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11 cities lit up in solidarity with Gulf Coast Folx and #PowerShift2021

  In solidarity with Gulf Coast Folx and those on the frontlines of climate change and economic vulnerabilities, Backbone Campaign Solidarity Brigade projectionists shone "Climate Justice is Economic Justice" and "Climate Justice is Racial Justice" in 11 cities across the US: Washington DC, Los Angeles, Seattle, Bellingham, Wenatchee, Bay Area, Kansas City, Houston, Madison, Portland Maine, Spokane. Continue reading

Waiting for the Jury's Verdict

On the culminating eve Derek Chauvin's trial for his murder of George Floyd, solidarity brigade members projected "Stop Killer Cops" on the store in front of which Floyd was murdered by Chauvin on May 25th, 2020.  Continue reading

Light Projections on the Wisconsin State Capitol

The Solidarity Brigade, in conjunction with 350Madison.org, projected onto the Wisconsin State Capitol building despite warnings from the police. Light projection is a great way to quickly have an impactful action in a safe way during the pandemic. The projections supported the Build Back Fossil Free campaign. The campaign urges President Biden that in order to fulfill his promise of "build back better" we need to build back fossil-free!   Continue reading

Commuters catch the Stop Line 3 Banner in Madison

Getting the message out to thousands of daily drivers, activists hung a banner across busy Campus Drive in Madison, Wisconsin. As the snows start to melt,  there is a continued pressure to get Biden to halt Line 3, a proposed tar sands pipeline that would run through Minnesota to Wisconsin. Continue reading

Pre Earth Day Actions take over Wenatchee

Backbone Solidarity Brigade member Kevin partnered up with 350 Wenatchee and Climate Conversations NCW to kick off the month of April. With April 20-22nd  gearing up to be national days of climate-related actions, the group wanted to start garnering support and excitement ahead of Earth Day.  Continue reading

April Fools Press Conference From the Enbridge’s Execs

Madison Solidarty Brigade member Russ and other community activists from 350 Madison, staged a fake press conference on the steps of the capitol building on April 1st.    Continue reading

Across the country actions support the #BreakFreeFromPlasticAct

On March 25th the Break Free From Plastic Act was reintroduced to Congress by Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA). The bill moves to reduce plastic production before it ever has a chance to pollute, increase recycling rates, and protect frontline and fenceline communities. Originally introduced in 2020, the bill has been reintroduced with a letter of support signed by 416 organizations in the United States. Grassroots groups from around the US took the week of the reintroduction to launch actions in support of the Act.  Continue reading

Fighting Line 3 in Madison, WI

In Madison, activists continue to take on the fight to stop Line 3. Line 3, is a proposed pipeline extension that would bring tar sands from Canada, through Minnesota to Wisconsin. Line 3 directly violates the protected lands of the Anishinaabe peoples and would contribute more to climate change than Minnesota’s entire economy.  Activists projected messages against Line 3 and reminding Biden that his promise to Build Back Better needs to include ending pipelines.    On March 21st these projections appeared on the Madison Gas and Electric building.  Continue reading

CSO Jacob Johns to head to the Line 3 Resistance

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! Continue reading

A Silent Demonstration and Candlelight Vigil Marks Lives Lost to COVID-19 in Maui

Since the start of the pandemic, Hale Hawai’i has held protests around Maui to send elected officials a forceful message that residents are done with inadequate leadership during this pandemic. Maui has faced an exponential growth of positive cases while seeing little to no effort to keep the residence of Maui safe.  Continue reading

Hazard Pay For Essential Workers

The Solidarity Brigade in Portland, Maine showed up at City Hall in support of hazard pay for Maine’s essential workers. Portland's residence voted in 2020 to increase hazard pay for frontline essential workers, however, big corporations are refusing to honor the people's decision.  Continue reading

Projections with #BuildBackFossilFree

In D.C the Solidarity Brigade projected in collaboration with the #BuildBackFossilFree campaign.  Continue reading

Mainer's pressure Senator Collins

People in Maine came together to demand justice and accountability by pressuring Senator Collins to do her duty and convict Trump of the heinous crime of inciting a deadly riot on our Capitol. They utilized Backbone's freeway banner technique, LED banners, and light projections to keep the pressure on while building solidarity and hope in the community.   Continue reading

Local activists in the Rio Grande Valley shine focus on the border wall.

