Police Protesters Starting an Activist Nonprofit, Oregon Know Your Rights


The protest group that jammed Portland streets last year to decry police violence against unarmed black men has made little progress in City Hall.As WW reported in this week's paper, the protest group Don't Shoot Portland has broken off talks with Mayor Charlie Hales after a dispute over how many hours the mayor would spend with them each month.Protesters now have new ambitions. Among them: a nonprofit ...   More
Friday, April 17, 2015 AARON MESH

Oregon House Republicans Blast Bus Project, "Portland Values"


Last Sunday, Bus Project volunteers barreled smack into the anti-Portland fever burning ever hotter in Clackamas County.Every election cycle, Portland voter registration group loads up its vehicle with volunteers and goes out to knock in doors in different parts of the state, usually although not always on behalf of Democratic candidates or causes.But the recent Bus trip to the Clackamas County town ...   More
Saturday, September 15, 2012 TROY BRYNELSON

Bus Boy

Jefferson Smith built a political machine. Now he’s trying to drive it to City Hall.

Cover Story
On a recent Saturday morning, a sleepy-eyed retired auto-parts worker named Gavin Griffin opened the door of his Sabin-neighborhood home to find a blond giant on his doorstep.  The strang   More
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Jefferson Smith

The state rep. and Bus Project founder tells why he wants to be mayor.

City Hall
Jefferson Smith wants to loom large in the mayor’s race, and not just because he’s the tallest candidate so far (6 feet 4 inches), but because he sees himself as an alternative to former City C   More
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Caitlin Baggott Takes Over Bus Project Leadership

Caitlin Baggott, Bus Project

The Bus Project, the Oregon non-profit that has registered young voters, thrown great parties and acted as a springboard for a number of progressive politicians—has a new leader.  She's Caitlin Baggott, who's worked at the Bus for a number of years, most recently as its strategic director and leader of the group's leadership training program.Given that background, her ascension isn't much of ...   More
Monday, January 31, 2011

Why The Bus Project is Partying

The Bus Project last night won two Pollie Awards, which — while not quite as well-known as an Academy Award — is a big deal for anyone involved in political campaigns. The awards from the American Association of Political Consultants honored the Bus Project for mobilizing thousands of young voters with its Trick or Vote campaign on Halloween to get people to vote. That program ...   More
Monday, March 30, 2009 Megan Brescini

A Fine Evening at the Aladdin: Candidates Gone Wild

Who knew Multnomah County commission candidate Tom Markgraf once unpacked John Kerry's underwear? Or that his fellow commissioner wannabe, Paul van Orden, once opened for Fugazi? You do, if you attended Candidates Gone Wild last night at the Aladdin Theater. It was the ninth incarnation of the unique political infotainment extravaganza put on by WW, Live Wire and the Bus Project. Once again, ...   More
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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