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Next Week is going to be *historic.* Want to join us? #newmotorvoter


The Bus Project went down to Salem to watch #newmotorvoter clear the House. Come join us as we go down and watch the Senate vote next week! Photo Credit Reuben Schafir.

***UPDATE, FEB 27*** We’re still patiently waiting to find the exact date of the vote, but at this point we can confirm that it will not be this next Monday. We’ll let you know as soon as we know; feel free to email Aaron at aaron@busproject.org to learn how to get involved!

What started as a great idea thrown around by voting rights activists, elected officials and the Bus Project over five years ago is now days away from one final vote to pass into law. Oregon’s House Bill 2177, affectionately known as #newmotorvoter, will help ensure that every eligible Oregonian will have a ballot in hand for the next upcoming election, and the bill will be voted on by the Oregon Senate NEXT WEEK, as early as Monday, March 2nd.

Obviously, we’re tickled silly that this bill is so close to passing, so we’re headed down to Salem to watch the vote in person.

Wanna join?

Contact Aaron at aaron@busproject.org or call the Bus office at 503 233 3018 if you’re interested in coming down, and we’ll contact you as soon as we know the date of the vote. Bring your friends! We’re happy to write pink slips for any students who need paperwork to get out of school for the day to witness history.

Can’t get out of school/work next week? Well, it’s not too late to sign our petition to make sure that your State Senator knows that this bill means a lot to you. We’d love it if you could use the #newmotorvoter hashtag on twitter, facebook, and anywhere else you use social media, and we’d *love* it if you helped spread the good word about #newmotorvoter on our own social media:

#NEWMOTORVOTER Passes the House!

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Well, we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that #newmotorvoter just passed through Oregon’s House of Representatives. House Bill 2177 is now headed to the Oregon Senate; there could be a vote as early as next week. Stay tuned; we’ll be headed down to Salem again to watch the final vote and be certain that every eligible Oregonian will have a ballot in hand for the next election.

Big News for the Bus in 2015!


Thanks for coming out to our State of the Union Party!

We had a great time playing Bingo, meeting friends old and new, and providing a brief update about the exciting events and upcoming legislation that the Bus Project will tackle in 2015. The watch party was profiled both on OPB News and on GoLocalPDX; check it out!

Special shout out to The Waypost for being incredible hosts.


Introducing Nathan Howard, our new Interim Executive Director!

As we announced at the State of the Union Party, this marks the first week of Nathan Howard’s tenure as Interim Executive Director of the Bus Project. Prior to hopping in the driver’s seat of the Bus, Nathan worked in the Oregon State Senate.  Most recently, he worked as a Finance Director during the 2014 election cycle; before that as the Chief of Staff to Senator Mark Hass, with a focus on ​education, ​environmental, and ​finance & ​revenue ​public ​policy.

Nathan is a native Oregonian, born and raised in Portland just off 82nd Ave., and a University of Oregon graduate, where he received his BA in City Planning, Public Policy and Management. Nathan sees Oregon as a trailblazer in the movement to increase civic engagement, especially among young people, and move towards shared and sustained prosperity.

When he isn’t working on moving the great state of Oregon forward, Nathan enjoys working on bicycles, playing Settlers of Catan, and hiking around the Northwest. Feel free to drop Nathan a line at nathan@busproject.org.


Motor Voter legislation, up and running!

The Bus Project is excited to announce that our efforts to strengthen Oregon’s democracy, already one of the most free, fair, and accessible​ in the country, ​are ​currently ​underway. House Bill 2177, introduced by the Secretary of State Kate Brown, would help register hundreds of thousands of voters across the state by using the Department of Motor Vehicles’ records to make sure that every eligible Oregonian has a ballot in hand before the upcoming election.

This is a MONUMENTAL bill that will have it’s first hearing in the Rules Subcommittee meeting next MONDAY, February 2nd, at 3pm. Email aaron@busproject.org to learn how you can get involved with making sure we pass this landmark legislation, and be sure to follow along as we livetweet the hearing on twitter (@busproject) and SHARE our exciting updates about the bill on Facebook.


