Hella Bus Blog
- Coordinate with Managing Editor to set weekly and internship-long goals.
- Contribute regular blog posts in accordance with the Hella Bus style guide.
- Participate in weekly writers meetings to pitch stories and set publication schedule.
- Attend monthly leadership development meetings.
- Collaborate with fellow Media Interns on short and long-term Hella Bus projects, ranging from written to video to graphic design.
- Become the most hilarious, insightful, and innovative communicator in the state of Washington.
- Politics is encouraged, but not a must.
- Collaborating with a diverse and youthful team, aka your peers.
- Issues relevant to young people in Washington State, including policy, campaigns, arts and culture, journalism, and many, many more. In fact, you know what? You tell us.
- Independent self-starter with a good sense of humor.
- Tell us about yourself in no more than two paragraphs.
- If you could change one thing about today’s media climate, what would it be?
- What are the three most interesting articles you’ve read recently (you don’t have to impress us, it’s an honest question)
- Briefly, take us through how you would approach writing or making a video blog post about one of the following three topics: bike lanes in your city, your favorite new band’s album, changing social and economic patterns in a nearby neighborhood (gentrification, development, etc…).
Some very interesting breaking news: We just got word that over 50 University of Washington students are sitting in President Wise's office in protest of the University's contract with Sodexo at this very moment. This is another in a series of protests organized by UW's branch of the United Students Against Sweatshops. Word is that students are gathering in red square in support at the moment. Check out their website to find out more.
Update: The protesters are live-blogging here.
New arts organization and good people Community Arts Create (CAC) are kicking off a whole array of exciting programs, starting with an art-walk in Columbia City on the 3rd Thursdays of every month. With a city full of art-walks, this one is particularly exciting for a couple reasons. 1) The walk will feature a whole array of mediums, including your classic visual art, music, performance, spoken word, dance, and food. 2) It's about time that Southeast Seattle had an art-walk of its own! CAC are using an artwork as a great way to showcase the huge range of artistic expression in Columbia City, one of Seattle's most historic and diverse neighborhoods. Big win as far as I can see.
The Launch Party for the art-walk is going down this Saturday, find the event details here.
Summer Fellows. We love 'em. But, the sort of boundless energy they bring day in and day out requires equally effervescent staff to keep up and help them along the way. Enter, Summer Fellows Staff. The three amazing people below are more than stunning smiles, folks. Each bring a wealth of high-level experience, talent, and rapier-like witticisms and are set to help guide the 2011 Summer Fellows to be all they can be (and be themselves while they're at it). Having all been Summer Fellows last year, they know the program like the inside of Votebot's cardboard head and we consider ourselves exceptionally fortunate to have them back on the Bus!
Sera Day will serve as the Mentorship Staff this summer. Sera is an almost-graduate of the UW School of Social Work, and a former Summer Fellow (class of 2010). She loves to practice yoga and make delicious desserts from scratch. When not engaging young voters and contemplating social justice, she daydreams of the Central California sunshine.
Genna Watson will serve as the Curriculum Staff this summer. After considering the various ways to work more dancing robots into her life, Genna finally settled on working with the Washington Bus in every capacity possible. At any given moment, you will likely find her geeking out about ballot initiatives, reading comic books, or continuing her epic quest to find Seattle's best taco bus.
Stephen Bronskill will serve as the Field Staff for the summer. Stephen grew up in Toronto, Canada with a number of moose, polar bears, and other woodland creatures. After leaving his family’s igloo for Seattle, he fell in love with the beautiful non-tundra filled wonders of Washington State. A soon to be junior at American University in Washington D.C., Stephen is studying Environmental Studies and Political Science. When not busy consuming copious amounts of Canadian bacon and maple syrup or compulsively hitting refresh on Politico, he enjoys biking, hiking and the great outdoors. Stephen is super stoked to be part of the Summer Fellows staff and can’t wait to help empower young people to stand for change in 2011 and beyond.
On Thursday, May 19th, get on the Welcome Wagon, a dinner, a party and grand overview of the work that we do at the Bus and how you can get involved. Bus stalwart? come hang, we miss you. Never been to an event, but curious? this is the event to see what all the buzz is about.
The Welcome Wagon marks the birth of a new era of leadership at the Bus, namely, yours. This is the easiest way to see what the Bus has cooking for the next year, and your first chance to reserve a front seat in the movement driving a more inclusive, engaging, and downright enjoyable generation of politics. If you can't tell, we're a wee bit excited.
