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.   


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 or...

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!


  • Vashon Human Orca Mural

    ALERT: Please notice and spread the word about the location change to Lisabeula Park/Beach.

    In August 2009 Islanders created the first human orca mural on the shores of Maury Island, celebrating our win of stopping an industrial gravel mine from overtaking our Island.

    When We Fight We Win

    Now, nine years later we are being called again to step up our creative activism for the orca, to honor Tahlequah's message to urgently restore habitat in the Puget Sound for the Southern Resident orcas.  

    Tahlequah, Vashon Island hears your call.

    The tide on August 25th at 11:00 am is perfect to create a human orca mural on the beach of Pt Robinson.  In partnership with the Vashon Park District, we'll meet at the beach at Lisabeula and form ourselves into the shape of an orca. 

    Will you sign up to be part of this creative action?  You will need to:

    • wear black clothing
    • if you have one, please bring a black umbrella to help fill out the space
    • plan to arrive ON THE BEACH no later than 10:30am 
    • carpool if you can; parking is extremely limited

    We expect the photo to happen at 11:00am.

    If you're able to help organize this event, contact  We need assistance with media outreach, carpools, logistics. We need YOU!

  • Free The Snake - Backbone Contingent

    • Friday, September 07, 2018 at 04:00 PM – September 08, 2018
    • Chief Timothy Park on Snake River, Clarkston WA

    Backbone Campaign is joining our friends Save Our Wild Salmon at this year's Free the Snake Rally on the Snake River. This is the 4th year of the annual Rally on the River.

    We're looking for kayaktivists, boat friends and landlubbers to be part of the creative tactics. In addition to on-water banner raises, there will be a giant Human Orca Mural on the beach and other imagery deployment. Will you be part of the Backbone Team?

    Enjoy camping on the water, hear Winona LaDuke speak, and show up to support removing the deadbeat dams of the Lower Snake. 

    RSVP below and we'll be in touch with logistics for the weekend.

    For more information about the event, visit the Free the Snake website.

    For information about dam removal, visit Save Our Wild Salmon's action alert page.







  • Food Coop

    • Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 06:00 PM
    • Vashon Theatre

    Backbone Meaningful Movies: Food Coop

    The Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn, founded in 1973, is probably the best implemented socialist experience in the United States.

    Come get inspired at the screening of the documentary “FOOD COOP” - which takes us deep into the belly of the Park Slope Food Coop, one of America's oldest cooperative food supermarkets, with a healthy dose of insight and wit. The screening is Tuesday, September 11, 6 pm at Vashon Theatre.  FOCODVjacketF.jpg

    Nestled deep in New York City, you can find this highly prosperous institution, just as American and certainly more efficient than Wall Street, but whose objective is entirely non-profit. Working against everything that defines "The American Way of Life," the basic principles of the Park Slope Food Coop are simple: each of its 16,000 members work 2.75 hours per month to earn the right to buy the best food in New York at incredibly low prices.

    Through FOOD COOP, you will see this institution come to life and witness how the enthusiasm that animates the Park Slope Food Coop demonstrates a potential for change; how the coop's mode of participation viscerally teaches democracy to those who take part in its activities.

    Admission is by donation and the event is made possible thanks to generous support from Vashon Theatre and Island Green Tech. The event is part of the Backbone Meaningful Movies series, a project of the Meaningful Movies Project.