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 drinks provided. VIP and Co-Host tickets include exclusive event perks and automatic entry into our drawing!

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

Donate now!

Event details

When

May 10, 2017 from 8:00AM to 11:55PM

Where
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206.325.1889

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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!

Event details

When
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.

Meet the Office Vol. 1: Sexting Etiquette With Jean Godden

Meet the Office Vol. 1: Sexting Etiquette With Jean Godden

#friendsdon’tletfriendssextdrunk

Seattle City Councilwoman Jean Godden is looking out for you. Never mind any of the campaign slogans, platitudes about how she’ll improve the city, none of that. You know that, deep down, she truly cares about you, because she doesn’t want you to sext drunk.

This sign’s sage wisdom dates back to Godden’s talent act from July 28, 2011, during the second biannual Washington Bus Candidate Survivor. In case you haven’t heard, Candidate Survivor combines a hard-hitting interrogation, a serious political forum, and a Japanese game show to create one of the most innovative, smartest, and most fun events in Seattle politics.

As badass Bus Program Director and Candidate Survivor 2011 attendee Alex Miller explained, this sign is a perfect example of the humanizing power of Candidate Survivor. It’s not about tightly crafted PR soundbites or quippy slogans, it’s about how the politicians we elect are actually people too. They rap really badly (Tim Burgess). They skinny dip in Lake Washington (Peter Steinbrueck). They juggle (Mike McGinn). And yes, they give sexting advice. Politicians: they’re just like us!

This gem of a sign graces our office walls because, as Miller put it, it’s something that “needs to be preserved unto time immemorial.” The sign is pretty hilarious on its own, but when you put it in context – an 80-year-old elected official giving sexting advice to a bunch of twentysomethings  – it’s side-splitting.

And the drunk sexting tip wasn’t the only thing Jean Godden had for us. She reminded us all to never send head shots, to never send questionable messages to coworkers, and to never feel shy about using some photoshop.

Feel a little better about Seattle politicians? Think Jean Godden should write an advice column? Me too. In the meantime, here’s the everlasting glory of those wise words of wisdom.

This blog post was written by 2014 Bus Intern and Hella Bus Content Lead Isabella Fuentes. This is the first post in our series of “Meet the Office” articles on all of the crazy things we’ve collected in our office over the years.

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