Bunk Bus for Standing Rock

$28,978 of $27,500 goal

Raised by 450 people in 27 months
Jessie Braverman
on behalf of Michael A. Horner
 PORTLAND, OR
The generosity of hundreds of donors and volunteers has brought the Bunk Bus to within a few days of completion.  Just two weeks ago, on October 31, we took delivery of a 20 year old school bus.  Since then dozens of vounteers have worked long hours to convert it into a rudimentary clinic.  (Very basic!  Think: MASH.)  There are 10 built-in bunks and just enough open area for a table and some chairs.  There's storage space for medical supplies.  We've installed insulation, a high-capacity propane heater and an electrical system (solar panel, generator and a huge bank of batteries).  People will have a warm, dry place to take shelter from the severe North Dakota winter.  The murals painted on the sides of the bus are the work of Native American artists: Shawn Hudson, Clay River and Jesus Hernandez.  They carry a message of support from the Northwest to the Indigenous Water Protectors of the plains who are resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

http://www.opb.org/news/article/portland-climate-activists-prepare-medical-bus-for-standing-rock/ 

http://www.kgw.com/news/local/portlanders-send-bus-to-standing-rock-reservation/350920528 

Only, recently, we learned of the urgent need for a shower facility at Standing Rock.  People who are injured with pepper spray need to  wash off the toxic chemical irritant quickly and thoroughly.  It wasn't possible to work a shower into the bunk bus plan.  But, we want to respond to this request.  We'll ask what the people at the Camp think will work best when we deliver the bus a few days from now.  Our initial concept calls for a stout wall tent outfitted with a space and water heaters and one or more shower stalls.  Think about taking a shower while camping on the open plain in the middle of winter!

UPDATED BUNK BUS BUDGET
 
Initial Project: the Bunk Bus         
    Bus purchase (actual)                                                          4,500
    Registration, license, title (actual)                                     422
    Insurance                                                                                        300
    Insulation, walls & floor                                                      4,600                                                                                                  
    Heating                                                                                        1,800
    Electrical                                                                                     3,500
    Mural painting                                                                             800          
    Medical supplies                                                                     1,000   
    Delivery                                                                                       1,700
    Contingency                                                                             2,000 TOTAL Initial Project                                                             20,622

Next Phase: the Shower Facility
     Tent                                                                                              1,800
      Water heater & pump                                                           800
     Generator                                                                                 1,000
     Shower "stall"                                                                              600
     Delivery                                                                                      1,600
     Contingency                                                                            1,000
 TOTAL Next phase                                                                   6,800
 
GRAND TOTAL                                                                        27,422
 
Please help us continue to support the heroic Water Protectors of Standing Rock.   Thank you.
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Update 4
Posted by Jessie Braverman
26 months ago
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A motivated and passionate group of people have dedicated hundreds of hours over the past couple weeks to make the Bunk Bus dream a reality. Thanks to their hard work and your generous support, the Bunk Bus departed from Portland this morning and is on its way to North Dakota filled with supplies for the Water Protectors!

While the bus has been completed, there is still work to be done and it is crucial that people continue to show solidarity with folks on the frontlines in their own communities. The final portion of the pipeline is waiting on one last permit to be built and it is critical that people call the Army Corps of Engineers and President Obama demanding that the permit be denied, that Native treaties be honored, and that the federal government uses all of its power to halt further construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Winter has already hit camp, and monetary and material donations are also still crucial to helping Water Protectors survive and continue resisting through the harsh conditions.

Below is a list of numbers to call:
White House: 202-456-1111
Army Corps of Engineers: 202-761-5903
N. Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple 701-328-2200

We are so grateful for all you have contributed so far, thank you for your making this project possible! We hope you enjoy the pictures attached to this update and that you take a moment to read the statement posted below written by the artists who designed the mural painted on the outside of the bus.

"My Relatives at Standing Rock,
Many good people from Portland, Oregon spent hundreds of volunteer hours turning this school bus into a warming station for the cold winter ahead, and a medic station for those needing medical care. And hundreds more answered the call for donations to purchase and refurbish the bus. Donations were also used to buy medical supplies, make electrical updates, install solar panels and cell phone charging stations, and of course, provide gas money to get the Bunk Bus to you half way across our beautiful Turtle Island.

