Decline To Sign!

Trump-aligned politicians are circulating a ballot measure to cancel every single voter registration in Oregon – including yours. Take action to stop them today.
The day after the November election, we saw racist, vote suppressing politicians file an outrageous and ridiculous ballot measure get filed. This week we found out they’ve already started getting signatures.
If you haven’t heard about it, the Willamette Week just wrote a story outlining the batsh*t bananas voter suppression law.
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Representative Nearman (who seems to get most of his ideas from Donald Trump) wants to cancel every voter registration & make every Oregonian register again. He has no evidence of problems with our voting system. Thanks to automatic voter registration we have the most secure, modern, and efficient voting system in the country – and the biggest turnout growth of any state in 2016. Nearman wants to end all that – and cancel every voter registration in the process.
Make no mistake about it– this proposed ballot measure is the most extreme and desperate attempt at voter suppression in Oregon we’ve ever seen. It would literally kick every single Oregon voter off the rolls – millions of citizens – and force every single Oregonian to take a special trip to see the government and prove themselves in order to get their right to vote back.
This proposal would hurt every Oregonians and won’t solve a single problem.
Let’s be clear – if you live in Oregon, this proposal would cancel your voter registration and that of everyone you know. It sounds absurd, because it is. We know this would impact working families, rural Oregonians, students, and communities of color the most. And we don’t think this type of suppression has any place within Oregon. That’s why we’re launching our
Take the Decline to Sign pledge. Share it with your friends. We know Oregonians love our voting system. I can’t imagine any Oregonian would enjoy their voting rights and those of their friends and family being attacked just to satisfy some paranoid conspiracies.
 
What else can you do? 
 
Take action. Get involved. During the legislative session, we’re introducing a number of bills that could have a big impact on increasing access for all eligible citizens. Unlike, Representative Nearman, we think democracy works best when all eligible voters are able to participate free from barriers. Come to our lobby day .
 
Keep us informed. If you see petition collectors at your local grocery market or outside the post office, tell us. Tweet @busproject or  info@busproject.org with where it is and/or send a picture of the gatherer. Tell us anything and everything you can about the incident. We want to be sure to monitor the signature gathering process and ensure they’re doing it by the books.
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Lobby Day

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!

RSVP here!

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.

-Team Bus <3

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Our Statement.

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.

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DEMOCRACY DAY OF ACTIONNNNNNNNN

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!

RSVP here!

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.

-Team Bus <3

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Let’s talk about #Priorities

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#alternativefacts

As a voice for young Oregonians and a champion for the right of all US citizens to vote, the Bus Project denounces the Trump administration’s latest attempt to undermine democracy.
His latest falsehood was on display when he took to the twittersphere today to announce he’ll be pursuing an investigation into “voter fraud” around the country. We’re gonna have to call this #AlternativeFacts. We’ve seen these lies before and we are ready to fight.
President Trump has claimed millions of undocumented immigrants cast votes this past November #AlternativeFact. After a broad coalition of bipartisan election administrators roundly debunked his bald-faced lie about “five million illegal votes” costing him the popular vote, President Trump announced intentions to launch an investigation into “voter fraud.” Given the chorus of experts, Republicans, and Democrats rejecting his claims, this is clearly President Trump trying to manufacture a nonexistent popular mandate for himself. To accomplish this impossible task, President Trump is opening the door to robbing every American of our most sacred right to vote.
The President also seems to think a lot of people voted twice. We know our President can’t back up his claim, but we’re sure his team will claim they have #AlternativeFacts. We’ve got the truth on our side, Mr. President. We even have the National Association of Secretaries of State– the chief elections officers in all 50 states– saying there was no evidence of massive voter fraud this past election.
The Bus believes democracy works best when more eligible voters can participate.

We know these unsubstantiated claims ​by the President are irresponsible and undermine the integrity of our elections.
​Here in Oregon, we are committed to fighting for access to the ballot box free from intimidation.

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.

​Can’t take action today? Chip in 10$ a month to make sure we’re continue to expand access for eligible voters here in Oregon.
-Team Bus

 

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New Polling!

#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.

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Seriously, B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

As you may know, the United States Senate was in full swing last week with confirmation hearings for President Trump’s cabinet picks. And just in case you haven’t heard yet, his picks are BANANAS. Seriously, B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
We want you to know who the top 3 most ridiculous picks are for young Oregonians.

JEFF SESSIONS

US Attorney General

BETSY DeVOS

Secretary of Education

SCOTT PRUITT

Head of Environmental Protection Agency

WHY IS SESSIONS

B-A-N-A-N-A-S?

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 surveillance, voting for the wiretaps provision of the Patriot Act.

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 

B-A-N-A-N-A-S?

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 

B-A-N-A-N-A-S?

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.”

 

As the confirmation process continues, our Senators need to hear from you. They have the power to stop these terrible picks. If you do one thing today, make sure you call our US senators and urge them to vote oppose these nominations.
For Sen. Wyden’s office, call: 202-224-5244
For Sen. Merkely’s office, call: 202-224-3753
-Team Bus
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That “Good Trouble”

This week has been marked by record breaking snow levels, but all eyes are on the Senate as confirmation hearings begin with Senator Sessions for the Attorney General.
We submitted our opposition to Senator Sessions in an open letter. We joined 232 national organizations, and 206 local organizations civil and human rights organizations opposing the nomination of Senator Sessions. You can read the letter here.
In the letter we highlight his record on Voting Rights, Association with White Nationalist and Hate Groups regarding Immigration Policy, Hate Crimes and LGBT Rights, Women’s Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, Failing to Protect our Communities from Pollution and Climate Change, Rights of People with Disabilities.
We have traditionally focused on time and energy on state wide matters, but as Congressman Lewis said: “You have a moral obligation, a mission and a mandate, to speak up, speak out and get in good trouble,” Lewis said. “You can do it. You must do it. Not just for yourselves but for generations yet unborn.” These next four years, we are going to need you to get involved and get into that good trouble with us.
We are proud to stand against the nomination of Sen. Sessions.
Then take action. Contact Sen. Wyden and Sen. Merkley and urge them to oppose this nomination.
For Sen. Wyden’s office, call: 202-224-5244
For Sen. Merkely’s office, call: 202-224-3753
-Team Bus
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Unite Against Hate

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
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