On January 16th local activists and residents partnered with the Rio Grande Valley No Border Wall Coalition and the Texas Cilvil Rights Project. to project messages that targeted the then-president-elect Biden. During Joe Biden's campaign, he promised "not another foot of border wall would be built", his words inspiring activists to launch the Not Another Foot Campaign - to remind him of that promise.     Continue reading

Remove Trump Actions

Solidarity Brigade members projected and held banners on busy freeway overpasses for several days in multiple cities. Their message was to demand the VP and Cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment and for Congressional action to Impeach Trump.     Continue reading

Light projections urge lawmakers to take action against Trump

Following the insurrection on January 6th, folks in Portland, Maine felt called to action to send a clear message that the 45th President is a threat to our country and our democracy. Their light projections urged that every lawmaker must take immediate action to remove Trump from office following the insurrection he incited on our Capitol.   Continue reading

#Protectthesacred Projections in Solidarity with Frontline Indigenous Communities

On January 5th, Phil, with the DC Solidarity Brigade, projected images on to the Museum of the American Indian, and the Department of the Interior. A mix of digital and GOBO projections, the action was in solidarity with frontline indigenous communities who are working to protect arctic lands from drilling.         Continue reading

Backbone turns 17!

Backbone celebrated our 17th birthday over zoom, like many others this year. Enjoy an image-rich video tour of Backbone's work and celebratory testimonials from authors, veteran activists, and even a documentary filmmaker.

Standing with Essential Workers

The Solidarity Brigade in D.C brought LED light banners outside of the Kaiser offices. Kaiser healthcare workers were negotiating for better Personal Protective equipment and hazard pay, as they go to work on the frontlines of the pandemic every day.   Continue reading

#PlasticFreePresident

Backbone joined with the Center for Biological Diversity and other organizations on the #PlasticFreePresident campaign. A campaign centered around reducing plastic consumption to elevate plastic pollution. Their immediate campaign focuses on eight steps that President Biden can take without any action from Congress to pave the way for a plastic-free society.      Continue reading

'People Power' lights up Madison, Wisconsin

RB, our collaborator from Solidarity Brigade 4721, Northern Prairie Division, sub-unit for the Advancement of Revolutionary Love, took to the streets in December to project messages onto the dome of the Wisconson Capitol building, the seat of legislative power, and the side of the Madison Gas and Electric power plant.   Continue reading

A Guilty Verdict Projected on to the Supreme Court

This year the Supreme Court heard arguments against corporations Nestle and Cargill who have been sued for knowingly buying cacao beans from farms that used child slave labor. The DC solidarity brigade risked arrest to bring an LED light banner and a projection kit to the site of the Supreme court. With the combination of quick thinking and a helpful hand wagon to conceal the equipment, brigade members managed to project our guilty verdict directly on to the face of the Supreme Court: "Cargill is guilty".  Continue reading

#MakeAmazonPay

In collaboration with the Athena Collation and Progressive International, Backbone Solidarity Brigade members around the country organized anti-Amazon projections on Black Friday.  The crew with the DC Soldiarty Brigade projected their messages directly on to the front of Jeff Bezos's DC mansion! Bezos saw his wealth grow by over 90 billion dollars during the global pandemic.      Continue reading

Backbone brings attention to Green New Deal at the DNC

In November, after the election, Backbone supported actions around the Democratic National Committee HQ.  Activists mobilized to pressure President-elect Biden to support indigenous, black, and brown communities with his cabinet nominations, as well as, honoring his campaign promises to invest in a green economy.    Backbone deployed light projections on the face of the DNC building as well as banners that were seen throughout the crowd.      Continue reading

1 company. 5 failed agencies. 7 million pounds of poison (lead). 10,000 homes. 100,000+ residents.

Backbone friends in East LA used light projection and a banner - as well as other creative tactics - to protest Judge Sontchi's decision to let Corporate Polluter Exide walk away from financial responsibility and criminal accountability.    Continue reading

Tallahassee Women's March 2020

Tallahassee Active Resistance (formally Stone Soup Street Action Committee) hosted the Tallahassee Women's March 2020.    Continue reading

Prime Day Actions Across the Nation Expose Amazon: Pandemic Profiteer

Amazon's Prime Day has become ubiquitous with shopping deals and fast deliveries while hiding the hazardous conditions that workers are forced to endure to meet those demands. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Jeff Bezos's wealth has continued to expand, at the cost of the workers, working in hazardous conditions in his fulfillment centers.  Backbone collaborated with Athena, an anti-Amazon collation to take action in cities around the country, and expose the human cost of Prime Day      Continue reading

