Backbone raised funds for Jacob and his creative team to travel to the front lines of the Line 3 Resistance to participate in the week of action and deliver supplies to the camps in northern Minnesota. With the funds raised, Jacob was able to purchase supplies for the Red Lake Camp and deploy Backbone’s LED banner "Honor Treaties" outside of Enbridge HQ and the State Capitol. Enbridge's Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline threatens indigenous sovereignty, water, and sacred wild rice. This tar sands pipeline equates to starting 50 new coal plants. Now, as the planet is on the verge of a climate collapse, we must stand together and say NO MORE!
Images of our LED banners made it into a music video! No More Pipeline Blues (On this Land Where We Belong) featuring the Indigo Girls, Winona LaDuke, Joy Harjo, and other musicians, poets, and activists. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjoRB7ETaGk
Backbone Campaign's Community Supported Organizer (CSO) pilot program is a nascent but promising innovation in funding social change work. Backbone designed this model to work similarly to Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs). CSAs create a stable funding source for local farmers through a synergistic relationship with community members who pledge support. In return, the CSA member receives a share of the harvest and a deeper connection to the farm and the food they eat. We believe that the CSO model presents a new way to support our most talented change agents, establish meaningful connections to the work being done, and deep pride in the harvest.