Seattle Action Brigade Calendar

Black_lives_matter_guerrilla_light_projection_seattle_medium.jpgConnect with friends of Backbone Campaign in the Seattle area who are improvising and utilizing a host of creative tactics to amplify actions and mobilize public engagement. 

Make your actions vibrant and invigorating by integrate tactics like:

  • Guerrilla Light Projection
  • Overpass Light Brigade LED Panels
  • Giant Overpass Banners
  • Giant 2D & 3D Imagery
  • Papier-mache Puppets
  • Kayaktivism
  • Helium-assisted Banner Lifts
  • and more!

Connect with Seattle Action Brigades by filling out the quick form below.

Tell us how YOU want to  ENGAGE  with Backbone:

 

Continue below to RSVP for these actions or HOST your own!

 

  • Seattle Racism is the Elephant in the Room

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    #BeyondDenial

    On August 17th in downtown Seattle passersby were invited to take part in the debut of the public interactive art installation, #BeyondDenial, to expose racism as the “elephant in the room.” 

    We are immensely proud of the deep work done at this year's Localize This! Action Camp. The result was a tourable action, launched at the very spot where only a week before activists who identified with #BlackLivesMatter confronted Sen. Bernie Sanders and his supporters. People of color are asking, inviting, and demanding that white progressives move beyond defensiveness and denial. It is time for us to instead listen deeply and confront the disease of racism that infects all of us and seeps into the structures of our society. It is time to work with others to acknowledge our privilege and spend it to dismantle systems of oppression.

    Pitch in today to propel this racial justice work forward and enable us to bring the #BeyondDenial action to more communities.

    20805311708_51f250d0b8_z.jpgBring the Elephant In the Room Beyond Denial Art Installation to your community by clicking HERE!

    At this year's Localize This! Action Camp participants stepped forward into their discomfort and grappled with how we as we as progressives, many of us privileged in multiple ways can act as allies to communities of color. Participants at camp yearn to manifest our shared aspirations for racial justice and collective liberation. We listened to the requests of people of color - that we work with white people to educate them about systemic racism and commit to dismantling structural racism and white supremacy.

    You may want to watch the panel that informed this action, "Women of Color Speak Out," presented both at camp HERE and at their Town Hall event HERE. Moreover, we sought the leadership and guidance of people of color in formulating the final action. Localize This! participants went beyond their week-long training and discussions around anti-oppression work to then take these difficult conversations into the streets and creatively and authentically engage with the public. 

    The result was an action that integrated a large eye-catching spectacle, a memorial for victims of police brutality, an art installation, storytelling, and dialogue. Further, the public was invited to publicly commit to deepen their efforts towards racial justice. Continue below to see what this multifaceted action looked like.

    See the bottom of the page for a brief summary of a lesson that we've learned that at least in part spurred the creation of this action and resources.

    Elephant in the Room

    During the bustling lunch hour in downtown Seattle, masses of the public were surprised to find a 12 foot inflatable elephant in the room. Many people wearing white privilege blindfolds (literally) were unaware of and not addressing the epidemic of racism (the elephant in the room).

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    Destory Cantastoria

    We invited passersby to watch a Cantastoria. We told racism DESTORYS (play on words intended) using murals depicting how racism seeps into the structures of our society manifesting as police brutality, the poisoning of communities of people of color, and the school to prison pipeline. 

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    Living Room Conversations

    Then, the public was invited to continue conversations on white privilege, racism and allyship in the living room we set up in the park. The comments made by people of color who stopped by affirmed and validated the need for this type of work and their appreciation that camp participants were organizing it. They hoped that other communities would do the same.


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    Commitments to Racial Justice

    Before the public left we encouraged them to get their picture taken holding an oversize speech bubble where they wrote one public commitment towards racial justice work they would make. Some of the commitments people made were:

    • "I commit to speak up, stand up, and show up."
    • "I commit to disrupting the status quo in order to share power and privilege to all"
    • "I commit to recognizing other peoples' emotions are valid"
    • "I commit to taking more personal risk in standing up and speaking up for racial justice."
    • "I commit to educating my family and community about racism"
    • "I commit to having the conversations with other white people when it would be easier to say nothing."
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    Public Engagement


    We distributed 500 copies of a flier detailing commitments people can make to work towards racial justice and ways they can identify their privilege not afforded to many people of color. In addition to two television stations showing up, the social media efforts garnered 271 tweets using #BeyondDenial and earned 476 retweets from the hashtag #ICommit2 reaching 566,758 people and has been seen 2,206,291 times (# of impressions) .

