Love Wins Luminary Flotilla

Today, Team Backbone is undaunted by the prospect of on-water action. Our team knows what is needed to take care of each other and draw in new kayaktivists whether expert kayakers of those getting their paddle wet for the first time. Our leap in capacity feels freaking miraculous. And yet, it all seems a very natural outcome, flowing out of our shared journey.

Momentum is now ours and Kayaktivism is on the rise. It is being used to force removal of derelict dams, to resist pipelines and liquefied natural gas terminals and even to pressure billionaires to divest from fossil fuel. Now is the time for a great pivot toward a world that sustains us all in body and spirit, one that honors our sacred obligation to deliver something beautiful to future generations. Kayaktivism is an important tool for making that pivot. 

Paddles ready? Forward, together!

PS: If you are inspired by people stepping into their courage and taking bold action, help us support them with the training and tools they need to safely take direct action.   Join the Lumbar Club Today!

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  • Register for 2016 LocalizeThis! Action Camp

    Localize This! is the longest running annual Action Camp in the U.S. (Let us know if you know of any other).

    Part Incubator for Organizers, Part Boot Camp for Activists.

    Localize This! is YOUR destination to explore Creative Direct Action Tactics and Effective Organizing Strategies.

    Last year showcased the power of "We The People," from Black Lives Matter to Kayaktivism! Now, let's:

    • 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.

    Save Our Climate Action outside PGA

    When Tuesday June 21st - Monday June 27th.

    Where:  Vashon Island, WA - a short ferry ride from Seattle. (We encourage people to arrive the night before and leave on the morning after the final action and closing celebration.)

    Cost:  Sliding scale $200-$500 for week (No one will be turned away for lack of funds*) Per day $30-$75 (suggested). Consider seeking sponsorship from your community or organizations.

    Food:  Three delicious vegetarian community meals a day included with registration. We can accommodate most diets. 

    Camping:  Bring your own camping gear to stay dry, warm, and cozy if you can (Let us know if you need to borrow some gear). A limited number of home stays may be available. 

    Why:  You owe it to yourself and the important work you are engaged in to reflect, train, and vision together with fellow change makers. Whichever is your issue or campaign, we hope action camp strengthens your organizing endeavors. Carve out a week to:

    • rejuvenate your spirit
    • connect with and share inspiration among other passionate change agents
    • leave with renewed vigor and a host of new skills to more effectively engage in positive social transformation.
    Register below for camp today. Secure your spot. We'll follow-up with you about further details. If you have immediate questions email Eric@BackboneCampaign.org or call/text 805-776-3882. 

    Supporters of Backbone

    Backbone is grateful for the continued support for kayaktivist trainings and artful activism with funding made possible by: