Get Out That Vote!

Get Out That Vote!

Thirsty Thursday blog post reminding you to VOTE! #knowledgeresponsibly

The deadline to vote for the primary election is August 1st. Don’t forget to mail your ballot or drop it in a nearby dropbox!

Your vote really matters – in state and local elections just a few hundred votes can make the difference. If you live in Seattle, you’ll be helping to narrow down a crowded mayoral primary from 21 candidates down to 2! Plus, voting to determine whether we should create and fund a cultural access program expanding students and underserved populations’ access to arts, science, and heritage programming in King County, as well as voting on a county Executive and city councilmembers.

The Bus was out this weekend doing our part to make sure young people are turning out for elections large and small.

In order to make politics fun and accessible, we meet young folks where they are – and sometimes that means music festivals! This past weekend the Bus brought out Fellows, interns, and a ton of volunteers to canvass at Capitol Hill Block Party, making sure young folks at the festival were registered to vote and reminding them to turn in their ballots.

In the booth we had a station to make your own buttons, candy, and make-your-own-meme cutouts. While people learned about the Bus and had some fun with us, we made sure their voter registration was up to date, reminded them to turn their ballots in, and engaged them around voting access issues with a survey gauging public support for several strategies that can make voting easier, such as pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds, automatic voter registration, pre-paid postage, same-day voter registration and language accessibility. By gathering information on the survey, we hope that we can impact the voting systems and make it more accessible. *And it turns out emojis are a very effective tool of measurement everyone can relate to.

Many people consider politics to be something serious and unapproachable, and we want to break down barriers that prevent people from fully participating in our democracy. We can express our values, achieve our goals, and make our communities better through voting. While we tackle serious issues, we still want to make sure people associate politics with something fun, something they want to be a part of.

Here I ask again, please get out to vote! Voting matters to you. Voting matters to the community. Voting matters to the entire city and state. Let’s make our voices heard!

This blog post was written by the Bus’s Duke Engage interns, Debra and Anqi.

Introducing the Bustice League!

Introducing the Bustice League!

This week’s Hella Bus Blog Thirsty Thursday blog post comin’ at ya! #knowledgeresponsibly

We’ve got big news coming out of Buslandia, a place where dreams come true. Do you dream of 100% youth voter turnout? Do you want to befriend other rad civically engaged young people? Do you wish you could be a real-life superhero? Whatever your dream is, we’re proud to announce The Bustice League™, our brand spankin’ new volunteer program created with the stuff that dreams are made of.

Members of the Bustice League are the super-volunteers that help our voter registration and campaign work succeed. Super-volunteers commit to a certain number of volunteer hours per month. The opportunities are varied and endless–you could register voters at Bumbershoot, testify at city council, create a zine, or help out around the office. Joining the Bustice League gets you access to #firstdibs at music festival volunteer shifts, bus swag, an opportunity to build up your organizing skills, and of course, a once in a lifetime chance to change the world.

The Bustice League is an extension of our leadership development programs, our seasonal internship and summer fellowship. The Bustice League is open to people of all ages and experience levels. Have you already completed our fellowship program and want to get back on the Bus? Join the Bustice League! Did you just find out about us at Seattle Pride and want to learn more about volunteering? Join the Bustice League! We’ll have fun and meaningful ways for everyone to join.

As staff members, we commit to investing in you and your growth as a young political organizer with a passion for justice. We’ll also plan regular social events (happy hour, anyone?) for Bustice League members.
If you like what you’ve read so far and want to become a defender of democracy, an advocate for justice, and a mighty political organizer, you should join the Bustice League! Come to our official launch party at the Washington Bus office in Pioneer Square on July 6 from 6-8 pm. We’ll bring the snacks, and you can bring your friends. Deal? Check out the Facebook event here and don’t forget to RSVP! If you can’t come to the launch party, but want to learn more about joining the Bustice League, shoot me an e-mail at sophia@washingtonbus.org.

This blog post was written by Sophia Hoffacker, the Bus’s own Field Coordinator.

Bus Bash: 10-year Anniversary Concert!

Bus Bash: 10-year Anniversary Concert!

This year is our 10-year anniversary and you know what that means – time to CELEBRATE!

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past decade, it’s how to throw a rockin’ party. We couldn’t celebrate our 10th year with any old regular event.. that’s why this year’s Bus Bash is a concert! Featuring performances by SISTERS, Beverly Crusher, and Nolan Garrett.

All tickets come with dinner and 21+ drinks provided by Pendleton Whisky and Georgetown Brewing. VIP tickets include exclusive event perks, early entry and VIP reception, and automatic entry into our raffle drawing! Co-Host tickets include 2 VIP tickets and a free Bus t-shirt!

Raffle prizes include a Golden Ticket to the The Crocodile (1 free show per month for a whole year!), Argosy Cruises harbor cruise, tickets to Jazz Alley, the Wing Luke Museum, and Comedy Underground, Fran’s Chocolate tour and tasting, and gift certificates to Tom Douglas and Hothouse spa, among others.