Seattle Banner Crew Greets Commuters every Tuesday

Backbone friends are bannering each Tuesday morning at the Yesler Way Overpass, greeting commuters on I5 with messages of VOTE VOTE VOTE, Medicare For All, Black Lives Matter, Trump Must Resign and more. In the space of an hour, a team of 2-6 folks can interact with many thousands of commuters who are mostly honking and giving a thumbs up of support.     Continue reading

Organizing for Eviction Free Zones: A Conversation with Steve Meacham

Backbone interviewed Community Organizer Steve Meacham, of City Life/ Vida Urbana in Boston, about housing as a human right and establishing Eviction Free Zones. Continue reading

Justice was not served for Breonna Taylor

Tina in Portland, Maine projected in solidarity with Black Lives Matter Maine, to protest that Justice was not served for Breonna Taylor. BLM Maine gathered outside the Portland Maine Police Department, standing in solidarity with people across the country. Continue reading

Solidarity with SEIU Janitors

In San Francisco, AE rocked his digital projector in support of SEIU 87 Janitors. Projected messages included, "My Work is Essential - My Vote is Essential," and "SF Janitors Fighting for PPP and HealthCare to Stay Alive".  Continue reading

Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Portland

The night of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing, Tina did some solo digital and GOBO projections in downtown Portland Maine. Recently, she had converted her spotlight to an LED and now has the capacity to project images brightly, in color.   A couple nights later she went out with other state and local groups and projected at the community vigil.   Continue reading

Dept of Justice projections for Julian Assange

Phil projected on the Dept of Justice building in the National Capitol, in solidarity with Julian Assange and 1st Amendment Protected Free Speech. Continue reading

Kevin Zeese ¡Presente!

Just a couple nights after his passing, Backbone activists projected images of Kevin Zeese onto the Venezuelan Embassy in DC. Continue reading

BLM projected onto NFL stadium in Baltimore

Phil lit up the M&T Bank stadium with Black Lives Matter messaging.  Stadium owners had already lit up the place with red, white and blue to celebrate 4th of July, and Phil brilliantly used their public display as a creative canvass for projection. Continue reading

Contact Senators And Demand They Pass The Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act!

Folks pulled off "Projection Strange Fruit" in Portland Maine in support of the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act. Continue reading

Black Lives Matter Projection On Colorado State Capitol For Juneteenth

The Denver team shined "Black Lives Matter on the Colorado State Capitol for Juneteenth. Continue reading

Juneteenth Action Took Over Highway!

A Juneteenth event at a park took over a major transport highway in Madison, Wisconsin! People walked on it for a mile to the County Jail. The Backbone team projected GOBOS on the Jail behind the speakers at the following rally. Continue reading

The Dept. Of Labor Needs To Pressure The Maryland Governor To Fix Unemployment System

The Maryland crew staged a protest in front of the Department of Labor to pressure the Governor to fix Maryland's unemployment system. Continue reading

Hold Police Accountable! Baltimore City Hall Projection

The Baltimore team projected messages about upcoming Juneteenth strike and police accountability onto Baltimore City Hall. What a bold, powerful projection spot! Continue reading

Portland BLM Projections Still Going Strong

Special shout out to the Portland Solidarity Brigade for the sheer number of nights they've been out amplifying the voices of the Black Lives Matter movement. Continue reading

Portland PEST Created Giant Rooftop " BLACK LIVES MATTER" Banner

The Portland Solidarity Brigade team, a.k.a. PEST, painted this building with Backbone GOBO messages as part of the Black Lives Matter, Defund the Police, Racial Justice campaign. Continue reading

Three nights of light projections on the Colorado State Capitol

In collaboration with the Suede Light Brigade, 20 people participated over three nights at the Colorado State Capitol to shine a light on the George Floyd murder, racism, white supremacy, and the structures that sustain these. These projections provided the backdrop for the rallies and marches that were happening on the capitol grounds and on the streets.     Continue reading

Banner Protest Outside Detention Center: Los Fresnos

Folks teamed up with the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network to protest outside the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos, TX in the Rio Grande Valley. Continue reading

Bellingham lights up in support of Black Lives Matter

Light Projections in support of Black Lives Matter, and protests around Police murdering of black people in the United States. These eye-catching projections lit of Bellingham, WA on June 6th.    Continue reading

