Skill-up at the 2017 Localize This! Action Camp July 25th - August 1st

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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!

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



  • July 25, 2017 at 7am – August 01, 2017
  • AYH Youth Hostel
    12119 SW Cove Rd
    Vashon, WA 98070
    United States
    Google map and directions
  • Eric Ross


Will you come?