PolitiCorps 2015, ARE YOU PREPARED?

Know any college-aged folks who would be a great fit for our summer bootcamp program that helps build the next generation of leaders in the state of Oregon? Click HERE to nominate a great candidate, and click HERE to apply yourself.

NEXT EVENT: Oregon Climate Video Launch Party, 2/23!

Climate–a statewide grassroots campaign for fair & effective climate policy–and the Bus Project on Monday, February 23 for the official LAUNCH of our long-awaited campaign video!

Invite your friends and come out to meet incredible people, watch an inspiring film, hear special guest speakers, and learn how we’re going to make history this year.

Winter is going extinct. Pipelines menace our forests and farms. Oceans are emptying. We all need protection from fossil fuel chaos and we all know a new energy economy is possible. The time for bold action is now. Let’s enact a solution that is effective, equitable, and cuts through partisan gridlock. Let’s put a price on carbon.

The states are the laboratory for democracy, and no state has more power to model real climate action than Oregon. Let’s put science and justice above politics, and lead the way!

Save the Date for FEBRUARY 23 at the Waypost; RSVP on facebook HERE. We can count on seeing you at the event, yeah?

Lots of exciting stuff coming up in 2015; great time to GET ON THE BUS!

Three Ways To Make Oregon Great!!!

1) Come To Our Voter Guide Party And Share With Your Friends

The Bus Project staff, board and volunteers spent many a long night reviewing the slate of ballot measures to explain them simply and clearly, and to make recommendations based on how these measures impact young people across the state. We have FIFTY THOUSAND VOTER GUIDES that we plan to distribute across the state. Head on over to www.theballot.org/ORPortland to grab some for your neighbors! If you live in Corvallis or Southern Oregon, check out our extra-special guides at www.theballot.org/ORValley or www.theballot.org/ORSouth, respectively.

To launch our voter guides, We’re having a big party in Portland on October 21st at the June Key Delta Community Center in North Portland. It starts at 5:30 and goes to 7:30. There’ll be games, one on one talk with campaign representatives and free food and booze!!!! Hope to see you there!

2) GOTV Canvass in Portland Saturday

Are you a fan of safe roads, immigration rights, pragmatic progressive policy, and making sure your neighbors are knowledgable about what’s on the ballot?

When: Saturday, October 18th. 11am-3pm.

Where: Meet at  St Francis Assisi Church in Southeast Portland at 11th and Oak

What: Canvass for Measure 88, which will provide a legal pathway for all Oregon residents to obtain a drivers’ card. Our BIGGEST DOOR KNOCK OF THE YEAR TO DATE.

Details here on our Facebook Page



Don’t forget to RSVP for the biggest democracy-filled party in the city on Halloween by clicking HERE today.  

One Wild Crazy Month Ahead! Can We Count on your Help?



We’re hiring again! Application for Democracy Organizing Fellow due 8/24.

The Bus Project is looking to hire another fine upstanding foot-soldier for democracy!

We’re looking to add another Democracy Organizing Fellow to our staff, with an expected start date of September 1st. If you’re the type of person who wakes up in the morning with a cheery disposition, optimism for the future and loves helping Oregonians across the state register to vote, check out our full description of the position, which is listed here.

Applications due by 5pm on August 24th; please send a cover letter, resume and three references to aaron@busproject.org. Include “Democracy Organizing Fellow: [Your Full Name]” in the subject line.

Women, People of Color, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Hope to hear from you!

Join the Bus! Looking for a 2014 Democracy Organizing Fellow.

The Bus Project is hiring two highly-motivated, energetic, and street-savvy organizers to participate in our 2014 Democracy Organizing Fellowship.  The program kicks off in mid July with intensive training in organizing, team management, volunteer mobilization, and a whole host of other topics for the kick-ass organizer.

