Whatever you do... DO NOT MISS these two action videos:
The Supremes Perform at DC Rally - Tight video of highlights from the hilarious Sesame Street & Dr. Pepper inspired Supremes. Please SHARE video and LIKE Backbone on Facebook.
Mission Impossible video footage compiled from two autonomous projection squads makes the most out of both efforts.
Dear friends and allies,
Thanks to your support and the skills, energy, hospitality and hard work of a large team (listed below), our Occupy the Courts adventure in DC was a GREAT success! Backbone Campaign successfully built upon the work we started last year with the For the People Rally & Summit on the First Anniversary of the Citizens United decision. This year, street theater, giant banners, and even light projections on the Supreme Court and HQ of the US Chamber of Commerce figured into the broad tactical display over a a number of days.
These images and antics will continue to fuel the movement to abolish corporate personhood and the corrupt equation of money (property) with speech as is demonstrated by last year's efforts being featured in recent articles in The Progressive & Yes! Magazine. All this work is bringing us closer to the day when we all live under a social contract truly based on human rights as the Declaration of Independence promised.
While I was in DC, it was Backbone organizer Jared Middle Calf played a critical role in the imagery design, production and implementation of related efforts in Seattle. Jared and Backbone collaborators Eiya Wolfe, Denise Henriksen, and many others did an amazing job, persevering despite a snow storm with great images and a fun movement expanding production. Congratulations to them all.
The past week has been full of video editing and media collection and catching up with family stuff and Team Backbone. But it was also punctuated with some personally humbling, but gratifying opportunities. I got my first ever invite from our local NPR affiliate KUOW to speak to the then looming AG/Wall Street Bank deal (a deal which thankfully did not happen and did not become part of the State of the Union). Excerpt here. And one of my favorite social commentators Punk Patriot published an interview we did about the Occupy phenomenon and the current populist moment. I'm excited by these opportunities because I've been learning so much over the years, and sometimes it's really nice to have more room than a banner to express one's thoughts.
Please check out our new Supremes video, the photos, and maybe even my recent interview with the Punk Patriot. We look forward to an PIVOTAL 2012 and locking arms with you all along the way.
In gratitude and collaboration,
THANK YOUS: Nothing of value ever happens at the Backbone Campaign that doesn't involve
collaboration and that was never more true than with our recent actions. Allies for the DC Occupy the Courts were Move to Amend, Code Pink, the Other98%, and Peace House occupiers who made our short but sweet visit highly productive. In Seattle's GMOP, "Get Money Out of Politics" formed as a working group of Occupy Seattle, but is now thriving on its own.
A special note of gratitude to Ariel Zevon and Laura Love for lending their incredible talents. Laura's beautiful voice and spirit along with Ariel's incredible script writing, performance and co-directing of the entire DC effort were an awesome contribution. Devin Prewett and Greg Jacobson were the able and hard working, ready for anything technical team handling logistics, light and sound. Dawn Levy and Heather Ault pitched in in multiple ways with both the Supremes and with our late night projection action. All kinds of other contributions from hospitality, to sewing, to performing to you name it was given by Stacey Bridges, Moya Atkinson, Tighe Barry, Laird Monahan, Nancy Price, Crystal Zevon, Jay Marx, Doreen Moyer, Joan Stallard, David Barrows, Charles, Knoxville, Denise Valdez, Coralie Farlee, Robert Alexander, John Leonhard, Eric Byler, Eric Perlman, Martin Sonnenberg, Barry Gurley, Denise Henrikson, Laura Daughenbaugh, Bob Powell, and finally, the amazing Steffon Moody who painted the new 28th Amendment - ALL these people deserve our collective gratitude.