The artwork on this bus was created by several Native artists from the Portland area, and is being sent to you from your Portland allies (both Native and non-Native) as a sign of solidarity and support. Thank you all for taking a strong stand in defense of the sacred water and Mother Earth. We will continue to support you from the west coast in whatever way we can.
Philámayaye
-Cat Whipple (Standing Rock Lakota)

Artist Statement:
I feel that I should give you a little bit of some background information about myself. I am 41 years old and was born and raised in Portland Oregon. My mother comes from a small village Quinhagak (kwinhagak) which is located near Bristol bay area of Alaska, and my father is half Warm Springs and half Italian.

The image of the right side of the bus reflects the Northwest and the native people of the Pacific Northwest in general. Water is sacred and is life giving. My people live and survive off the sacred salmon which runs through the rivers that our village sits next to, and so many other tribes of the northwest depend on these sacred fish.

The forest also reflects the Northwest and the beauty of our part of the country. I wanted people to be able to, at a glance, identify that it is coming from the Pacific Northwest. There is a lot of symbolism in this image. We as a people have a sacred connection to the trees, and there is also a deep connection we have with the sacred water of life.

We are living in times of great change; in a time that some people believe is dark and we are unsure of our future as a species. I want to believe that this bus is something great, a light shining as a testament of how people of different colors, beliefs, and from vastly different walks of life, can come together for a single cause, a unified belief. To defend our sacred water or bring help to those who are defending our precious water of life. I hope that this bus will shine bright, that it will bring color and hope to even just one person who is up there making a stand against this Goliath.

I believe that this simple little school bus painted with love and hard work, by people who care, is playing a part in the Creator's plan. We do not know what impact we will have by sending this warming station/first aid station up to North Dakota. All I know is that this project is all that I can physically do to help. I have been praying, praying and praying and this project came out of nowhere. I do not even know how I became involved because I don't know anyone who was involved in this project. I took this as a blessing from Creator, offering me a way to become involved.
-Shawn Hudson (kwinhagak/Warm Springs)
Northwest Coast Ocean Artwork

Buffalo Artwork by Jesus Hernandez (Central American Indigenous Artist)
Four Directions Artwork by Clay Rivers (Native Artist)"
©Rick Rappaport 2016
Photo by Yoko Silk
Photo by Yoko Silk
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Update 3
Posted by Jessie Braverman
26 months ago
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The Bunk Bus project is on its way as people have been working day and night to convert the bus into winter shelter as quickly, efficiently, and creatively as possible!

This project is being organized by a collective of people combining their skills to bring it to fruition. Transparency is very important to us and we want to be as clear and open as possible about the use of your generous donations. We are beginning to withdraw the funds raised by all you beautiful people to cover the costs of buying the bus, as well as materials needed to renovate it. Mike Horner and Harlan Shober are bottomlining the bulk of this project and are the creative masterminds that have been prioritizing, organizing, and dreaming about the Bunk Bus since its conception. The money raised through GoFundMe will be withdrawn from this campaign page and transferred into a bank account with their names on it so they can continue purchasing the necessary items to complete this project without delay. This will ensure that things can continue running smoothly and that the project can be completed and delivered to the Water Protectors in North Dakota as soon as possible.

At this point we are painting murals on the sides of the bus. The seats have been removed from the inside of the bus and the floors and walls have been insulated. People are currently working on finishing the walls with paneling. The next steps include adding benches and bunks, installing the heating system and adding an electrical system for lighting and charing phones, computers, etc.

We expect to deliver the Bunk Bus to the Medical and Healing Council at Standing Rock by the middle of the month. None of this would be happening without your tremendous support. Thank you!!

Until next time!
Photo by Rick Rappaport
Photo by Rick Rappaport
Photo by Rick Rappaport
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Update 2
Posted by Jessie Braverman
26 months ago
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After weeks of searching for the right bus, we bought this 1997, 78 passenger Thomas last weekend. The renovation has begun!
Getting started with build-out of the Me
Steve framing for insulation
Mike caulking windows
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Update 1
Posted by Jessie Braverman
27 months ago
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We have reached over 50% of our goal in just one week! We are so grateful for all the donations received thus far that have brought us closer to building critical infrastructure to support the ongoing resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline through the winter months.

