Shining Lights in Solidarity, for Change that Makes a Difference

Thank you for locking arms with Backbone as we rise up to help communities navigate this difficult year. We hope you will RSVP for this Saturday's 17th Birthday Celebration with awesome special guests, including YOU! Backbone HQ has been especially busy this last month, juggling action design, training, and getting visibility tools to progressive struggles across the US.  Here are some of the creative actions we've been part of in just the last 3 weeks: Continue reading

Bon Courage!

The trials of this extraordinary time have been many, yet this moment of anticipation and preparation feels more challenging than any before it. To me, the battle is not about candidates or an election - but the limits of hate and power of love. It is up to us to make sure that there actually is an arch in the American story that truly bends toward love and that is inseparable from justice.  Continue reading

October Spinal Column: Beauty and Boldness in the Streets

Backbone is fortunate that the creative tools we provide to organizations and individuals fighting for a better future can be utilized safely and effectively, even during this time of pandemic.  We are even more committed to getting communities tooled up with CoViD-safe gear and supporting campaigns for essential workers, providing training to frontline works in using gear, scouting, and action planning.  Continue reading

July Spinal Column: People Power plus Art - we are unstoppable

We are at a critical moment in our history, with so many activists - young and old - flooding the streets. Because of the collective actions in towns and cities large and small around the country, we seem to be on the precipice of real, meaningful changes. It is important that we keep up the pressure! Thanks to your support, we are mobilizing our high visibility tools to be in solidarity with the calls to move away from a police, carceral state and toward a country where everyone in our communities is supported and respected.  And we are prioritizing training new people to utilize these different tactics in the streets and on the canvas of buildings and freeway overpasses. Continue reading

June Spinal Column: Shining lights, raising banners to dismantle white supremacy

Backbone Campaign is bringing out our tools to support the Movement for Black Lives' call for systemic overhaul of our justice systems, as well as the call for Trump to resign.  Several of our teams across the US are heading out tonight for light projection and bannering.  Our fearless Solidarity Brigade leader and friend Phil Ateto rocked his light in unprecedented ways last night in DC, near the White House.  The video of him mixing projection with shining a light on snipers and cops on rooftops has gone viral. His projection onto the military truck in Lafayette Square and other projections - capturing the message of the protests - were lauded in the Washington Post.  Continue reading

Spinal Column for May 1st - How we're making the "New Normal" more just and sustainable

Today, May Day, launches the beginning of an ongoing nationwide General Strike. Backbone projectionists went out this week to shine lights in solidarity with #GeneralStrike2020.  Our volunteer video editor with Maya Media is creating a video of the 8-city projection, and we'll be sending that out this weekend. Stay tuned! Strike organizers have identified 3 prongs: resistance through noncompliance (ie Don't Buy Anything; Refuse Rent to giant corporate landlords; Cancel Debt), mutual aid support networks, and building alternative systems in our communities rooted in cooperation, solidarity and participatory democracy. From growing food resilience to making masks for frontline workers to buying food from locally owned grocers, we have power when we work together.  Continue reading

Spinal Column: December 27, 2019

Things have been hopping at Backbone this month, from a creative tactics training for community based organizations in Southern California to supporting multi-city actions on Impeachment and climate, to Solutionary Rail momentum. Here are some highlights: Training in Creative Tactics for EJ Activists in the Inland Empire Continue reading

Spinal Column: November 8, 2019

New Props to Make Your Action POP!  Thanks to the dedicated work of our volunteer Backbone Builder's Guild, we have a number of new beautiful images to share.  What can you use for your actions and campaigns? Continue reading

Spinal Column: October 3, 2019

"Our Future Depends on our Actions Today" Backbone has had a busy 2 weeks - light projections in 14 cities around the Climate Strike, imagery in multiple cities, a beautiful and successful gala fundraiser, Awards Presentations to some of the best Change Agents in the country, and work on Solutionary Rail, Backbone's project to decarbonize energy and transportation. Check out this fun video highlighting Backbone's coast to coast actions the week of the Climate Strike!   Continue reading