Our legislative advocacy work has the benefit of meeting two goals for us – advancing justice and democracy access at the state level through good policy, and providing a hands-on experience for youth to learn about the inner workings of government and how to advocate for their beliefs.
Voter suppression is a real thing. We’ve seen how voter ID laws, poor or too few polling locations, and voter purging can negatively impact people’s ability to participate in our political system. Our democracy works best when everyone can participate. That’s why the Bus has been at the helm fighting for the Washington State Voting Rights Act, and things like pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds, automatic voter registration, same day registration, and more ballot drop boxes. When everyone has equal access to our democracy, we can have a bigger collective impact on the issues facing our communities. In 2017, we celebrated as Governor Inslee signed SB 5472, to nearly triple the number of the ballot drop boxes throughout the state! We’ll continue to work to ensure that voting is as accessible as possible, and all people have a voice at the political table.
From fighting to ban conversion therapy in Washington State, to blocking discriminatory anti-transgender legislation, the Bus will keep showing up to ensure the LGBTQ community is safe, protected from discrimination, and has access to resources.
The Bus worked with partner organizations to support the Washington State DREAM Act to extend state-based financial aid to make higher education more accessible for young undocumented Washingtonians. But the work doesn’t stop there!