There are two things the Bus loves above all else:
2) You driving the Bus. (we won’t expect you to do donuts in the parking lot *)
There will be a party. There will be prizes (ranging from shirts to the intangible flush of foosball victory). There will be a chance to take leadership at the Bus. There will be amazing and brilliant people. But most importantly, there will be YOU.
Put it on your calendar - like right now would work well for us.
Help us make sure we have plenty of food and drink: RSVP by sending a fun fact about yourself to nicole (at) washingtonbus (dot) org or call us at the office at 206-325-1889!
CONVENIENT INFO BOX THING:
Thursday, May 19
Bus HQ: 1100 E Union St, Suite 1E, Seattle, WA
To spell things out, at the Welcome Wagon any or all of this could be yours:
1) Food - yum.
2) Drinks - delectable.
3) Good company - party time, excellent.
4) Insanely sweet volunteer opportunities (perhaps at little old things like Bumbershoot, Sasquatch, Capitol Hill Block Party, and Candidate Survivor) - kaboom.
5) Hands-on training and networking opportunities - get it.
6) Foosball tournament - merciless.
7) An evening dedicated to empowering a new generation of leaders in our state - yes and yes.
8) For some reason, I like it when these lists end up on even numbers - illogical.
We're going to do a Welcome Wagon every single month, because we meet good folks every single day. All you have to do is show up - the rest is all smooth-like.
The May installment is special because it's the first one, and if you are asking yourself what the Bus can do for you (and what you can do for the Bus, natch), then you are psyched for Welcome Wagon!
*although it could be arranged**
**It probably can't be arranged
Today in news regarding buses and their ability to crush things: Real Madrid, returning home after victory in the legendary Copa del Rey over arch-nemesis Barcelona, got all loosey-goosey with the cup on a double-decker bus. Madrid defender Sergio Ramos - appearing to be wearing the cup like a hat while perched precariously at the front of the moving vehicle - yes, this sentence finishes exactly like you expect it to - dropped it right under the front tire of the bus.
What I appreciate most is Ramos' Tolkiensian reaction - "The
cup has fallen into shadow!" While all credible sources insist that the cup was shattered in ten pieces, Ramos continues to claim that it is fine.
Faithful Hella Bus readers, this is it - the moment you’ve all been waiting for. This is the day when we finally reveal the dark secret behind the Washington Bus’s staggering success at getting out the youth vote in local elections. Can I get a drum roll?
It’s dancing. Whether it be political candidates, robots, or young voters themselves, busting a move (especially in a distinctive outfit) is the best possible way to get someone’s attention and make them smile, all at the same time.
So it came as no great shock to us when First Lady Michelle Obama finally caught on to our game and co-opted the tactic for her own campaign to reduce childhood obesity in our nation’s schools. America, get ready – the First Lady is going to teach us how to dougie.
Were you bed-ridden home sick today watching daytime television (or just watching daytime television of your own, affliction-free volition)?
Because - let me tell you - this was no ordinary day on King 5's morning thrill ride New Day Northwest. In place of the usual pyrotechnics, booze-soaked rants, and disorienting neo-gothic backgrounds (okay, that was still there), you may have caught a glimpse of - you guessed it - the Bus!
Thanks to Bothell's State Rep Derek Stanford, Publicola has declared college students yesterday's winners in our state legislature. Working in partnership with members of the University of Washington's student union, Stanford proposed an amendment to a higher education bill, increasing the number of student regents from the U.W from one regent to three in the next session
In a session deciding who will control the ability to raise tuition at state colleges, it's crucial that our representatives hear from the group that's being affected the most. This amendment is just one more step on the path to stronger representation of young people in Olympia.
The Bus is thrilled to announce a brand spanking new opportunity for young people to make their voice heard in Washington! The Washington Bus Media Internship is open to motivated folks with strong writing, graphic design, or video production skills who'd like to join the Bus team in bringing a new political and cultural perspective to our state. Information and application below.
Questions? email alex [at] washingtonbus [dot] org for more info.
Washington Bus Media Interns build the most original, irreverent, and powerful online voice for young people in Washington State. Media interns run the blog Hella Bus, creating written and multimedia projects that reach vast networks of young Washingtonians, community leaders, and top level policymakers.
Hella Bus serves to introduce and highlight fresh perspectives and experiences in public discourse in a way that is positive, inclusive, and meaningful. Interns may specialize in writing, graphic design, or video production.
