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.   

SUBMIT 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).

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  • Backbone Prop Training

    Wondering how you can get involved with Backbone Campaign tools? Not sure what tools we have to offer to amplify your voice?

    We are excited to announce a Backbone prop training session. Come and join us to learn how to deploy props and mobilize our creative action tools for the causes we care about. 

    Come practice setting up and organizing the Human Orca Mural and get experience for deploying the inflatables. The goal is to have teams that will be able to deploy the inflatables (orca, salmon, globe, etc) as well as a Human Orca Mural Team. 

    We will also have a demo light projection, LED banners, and any other tools anyone is interested to learn. The goal is to have 3 Human Orca Mural events in the region this upcoming spring.

    A lunch of pizza and vegan soup will be provided for those that attend.

    Will you join us?

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  • Healing Heart of Lushootseed

    • Tuesday, March 05, 2024 at 06:00 PM
    • Vashon Theatre

    Tuesday, March 5

    6pm

    Vashon Theatre

    Free, donations to Lushootseed Research accepted at the door.

     

    “The Healing Heart of Lushootseed” is a short documentary that tells the extraordinary story of how a diminutive great-grandmother tenaciously gathered support from unlikely corners for her most ambitious project: to heal the heart of the world. Her mission, 1. Commission an original symphony that embodied the compassion and healing power of her ancestral culture, 2. Convince the Seattle Symphony to perform it, 3. Have the symphony performed around the world. “It’s a spiritual gift from my people, it comes in the form of symphony” - Vi “taqʷšəblu” Hilbert, Upper Skagit Tribal elder.

     

    The Vashon screening of the film will happen Tuesday, March 5th at 6pm at Vashon Theatre, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Jill La Pointe - granddaughter of the late Vi Hilbert. Ms. La Pointe is the Director of Lushootseed Research (LR), a nonprofit founded by her grandmother in 1983, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Lushootseed language and culture. 

     

    She says, “Making this film was truly a labor of love to honor our beloved late grandmother. There is still so much pain and suffering in our world that could benefit from the gift of healing. My grandmother's vision and her tenacity serve as an inspiring example, to never give up on your dreams and desires to help make the world a better place.”

     

    Co-sponsors of the event include Backbone Campaign, Vashon Island School District, the Land Trust, the Heritage Museum, Vashon Island Unitarians, Vashon Nature Center, Vashon Wilderness Program, Vashon Climate Action Group, and Vashon Indivisible, as well as Meaningful Movies on Vashon. Organizers are grateful to Island GreenTech and the Vashon Theatre for allowing the use of the Theater to show this film. 

     

    Admission to the screening and discussion is free, with donations accepted at the door.  All donations received at the door will be donated to Lushootseed Research, an organization that produced the film and is working on another documentary.