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Eugene SB Promotes Climate Strike at University of Oregon Campus

Eugene Solidarity Brigade Projections at University of Oregon campus Continue reading

Light Projection Training with XR Philly

Backbone does a "quick and dirty" light projection training with Philadelphia XR Continue reading

North Texas Light Brigade Illuminates NRA Expo

The North Texas Light Brigade spotlights the NRA Personal Protection Expo at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Continue reading

Fort Worth Lights Up Awareness for Global Climate Strike

#GlobalClimateStrike Fort Worth and North Texas Light Brigade teamed together to promote the upcoming Global Climate Strike.  Continue reading

Berkeley Climate Strike Projections

Bay Area Solidarity Brigade took to UC Berkeley campus in a call to action for the upcoming Global Climate Strike. Continue reading

Backbone Sets Backdrop at Seattle Move to Amend Day of Action

Backbone set the backdrop in Seattle as part of Move to Amend's coordinated national day of action. Continue reading

Orca and Salmon Join With Environment WA

Backbone's inflatable orca and chinook salmon join with Environment Washington's efforts to protect the Southern Resident orcas. Continue reading

Backbone Marches in Vashon Island Strawberry Festival Grand Parade

Backbone brought our signature touch to the annual Vashon Island Strawberry Festival parade! Continue reading

L.A. Lights for Liberty Projections

The West L.A. solidarity brigade mobilized for their local Lights for Liberty event. Continue reading

Lights for Liberty on Tacoma Detention Center

Tacoma Detention Center lights up after the Lights for Liberty national action. Continue reading

SD Pride 2019

San Diego Solidarity brigade brought Baby Trump to Pride 2019! Continue reading

Baby Blimp mobilized in San Diego for VP visit

After learning where Vice President Pence would be staying in their city, the San Diego Solidarity Brigade quickly organized an action to inflate the Baby Trump blimp across from his hotel. Continue reading

Bay Area Projects for Lights for Liberty

Local solidarity brigade projected to engage those at 4th of July fireworks and raise the profile of Lights for Liberty actions against the concentration camps the following week. Continue reading

Projections at ICE HQ Against Concentration Camps

Projections at ICE HQ against the concentration camps on the border with Move to Amend. Continue reading

Trump Head mobilized at Bainbridge PRIDE

One of Backbone's paper mache Trump heads was brought out for the event. Continue reading

Single Payer Activists protest at annual AMA meeting

A coalition of groups carried out coordinated actions at the AMA's annual meeting to protest their historical opposition to single payer. Continue reading

Bainbridge Islanders Gather to Support Southern Resident Orcas

Bainbridge Islanders gathered for World Ocean day with art, action and ritual in support of wellness for the Southern Resident Orcas.  Continue reading

Human Orca Mural Joins Ocean Fest Beach Cleanup

Backbone brought our Human Orca Mural to be a part of a beach cleanup at the Purdue Sand Spit. The beach cleanup was in celebration of World Ocean Day on June 8th and was put on by Tacoma Ocean Fest partnered with South Sound Surfrider and Rainier Apparel. Check out the video to see how the orca was built!   Continue reading

Annapolis projects for Wear Orange weekend

A slideshow with messages raising awareness of the weekend's events around combating gun violence were projected on various government buildings. Continue reading

Rally to urge Congressman to support bill ending corporate personhood

Activists rally in front of Rep. Rick Larsen's office to encourage him to sign on to HJR 48 to end corporate personhood. Continue reading

Post Raid Light Projection onto Venezuelan Embassy

D.C. solidarity brigade members in collaboration with the Embassy Protection Collective projected images that further highlighted the illegitimacy of the U.S. appointed Guaido government to follow up the Secret Service's illegal raid and arrest of remaining 4 protectors inside the embassy. Continue reading

Solutionary Rail talks to Warren Buffett!