One supporter offered to match all donations up to $1,000 on Wednesday and folks very quickly rose to the challenge! Here is a message from that donor:

"Although we are moved to be physically present at Standing Rock we find that we are unable to do so at this time. On Wednesday afternoon, we offered instead to match donations up to a total of $1000 given to purchase and equip the mobile medical bus being sent to Standing Rock. We have been gratified to see that this amount was exceeded in less than 24 hours. Therefore, we are making this donation to honor our match and in gratitude to all who have joined us in support of the Standing Rock protectors."

Thank you so much for your contributions thus far. Keep spreading the word and supporting water protectors on the front lines!
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Steve Lipsey
26 months ago

Keep contributing! More money will make the bus better and add some supplies for the folks at Standing Rock!!!! The bus is taking shape...buildout is going well!

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Amanda B. Smith
26 months ago

Please let us know if you need hands to help with the build.

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Donald Klopfenstein
25 months ago

Please update with a status report. We understand that the bus left Portland but has it arrived? Is it being used as a warming station for those who are staying behind at Standing Rock ? We are happy to have had the opportunity to donate to this good cause and are very interested in knowing if the bus has been successful in its mission. Thanks!

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Vantress Aikens
26 months ago

❤❤

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Sara Wolf
26 months ago

I'd love to help out! I can volunteer time, construction skills and driving. Who can I get in touch with?

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Steve Lipsey
26 months ago

Already thinking about the second bus...much more help needed at Standing Rock...keep that $$ coming!!!!

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Steve Lipsey
26 months ago

Willamette Week article: http://www.wweek.com/news/2016/11/07/portland-climate-activists-are-building-a-medical-bus-and-sending-it-to-standing-rock/

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Jeanie Wright
26 months ago

This is such a wonderful idea!!! I am too poor to donate, so sharing is the best I can do. Good luck -- I will be watching for posts to see when you are going and could possibly ride with you! Thank you, whoever you are who started this!!!

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Raised by 450 people in 27 months
Created October 21, 2016
Jessie Braverman
on behalf of Michael A. Horner
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LR
$25
Lin Reedijk
24 months ago
SM
$200
Stacy Anne Murphy
24 months ago

I see you've gone over your goal, but I trust you to use this money to serve those wintering at Standing Rock. Thank you for protecting the Water Protectors.

LW
$108
Lin Wyrick
24 months ago

May Peace be with all of you, and may all Devine help be with you in your efforts.

AK
$50
Ann Kopel
25 months ago
AC
$25
Ashley Cuzzupe
25 months ago
ME
$50
mark ettinger
25 months ago

you rock Cawley and gang!! i hope to see bus and shower out there soon.

LH
$100
Lorraine Harland
25 months ago
$25
Anonymous
25 months ago
TT
$23
Terry Tomei
26 months ago

Thank you!

DS
$20
Deanna Smith
26 months ago
Steve Lipsey
26 months ago

Keep contributing! More money will make the bus better and add some supplies for the folks at Standing Rock!!!! The bus is taking shape...buildout is going well!

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Amanda B. Smith
26 months ago

Please let us know if you need hands to help with the build.

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Donald Klopfenstein
25 months ago

Please update with a status report. We understand that the bus left Portland but has it arrived? Is it being used as a warming station for those who are staying behind at Standing Rock ? We are happy to have had the opportunity to donate to this good cause and are very interested in knowing if the bus has been successful in its mission. Thanks!

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Vantress Aikens
26 months ago

❤❤

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Sara Wolf
26 months ago

I'd love to help out! I can volunteer time, construction skills and driving. Who can I get in touch with?

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Steve Lipsey
26 months ago

Already thinking about the second bus...much more help needed at Standing Rock...keep that $$ coming!!!!

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Steve Lipsey
26 months ago

Willamette Week article: http://www.wweek.com/news/2016/11/07/portland-climate-activists-are-building-a-medical-bus-and-sending-it-to-standing-rock/

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Jeanie Wright
26 months ago

This is such a wonderful idea!!! I am too poor to donate, so sharing is the best I can do. Good luck -- I will be watching for posts to see when you are going and could possibly ride with you! Thank you, whoever you are who started this!!!

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