Backbone Campaign is the home of Kayaktivism. Backbone has trained over 300 kayaktivists, organized 14+ separate kayaktivism actions, and helped launch the Kayaktivism meme that is spreading and sprouting up across the globe! Contact us to organize your own Kayaktivism Training or plan your Kayaktivist Action. Learn How We Catalyze Positive Change !
In 2008, a 10-year long legal battle to prevent a corporation from building a gravel mining operation on Maury Island, failed. 10% of the land mass of a Pacific Northwest island across from Seattle could legally be destroyed by the extraction of gravel. The project had been vehemently opposed by the community. They vowed to keep fighting out of concerns for the potential release of toxic arsenic and the disruption of vital and sensitive ecosystems. Backbone Campaign supported a community organizing and direct action campaign that earned sympathetic media attention. It swelled the number of people taking action from 50 to 500+, and mobilized people to get out on the frigid waters bordering the gravel mine. They put their bodies and boats on the line to creatively disrupt mining operations. As part of the campaign, we invited direct action trainers from the 1999 WTO to the first Localize This! action camp. The direct action campaign was successful and what would have been destroyed is now a public park. It is being restored as the longest stretch of undeveloped beach in the county. Learn How We Catalyze Positive Change !
Tired of seeing the wealth, labor, and equity of your community being syphoned off to pad the pockets of Wall St Banks and corporate fat cats? We mobilized our tiny island to move $34 million dollars out of Wall Street Banks by organizing the community to open a credit union. You can too! Learn How We Catalyze Positive Change !