The Washington Bus Media Internship is based in Seattle –media Interns must be present at all required meetings and trainings. The summer program will run from June 14th to August 15th with the possibility of an extension to the fall. The internship requires a 10-hour weekly time commitment with minimum two hours in the office (if this is a challenge for you, explain in the application, and we can evaluate together). As a Media Intern, your focus will be on the Bus’s communications work, but you will have many opportunities to participate in Bus events across the board, including music festivals, Bus trips, and foosball.
Please answer the following questions in a separate document, and email them to the Bus in pdf format. In addition, please submit a resume and two examples of your work, whether in written, video, graphic, or other form. Application deadline: May 30, 2011.
The Washington Bus is an inclusive organization, fostering & drawing on leadership from communities of color, recent immigrant communities, and emerging young voter demographics.
For questions about the program please email alex [at] washingtonbus [dot] org.
What can be said about Sarah Nason that has not already been said about the Statue of Liberty?
Epic. Titanic. Defining. Very tall. Wait, scratch that last one.
It is with a proud single tear in our collective eye that the Bus gives Sarah a collective goodbye hug. After three and a half years at the Bus, Sarah is packing up her buttons, her chia pets, her laser focus on the bottom line, and her indomitable sense of humor, and is moving on.
Sarah Nason, how do we love you? Let us count the ways.
1. Official OG Bus status. Sarah was one of the original volunteers/conspirators who helped get the Bus started waaaay back when. Sarah was literally there before the Bus existed, and has seen the organization grow from helpless toddler to surly adolescent and into the self-assured (and under employed?) young adult. Not to mention the fact that she INVENTED VOTEBOT.
2. Director of Back End Services. If you've ever received an email from the Bus, or read something on our website, or, hell, noticed that we're doing a pretty good job of keeping on the right side of the law, then you are appreciating something that Sarah Nason has made possible. Sarah's brain power, attention to detail, and dogged determination to get the job done has made sure that all the crucial moving pieces that keep this organization going forward are ALWAYS working smoothly. It's a huge thing, and one that doesn't get nearly enough attention. Salute!
3. Duchess of Sustainability. The Bus has a commitment to having as small a footprint as possible. That means we don't use bottled water on Bus trips, it means we helped our office building get a green waste system set up, and it means that we ensure our partners at large festivals and events minimize the waste they produce. Sarah has been the driving force behind the Bus's sustainable mind-set. It's no coincidence that there is no styrofoam or extraneous plastic bags in the office. We're lean and green, because Sarah made sure we were.
4. Best Internal Emails Ever. The best part about doing a timesheet at the Bus (besides getting paid, natch) has been Sarah's hilarious and understated emails. Chuckles, guffaws, and outright LOLs IRL (amirite??) marked all of Sarah's communications with the rest of the team. They should be printed out and framed. Seriously.
Long story short - since the day the Bus first rolled, Sarah Nason has been the unsung foundation that we've built our successes on. It cannot be understated how crucial her dedication to young people and a stronger civic democracy has been to everything we have done. As she leaves, she leaves an organization that is indebted to her, and will feel her presence for a long time to come.
We're super excited for everything Sarah's got planned next, and we know we'll be seeing her a lot more. Thank you for everything the Bus, Sarah! Now go take over the world.
Sarah, breaking in the Votebot costume at Trick or Vote 2008:
And a few pictures from our glorious karaoke-heavy celebration of Sarah's last day:
The good peoples at Let's Get Healthy!, about the most enthusiastic and lovable public health organization around, are looking for volunteers for their exhibition in Seattle on May 9th! Check out the details below to help out at one of their education and research station and maybe learn a little about your own health in the process.
WHO WE ARE: Let’s Get Healthy! offers free events in which participants can visit exhibits on diet and exercise; take computer surveys on cancer risk, diet, and sleep; get measurements of their body composition; take their blood pressure; have blood samples measured for chemical analysis; and have saliva examples taken for genetic analysis. In addition to learning about their own health, attendees can contribute their data to an anonymous database for public health research.
THE EVENT: On Monday, May 9th, Let’s Get Healthy! will be presenting our exhibit at the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program’s annual conference. We are looking for volunteers from 3:45pm – 7:00pm to help us run the education and research stations described above. On-site training is provided. Volunteers may sign up for a full or partial shift online at: http://healthdiscoveries.wufoo.com/forms/lets-get-healthy-volunteer-registration.
For more info contact Adam Lipus at lipus [at] ohsu [dot] edu or 503.494.3356.
The Bus, looking crazy good lounging by the beach in Montezuma, Costa Rica.