A small crew of friends held the Solutionary Rail banner outside the CHI Health Convention Center while hordes of people lined up to enter the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting in Omaha, NE. Backbone ED and Solutionary Rail Project Lead Bill Moyer went inside to participate in public portion of the meeting, wishing to ask questions of Warren Buffett at the Q&A Session - and through a lucky lottery draw, he got to ask the first question! Wow! Our friends finished out the trip by giving several of our local activists a demonstration of message light display using one of the exterior walls of the CHI Health Convention Center & Arena.  See the link to watch Warren Buffett and his partner Charlie Munger respond to Bill's question: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=394696204467822 Continue reading

Kitsap Welcomes All for May Day

Vashon, Tacoma and Olympia Solidarity Brigade members joined together to hold an Artful Activism Workshop in Bremerton -- one week later, the new Kitsap Solidarity Brigade took action. Continue reading

Celebratory Green New Deal light projections at UC Berkeley

Bay Area Solidarity Brigade projected on the iconic UC Berkeley clock tower to celebrate the unanimous approval of the resolution by the student government. Continue reading

Seattle Earth Day Green New Deal highway bannering

Seattle Solidarity Brigade got out on Earth Day morning with the LED "Green New Deal" banner. Continue reading

Projections at XR Earth Day vigil in Baltimore

D.C./Baltimore Solidarity Brigade collaborated with the Baltimore Extinction Rebellion (XR) chapter to do light projections at Earth Day vigil.   Continue reading

Tucson mobilizes in solidarity with campus activists

New Backbone friend in Arizona Liz Kinnamon pulled off her first projection on the night before a critical community meeting on the University of Arizona campus regarding University collusion with white supremacist border guards and threats to students who were victimized because they want them to stay off campus.  Continue reading

Earth Day in Spokane

Backbone Campaign HQ & Backbone Spokane joined forces to bring artful activism to the Spokane 2019 Earth Day celebration.  Continue reading

Venezuelan Embassy Light Projections

D.C solidarity brigade projected messages opposing U.S. intervention in Venezuela and affirming the Maduro government, Chavez legacy, and Bolivarian revolution onto the Venezuelan embassy in solidarity with the Embassy Protection Collective. Continue reading

Backbone's newest image enhances local elementary school's Earth Day event

In our home community, organizers of the elementary school's Earth Day borrowed Backbone's newest images - monarch butterflies - to advocate for the protection of Pollinators.  The butterflies, designed by artist Wynne Mentink, are an easy prop to deploy and more are made each week during the weekly art build at Backbone HQ on Vashon Island.  The prop can also used to show solidarity with immigrants, halting the construction of the border wall which disrupts habitat, and remediating the impacts of climate change which are impacting all species and people. For the Earth!

Projecting at UC Berkeley

Our friends at UC Berkeley show the awesome power of digital projection! With digital projection we can show color, detailed images and even video. There are so many creative ways to show a message!  Continue reading

L.A. solidarity brigade mobilizes to support local environmental justice group

The L.A. squad deployed the inflatable globe and banner to support an action by STAND L.A. Continue reading

XR light projections in D.C.

Deployed light projections onto the Newseum in D.C. of ahead of day of action by XR D.C. chapter. Continue reading

D.C. shines messages of solidarity for arrested projectionist

The local brigade displayed messages in solidarity ahead of the court date of a local projectionist who was arrested for projecting onto the Rayburn house office building on U.S. Capitol grounds, a location frequently used by projectionists.   Continue reading

Light Projections in Scotland!

Backbone sent light projection tools across the Atlantic to our friends in Scotland to use in their Extension Rebellion actions in Edinburgh. Their arrests and actions are sparking media attention and energy on to the climate crisis as a climate bill moves through Scottish Parliament. For the Earth!  Continue reading

San Diego shines a light for justice

The San Diego team was out shining in solidarity with projectionists who were arrested and ticketed for shining on the Congressional Building in Washington, D.C.  Our folks in San Diego projected messages in support of the dreamers, migrants and Earl McNeil. When asked to leave by building security, they explained that this was 1st amendment right and were allowed to stay!   Continue reading

9th Human Orca Mural at Spokane Earth Day

Backbone provided inflatable props to the Spokane Earth Day celebration and created its 9th Human Orca Mural, amidst the intense rain and wind! Continue reading

