Solidarity Brigades

Rolling_Rebellion.gifConnect with Fellow Action-Oriented Organizers

We're excited for you to lock-arms with other organizers and activists. Become an ambassador for artful activism!

  • Learn more about the impact of the creative tactics the Solidarity Brigades are deploying.

Tell us how YOU want to  ENGAGE  with Backbone:

 

Continue below to RSVP for these actions or HOST your own!

 

  • Inflatable_Puppet_Building_Workshop_Art_Build_Fremont_with_Rod_and_Alan_Stitching_low_Quality_Rick_Barry_GlobeShop_22.jpgLend your time and talents for positive change!

    Backbone Campaign's bold artful activism is fun, uplifting, and garners media attention for causes that matter. We are fueled by creativity, passion, and volunteer energy!

    Wednesdays from April 19th - May 10th we welcome you to drop-in to our Vashon headquarters to help with a variety of volunteer opportunities. 

    There is no shortage of activities from button-making, putting papier-mâché on bobble-head puppets, helping get the word out making phone calls to supporters about upcoming actions and workshops, painting, and cutting, tracing, hole-punching, and adding twist-ties to new banners.  

    No Skills Necessary - Just your willingness to help out!

    If you do have particular skills and an idea when you can pop-in please give us a heads-up by emailing eric@backbonecampaign.org, calling 206-408-8058 or texting Eric at 805-776-3882.

    Supplies / food items you can bring:

    • Headlamps for improved visibility. (Bring an extra to share if you have one). 
    • Eyeglasses or magnifying glasses if it improves your eyesight.
    • Dress for a slight mess, and a jacket (if you're working in the warehouse the space can be a bit cool), the office is toasty.
    • Non-GMO snacks or beverages to share.
    • Extra brown paper shopping bags.
    • Spare adult-sized football/lacrosse/baseball batting/motorcycle helmets.
    • Clean plastic screw-top containers (we love Talenti gelato containers).
    Thanks for being part of the team!
    rsvp
  • Vashon Activism Engagement Fair Wednesday May 4th - Find Your Lane!

    Join us For Vashon's Activism Engagement Fair

    Connect with your favorite Vashon action-oriented groups at this "Find Your Lane" event!

    *  Eat, Drink and be Merry

    *  Meet and Mingle with kindred Vashonites

    *  Get Active!

    Thursday, May 4th

    5 to 7 PM at Open Space (The O Space)

    Hosted by Indivisible Backbone and open to the entire Vashon-Maury Island community. 

    Doors open at 5PM to socialize and enjoy light snacks.  

    Invited group leaders will take the stage at 5:30. Catch 90 second highlights from each of the fifteen plus new and veteran Vashon groups invited. 

    From 6 to 7 circulate in the Open Space Community Hall to meet and mingle with these engaged Vashon groups. Get to know what all they are accomplishing and how you can lend your talents and skills.  

    Like what you see?  Pull up a chair with teams and groups to plan the next actions. Lend your ideas, creativity and support. 

    Let’s activate Vashon and resist the current administration!  

    - Kevin Jones

    Indivisible Backbone Coordinator

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Please respect parking restrictions for our ADA members

    rsvp
  • Inflatable_Puppet_Building_Workshop_Art_Build_Fremont_Painting_low_Quality_Rick_BarryGlobeShop_16.jpgLend your time and talents for positive change!

    Backbone Campaign's bold artful activism is fun, uplifting, and garners media attention for causes that matter. We are fueled by creativity, passion, and volunteer energy!

    Wednesdays from April 19th - May 10th we welcome you to drop-in to our Vashon headquarters to help with a variety of volunteer opportunities. 

    There is no shortage of activities from button-making, putting papier-mâché on bobble-head puppets, helping get the word out making phone calls to supporters about upcoming actions and workshops, painting, and cutting, tracing, hole-punching, and adding twist-ties to new banners.  

    No Skills Necessary - Just your willingness to help out!

    If you do have particular skills and an idea when you can pop-in please give us a heads-up by emailing eric@backbonecampaign.org, calling 206-408-8058 or texting Eric at 805-776-3882.

    Supplies / food items you can bring:

    • Headlamps for improved visibility. (Bring an extra to share if you have one). 
    • Eyeglasses or magnifying glasses if it improves your eyesight.
    • Dress for a slight mess, and a jacket (if you're working in the warehouse the space can be a bit cool), the office is toasty.
    • Non-GMO snacks or beverages to share.
    • Extra brown paper shopping bags.
    • Spare adult-sized football/lacrosse/baseball batting/motorcycle helmets.
    • Clean plastic screw-top containers (we love Talenti gelato containers).
    Thanks for being part of the team!
    rsvp
  • Creative Tactics with Backbone

    Activate your Activism with Creativity!

    Kayaks, Light projections, Drumming for Demonstrations, Community Organizing - and much more

    Backbone Campaign presents a training for Change Agents on the Sectors of Agency: Community Organizing - Artful Activism - Creative Tactics, at the future home of the NW Change Agent Training Center on Vashon Island. 

    Join us Friday, May 12 for a Community Organizing workshop with Jim Diers.

    Then on Saturday, explore Creative Tactics and Artful Activism, including kayaktivism with Eric Ross in Quartermaster Harbor.

    Meals (dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday) are included in the cost of training.

    Cost: $115-$140; a very limited number of partial scholarships may be available; email to inquire/apply.

     PeopleVsShell.jpg

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    About the Presenters

    Jim Diers

    Jim Diers has a passion for getting people engaged with their communities and in the decisions that affect their lives. He was appointed the first director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods in 1988 where he served under three mayors over a span of 14 years.

    diers1.jpg

    Currently, Jim teaches courses in community organizing and development at the University of Washington and serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. He travels internationally to deliver speeches, present workshops, and provide technical assistance to community associations, non-profit organizations, and government.

    He has received several community awards for his Community Organizing work and has authored a book titled Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way. More information can be found on his website, www.neighborpower.org.

     

    buy tickets
  • 2017 Localize This! Action Camp

    • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 08:00 AM – August 01, 2017
    • Vashon Island, WA in Vashon, WA
    RSVP to let us know you're interested in coming to action campLocalize This! is YOUR destination to explore Creative Direct Action Tactics and Effective Organizing Strategies

    The 2017 Localize This! Action Camp is Tuesday July 25th through August 1st, on Vashon Island, WA (across the water from Seattle).

    • Lock arms with passionate action-oriented change agents from across the country.

    • Dive into a week of intensive training, strategizing, learning, and sharing of victory stories with some of the movements most effective organizers.

    • Take action before everything we value or hold as sacred is extracted, exploited, and extinguished.

    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 of some of the best our movements for justice have to offer (2017 is our 9th year).

    Action Camp workshops are primarily based on skill-building with concentrations on artful activism, non-violent direct action tactics (like body, technical, aerial, and tripod blockades), community organizing, climbing, kayaktivism, anti-oppression practices, forming affinity groups and designing creative actions that build pressure on decision-makers and create liberated spaces. Participants explore social change strategies that earn media and build power for campaigns focusing on efforts outside of the traditional channels of redress beyond the realm of electoral politics.

    Cost: Sliding-Scale with limited scholarships available.

    We're excited to learn and skill-up together. RSVP TODAY!

    First, RSVP on this event page. Then, make sure to fill out the application on the following page. Please submit your application by Saturday June 24th. We will contact you about acceptance to camp before June 30th.
    rsvp
  • 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...

    rsvp