During the course of the program, Fellows create their own voter registration field plan, develop volunteer leaders, and take to the streets to engage Oregonians in democracy. Oh, and they’ll help a ton of new voters register to vote before the October 14, 2014 Oregon deadline and talk with young folks about important issues on the November ballot.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with a tight-knit team to help Oregonians register or update their registration for the 2014 elections
  • Create a field plan (with assistance from Bus Staff) with specific quantifiable targets for volunteers recruited, signatures gathered and voters registered to help ensure we meet our 2014 goals.
  • Participate in two weeks of intensive skill-building in grassroots organizing and leadership development
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers to register, educate, and mobilize young voters
  • Manage the processing and data entry of voter registration cards and volunteer information
  • Research voter registration opportunities, and attend concerts, street fairs and festivals, and private college & university events to register voters
  • Take part in, and potentially manage, Get Out The Vote efforts after the voter registration deadline


  • Previous significant experience with a political, advocacy, or voter engagement campaign, including face-to-face field work, coalition building, coordination within campaigns, and management of multiple volunteers and staff
  • Whip-smart (Maybe you’ve been called a genius a time or two.)
  • Outgoing, enthusiastic and confident (Ever met a person you couldn’t charm?)
  • Highly organized, self-motivated and productive (Other people talk, you get shit done.)
  • Proven ability to work toward a plan and achieve results
  • Relentlessly positive in the face of obstacles (and endless opportunities)
  • Culturally competent and comfortable discussing race, gender, and power
  • Ability to buckle down and wrap projects up
  • “Zoom factor” (You know the dream is only as good as the execution)

Time Commitment

Mandatory crash course starting ASAP in early to mid July. Ongoing, campaign hours are generally 40-50 hours per week, including many evenings and some weekends, with more demanding hours leading up to the November election.  July 5 – November 7th, with the option of a summer only fellowship for students.


$1700-2000 per month, plus eligibility for some overtime pay and bonuses for meeting and exceeding targets.

To Apply

If this sounds like we wrote your life story without ever having met you, apply by sending your resume, cover letter, and three references to aaron@busproject.org. We’ll be reviewing applications as they arrive, with priority given to those we receive by 5pm on Thursday, July 10, 2014.  Include “Democracy Organizing Fellow: [Your Full Name]” in the subject line.

Women, People of Color, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Be a Wet Hot American Democracy Summer Intern!

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Are you already super bored with everything you’re doing to finish out the school year? The Bus Project is doing cool stuff this summer and we want you to hang out with us this summer instead of going to camp for the fourteenth straight year.

We like to say that we’re a forward thinking, even more forward-doing, non-partisan and hella young non-profit advocating and building power for the youths. We register anyone and everyone we can to vote, we train activists and organizers, and we lobby and vouch for the issues we care about. We’ll be doing organizing of all kinds this summer, so if you’re down to register voters in all of the ways, build and run entire programs and change some lives, LET’S DO THIS!!

Apply to be one of our BAMF interns today!

Administrative: This is the perfect role for someone who likes to be behind the scenes. If you’re a wizard at scheduling, using Google Apps and organizing databases and documents, this will be a sweet gig for you to garner some office experience. You’ll be the right hand homies to our staff, whose quirks and bad jokes you’ll get to know best. Love is in the details, and we’d love it if you were super detail-oriented for this position!

Social Justice: If you’ve got big ideas about how to have those hard discussions about race, class, gender, sexual orientation – YOU NAME IT – we want you. We’re building a crew that can craft issue-specific trainings to give to our whole network. We want diverse perspectives, we want irreverent and/or serious lessons, but above all we want honest approaches that come from a place of love. This is an opportunity for you to flex your brain and show the world your skills, say what you think and start a much-needed dialogue.

Development: If you’re curious about nonprofit fundraising and all of the ways we receive the financial resources we need to run our programs, look no further. You’ll learn the fine art of roping in $$ and how it guides our work. No previous experience is required, but your responsibilities will vary depending on your background.  Tasks could include anything from donor research to database management to assisting with grant applications. This position is heavily dependent on people who are hyper-organized and incredibly detail-oriented.

