We offer this combination of tools to respectfully create a dynamic relationship between representative and constituent. Download these FREE tools to add creativity to your citizen lobbying efforts.
We have a new forum page for you to share your Thank-N-Spank story and photos.
For EXTRA fun and effect, consider staging a Backbone Patrol visit to the office or event of your elected official. Our Backbone Patrol Action on January 29, 2007 was featured in the March 2007 episode of LibertyNewsTV (minute 9:28). Don't miss the especially entertaining song and dance routine dedicated to Senator Joseph Lieberman found below.
|"Thank" = Spine "Thank You" Cards
One page Faxable form
Spine Postcards (2-per page) mail or hand deliver.
Large Format Spine Cards for office visits and special occasions.
Use Spine Cards to encourage and thank your representatives. It is often most effective to thank them for one action/vote, and follow that with a request. Print Spine Cards on cardstock or normal paper then mail, fax, email or hand deliver them to your elected representatives. Urge them to demonstrate the strength of their backbone and their commitment to progressive values. Remember these are the "Carrot," and the Spineless Citations the "Stick," so please keep these positive.
You can look up the address for your current member of Congress at Project Vote Smart: http://www.vote-smart.org/.
We recommend sending all "snail mail" to their LOCAL OFFICES.
This Backbone Campaign "Spine" cards are a reproduction of a linoleum print by Vashon Island, WA artist Kim Newall. Thank you, Kim!
"Spank" = Spineless Citations
Special note to honor those appearing in this video are the late Rep. Lynn Woolsey, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, and the legendary Rep. John Lewis. Also appearring in this video is a dear friend to Backbone Campaign, the late and great Jay Marx. "Presente!"
Thank you to LibertyNewsTV team and all our Backbone Campaign supporters and collaborators with whom we've had the honor to work with over these many years.The video begins with a peek into some US anti-war movement history, and then at 09:00 it transitions into the segment on our Backbone Patrol.
Special note: We honor those appearing in this video are the late Rep. Lynn Woolsey, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, and the legendary Rep. John Lewis. Also appearing in this video is a dear friend to Backbone Campaign, the late and great Jay Marx. "Presente!"
This archival footage of Backbone Campaign's early "Thank-N-Spank" tactics of delivering Spine thank you cards and Spineless Citations. This video captures an important phase of our early work showing the combination of pathos and humor to hold elected officials accountable to progressive values, policy platforms and campaign promises. The video begins with a peek into some US anti-war movement history, and then at 09:00 it transitions into the segment on our Backbone Patrol.
The Backbone Patrol "Thank-N-Spank" walk through halls of Congress delivered Spine Thank You Cards to reward allies taking actions to end the occupation of Iraq, and Spineless Citations to the Democrats who were dragging their feet, or blatantly supporting the dangerously counter-productive Bush administration policy. A humorous piece of choreography was also captured and provides a bit of comic relief.
Thank you to LibertyNewsTV team and all our Backbone Campaign supporters and collaborators with whom we've had the honor to work with over these many years.