In a week when foreign policy and military investment is in/around America's collective frontal lobe (that's where you think things right?), there couldn't be a better day to share a remarkable article/document/manifesto that was released without much fanfare a few weeks ago. Authored by two members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, "A National Strategic Narrative" is exactly what it sounds - a call to fundamentally re-think our approach to foreign policy in a globalized world.
Foreign Policy notes, "the report was issued under the pseudonym of "Mr. Y," a takeoff on George Kennan's 1946 "Long Telegram" from Moscow (published under the name "X" the following year in Foreign Affairs) that helped set containment as the cornerstone of U.S. strategy for dealing with the Soviet Union."
"Strategic Narrative" seeks to bring the "X" era to an end, so to speak. It deals in broad strokes, glossing over some major issues (global information exchange, for instance) and stays out of some notably contentious, but relevant debates (i.e. taxation). However, on the whole it offers a remarkably concise shorthand for the world we live in and what it takes for America to be a responsible and effective actor within it. I have to agree with Foreign Policy when they write, "Its findings are revelatory, and they deserve to be read and appreciated not only by every lawmaker in Congress, but by every American citizen." Follow the link and read the dang thing here.
The authors, both active-serving military officers, argue that a post-World War II foreign policy strategy based around containment and deterrence is increasingly irrelevant in a globalizing world. The blinding pace and increasingly diverse range of "global trends and conditions" in the world today render the traditional US state-centric viewpoint out of touch and, as the authors note, counterproductive to American interests.
Rather they argue that the modern world can no longer be contained or controlled, nor can the major actors be identified exclusively as states. This means investment at home, combined with a willingness to engage abroad on terms not based around misleading stereotypes is the most effective route towards developing credible influence in global affairs. They advocate cutting defense spending and instead increase funding to:
1) "intellectual capital and a sustainable infrastructure of education, health and social services to provide for the continuing development and growth of America’s youth."
2) Directing government investment away from defense and protectionism and towards development and diplomacy. This includes viewing competition as an opportunity to benefit all parties, rather than a zero sum game.
3) "Develop a plan for the sustainable access to, cultivation and use of, the natural resources we need for our continued well-being, prosperity and economic growth in the world marketplace."
Invest in people as a key to national defense? I like where this is going. Hearing two members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff advocating massive cuts in defense spending and greater investment in social services should make us all stand up and take notice.
These words are particularly poignant given that funding to the pentagon has almost doubled in the last decade and funding for domestic services is being cut at remarkable rates despite rather important folks (Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, for example) calling for quite the opposite.
There's many, much, more good stuff in the article. Read a brief summary in Foreign Policy here, but I highly recommend you follow the link and read the full shebang.
X's piece in 1947 formed the basis of 60-some years of US foreign policy, one can hope that Mr. Y proves to be equally influential.
Ah the wonderful city of Bellingham, WA - home to (at least) five wonderful institutions of higher learning, hella farmers markets, beautiful Bellingham bay, and... coal?
Potentially. Several large coal companies plan to use Bellingham's Cherry Point Terminal as a shipping point for sending coal to Asia, posing potential health risks to Whatcom county's residents.
Our friends at Climate Solutions and the Sierra Club have organized a forum to discuss the potential impacts on the community and ways to get involved in the issue.
Peep the event info below:
Here's how you can help:
Join fellow community members at the Coal Hard Truth Forum and learn about the campaign to protect Bellingham and communities across Washington from the dirty and dangerous coal industry.
When: Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00 pm
Where: Bellingham Public Library (210 Central Avenue, Bellingham).
Who: Dan Pike, Mayor of Bellingham; Jean Melious, former Whatcom County Planning Commissioner; Robin Everett, Sierra Club; Matt Krogh, ReSources
v The regional picture of coal use and the health impacts of coal
v What this terminal proposal will mean for Bellingham, for the State of Washington and for the global community.
v Explore better alternatives and what you can do to make Washington Coal-Free!
For more information contact Llyn Doremus at email@example.com
Searching for one final reason to turn in your application for the Summer Fellows program? Look at the pretty pictures and listen to Dan Pink talk about what motivates people to do amazing things.
Here's why the fellows program is exactly what your summer's been waiting for: it's a brilliant combination of the three things that motivate people even more than money.
This summer you can choose your own political adventure with the Washington Bus, while at the same time mastering countless community organizing skills and working for progressive change in our lovable Washington State.
The deadline to apply is Monday, so hurry up and get on the Bus!