Outreach & Field: If you’d call yourself a people person, love being the center of attention and/or somebody could mistake you for one of the extras in the video for Pharrell’s “Happy,” then this position is perfect for ya. You’ll be going to events and schmoozing with young people who are as stoked about democracy as you are and plug them into the Bus! Basically, you’ll be the face of fun.

Communications: Calling all tech, A/V and social media wizards!! Because we’re up to a ton of good this summer, we need people who are going to help us document all of it. We’re definitely going to be all over the streets of Portland and we want the rest of the world to know it too! If you’re savvy with websites, cameras, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. then hit us up! Did someone say #selfie?

All interns are expected to commit an average of 10-20 hours depending on the intensity of your involvement. If you think you have what it takes to be a member of the team or if you really don’t want to go to camp, talk to us! Apply here: http://goo.gl/YzWuS1

You can email minh@busproject.org with any questions you’ve got!

**And don’t worry, we don’t actually bleed our interns.


Good afternoon! Your pals at the Bus Project, that charming little organization working to improve youth engagement in Oregon politics, wanted to send you a quick little reminder that today’s a great day to TURN IN YOUR BALLOT.

Step 1: Fill it out (Judges and all!)
Step 2: Sign your name.
Step 3: Drop off your ballot.
Step 4: Repeat (in November).

Remember, folks, It’s TOO LATE TO MAIL IN YOUR BALLOT, so you need to DROP IT OFF by 8:00pm sharp this evening. Take a quick moment CLICK HERE and check out this helpful map by the Oregon Secretary of State to figure out where you can drop off your ballot on your way home this evening.

If you are in the Portland area and looking to celebrate a little bit of democracy, we’re teaming up with the fine folks at Oregon Walks, the state’s pedestrian advocacy committee, to march to the Ballot Box this evening. We’ll be meeting at 5pm at Lucky Lab Brewery on SE Hawthorne then marching up to the Election Office at 6:30. Come learn more about Bus Project/Oregon Walks initiatives this summer and enjoy the weather and democracy over drinks!

While we have your attention, were you aware of the shiny, happy new faces hanging around the Bus Project? We’ve been busy hiring new staff to run our outreach programs and the 2014 crop of Politicorp Fellows; click HERE to read more about Aylinn, Tim and yours truly!

We’ve got a ton of events coming up this summer; if you’re interested in being a footsoldier for democracy through our organization, be in touch!

Are you one of those people who scrolled to the bottom and didn’t have time to actually look over this blog post?


The Bus’s Endorsements for Local Office


Anybody who’s taken a ride on the Bus knows we don’t make our decisions lightly. Our endorsements are the product of hundreds of hours of thoughtful conversations (loud arguments) between volunteers and are supported by countless hours of rigorous research (rigorous drinking).

Local offices are the parts of American democracy closest to us. The ones we can touch, and feel, and smell. They’re where the real business gets done. They matter, dammit. And that’s why we put in the work.

But it’s all worth it, because the Bus makes the right choices. And ME OH MY 2014 will be a doozy. We know these choices may be controversial. But if you can’t stand on principle in this world, where can you stand? In line, with the rest of the sheeple? NO THANK YOU.

Without further ado, here are the Bus Project’s endorsements for local offices:

We find the tasteful yellow hues soothing.


What is this, an office for GYMNASTS? A workspace from the third dream level of Inception? #CAREFULDONTFALL

Simple. Elegant. Nice use of green stuff. I’ll take it!

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We agree that the bear is kinda overkill, but you can’t be a purist in politics.

Dude! Look at the shiny vents! AND THE HARDWOOD. OH BABY THE HARDWOOD.

But our favorite is definitely this one:


C’mon. Where else will you have this much fun doin’ good? We’ve got epic Trick or Votes to plan, a Millennial Voter Guide to design, the TENTH summer of PolitiCorps to kick off. PLUS – we’re gonna knock on ten hundred zillion doors to support GLBT equality, marijuana reform & legalization, and the Driver’s Card referendum. So, um Git. On. Da. BUS. Or, donate.

*April Fools! Some of these offices aren’t even in Oregon… DUH!