Voter Suppression Measure Threatens Democracy

Voter access is part of our fabric in Oregon. Voter access is what the Bus Project is all about. When 16 states had some sort of voter suppression laws on the books, Oregon granted more access. We celebrate our victories like online voter registration, pre-registration for 17 year olds, vote by mail, and automatic voter registration. But, our pioneering Oregon spirit is under attack.

The day after the election, a state representative filed a voter suppression ballot measure.

We had something to say about it and you should check it out here.

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Jingle Bus 2016

This is the holiday party you actually want to attend. Join the Oregon Bus Project and Governor Kate Brown for a festive evening at Lagunitas Community Room to support and celebrate the work of Team Bus! Entry is free and the beer’s a flowin’. Get in here and celebrate our 2016 victories, including incredible success with Oregon Motor Voter.

Free Entry
All Ages Welcome
6:00 p.m.
Silent Auction, Lagunitas beer, and all your favorite bus drivers in one place.

237 NE Broadway is the address.

Auction will include items from the following partners:
Barre Method
Eastside Distilling
Salt + Straw
Portland Center Stage
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Portland Trailblazers
Widmer Brewing Co.
Kettle Chips
Stumptown Coffee
New Deal Distilling
…and so much more TBA!

Silver Bus Sponsors:
Representative Rob Nosse
Senator Dembrow
IBEW Local 48

Platinum Bus:
Rep. Margaret Doherty
Senator Steiner Hayward

Bus Drivers:
Blair Townsend
Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman
Representative-Elect Diego Hernandez
Ethan Krow
Representative Alissa Keny Guyer
Representative Jeff Barker

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Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday. This year, we have a ton of reasons for you to give to the Bus.
Janelle Bynum won her election by 580 votes. We did a couple of Bus Trips and holy moly are we glad we talked to all those voters. Janelle is going to be an incredible legislator.
Automatic Voter Registration had close to 100,000 people vote that otherwise would have not received a ballot thanks to our ground breaking legislation.
Teresa Alonso Leon won her election and had blew it out of the water with a whopping 55% of the votes. Teresa was our very first Bus Trip this cycle.
We were bummed that Paul Carlos Southwick didn’t make it past the finish line this cycle, but boy oh boy– did we have fun meeting him and trying to knock out Julie Parrish. Those hills are no joke.
Mark Meek is taking over for Representative Barton (District 40) and we’re glad we could help knock on some doors during GOTV.
All of these things wouldn’t be possible without financial support. The day after the election, folks asked how can we help– I told them keeping gas in the bus tank is the most important thing you can do besides knocking doors, registering voters, and volunteering. Chip in today to make sure we can keep democracy working. Voter access, voter expansion, and championing legislation has been our jam. We need you on this #givingtuesday, to invest in our future and invest in the bus!
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Hey Bus Fam! <3

It’s finally here — the final days of the campaign! That means you have just 5 days to help us build a better Oregon. The Bus Project has been teaming up with Measure 97 by knocking doors and phonebanking trying to talk to as many voters as possible. You probably have received a message or call from our team already!

Measure 97 is the best chance we’ve got to hold big corporations accountable and make lasting investments in Oregon’s future. The race is neck and neck, and we need a big push over the final five days in order to win. You’ve probably heard that Senator Sanders and Senator Elisabeth Warren just endorsed the measure.

During the Final Five, we’re turning things up: We’re ramping up our field efforts (already the largest in Oregon history!), and we’ll be knocking on doors and calling voters all day, everyday, right up until the very last minute.

We know that the single best way to push back against the lies that big corporations are spreading is to connect with voters one-on-one — and that’s exactly what we’re doing.



All across the state, we’re hosting daily canvass and phone banking shifts. If you have an hour to spare, we can get you plugged in.

If you’re near Portland, you won’t want to miss the big canvasses (and special guests) we have scheduled for this weekend!

-Fair Shot For All Coalition, which includes the Bus Project, is co-hosting a canvass this Saturday at 10 am, with special guests Tom Chamberlain, President of Oregon AFL-CIO, and Representative Rob Nosse. Both these folks are real gems.