Thank you to our sponsors NWP Consulting, Summit Strategy, Advocate Accounting LLC, Moxie Media, Katherine Bobman, and Cerillion N4 Partners; and our Co-Hosts Wendy Graff and Darryl Price, Stephen Aubert, Joann and Matt Grimm, Collin Jergens, Felipe Rodríguez-Flores, Vanesa Gutierrez, Morgan Beach, Alison Mondi, Sonny Nguyen, Chris Lampin, Aaron Robertson, and Estevan Munoz-Howard!

When

Friday, August 11, 2017 from 7pm-11pm

Contact

Interested in joining us a sponsor? Email Crystal Reed at crystal@washingtonbus.org.

GiveBIG 2017

GiveBIG 2017

Giving BIG is so Bus!

GiveBIG provides a unique opportunity—the only day of the year—where ANY amount you give is amplified to make the biggest possible impact. And we’re down with that. Because no matter what giving level you choose, it has a direct impact on your community by providing the fuel to effectively engage young people in civic life through our Fellowship, Campus, and Engagement programs. We turn your dollars into real people-powered action by registering and turning out thousands of young voters, investing in the leadership development of youth from marginalized communities, moving the dial on policies that will make our state a more equitable and just place to live, and meeting people where they are to take their first civic action.

Every donation made to the Washington Bus Education Fund via the Seattle Foundation’s website on Tuesday, May 10th will be stretched!

 

Want a more personal connection on GiveBig? Come to the Bus office re-warming party from 6-8pm at Bus HQ (307 3rd Ave S, Suite 530, Seattle WA 98104)! Meet our incredible new staff, make your gift in person, and have some drinks and snacks on (B)us!

GiveBIG to the Bus

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When

May 10, 2017 from 8:00AM to 11:55PM

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FestiBust-a-Move 2016

FestiBust-a-Move 2016

FestiBust-a-Move 2016

The 90's Edition RSVP now!

The Washington Bus & Washington Bus Education Fund presents the one, the only… FestiBust-a-Move 2016!!!

Join us for our annual celebration on Thursday, December 8th from 6:30-9:30pm at The Piranha Shop as we celebrate the incredible people, programs and partners that make our work possible, while raising funds to fuel the work onward.

This year is FestiBust-a-move: 90’s Edition (RSVP here)! Come ready to meet great young leaders, enjoy food from the great people at Tutta Bella, and drinks from our friends at Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Fremont Brewing, and get a healthy dose of youth-driven democracy! Not to mention the perfect ’90s soundtrack we’ve got in the works!

FestiBus is free and all ages: from volunteers, Interns and Fellows to donors, Board Members and our fabulous Friends with Benefits – this night is for YOU! To make a suggested donation of $20 to top off our tank, head over here <3

piranha-shop   tutta_bella   titos_vodka

fremont_brewing   dreamclinic

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

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Dec 8, 2016 from 6:30-9:30PM
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206.325.1889

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FestiBust-a-Move 2016 at The Piranha Shop

1022 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134

Pride 2015

Pride 2015

This weekend, Allen and I attended our first Seattle Pride. On Friday, we attended the TransPride festival in Capitol Hill, and on Sunday, we attended the larger parade in the city’s center.

The Bus has been attending TransPride for two years, and the festival itself has existed for three. It is organized by the Gender Justice League and depends on donations from a number of  organizations, such as the Social Justice Fund Northwest (SJFN) and the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA).

Karter Booher, The Bus’ Fellowship Coordinator, stated that TransPride 2015 seemed to be about twice as large as it was the previous year, highlighting the festival’s substantial growth.

The Bus had four fellows involved in TransPride this year, whose primary responsibility was to register voters and engage people in The Bus’ youth agenda (police accountability, youth employment, housing accessibility, specifically) in regards to issues within and around Seattle’s trans community. Namely, there has been a recent increase in trans related hate crimes and violence, the necessity for protection against discrimination in the workplace, and the need for safe and affordable housing. This past year, Seattle had the third-highest rate of LGBTQ-related hate crimes in the United States.

Karter believes that education around these issues is crucial to lessening tensions. Theo Savini, a 2015 fellow, stated that The Bus’ involvement at TransPride is crucial because it urges people to vote and organize in spite of being made to feel invisible or silenced.

In attending Seattle’s Pride Parade on Sunday, the Bus teamed up with Equal Rights Washington in marching. The march was nearly two miles long, and endless lines of supporters filed along sidewalks. At the end of the parade, we saw the rainbow flag hanging atop the Space Needle, evidencing Seattle’s (and America’s) recent legislative and judicial success and fight for social justice. We’ve undoubtedly come a long way, and  the fact that #LoveWon this weekend is no small feat. However, there is still so much progress to be made, and as young folks, we’re lucky to have both a hand and a say in where we go from here.

This blog post was written by Natalie, a Public Policy major at Duke University and the Bus’ 2015 DukeEngage Intern.

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