Solidarity with Robin Bell

Light projectionists in Seattle show support for Robin Bell, a projectionist who was arrested after projecting on to U.S Capitol grounds. Their messages remind us that light projecting is not illegal and is a form of free speech.  Continue reading

Trash incinerator projections highlight dirty "renewable energy" secret

D.C./Baltimore solidarity brigades partnered with local activists to project messages on well known Baltimore trash incinerator pointing out its' toxic emissions to oppose its' inclusion in renewable energy subsidies. Continue reading

Release the Report - LEDs at 4-way stop on Vashon

Volunteers on Vashon created an LED banner to deploy as part of a national action calling for the Release of the Mueller Report. The action was co-sponsored by Indivisible Vashon and Backbone and passers by were encouraged to call their Congressional Representatives to Release the Report. Backbone supports setting a standard for leadership and accountability, as well as checks and balances on presidential power.

Baltimore solidarity projections for police accountability

The D.C./Baltimore projected images in solidarity as backdrop to action demanding police accountability and against establishing a private police force at Johns Hopkins University.   Continue reading

Shut Down Homestead

Alessandra, Backbone CSO in Miami, borrowed the LED light panels and projection equipment to shine a message on Homestead, the nation's for profit private detention facility for migrant children. Her actions received significant press coverage and solidarity, including from Sen Jeff Merkley. For more info, see: "One in Six Migrant Children in the U.S. are Staying at a Shelter Operated by a Private Equity Tycoon." To support Alessandra's creative activism, make a donation HERE. Continue reading

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 Supports United Farm Workers

Laura and Bill of Backbone HQ deployed a giant aerial banner outside Starbucks' shareholder meeting today in Seattle for the UFW (United Farm Workers). Even Rev. Jesse Jackson showed up in solidarity with dairy workers urging Starbucks use its purchasing power to demand Darigold #StopAbuse of workers. #DarigoldDozenThank you Laura, Jennifer and Amy for all your work on the banner. It looked awesome. Teamwork! 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

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

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

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

Portland Orca Bannering

Portland's 44th weekly bannering action for southern resident orcas! Continue reading

Bay Area 2019 International Womens Day projections

San Francisco Bay Area Solidarity Brigade partnered up with IWOC Oakland to project for International Women's Day. Continue reading

CPAC Field Trip

Activists went to the annual Conservative Political Action Confererence (CPAC) in National Harbor, MD to answer the question- how do conservatives feel about the declaration of a state of emergency at the southern border? Continue reading

Portland Projects to Urge Climate Chaos Prevention

Portland Crew mobilizes to further raise awareness and promote unity in the face of climate change chaos.     Continue reading

Sunrise & XR Movement Guerrilla Light Projections in San Diego

The team used a covert location to project at the Kinder Morgan Mission Valley terminal. Continue reading

Citizens Arrest #45 at White House protest against State of Emergency

D.C. area activists mobilized Trump head in prison striped suit to protest at White House against Trump's fake state of emergency. Continue reading

LED light message at Olympia State of Emergency Protest

Locals came out to support a rally standing against the Fake Emergency declared by President #45. Continue reading

Light Projections at Fake State of Emergency Protest in Portland

The crew showed up to light up the protest with images. Continue reading

Portland Projections Catch Rush Hour Attention

Folks in Portland find the perfect place to project their messages of #WaterIsLife, Find a Dam Solution, and #GoFossilFree. Their projection was  at least 100 feet wide and was seen by hundreds if not thousands of commuters on I84 in Portland Oregon. Continue reading

Portland Crashes Sen. Wyden Town Hall

Portland crew lit up the wall outside Sen. Wyden town hall. Continue reading

Portland Support for Terrorism Task Force Withdraw

Portland folks mobilized to support P.E.S.T.  Continue reading

Green New Deal Projection: San Francisco

To celebrate the launch of the Green New Deal resolution, local activists projected onto the Federal Building in San Francisco, which is Speaker Pelosi's district office. Continue reading