Bunk Bus for Standing Rock
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
Insulation, walls & floor 4,600
Mural painting 800
Medical supplies 1,000
Contingency 2,000 TOTAL Initial Project 20,622
Next Phase: the Shower Facility
Water heater & pump 800
Shower "stall" 600
TOTAL Next phase 6,800
GRAND TOTAL 27,422
Please help us continue to support the heroic Water Protectors of Standing Rock. Thank you.
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.
-Cat Whipple (Standing Rock Lakota)
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)"
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!
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!
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!
Please let us know if you need hands to help with the build.
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!
I'd love to help out! I can volunteer time, construction skills and driving. Who can I get in touch with?
Already thinking about the second bus...much more help needed at Standing Rock...keep that $$ coming!!!!
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/
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!!!