"We Can't Breath'" lit up Portland City Hall and the end of a long march

Light projections create a powerful backdrop of "We Can't Breath"  to the end of an 8 hour Black Lives Matter march in Portland. The march and projection were covered by News Center Maine . Continue reading

Light projections change the Portland skyline

These light projections can be seen clearly in the Portland Maine city skyline while driving into the city. As activists work to keep the cities' energy and attention on Black Lives Matter actions One activist writes, "The cops have been busy so it is time for projectionists to strike everywhere they would normally be harassed by pesky security. Also, doing this in solidarity with all the BLM actions happening, keeping up the energy. People in apartments and on the street clap when they see it, lots of support from the community".  Continue reading

Black Lives Matter Projection: Los Angeles

Allies with the LA East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice projected  "BLM" and "Black Lives Matter" in downtown LA. Continue reading

Portland, OR brings light projections to the streets

Drivers across the Burnside Bridge in Portland Oregon were greeted by the messages "DEFUND the police, INVEST in Community" "Dismantle White Supremacy" and "#saytherenames".    Continue reading

A digital projection on the Portland, Maine Police Department

Portland Maine has been holding daily protests after George Floyd’s brutal death by a Minneapolis police officer. With a heavy police presence, Peaceful protests turned dangerous in a matter of minutes it seemed. All the usual tricks that were going on nationwide were happening right here in Portland Maine. Rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper balls, arrests...complete militarized law enforcement. However, it felt that the tide had changed overnight. Public sentiment around law enforcement behavior changed drastically. People were demanding answers from the Portland PD, they were under increased scrutiny. So the riot gear disappeared. Law enforcement presence declined drastically the following nights A light projectionist set up in front of the Portland PD station to shine these messages on to their building each night. See her work and that of other artists in Portland, ME featured here in the Press Herald . Continue reading

Portland ME, projections continue.

Projectionists out in downtown Portland Maine during the ongoing BLM protests following George Floyd's murder.   Continue reading

Bold Projection Outside ICE Office In Harlingen, TX

Another great team up with the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network! The team projected outside ICE/USCIS office in Harlingen, TX. Continue reading

Growing Food Resilience on Vashon Island

Since the end of March, Backbone Campaign has mobilized over 30 volunteers to safely plant, harvest, weed, construct, and organize at Matsuda Farm, Vashon Island's not for profit farm. They have given over 400 hours to grow de-commodified food! Continue reading

Solidarity Brigades Spotlight Calls for Strike

Inspired by and in solidarity with the workers, organizers and communities across the country, nine of Backbone's Solidarity Brigades deployed to support the #MayDay2020 #GeneralStrike. Projections took place in Atlanta, San Francisco, Bellingham, Spokane, Wenatchee, Portland, Seattle, San Diego, and DC. But don't take our word for it.  Watch this incredible video.  [Big thanks to editor Peter Menchini!]   Continue reading

Jane Trowell on the Intersecting issues of COVID-19, Climate Justice and Colonization

On April 15, 2020 we were honored to interview Jane Trowell on the intersecting issues of COVID-19, Climate Justice and Colonization in the UK. With Brexit and COVID-19 as the starting points, Jane seamlessly wove together topics such as a sense of place and rivers, international airplane travel, unintended consequences of privilege and our collective dependence on fossil fuels, immigration, xenophobia, the role of the media, the impact of austerity measures, inadequate education, flawed elections, and the National Health System. Continue reading

#Grounded: A Conversation with Winona LaDuke and Bill McKibben on Decarbonization, Localization & Just Transition

Localization of economies, democracy and resilience requires that we be/get "Grounded" -  reconnected to place, planet and each other. In the old "normal" it was difficult to imagine stopping air travel. Today, it is much easier to imagine. The climate, planet and creatures need the new normal to look dramatically different from the old normal. NOW is our moment of opportunity.   Continue reading

Tallahassee Volunteers Produce N-99 Masks: Part 2!