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    Memorial For Those Killed By Police

    The public who didn't engage with the installation walked a sidewalk lined on both sides with a memorial to the 1,200+ people who have been killed by police since the murder of Mike Brown. While we hope no more names will be added to that list, we hope that other communities will add to the memorial so it honestly reflects the staggering numbers who have fallen victim to police brutality. Each of the current ~200 placards have an black and white stenciled outline of a victim and heart in the middle with the persons name written on it.

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    The discomfort many of us felt in these conversations, and the stress of confronting racism as white activists, seems trivial in comparison to the hardship and systemic violence experienced first hand by so many people of color. White progressives have a responsibility to at least educate ourselves and learn how to ACT as better allies. Allyship is not a merit badge or a title, it's an ongoing struggle to act in solidarity with marginalized groups of people. Only together can we dismantle racism and oppression and strive for collective liberation.

    Make a meaningful contribution TODAY!
    Help us bring these conversations and commitments towards racial justice to communities beyond Seattle. DONATE HERE

    Donate online HERE or send checks to PO BOX 278, Vashon, WA 98070 

    Please share the following conversation starter with your friends and family:

    What the #BlackLivesMatter movement has accomplished in the year since Mike Brown's murder is nothing short of impressive. If you needed proof just look at the fact that in Ferguson, MO sweeping changes to the city's court systems were announced including the withdrawal of all arrest warrants before December 31st 2014, citing the epidemic of racism throughout the (in)justice system. 

    Many progressives are inspired by the work of people of color, but don't know how engage authentically as an ally. What is worse, many uncomfortable with the type of tone or tactics of some actions become defensive or distance themselves in a manner that inflames divisions and hurts the movements for collective liberation. Dismantling the deeply embedded systems of oppression is inherently agitational and necessitates the strategic escalation of conflict. The tone and tactics of people of color will likely look different than those employed by people who have been shielded from the violence of racism by their privilege. People of color deserve to be honored and respected to organize actions as they see fit that are authentic to and represent the shared lived experiences of their communities. Otherwise, progressives risk doing the work of the oppressors for them. Progressives risk reenacting the divide and conquer tactics that plague our movements for justice. Progressives should not police the organizing of people of color for what they perceive as respectability, especially when the war on their communities, fueled by racism, looks like 1,200+ people killed by police since Mike Brown's murder. The action at the conclusion of Localize This! Action Camp sought to highlight and model what active allyship could look like. We sought to both educate and drive people to commit to take action practicing true allyship. Will YOU do the same?

    A great article on the action by our friends at Polular Resistance: https://www.popularresistance.org/seattle-protest-stop-denying-white-privilege/

    Resources for Download from the Art Installation:

    Cantastoria Racism deSTORYSHERE
    Flier for Identifying White Privilege and Commitments Towards Racial Justice: Version 1 HERE
    Version 2 HERE

    Check out these 3 articles from Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment authors Leticia Nieto and Margot Boyer. BIBE part 1BIBE part 2BIBE part 3.

    http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/08/25/fresh-start-ferguson-withdraw-thousands-arrest-warrants
    http://www.killedbypolice.net/

  • SHellNo-KayaktivistVictoryLapFlier2-800.jpgJoin the others you trained and took action with to stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic. Celebrate our historic victory, build momentum for upcoming actions and the future of Kayaktivism.  

    We will paddle, raft up for a banner lift,  and share reflections on on the work we've done together.  We will discuss and prepare for some upcoming Kayaktivist opportunities including the Gates Foundation Divestment action on Oct. 24. We'll strategize ways to expand the use of Kayaktivism,  specifically through organizing community Kayaktivist squads via trainings for neighborhoods, workplace and campus groups. 

    Please bring your own watercraft if you can.

    IF you would like to reserve a spot in a kayak, PLEASE make a sliding scale pitch-in HERE.  

    The actual per person cost (with a discount) is approximately $25. If you can, please consider paying extra to anonymously contribute toward others getting on the water.  