-Speaker Tina Kotek will be kicking things off Sunday at 1:30pm, and food will be provided by the Oregon State Fire Fighters Council and the Oregon Health Equity Alliance.

The Yes on 97 campaign will go down in Oregon history for everything we’ve accomplished together. Be a part of this historic campaign and help us put an end to big corporations’ free ride so we can finally invest in the things that will allow Oregonians to thrive. Now lets win a better Oregon!


We can win.

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Friends. Campaign Finance in Portland might happen.

With the Portland city council poised to consider “Open & Accountable Elections” next month, we have a chance to enact a well-proven reform that gets special interest money out of local elections, puts voters back in the driver’s seat, and allows for more competitive races and a city government more representative of our city’s full diversity.

But this won’t happen on its own: You and I must show up.

RSVP for the hearing where City Council will consider whether to pass this reform.

Portland City Council Hearing

November 3rd

2:30 pm—5:00 pm

City Hall Chambers

1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204


Your city commissioners will decide. If you want them to support reform, make sure they hear from you. Make sure they face a hearing room full of supporters, all expecting them to take democracy reform as seriously as we do.


It’s clear that the democratic process has been captured by special interest money. Open and Accountable Elections restores a more balanced democracy. By incentivizing candidates to forgo big money and rely only on small-dollar campaign contributions from the people who live in this city (matching and augmenting the smallest contributions 6-to-1, while capping all contributions at a maximum of $250), it puts voters (instead of wealthy special interests) back at the center of our democracy.


This reform is already working in several other cities. We can pass it here. But that depends on what you and I do next.


Join us on November 3rd for this high-profile, impactful, and historical day.


Make the difference,

Nikki Fisher

Executive Director

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8 days.

We have only 8 days until the election.

We are fighting against the biggest out of state corporations who are spending 26 million dollars to confuse voters. This election is critical to the future of Oregon.

We thought it might be helpful to break it down for you. (Material from

How does measure 97 work? Measure 97 increases the corporate minimum tax for the largest corporations doing business in Oregon — C Corporations with more than $25 million in Oregon sales. By law the measure dedicates new revenue to education, health care and senior services.

Why do we need to raise taxes on large and out-of-state corporations?

Oregon families deserve good schools and affordable health care. We have the 3rd lowest high school graduation rate in the nation; nearly 300,000 Oregonians lack health coverage; and more and more seniors are retiring into poverty.

Who will pay the tax?

Only the largest corporations doing business in Oregon — C corporations with more than $25 million in Oregon sales — will pay the new minimum tax. In fact, a report by the Legislative Revenue Office shows that 85% of the revenue raised by the measure will be paid by corporations with more than $100 million in Oregon sales. These are some of the largest corporations in the world.

The vast majority of the more than 400,000 active businesses in Oregon will be unaffected by this measure. In fact,less than one quarter of 1% of all businesses operating in the state will see their taxes go up.

While an exact list of the C corporations that would pay more isn’t available from the state of Oregon, we do get to see detailed tax statistics on corporations that would be affected by Measure 97. Those statistics tell us that the corporations with more than $25 million in annual Oregon sales mostly pay minimum taxes, and those minimum taxes are very low.

Also, if you take a look at who is funding the opposition to Measure 97, you’ll get a pretty good idea of who is worried about paying their fair share.

What makes Measure 97’s tax unique?

Measure 97 is unique. By making a simple change to Oregon’s corporate tax code, it has the potential to be a game-changer for Oregon.

It was strategically designed to hit the right target — large and out-of-state corporations, not working Oregonians or small businesses (which are already paying their fair share). Rather than increase the corporate minimum tax currently in place for all corporations in Oregon, Measure 97 increases the corporate minimum only for the largest corporations. That means it protects the small businesses that are already paying their fair share, and it levels the playing field between big corporations and Oregon’s small business community.

Measure 97 is also unique because it increases the corporate minimum tax only on Oregon sales above $25 million. If a C corporation has $26 million in annual Oregon sales, the new corporate minimum won’t apply to that first $25 million.

