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Activists crash gala for the "Other NRA"

Activists showed up at the National Restaurant Association's gala to highlight their efforts to suppress worker wages at the Grand Hyatt in D.C. Continue reading

Baltimore City Hall Projections Highlight City's issues

The D.C./Baltimore area solidarity brigade projected messages that highlight the city's current foremost issues amidst the many problems faced. Continue reading

Pro-Palestinian projections at annual AIPAC convention in D.C.

D.C. solidarity brigade projected pro-Palestinian messages and images onto AIPAC headquarters and the D.C. convention center where AIPAC annual convention was being held. Continue reading

Green New Deal Action in Seattle

Folks in Seattle display support for the Green New Deal to Seattle commuters over I5 interstate. The Backbone Campaign is now able to create illuminated LED banners like this one, which can deliver electrifying messages!  Continue reading

Liberty is Muscle that Must Be Exercised

More than sixteen years of creative protest continually affirm that freedom has territorial boundaries. Those boundaries are human constructs, but they require proactive defense. Any retreat only emboldens tyrants and bullies who will never be satisfied. This lesson was embedded in me during the very first action with my artist friends from Vashon Island who later co-founded Backbone Campaign.  Like projectionist Robin Bell, people in Backbone's Solidarity Brigade network have recently experienced intimidation during both overpass bannering actions and light projections. Normal people cannot compete for space in the social dialogue if the ticket is at a price point affordable only to those who already have way too much power.    Money is not speech. Speech is speech. Backbone Campaign's work is about teaching people ways to harness their speech. We will fight to defend the territory of free speech, and we will win. Continue reading

Backbone Builders Guild - The people behind the magic

Backbone couldn't show up for the Solidarity Brigades and many allies across the country without people like these the other dedicated members of Backbone's Builders Guild.  These folks are the behind the scenes inspiration and perspiration of our Artful Activism. They are an essential part of every action. We are all deeply grateful for their generous contributions that make the magic in the streets possible.    

Seattleites Reminded, Democracy is for the People

Seattle based projectionist sent messages of democracy on to the side of the Museum of Pop Culture in March.  Under the iconic Seattle Space Needle tourist and locals alike saw their calls to end sanctions in Venezuela and hold Amazon accountable for paying their fair share.   After the police showed up they moved their set up to projecting on to a local Chase branch.  Continue reading

Artful activism at New Zealand shooting vigil in Annapolis

D.C./Baltimore solidarity brigades used light projections and sidewalk chalking as a backdrop and framing at vigil in Annapolis, MD for mosque shooting in New Zealand. Continue reading

Showing Up for Gun Safety and to Collaborate with Youth Activism on Climate Change in Florida

Our friends in Tallahassee along with Equality Florida gathered about 200 people from all over Florida to lobby against HB 3 which would allow state laws to supersede local ordinance, against SB 7030, allowing concealed carry on church school grounds. Later that month they joined in Tallahassee's Kids Climate Change March. For the future!  Continue reading

Real Emergency Failed Presidency

The real emergency is the failed presidency! Continue reading

End Sanctions Against Venezuela NOW!

The Seattle team is staying strong in their continued solidarity for the people of Venezuela! #HandsOffVenezuela Continue reading

Solidarity With Muslims Projections

Folks in Alameda, CA projected Muslim solidarity messaging on local theater. Continue reading

Hands Off Venezuela! Seattle Projection

The government of the US has NO right to interfere with Venezuela the way that it has. Say NO to imperialism! #HandsOffVenezuela. Continue reading

Chelsea Manning Is A Hero!

The Seattle team projected messaging in support of Chelsea Manning. Manning has been jailed again following her refusal to testify before a Grand Jury about Wikileaks. Continue reading

Seattle Projections: #WaterIsLife

Folks in Seattle projected messages downtown. Continue reading

Hands Off Venezuela projection at U.S. State Dept

D.C projectionists illuminated messages on the U.S Diplomacy Center at U.S. State Dept headquarters. Their messages warn about the true cost of sanctions on the people of Venezuela and the imperialist implications of U.S intervention. U.S Hands Off Venezuela NOW!  Continue reading

Banner Building At Local Youth Climate Strike

The D.C Solidarity Brigade connected with a local youth ambassador and climate striker who were organizing a local action for international day of action to help with visuals. Backbone brought banner making supplies to the art build and crafted message with organizers, then used banner as backdrop to the rally and it went perfectly!  The students walked out of school to fight for the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which would require utilities to get more of their electricity from in-state wind and solar sources.   https://www.chesapeakebaymagazine.com/baybulletin/2019/3/18/video-md-teens-rally-for-clean-energy-at-state-house https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/ac-cn-climate-strike-0315-story.html Continue reading

Climate Action in Seattle

Folks in Seattle held our LED banner reading Green New Deal over an interstate during commuting hours.  They then went to a local park for the Youth Climate Strike, where they hung the banner on the fence to display among the other signs. The LED Banner was a popular spot for groups of youth to take pictures!  Continue reading

Seattle projects messages against Venezuela intervention and #45

Seattle projectionistas found a clever spot to put messages to use. Continue reading

Human Orca Mural in Astoria

Team Backbone headed down to Astoria, Oregon, the mouth of the Columbia - one of the greatest salmon bearing rivers in the world -  to create a Human Orca Mural during the FisherPoet gathering. We joined with people who love salmon and orca to show solidarity for breaching the dams on the Lower Snake River. Pitch in to support our Save the Orca campaign at BackboneCampaign.org/orca_pitchin Continue reading