Solidarity Brigades

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  • Skill-up at the 2017 Localize This! Action Camp July 25th - August 1st

    • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 07:00 AM – August 01, 2017
    • AYH Youth Hostel in Vashon, WA

    Thanks for your interest in Camp! We'll contact you about more details as they emerge. Until then, encourage fellow activists and change agents to join you at action camp by sharing this link: 

    What started out as training ground for a community's fight to stop a transnational corporation's environmental destruction has turned into an annual celebration (2017 will be our 9th year) of some of the best our movements for justice have to offer.

    For the past eight 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 getting 2 millions views to a flotilla for fairness. Our giant 1% arrows banner and light projections preceded Occupy. 2012's camp lifted up Eviction Protection in the Seattle area and now our allies have celebrated a victorious Eviction Blockade. In 2014 we held two camps, one in the midwest and the NW. We invited indigenous leaders to transform the camp into lessons on how to be a good ally to Natives, engage in spiritual activism, and culminated in a Native-led day of action rich in beauty and cultural sharing. Participants at camp in 2014 went on to do an amazing blockade of a dangerous oil train and launched the 1st tree-sit in Washington in 14 years.

    At Localize This! 2015, participants designed and produced the multifaceted #BeyondDenial racial justice action with an "Action-In-A-Box" toolkit that is now available and has traveled to multiple communities.  In March of 2016 we took Kayaktivism and Artful Activism tactics to the Cove Point Spring Break action camp in Maryland, bolstering We Are Cove Point and other campaigns back East with a new approach to extraction resistance. 

    In 2016 we held a giant banner that read TPP = Betrayal over Interstate 5, timed to coincide with a freeway shutdown due to Obama's visit to Seattle.  It was witnessed by tens of thousands of commuters.  Later we went to downtown where Obama and other politicians were hosting fundraisers and joined street protests against the TPP, coal and oil trains, the assault on endangered orcas and more.

    Where & When: The 2017 LocalizeThis! Action Camp is scheduled for Tuesday, July 25 through Tuesday, August 1, on Vashon Island, WA near Seattle.  

    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.
    • Student Debt
    • Economic Justice and Austerity Resistance
    • Immigration Reform
    • Trade and Labor Justice
    • Racial Justice
    • Getting Money out of Politics
    • and more!

    If you haven't registered yet, do so HERE.

    Backbone is grateful for the continued support for kayaktivist trainings and artful activism with funding made possible by:



  • For Your Consideration...

    • Friday, March 09, 2018 at 12:00 PM
    • RSVP to receive the weekly email notice

    Welcome to the For Your Consideration... weekly email notice of social and political action steps! 

    The weekly notice contains a number of action steps you can take:  calling members of Congress, visits to town hall meetings and petitions to sign, all in response to current executive orders and pending legislation.   Action steps are organized by issues so you can quickly locate opportunities for action on the issues most important to you.

    Oriented to our home town of Vashon, Wa, we showcase many local groups taking action for social change and to protect our hard won progressive rights.  Here you can join a group or join a rally!

    Raise your voice in synchronization with ours - create an impact - make a difference!

    Thanks for your consideration...