We are proud to present our 2019 Backbone Award: "Free Speech Champion" to Phil Ateto for his courage, generosity and solidarity. His calm clear resolve in the face of adversity and enthusiastic encouragement inspires us all.
Phil is very active in the DC area, exercising his rights to free speech and demonstration, calling out injustice and bringing it to the forefront of social consciousness. He enrolls inspired people into cause,s hosting trainings in effective, high-vis demonstration tactics.
Ever inviting and inclusive, Phil is a mentor and friend dedicated to preserving human rights and fighting injustice.
Phil leads the Backbone Solidarity Brigades, squads of activists tooled up in lights, banners, props and gear, so that communities can take action to protect what they love.