    Please follow any payment with an email or phone call 206-356-9980 to confirm availability.

    We will do our very best to be sure everyone who comes has the opportunity to get on the water.

     

    Thank you to Alki Kayak Tours for their continued collaboration and flexibility to help us make this possible and accessible to all.  See you on the water.

    Paddles Ready?!  Hell Yes!

    Team Backbone

  • Kayak Divest! Flotilla at the Gates'

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    What: Kayaktivists say DIVEST! 
    Where: Lake Washington, Medina City Hall, City Hall Park to the Gates' Mansion Waterfront
    When: Saturday 24 October, 1030-1400

    If you do not have a kayak but would like to get in the water, please register for a rented kayak here: http://www.backbonecampaign.org/kayaktivism_pitch_in

    We are using a sliding scale pay format so that everyone can get involved; however, please note that it is costing us $25 to rent the kayaks for the day, so if you are able to cover your costs or pitch in toward others' that would be a great help!

    Also, there is somewhat limited parking available at our meeting point, so we are encouraging people to sign up for car pooling. Whether you are looking for a lift, or if you are driving and have spare seats Please sign up for a lift share here: http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/maspe5

    And just as a reminder:


    SEE YOU ON THE WATER!

    Alec
    www.gatesdivest.org
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  • (ESPN..Live)Chicago Bears vs San Diego Chargers Live NFL

    • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    • USA in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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  • Action Brigade Coordinating Committee Conference Call

    This is a call about energizing Backbone Action Brigades. The call 3PM PST/ 6PM EST, Sunday, March 6, will focus on surveying the network, initializing a coordinating committee and engaging this network in upcoming grassroots power building actions across the country. I hope you can make it! Fell free to invite others.

    Conference Line
    1-712-432-0460
    Passcode 1032279#

    Looking forward to a powerful spring and lots of supporting hands making light work of meaningful Backbone Actions in solidarity.
    Sincerely,
    Bruce Wilkinson

     

  • Join the Flotilla, come to Sunday's Kayaktivist Training to get ready for #BreakFreeGet ready for this May's global wave of action. #BreakFree from dirty energy and practice paddling with Sunday's Kayaktivism training!

    This training is open to all, no boat or prior experience needed. Learn how to paddle for the 1st time, get tips and tricks from fellow kayaktivists.

    This May, people from Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, and beyond are converging at Anacortes, WA to push for a pivot away from dirty fossil fuels and towards a renewable powered society that stabilizes our climate and protects the health and well-being of our communities. Whatever your interest are there are many ways to get involved from family-friendly participation to direct actions aimed at interrupting fossil fuel infrastructure.

    To join in on the water-based fun and protests, bring you and your friends to this Kayaktivism training!

    Build community and Learn:

    • Crucial paddle strokes
    • How to raft up and hoist banners
    • Communicate and paddle as a team and more

    While there isn't a kayaktivist certificate or merit badge, (in addition to kayaktivism visibility and protest tactics) these trainings now emphasize and highlight paddle skills you'd be hard press to find outside of official American Canoe Association instructor trainings and at a fraction of the costs.

    We work to make kayaktivism accessible to all. Please consider pitching-in after you RSVP on the following page. It costs about $400 to put this training together. If you are bringing your own boat text Eric at 805-776-3882 or email Eric@backbonecampaign.org

    Mosquito Fleet and Backbone Campaign are helping to host this training at the site of last year's infamous showdown with Shell's icebreaker the Fennica.

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  • For Climate Justice, Skill-up to #BreakFree

    Get ready for this May's global wave of action- #BreakFree from dirty energy and practice paddling on the puget sound with Kayaktivism!

    This training is open to all. Level 1 & 3 are offered concurrently. Learn how to paddle for the 1st time, get tips and tricks from fellow kayaktivists. If you already paddle come practice your safety and rescue skills and practice your kayaktivist leadership skills.

    This May, people from Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, and beyond are converging at Anacortes, WA to push for a pivot away from dirty fossil fuels and towards a renewable energy powered society. Train up now to join this beautiful and bold direct action demanding stabilization of our climate and protection for the health and well-being of our communities. Whatever your interest are there are many ways to get involved from family-friendly participation to direct actions aimed at interrupting fossil fuel infrastructure.

    To join in on the water-based fun and protests, bring you and your friends to this Kayaktivism training!

