Solidarity Brigades

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Lift up your local community’s work

Connect with a network of fellow Action-Oriented Organizers

Join the Backbone Solidarity Brigade network of autonomous multi-affiliated affinity groups deploying artful activist tactics in solidarity with local and national causes.   

SUMBIT an ACTION REPORT HERE

The tools and capacity we share with communities include: 

Artful Activism props like Trump Bobble Heads; a 16’ Racism-is-the-Elephant-in-the-Room inflatable elephant; a 28’ 28th Amendment & 210’ Constitution Preamble celebrating “We the People” (juxtaposed to “We the Corporations”) to end Corporate Personhood; fleet of inflatables, including globes, salmon, orca, pipeline. Sign up to borrow imagery here.

Banner kits with changeable messages and lettering, so groups can get their message out during day time traffic commutes, at marches, and other spots - loudly, in a highly visible way. Order yours by clicking here.

Night time visibility tools - light projections on buildings using GOBOs and LED light panels to spell out a message on a freeway overpass, the side of a building, or other visible location.

Engage with Backbone Campaign in the praxis of artful activism and reflection of collective purpose, goals, strategy and vision.

Join a Solidarity Brigade near you or start your own by visiting their calendar page and fill out the contact form for Seattle  •  Spokane  •  Bellingham  •  Olympia  •  Bay Area  •  Los Angeles  •  San Diego  •  Las Vegas  •  Denver/Boulder  •  Dallas  •  Milwaukee/Madison, WI  •  Chicago  •  Michigan  •  New York City  •  DC/Baltimore  •  Portland  •  Atlanta, Minneapolis, Wenatchee, LA - Long Beach, Houston, San Antonio, Brownsville, San Francisco, Eugene, Miami, Tallahassee, Boston, Charleston, Nashville, Newark.

Learn how to get started here.

Access resources by signing the MOU and joining our next monthly call (third Thursday of the month, 5pm (Pacific)/8pm (Eastern).

Tell us how YOU want to  ENGAGE  with Backbone:

 

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

 

  • Zoom for Beginners - free tutorial

    • Wednesday, April 08, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    • Zoom Video Conferencing
    Backbone is offering tutorials on using the Zoom tool. We want to help you avoid isolation and stay connected with family, friends, and groups - while physically distancing.
    Time of Training: 10am Pacific | 1pm Eastern

    Please RSVP BELOW to receive the Zoom link you'll need to participate.
     
    NOTE:
    We understand there may be security issues with using Zoom. 
    At Backbone, we weigh those concerns with the urgent need to use an easy platform for connecting. 
    Folks are encouraged to investigate this if you're concerned, but at this point we are continuing to use the Zoom tool for our own organizing - and yes, we realize open source options are developing and we look forward to learning more about those. Like so many aspects of our lives in this pandemic, things are changing rapidly as new opportunities and threats emerge.
    (Obviously, if your concern is such that you don't want to use the Zoom tool, please do not sign up for this tutorial. )
    We're all in this together! 
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  • Local Living Economies for Community Resilience - a Conversation with Judy Wicks.

    • Thursday, April 09, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    • Zoom Video Conferencing

    Join the Backbone Campaign and Solutionary Rail Team for an indepth interview with Judy Wicks.

    DATE: Thursday April 9th

    TIME: 10am Pacific Daylight Time | 1pm Eastern Daylight Time.

    Judy Wicks is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable, and locally-based economy.

    Founder of Philadelphia’s landmark White Dog Cafe, Ms. Wicks is author of Good Morning Beautiful Business and her current projects include: All Together Now PA  Circle of Aunts and Uncles and Proud Pennsylvania.

    RSVP below - space is limited; this event will also be livestreamed on the Backbone Campaign facebook page.

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  • Zoom for Beginners - Thurs 1pm PACIFIC | 4pm EASTERN

    • Thursday, April 09, 2020 at 01:00 PM
    • Zoom Video Conferencing
    Backbone is offering tutorials on using the Zoom tool. We want to help you avoid isolation and stay connected with family, friends, and groups - while physically distancing.
    Time of Training: 10am Pacific | 1pm Eastern

    Please RSVP BELOW to receive the Zoom link you'll need to participate.
     
    NOTE:
    We understand there may be security issues with using Zoom. 
    At Backbone, we weigh those concerns with the urgent need to use an easy platform for connecting. 
    Folks are encouraged to investigate this if you're concerned, but at this point we are continuing to use the Zoom tool for our own organizing - and yes, we realize open source options are developing and we look forward to learning more about those. Like so many aspects of our lives in this pandemic, things are changing rapidly as new opportunities and threats emerge.
    (Obviously, if your concern is such that you don't want to use the Zoom tool, please do not sign up for this tutorial. )
    We're all in this together! 
    rsvp
  • Time Bank Conversation

    • Friday, April 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM
    • Zoom Video Conferencing

    Backbone Campaign is looking into starting a time bank for our local Vashon Island community, and we want to share our process with communities all over. Time Banking is a useful tool in this time of CoVid19 pandemic, as the value of money diminishes and community connections are what will get us through this crisis.

    Edgar Cahn is the Father of Time Banking. He and his wife, Christine Gray, former Executive Director of TimeBanks USA, will be our guests for a 1 hour conversation on time banking as a tool for local resilience and connection.

    They are the co-authors of this article on Time Banking that was published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.  Their website is TimeBanks.org. 

    RSVP below for an inspired and timely conversation, Friday at 11am Pacific | 2pm Eastern. 

    A link to the Zoom meeting room will be sent to you after registering.

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  • Intermediate Zoom Saturday

    • Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    • Zoom Video Conferencing

    If you have had a chance to explore and use Zoom, and have signed up for your own Zoom account (free at zoom.us), you're welcome to take your knowledge to the next level by joining us for a free tutorial on Saturday.

    Topics we'll cover include sharing your screen and breakout rooms.

    RSVP below. Instructions for accessing the tutorial will be emailed to you an hour before the training starts.

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  • COVID-19, Climate Justice, Colonization: An Interview w/ Jane Trowell

    • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    • Zoom Video Conferencing

    Join the Solutionary Rail Team in an interview with Jane Trowell, Wednesday, April 15th at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern.

    A cross-disciplinary arts educator, Jane Trowell has been a guiding member of Platform since 1991, a London-based, award-winning collective that brings together artists, activists, researchers and campaigners. Platform’s current campaigns focus on the social, economic and environmental impacts of the global oil industry. Their pioneering education courses, exhibitions, art events and book projects promote radical new ideas that inspire change.

    When you RSVP, a link to connect to the Zoom call will be sent approximately 1 hour before the call begins.

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  • Wednesday Art Build

    Join us Wednesday in the Sheffield Warehouse for our weekly art build! We would love your help whether you have time for an hour or can come by for the whole afternoon.

    We hope to see you soon!

     

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  • Wednesday Art Build

    Join us Wednesday in the Sheffield Warehouse for our weekly art build! We would love your help whether you have time for an hour or can come by for the whole afternoon.

    We hope to see you soon!

     

    rsvp
  • Wednesday Art Build

    Join us Wednesday in the Sheffield Warehouse for our weekly art build! We would love your help whether you have time for an hour or can come by for the whole afternoon.

    We hope to see you soon!

     

    rsvp
  • Wednesday Art Build

    Join us Wednesday in the Sheffield Warehouse for our weekly art build! We would love your help whether you have time for an hour or can come by for the whole afternoon.

    We hope to see you soon!

     

    rsvp