Tips for Crowd-Funding your camp participation- HERE
Friends Don't Let Friends Miss Localize This! -
Bring your action buddy or your whole affinity group
All year long, the Backbone team appears in our region and across the country, but only one time per year does the country come to us. For the past four years this gathering has been at the cusp of movement innovation, a source of numerous collaborations, and a spark for countless creative actions from viral Flash Mobs to Giant floating buttocks. Our giant 1% arrows banner and light projections preceded Occupy. Last year's camp lifted up Eviction Protection in the Seattle area and now our allies are celebrating a victorious Eviction Blockade. Our first camp even helped save an island!
Where & When:
Circle Pines Center near Kalamazoo, MI May 13th-19th
Backbone HQ Vashon Island, WA August 5-11 Cost: Sliding scale $200-$500 for week(No one will be turned away for lack of funds*) Per day $30-$75 (suggested)
All Camping, Trainings, and Delicious Locally-Sourced Food are included!
Bring a sleeping bag if you have one. REGISTER TODAY!
* FYI - Please consider helping cover the cost of scholarships for participants from impacted communities by increasing your payment to $400 or more. The real cost of camp for Backbone is over $350 per person.
Who's Coming To Camp?- Build Connections & Train Alongside Allies Working on:
Coal Trains/Coal Ports/Tar Sands/Fracking and Fossil Fuel Extraction Resistance.
Eviction Protection and Foreclosure Defense.
Economic Justice and Austerity Resistance
Trade and Labor Justice
What Workshops Are Offered?-Get Skilled-Up To Act-Up with Effective Organizing Strategies and Expand Your Tactical Toolkit With These Trainings & More, All Offered In One Place. Full Draft Schedule HERE
Please Join them in supporting this movement building work.Donate TODAY toward scholarships for deserving emerging activist leaders from impacted communities. There are people from around the country who need your support to attend camp and we will not turn anyone away for lack of funds.
Partner with Us! If you would like your organization listed as a Partner, please call the Backbone Campaign office 206-408-8058
Pitch-In To The Crowdfunding Scholarship Campaign! Change is not just possible, it is inevitable. But opportunity favors the prepared. There is nothing the Backbone Campaign does that is more crucial to preparing progressive change agents or weaving connections between them than our annual Localize This! Action Camp. Enable Change Agents from across the country and from diverse backgrounds and struggles to participate by pitching-in today!
Areas of Training: Non-Violent Direct Action, Intro to Blockades, Advanced Blockading Tactics, Tripod Blockades, Climb Training, High-Rise Banner Deployment, Community Organizing and Group Development, Security Culture, and Supporting Political Prisoners
The activist toolkit offers pro tips and tricks on:
Running an Effective Meeting
Planing Your Action
How To Start an Affinty Group
Action Logistics, Roles, and a Checklist
Know Your Rights
Feel free to use, implement, and spread it, it's our gift to you and more effective progressive movement. Send us a media clipping or photos of your action so we can share your victory stories with others. Check back
Please note that the toolkit doesn't replace the terrific workshops and trainings Backbone offers, it's an accompaniment.
To request your own training or workshop check out our offerings HERE and submit a request HERE.
If your looking for a tutorial on building our Giant Freeway Overpass banners Click HERE. If you want to add light projection bat signal like protests to your tactical toolkit Click HERE.
After a week long training in direct action on Vashon Island, attendees of the Backbone Campaign's Localize This! action camp executed a bold and beautiful action to stop plans to turn the Pacific NW into a fossil fuel corridor to Asia. Find press release, action photos and more below. more news clips.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 5, 2013 Army Corps of Engineers Relieved of Duty, for being AWOL on Climate and Cumulative Impacts.
This morning residents from across the Northwest converged on the Seattle offices of the Army Corps of Engineers to demand stronger federal environmental oversight of proposed export facilities for coal, oil and gas, transforming the Pacific Northwest and Salish Sea into a fossil fuel corridor to Asia.
Residents are upset that despite tens of thousands of public comments requesting a comprehensive environmental review of these projects the Corps testified in June that public concern over impacts from burning fossil fuels overseas or increased rail and shipping traffic were "outside the Corps' control and responsibility."
"By refusing to consider the most important and concerning environmental impacts of these projects, the Corps has gone AWOL," said Bill Moyer, Executive Director of the Backbone Campaign. "Since the Corps is incapable address the real concerns of the people, we the people are relieving them of duty."
A flotilla of kayaks and canoes approached the Seattle HQ of the Army Corps of Engineers from across the Duwamish river, flying a giant "Coal No!" with helium-filled weather balloons. A hundred people rallied and marched to take over the courtyard of the Corps offices with giant props including a thirty-two foot mock coal train.
"If the human and environmental health of our region and planet is outside the scope of the Corps process, we need a new process," said Carlo Voli an Edmonds resident helping to carry a banner that read "Army Corps of Engineers Relieved of Duty".
In contrast to the Corps' decision the Washington State Department of Ecology announced last week that they would be considering rail, shipping and climate change impacts in a much broader environmental review. Some participants in the event carried signs thanking the Department of Ecology for their decision. But organizers stressed that last week's announcement emphasizes the Federal Government's failure by showing that a comprehensive review is possible.
"Leaving the real environmental issues in these projects to be reviewed by state agencies is a dereliction of duty by the Federal Government" Said Seattle Resident, Lisa Marcus.
Next month the Army Corps of Engineers will begin scoping hearings on another proposed coal export facility in Longview, WA.
Backbone Campaign's vision is a world where human dignity, community resilience, and ecological well being is built upon a foundation of democratic economic and political systems and diverse, thriving culture where human rights, the rights of communities and nature are truly inalienable and honored.
Press Clippings and Photos from the Action:
KING TV News Coverage of Army Corps Action on 8-5-13KOMO TV News Coverage of Army Corps Action on 8-5-13
The Backbone Campaign is proud to host the Seattle opening of Dirty Wars,the award-winning documentary featuring best-selling author and investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill. Join us this Friday, June 28, Show times: 5pm, 7pm, 9pm At the SIFF Film Center in Seattle, 305 Harrison St. (Directions)
Named a Critic's Pick by The New York Times, (http://nyti.ms/15Pmfef) Dirty Wars shines light on the unseen corners of America's covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond. Part political thriller and part detective story, Dirty Wars is a gripping journey into one of the most important and underreported stories of our times. "This jaw-dropping, persuasively research pic," wrote Variety, "has the power to pry open government lockboxes."