Tallahassee volunteers are still working hard to protect frontline workers with homemade, but medical grade, masks. They have now created over 3860 masks in 3 weeks. Continue reading

#MayDay2020 Projections: Spokane

The Spokane solidarity brigade went out to project ahead of May Day to support workers in the General Strike! Continue reading

Earth Day Art: Tallahassee

The Tallahassee solidarity brigade was part of an Earth Day effort to connect folks to art and to the world we live in. Continue reading

Nettles - Nature's Free Backyard Food, Medicine and Tea

On Vashon Island, nettles grow everywhere! March-April is a PERFECT time to harvest this nutrient-rich native food. As part of Backbone Campaign's Resilience work, we asked our friends Alix Clarke and Eunice Blundt (aka Martha Enson) to demonstrate how to use this plant, as a potential immune boosting food. With a touch of humor - they demonstrated the different stages of preparation from harvesting without getting stung, how to prepare in soup, make chips, and preserve the goodness in tea and tincture.   Continue reading

#ReMakeTheWorld Light Projections: Spokane

Spokane solidarity brigade projected COVID-19 messaging. Continue reading

Neighbor Power in a Time of Pandemic

Jim Diers, of Neighbor Power on community resilience, neighbor power and localization. Recorded Friday, March 13th, 2020 Jim spoke about social connection needed, especially during times of this public health crisis. (See his blog post on Community Resilience in light of the COVID-19 virus.)   Continue reading

Time Banks as a Tool to Remake our World - a Conversation with Time Bank Leaders across the US

At Backbone, we believe that Time Banking is a useful tool for lifting quality of life and building resilience local economies in this time pandemic and system failures. As access to the monetary system and traditional employment are threatened, community connections are a source of well being, health and political power.  Continue reading

#ReMakeTheWorld Light Projections: Seattle

The Seattle area Backbone "pod" (Bill and Aziza) hit the streets to exercise some First Amendment protected speech. Continue reading

Tallahassee Volunteers Produced N-99 Masks

About 40 volunteers in Tallahassee steeped forward to home-sew a medical grade mask designed by University Of Florida anesthesiologists. The masks are made of throw-away Halyard H600, rated at N-99, and re-sterilize-able and re-usable 5-10 times. Continue reading

#ReMakeTheWorld Light Projections: Bellingham

The Bellingham Solidarity Brigade projected messages of love, solidarity, and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

#ReMakeTheWorld Light Projections: Annapolis

The Annapolis Solidarity Brigade projected pandemic related images at iconic bank building in Annapolis. Continue reading

Witness at the Border: Brownsville, TX

The evening of witness and creative protest marked month number 3 of Witness at the Border. Continue reading

Brownsville Marched For Immigrant Rights And Low Income Vendors

Activists in Brownsville, TX marched with Las Imaginistas and Charo Days as part of a bi-national (between the United States and Mexico) parade. Continue reading

Activists in Portland, OR call on the city to declare a climate emergency

Activists with Extinction Rebellion borrowed Backbone's beautiful globe during their march on City Hall in February.   The Group, who briefly blocked the road and marched around city hall, was calling on the city to declare a climate emergency.   The action was covered here  by the local news channel.  Continue reading

Extinction Rebellion Baltimore March

Extinction Rebellion Baltimore marched at the Maryland State House to urge the General Assembly to pass legislation declaring a climate emergency. Continue reading

Students protest at Kennedy Catholic High School to show support for fired teachers.

Backbone helped student, parent and teacher protest against unjust firing of two gay teachers who were both engaged to marry their partners. Director Bill Moyer met with a teacher and reached out to organize banner build.  Follow this link to read more about the Seattle Times Coverage of this youth lead action!    Continue reading

Love Not Hate: Projections at the Matamoros-Brownsville Border Crossing

The light action was part of a four day event, "Love Not Hate" hosted by Witness at the Border. The light event consisted of three elements; projection on the Gateway International Bridge Border station, Light Banner “RESTORE ASYLUM”, projections  onto the border wall. Activists then took the LEDs to the Airport to protest against deportation flights; asylees were boarding and being deported via the Brownsville airport. Continue reading

Climate Message Illuminated in Wenatchee, WA

Wenatchee community members used the Backbone created LED message "ACT ON CLIMATE" on Wenatchee Ave. in front of the Convention Center. It was a busy Friday night with First Friday downtown promotion, Rails and Ales Snowboard competition and a play at the Performing Arts Center.Several people stopped and chatted with to them about their illuminated message as over one thousand cars drove by in the hour they spent bannering.  Continue reading

Complicit Collins

A projectionist in Portland, Maine created a light projection action outside of Senator Susan Collins office ahead of Senate trial of Donald Trump. The projections urged Collins to do the right thing and ask for more witnesses, and a few days later Collins became the first Republican to break with Donald Trump and vote to call more witnesses! Continue reading