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    Note: This workshop is now full.  Contact Amy to get on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

    Backbone NW Change Agent Center
    Spring Training Series:

    Who: Calling all Change Agents! Whether you are a veteran activist or recently mobilized member of Indivisible - We want you to join us on beautiful Vashon Island as we learn together, create art and props, build community, and deepen our activism.  
    What:  Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment, presented by Margot Boyer: effective and flexible strategies for responding to issues of oppression, privilege, and diversity.  Paul Cheoketen Wagner will present Cultural Work that connects our Sense of Place. In Michael Meade's session, he will draw upon the redeeming functions of myth and ritual as vessels of imagination and regeneration that can open new ways to see and new paths to follow.
    Cost for training, meals and housing: $50-$200 (sliding scale). 

    Where: Hostel Space on Vashon Island, 12119 SW Cove Rd, Vashon, WA 98070
    Shared sleeping accommodations are available on a first come/first served basis.  
    IMPORTANT NOTE: Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment is a five-hour training; you must be in the Saturday session to attend the second half on Sunday.
    1:00 Arrival, check in and orientation
    2:00 Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment, Part 1
    5:00 Hands-on banner making and socializing
    6:00 Dinner
    7:00 Paul Cheoketen Wagner

    8:00 Breakfast
    9:00 Sacred circle with Paul Cheoketen Wagner
    10:00 Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment, Part 2
    12:15 Lunch
    1:00 Presentation by Michael Meade on the power of myth and ritual to heal our fragmentation and alienation.
    3:30 Finish

    How: Register below. Meals are included in the cost of the training; let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

    If you can volunteer to help with set up, clean up, or kitchen help, please email Amy.

    More about  Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment:

    The Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment model enables us to make sense of the complex dynamics of Status, Rank, and Power. Whatever social memberships we hold, we can learn to identify the skills we’re using, notice the skills others use, and develop more effective ways to address the problems of privilege and oppression. The work is especially useful for teachers, counselors, organizers, and other group leaders. 

    Your Facilitators:
    Margot Boyer

    Facilitator Margot Boyer taught writing and English at North Seattle Community College for ten years and lives on Vashon. She is a co-author with Leticia Nieto of Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment: A Developmental Model to Liberate Everyone

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    Paul "Che oke ten" Wagner of the Vancouver Island Saanich tribe shares traditional songs and stories of the Coast Salish peoples locally and internationally. An award winning Native American flutist, he interweaves his Spirit-gifted songs on the Native American flute along with traditional tribal drum songs into a journey to an ancient time and place of the first peoples of this land.  Paul was honored to speak at the COP21 climate talks in Paris alongside Jill Stein and Deborah Parker, and he participated in the global Canoe Project on the Seine River and the Hudson River. He is a member of the deFundDAPL coalition which recently defunded DAPL, with the City of Seattle removing 3 billion dollars from Wells Fargo bank. This winter, Paul led the funding, creation, delivery, and assembly of over 51 tarpees (modernized tipis with wood stoves) for Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

    Michael Meade
    Michael Meade is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He 
    combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He has an unusual ability to distill and synthesize these disciplines, tapping into ancestral sources of wisdom and connecting them to the stories we are living today. He has authored several books and is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artist, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.



  • 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: LocalizeThis.org 

    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...