial about a voter suppression measure that was just filed, you can read it here: http://www.bendbulletin.com/
Check out this amazing story from the East Oregonian that celebrates Oregon Motor Voter. Yes– you read that right, East Oregonian Editorial Board wrote a celebratory piece about a bill we championed and you can read about it here: https://www.google.com/url?hl=
What do hazelnuts and voting have in common? Visit this link to find out: http://www.opb.org/news/
Maybe you missed us on the front cover of the Nation (https://www.thenation.com/
Or the time the NY times wrote about our success (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/
ORRRRRR you can put those headphones in and listen to us being featured on reveal podcast here: https://www.revealnews.org/
Basically, we’re trying to say that despite national politics being a dumpster fire– there’s a lot of hope in Oregon and it’s thanks to a big year at the Bus. But, we can’t do this work alone. Can you make a year end donation in honor of your racist aunt? Just $10 a month makes a huge difference and helps fuel our work all year long. You can give at this link: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/
For us, we’re a little shop that makes a big difference. Your year end donation can be a (insert your preferred holiday) gift to democracy.
This election year, we knocked on a man’s door. His name was Charles. He was an 80-year-old African American man who was a disabled veteran. He had served in Vietnam and Korea. He was told when he was in the military to not register to vote as a black man. He never registered and for years never had his voice heard, until this November. Because of Oregon Motor Voter, Charles received a ballot in the mailbox. One of our incredible organizers, Krista, knocked on his door and explained the program and asked if there were any questions. Charles took Krista’s phone number and ended up calling her a few days later and asked for help. Because he was disabled he could not deliver his ballot. Krista helped answer questions about the program and delivered his ballot.
Charles voted for the first time in his life thanks to automatic voter registration!
Can you help us continue to make sure all eligible voters have access to the ballot? Your end of year donation will help us continue to fight for voter access for all the other Charles’ in Oregon.
This year over 230,000 new voters were added to the voter registration rolls here in Oregon, thanks to a law we passed called Oregon Motor Voter. And over 97,000 new voters voted for the very first time thanks to the new law. That’s greater than the difference of votes in all the contested states combined! We could talk about how half of the new registrants are under the age of 35. Or how they’re diverse racially and economically. Or their incredible views on climate. All of this is just some exciting stuff about the program!
We live in a state that protects voter access and had almost the highest voter turnout in the country. This happens because leaders like the Bus Project fight on. We show up. We testify. And we make laws happen. In rule-making. In conversations three years before a bill gets drafted. People expect us to work hard to protect voter access. Please consider making a meaningful end of the year donation to ensure that we can continue to do this work!
We are able to do ALL of it because of your help. Thanks from all of us at the Bus.