Every month, the dynamic, smart, and ready-for-action interns at the WA Bus organize ShortBus, the Bus’s all-ages political throwdown. In April, ShortBus attendees not only made superfly Bus shirts (sneak preview right here), but they asked other young people why they support Initiative 100, the No New Jail initiative. What did they say? Well, see for yourself!
Earlier this week we told you about BondFest, the huge student-led rally in Yakima in support of the schools bond that went to the vote on Tuesday (news coverage here!). Well, apparently we weren’t the only ones who liked it – on election day, 68% of Yakima voters voted yes for school funding.
This is huge. This bond has gone before voters twice before, and failed both times. And now, in 2009, a year when everyone is keeping a close eye on their wallets, the bond passed. With flying colors.
So what was different this year? Well, for one, the whole campaign was organized, planned, and executed by students. That’s right. The whole shebang. The rally was just the final, most visible piece of the puzzle. Students knocked on over 7,000 doors, made phone calls, and pulled off a better field plan than many (well-funded) campaigns.
The Bus was honored to be a part of their work – in March Bussers made the cross-Cascade journey to hold a training for the student leaders. We were able to meet students from three Yakima high schools (what’s up Davis/Eisenhower/Stanton?), and give them a crash course in setting up a field plan, recruiting volunteers, and getting the win on election day.
Not only did they create a great campaign plan, but they executed it to the letter. They did what nobody else has been able to do: win. Our hats are off to them – they deserve all the credit in the world.
This is what the Bus is all about – equipping utterly capable young people with the tools to get things done. If you like the Bus (and we hope you do), consider this the gold standard.
We like to give a little shout out to the brilliant folks who make all our work possible over here at the Bus. And one of those people is the gentleman behind some of the Bus’s best graphics, Mr. Adam Haynes.
You’ve seen his work on the Bunny Ball 2 posters (the ultra-souped up bus on the flyer is pure Adam), and if you’ve ever seen a Bus business card, that’s him too. In fact, word on the street is that some lucky Bunny Ball 2 attendees, and all monthly members, will get a limited edition Adam Haynes print at the event….
Adam’s based out of the rugged beauty of Bend, Oregon, and does some ridiculously awesome design work. Where some folks get pegged in as either fine art or brand development, Adam is able to skate right down that line, bringing together the best elements of both.
We got hooked up with him through Opticons, a shadowy organization (all the best ones are) that connects non-profits with awesome artists. It’s a pretty brilliant idea, and one of those slap-your-forehead connections.
Thanks to Adam for all his work. He’s definitely in the Big Homie wheelhouse. Or the treehouse. Dude likes trees. And we’re fans too.