By taxing large corporations’ Oregon sales rather than profits, income, or anything else, corporations can’t exploit loopholes (like hiding profits in overseas tax havens) to get out of paying what they owe. Further, because we’re taxing Oregon sales, there’s no incentive for corporations to leave the state — nor is there any incentive for them to stop doing business here. Remember, Oregon ranks 50th in the nation in corporate taxes. That means that in 49 other states, corporations are paying higher state taxes — and they’re still doing business in each of those states!

What investments will Measure 97 allow us to make?

By asking large and out-of-state corporations to pay their fair share in Oregon taxes, we could build a truly better Oregon! We could improve graduation rates, ensure every Oregonian is covered by health insurance, and allow seniors to retire with dignity.

We could dramatically improve the quality of our kids’ education. We could hire back more than 7,000 teachers to get class sizes to the national average, and we could restore critical days of instruction — which would improve our high school graduation rate.

With our measure in place, we could fully fund a statewide modern public health system. We could ensure that health coverage is more affordable for Oregon families. Everyone deserves access to early and effective care, and we will finally be able to make that a reality.

We could help thousands of Oregon seniors stay in their homes longer and retire with dignity. Our measure would restore funding to critical programs that older Oregonians rely on.

What groups are involved in this measure?

A Better Oregon is a coalition of parents, teachers, health care workers, business owners, and community leaders who have come together to fight for the schools and services Oregon needs.

Some coalition partners include the Main Street Alliance of Oregon, Unite Oregon / Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO), First Unitarian Economic Justice Committee, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Lane County, Oregon Center for Public Policy, Bridgeport United Church of Christ, Human Services Coalition of Oregon (HSCO), Children First for Oregon, Upstream Public Health, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Family Forward Oregon, Causa Oregon, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition, Rural Organizing Project, Oregon Working Families Party, Oregon Health Equity Alliance, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP), Oregon Consumer League, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, Oregon School Nurses Association, Oregon PTA (Parent Teacher Association), American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Oregon, Oregon Education Association, SEIU Service Employees International Union, Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon Nurses Association, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555. AND US! Visit our coalition page to see the full list of coalition partners.

How can I support the campaign?

Join us and help us win! The easiest thing you can do is simply sign up for campaign updates.  (Let them know you came from the Bus Project!) We’ll make sure to keep you up to speed on what’s coming next for the campaign, and let you know how you can get involved.

If you’re interested in a higher level of involvement, sign up to volunteer! There are plenty of ways to get involved between now and Election Day— 8 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY. KIND OF LIKE 8 DAYS A WEEK.


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Canvassing Weeeekend!

Maybe you have knocked on any doors this cycle? Maybe you haven’t talked to voters?

If you’re interested in joining us we have some incredible opportunities!

First, Yes! For Affordable Homes canvassing is happening on the 22nd of October. This month! We’ll be out knocking for a super important cause. Join us. More details here.

Second opportunity is for the most competitive race this cycle. An extraordinary women, mother, business owner, and brilliant potential legislator, Janelle Bynum. We’ll be have a very special guest and one of the Bus Project’s favorites: Senator Ron Wyden joining us! Here are all the details.

Democracy isn’t a spectator sport. You gotta get involved.

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Registration Deadline is ffassssttt approaching.


You’ve got until October 18th to register to vote.

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Meet our newest team member: Shivangi Agrawal


Shivangi is from the large multi-cultural city of New Delhi, India. 

She is a recent graduate in Psychology and Biocultural Anthropology from Oregon State University. While getting her degree, she worked at the Oregon State Women’s Center, as well as the student government in Oregon. She is also consistently involved with non-profits back in India that work with underprivileged children in the slums of Delhi.

She loves studying about history, culture and politics through the mediums of dance, music, fiction or cinematography. She is passionate about social justice, and loves engaging in conversations about the social constructions of race and gender. She hopes to lead her country someday and to create an international organization of citizenship that is better than the United Nations!

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We go canvassing.


Join us for weekend canvassing dayyyyys!

Do you support affordable homes? We do too. Come join us for YES! For Affordable Homes canvass day! It’s going to be on October 22nd. It’s a Saturday. Here are the deets.

Then on Sunday, we’re headed out for Janelle Bynum and Mark Meek with Senator Wyden. We a BIG fans of Senator Wyden and so stoked he’s joining us! Here are the deets.

Got questions? Wanna RSVP? Email


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