Affiliated Organization: Occupy Rogers Park in Chicago
Areas of Training: Non-Violent Direct Action, Mass Mobilizations, Facilitation, and more.
Though there needs to be a discussion about the separation of church and state, including the removal of sacramental terms from civil language, there is really no room for debate on equality. It is self-evident that marriage equality is a civil right.
I am deeply proud that Backbone could of play a support role in the courageous projection action executed by our allies at Get Equal. The action team deserves our gratitude and admiration for making this technically difficult action happen on the perfect day, at the perfect location, with the perfect message.
Join me in recognizing the bold leadership of Get Equal with a contribution here.
(Descriptions Coming Soon)
- Consensus decision-making
- Strategic campaigning
- Community organizing 101
- Direct Action
- Horizontal organizing and equalizing airtime
- Climate Justice 101
- Abolishing Private Prisons
- Introduction to Facilitation
- Advanced Facilitation
- Group Process and Structure
- Consensus Decision Making
- Story-Based Strategy
- How to Use the Mainstream Media to Tell Radical Stories
Core Organizing Trainer
Affiliated Organization: Portland Rising Tide North, Portland Central American Solidarity Committee, Rose City Trainers Guild
Areas of Training: Introduction to Facilitation, Advanced Facilitation, Group Process and Structure, Consensus Decision Making, Story-Based Strategy, How to Use the Mainstream Media to Tell Radical Stories
Actions Speak Louder Than Words- STOP Bank Evictions!
March 13th, 2013 Backbone Campaign and SAFE (Standing Against Foreclosure and Eviction) In Seattle mobilized the Overpass Light Brigade illuminating our demands to "STOP Bank Evictions" as part of the 11-city nationwide day of action and launch of the coalition organization Right To The City's "Housing For All" national campaign.
"We have a RIGHT TO RECLAIM, REMAIN IN & REBUILD THE COMMUNITIES WE CALL HOME! WE REFUSE TO BE DISPLACED!"
Backbone is thrilled by the model organizing of SAFE, and excited to continue our collaboration. Our Localize This! Action camp last year supported SAFE and amplified their organizing efforts with an influx of organizers from across the country for a week of actions, trainings, and community outreach. Since then SAFE has grown and evolved tremendously over a short period of time to be a real threat to banksters and those complicit in furthering the foreclosure crisis. SAFE is building power in their community and offering real support for families facing foreclosure and eviction. Wells Fargo recently closed down their entire downtown Seattle building when they got wind that SAFE was en route for a recent direct action.
Listen to the Bail-Out America Podcast - The podcast includes conversations with some of the nation's leaders at the forefront confronting the home foreclosure crisis and organizing to secure justice for families and rebuild our communities. SAFE has modeled some of their most effective organizing after City Life/Vida Urbana, and New Bottom Line's report shows how the push for a national principle reduction could end the foreclosure crisis and add 1 million new jobs.
View the short slideshow from the action or click HERE to see them in a new window
Photo's taken by Alex Garland
SAFE is an organization dedicated to building a movement to fight foreclosures and evictions through the courts, through public pressure and through direct action. Anyone in need of help and/or interested in the work of SAFE, please go to the website www.safeinseattle.org and/or come to our weekly community meetings at UCC Bethany Church (6230 Beacon Ave S) at 7pm on Tuesdays.
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February 7, 2013
The Backbone Campaign and Allies Applaud Re-Launch of ‘Declaration For Democracy’ Campaign to Overturn Citizens United
2,000 Public Officials Have Already Expressed Support for Constitutional Amendment
WASHINGTON – This week The Backbone Campaign and ally organizations applauded the re-launch of the “Declaration For Democracy” campaign. Public officials signing the declaration are proclaiming their support for amending the constitution to limit the influence of money in our democracy and to restore the rights of the American people in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC. Representatives Donna Edwards (D-MD), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Keith Ellison (D-MN), James P. McGovern (D-MA), and John Yarmuth (D-KY) circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter today urging their colleagues to sign the declaration.
By the end of the 112th Congress, 2,000 public officials had expressed their support for a constitutional amendment, including President Obama, 102 Members of the House, and 29 Senators (list visible at http://united4thepeople.org).
Direct Action: (2 hours)
The first step in recognizing security risks in a community is working towards creating a security culture. Just because we're non-violent doesn't meant that the police don't see us as a threat. It also doesn't mean that we will not be charged with violent crimes if arrested. Maintaining a tight security culture is essential for creating a cohesive, safe, and effective movement based on the principals of trust and solidarity. As our direct action movement becomes more effective, government harassment will only increase. Violations of security culture include behavior that is inappropriate because it intensifies government harassment, jeopardizes the freedom of other activists, and destroys the trust within the movement. This workshop explores how to stay two steps ahead of the government, versus two steps behind in paranoia. Covers the basics of creating and implementing security within your group, and throughout the rest of your life; office, home, personal life, and on your computers.
Know Your Rights
Direct Action: (2 hours)
Nowhere else is the saying "knowledge is power" more applicable than when dealing with the legal system and the men in blue who enforce it. Despite corporate capital interests having a strong presence even on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court, the legal system still affords us useful guarantees. Knowing the tools available to you, the traps you could get hung-up in, and having a basic familiarity with the process will help you act as level-headed as possible when tension and emotions are running high at an action.
This training covers all of the basic legal information for interactions with police. The training teaches you what your basic rights are when you are questioned, searched, detained, and/or arrested, and what methods the police use to manipulate these rights on the spot. The training also takes you through the step by step process from the first interaction with the police, through detainment, arrest, and the court systems. Other topics discussed: tips on jail solidarity, current federal and state legislation threatening your rights, and what to take with you and leave home during an action.
Core Foundations: (2.5 hours)
If we are ever going to elevate human rights above that of criminal corporate or investor interests we need a way to gauge our effectiveness, especially with movement-building work. Although social change has anything but a linear direction to it, we can still develop way-points to orient the direction of our efforts. Grand Strategy highlights a set of principles and theoretical framework which can be utilized for evaluating the effectiveness of our actions and tactics. Topics explored include conceptual frameworks for understanding conflict, building power, the role of social movements in relation to political reform, and creating a sympathetic identity for ones cause through principles-based communications.
Core & Direct Action: (2.5 Hours)
Some people wonder if the state of the world needs to get worse to motivate more people to make it better. More likely, we need to organize more effectively. An endless montage of creative tactics wont win us the world we want. Our campaigns are much more likely to succeed if we cultivate the skills needed to alleviate our nearsightedness and develop a long-term vision. Also, we can hardly be effective agents of change without some degree of personal care to make our engagement sustainable.
Looking at the big picture - strategy, targets, setting goals/objectives, choosing tactics etc. This workshop goes over the basics of how to build the campaign you need to create change. It will cover: planning campaigns to be more cohesive, effective and strategic steps needed to implement an effective campaign, identifying your targets, building a network of strategic alliances, and how to coherently evaluate what’s working and not working in existing campaigns. The workshop also explores the concept of burn out in the activist movement, and how to avoid it within your group.