    Build community and Learn:

    • Crucial paddle strokes
    • How to raft up and hoist banners
    • Communicate and paddle as a team and more
    • or how to do rescues and be part of the safety team
    • and welcome new paddlers and kayaktivists.

    While there isn't a kayaktivist certificate or merit badge, (in addition to kayaktivism visibility and protest tactics) these trainings now emphasize and highlight paddle skills you'd be hard press to find outside of official American Canoe Association instructor trainings and at a fraction of the costs.

    Reserve your spot in a boat by selecting one of the "ticket" levels below. We work to make kayaktivism accessible to all, select a level that matches your means (If you are RSVPing for more than yourself then just increase the quantity).

  • Love Wins Luminary Flotilla

    Get ready for this May's global wave of action- #BreakFree from dirty energy and practice paddling on the puget sound with Kayaktivism!

    This training is open to all. Level 1 & 3 are offered concurrently. Learn how to paddle for the 1st time, get tips and tricks from fellow kayaktivists. If you already paddle come practice your safety and rescue skills.

    This May, people from Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, and beyond are converging at Anacortes, WA to push for a pivot away from dirty fossil fuels and towards a renewable energy powered society. Train up now to join this beautiful and bold direct action demanding stabilization of our climate and protection for the health and well-being of our communities. Whatever your interest are there are many ways to get involved from family-friendly participation to direct actions aimed at interrupting fossil fuel infrastructure.

    To join in on the water-based fun and protests, bring you and your friends to this Kayaktivism training!

    Build community and Learn:

    • Crucial paddle strokes
    • How to raft up and hoist banners
    • Communicate and paddle as a team and more
    • or how to do rescues and be part of the safety team
    • and welcome new paddlers and kayaktivists.

    While there isn't a kayaktivist certificate or merit badge, (in addition to kayaktivism visibility and protest tactics) these trainings now emphasize and highlight paddle skills you'd be hard press to find outside of official American Canoe Association instructor trainings and at a fraction of the costs.

    Reserve your spot in a boat by selecting one of the "ticket" levels below. We work to make kayaktivism accessible to all, select a level that matches your means (If you are RSVPing for more than yourself then just increase the quantity).

    FYI this also reserves you a boat for the Luminary Flotilla at sunset. Bring your lantern!

  • Seattle Friday April 22nd Earth Day Luminary Flotilla @ 8pm

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    Join us to make an iconic image and clarion call for others to join the #BreakFree mobilization. Together we'll reflect on our aspirations for the world we yearn to see, and celebrate those who have helped create the path we walk today. If you can, RSVP for the training beforehand beginning at 6pm. Our flotilla will depart at 8:30pm.

    By RSVPing you reserve a boat for the Luminary Flotilla at sunset. Bring your lantern, headlamp, raincoat and warm jacket just in case. Numerous Earth Globe Lanterns have also been created. This is great practice for nighttime paddling during #BreakFree.

  • Anacortes - Saturday April 23rd Kayaktivism Training Noon - 3:30pm

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    Get ready for this May's global wave of action- #BreakFree from dirty energy and practice paddling with fellow Kayaktivists!

    This training is open to all. Learn how to paddle for the 1st time, get tips and tricks from fellow kayaktivists.

    This May, people from Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, and beyond are converging at Anacortes, WA to push for a pivot away from dirty fossil fuels and towards a renewable energy powered society. Train up now to join this beautiful and bold direct action demanding stabilization of our climate and protection for the health and well-being of our communities. 

    Whatever your interest are there are many ways to get involved from family-friendly participation to direct actions aimed at interrupting fossil fuel infrastructure.

    To join in on the water-based fun and protests, bring you and your friends to this Kayaktivism training!

    Build community and Learn:

    • Crucial paddle strokes
    • How to raft up and hoist banners
    • Communicate and paddle as a team and more

    While there isn't a kayaktivist certificate or merit badge, (in addition to kayaktivism visibility and protest tactics) these trainings now emphasize and highlight paddle skills you'd be hard press to find outside of official American Canoe Association instructor trainings and at a fraction of the costs.

    Reserve your spot in a boat by selecting one of the "ticket" levels below. We work to make kayaktivism accessible to all, select a level that matches your means (If you are RSVPing for more than yourself then just increase the quantity).