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  • Tickling Giants Film Screening

    • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    • Vashon Theatre

    Backbone Campaign brings “Tickling Giants” to Vashon Theatre, Tuesday, June 27 at 6 pm. Dubbed "The Egyptian Jon Stewart," heart surgeon turned comedian Bassem Youssef creates – in the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring - a satirical program poking fun at politics, religion and media. The weekly program quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. Tickling_Giants_Title_Projection.png

    In a country where free speech is not legal, he and his staff endure physical threats, protest, and legal action, all because of jokes that let those in power know they're being held accountable. Produced by Sarah Taksler of the Daily Show, the film shows how comedy can be a cathartic way for a nation to process repression and corruption and it encourages viewers to speak up when they witness injustice.  She says, “Our goal is to inspire an international dialogue about free speech, how we treat Muslims, and what happens when power is abused. We hope (through this film) people will find their own creative, non-violent ways to be heard.”

    A reviewer for the New York Times writes, "There's a lot to laugh at, and to learn from, ... in this first-rate documentary, at a time when freedoms seem to be threatened everywhere. After watching, you come away feeling more proud of those freedoms, and more concerned for their future."

    The film is a Call to Action to tickle the giant: find non-violent ways to express yourself when power is abused - from a protest against a world leader to standing up to a bully in a school cafeteria.

    Thank you to Island GreenTech and Vashon Theatre for support in making this event happen.

     Watch the trailer here

    Like going to the movies? Backbone Campaign is starting a Meaningful Movies Chapter. Thanks to a collaboration with Vashon Theatre and Island GreenTech, we will show films the 2nd Tuesday of each month, beginning in August.

    August 8,  8:30 pm - Racing Extinction
    Sept 12, 6 pm - Indivisible: Love Knows No Borders
    October 10, 6 pm - Anne Braden: Southern Patriot
    If you can help with publicity for this project, please contact Amy.
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  • small_Group_photo_at_the_Kite_Building_Art_Building_Event.jpgLend your time and talents for positive change!

    At this Art Build we're:

    • Creating imagery for Strawberry Festival
    • Painting and drying the final sections of the EARTH GLOBE
    • Making banners for a Kayaktivist action in San Francisco and pressing our utilities to get off dirty coal and gas, and
    • Crafting buttons, stencils, and more!

    Drop-in to our Vashon headquarters to help with a variety of volunteer opportunities. Stop in to Suite 205 when you arrive!

    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.
    • Non-GMO snacks or beverages to share.
    • Clean plastic screw-top containers (we especially love Talenti gelato containers).
    Thanks for being part of the team!
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  • Large_cropped_Strawberry_Festival_Vashon_2017_Group_Silly_Expressions_with_Orca_and_death_star_IMG_9390_(1)_copy.jpgInspire Vashonites to "Protect What They Love" by joining Backbone Campaign, Indivisible Backbone and Vashon friends and more in the Strawberry Festival Parade.

    Help us animate bold and beautiful (and lightweight) imagery symbolizing what we love in our region and vow to protect. Also, hop aboard the ecotopia train to move the vision of Solutionary Rail forward.

    RSVP below so we can keep you up to date on details and the parade lineup. We'll be lining up along Vashon Highway (likely near the Lutheran Church.) Vashon HWY will be closed between Vashon Theatre and the Vashon Athletic Club / Mom's Deli so plan travel and parking accordingly. 

    This is a fun and perfect opportunity to introduce your friends to activism; invite them to join you!

    Join us for art builds during our Wednesday Volunteer Drop-ins on June 28th and July 19th to create imagery for the Strawberry Festival. 

    If you can also hang out at the Backbone booth for a bit over the weekend we'd love for you to join us. Email amy@backbonecampaign.org / call 206-408-8058.

    If you have questions about the parade email eric@backbonecampaign.org / call/text 805-776-3882.

    Thanks for being part of the team!
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  • 2017 Localize This! Action Camp

    • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 08:00 AM – August 01, 2017
    • Vashon Island, WA in Vashon, WA

    Localize 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 
    • Blockade Techniques
    • Community Organizing
    • Climbing for forest defense campaigns, banner drops and more
    • Kayaktivism
    • Anti-Oppression practices 
    • Solutionary and Porpositional organizing
    • Strategic Campaigning and
    • Designing and executing creative actions that pressure decision-makers, earn media and build power for "We The People!"

    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

    Donate to Scholarships to Camp - Encourage your friends, family and community to support organizers from impacted Communities & youth to take their activism to the next level! Sponsor an Activist to Camp! - Click HERE

    YOUTH ACTION CAMP at Localize This! - The Youth application will be posted shortly. Let Jo Walter (Youth Coordinator) know you are interested by calling 360-551-6944 or emailing littlesproutsps@comcast.com.

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  • 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...

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