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Backbone Imagery supports Extinction Rebellion in Baltimore!

Extinction Rebellion Baltimore deployed the Backbone globe while dressed up in various costumes and paraded around the inner harbor shopping area in Baltimore. They reminded people that there is no Christmas on a dead planet!  Continue reading

Message On Climate Action Not Stopped By Weather

Snow, rain and sleet did not stop activists in Wenatchee, WA. They braved the elements to hold up LED light banners urging commuters home to take "Action on Climate".  These LED banners are a great way to reach an evening commuter crowed during these dark winter days. "We cranked up some protest music and had a good time!" said one activist. Earlier that week the same activists projected light messages on to the streets of downtown Wenatchee, catching the attention of people out for the monthly art walk.  For the earth!    Continue reading

"Nobody Is Above The Law" Projected on WI Senator Ron Johnson's office

Milwaukee projectionists borrowed Backbone's lights and impeachment-related GOBOs to light up the office of Trump ally Senator Ron Johnson on the eve of the House Impeachment Vote. The projection was part of 600 actions across the US to call for Executive Branch accountability.  Milwaukee's projection even got a mention by Rachel Maddow on her news show! Hats off to the growing Wisconsin projection crew!   Continue reading

Projections Bring Big Energy to Impeachment Rally

Light projectionists in Bellingham, WA brought tools to support a pro-impeachment rally held on Tuesday, the night before the House voted to impeach Donald J. Trump. The energy of the crowed was excited, they said, when their lighted messages came on as speakers took the stage!  Continue reading

Nobody Is Above the Law

Every Friday and Sunday, members of the Kitsap Solidarity Brigade stand with the Backbone Trump head, outfitted in prison gear in Kingston and on Bainbridge Island, with the message "Nobody Is Above the Law." Continue reading

Eugene Activists Turn Up The Heat on City Climate Resolution

Eugene Activists with 350 Eugene and Backbone's Solidarity Brigade "shine light" on city council's climate resolution (or lack thereof). Continue reading

Seattle 20 Year Anniversary 1999 WTO Protests

Washington Fair Trade Coalition gathered together with community allies in Downtown Seattle to honor the 20 year anniversary of the Seattle protests of the World Trade Organization in 1999. Continue reading

Backbone Collaborates for an Artful Activism Training in SoCal

  Backbone worked with environmental justice activists, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and center for Community Action and Environmental Justice to put together an Artful Activism training. In just two days we covered:• Drumming for Demonstrations (built a trash can drumline)• Giant Banner Building (built 2 freeway overpass banners and deployed them)• LED bannering (Assembled and mobilized an LED banner twice)• Light Projection (executed two projections)• Explored the anatomy of Freeway Blockades, on water actions, and other creative tactics with valuable discussions and brainstorming for future actions.• Kayaktivism (Group discussion/presentation followed by on water training of a core group of future trainers) Continue reading

Whale and Salmon inflatables support the Climate Strike in Tacoma

On Friday, December 6th Tacoma youth, led by the Sunrise Movement, held a rally at Tollefson Plaza in downtown to draw attention to the climate crisis and demand that leaders take action. Part of a national day of action, the Sunrise movement was also drawing attention to the Green New Deal, building momentum for it to pass after the next presidential election. Backbone lent the whale and salmon to the action to support #ProtectorsOfTheSalishSea. Working together to make the movement beautiful!  Continue reading

Pressuring the IMF and World Bank to Divest from Fossil Fuel

Activists disrupted the DC morning commute around the IMF and World Bank's annual meeting to protest them not divesting from fossil fuel projects. Later in the morning they joined with Jane Fonda's "Fire Drill Fridays" and attempted to disrupt nearby Wells Fargo branches. The action was covered here by the Washington Post. Continue reading

Light Projections Illuminate Cal Berkeley's Climate Strike

In collaboration with Cal Berkeley Students for Climate Action and Berkeley Sunrise, an action brigade member promoted the Dec 6th Climate Strike on campus.  Students provided input on what they wanted projected,  including a student drawn graphic (not shown). Cal Berkeley students are interested in promoting n UC version of the Green New Deal, to make their campuses a guiding light for a national effort to fight climate change. Continue reading

Bellingham Solidarity Brigade Prepares for Climate Strike 12/6

Bellingham Solidarity Brigade raising awareness for the next National Climate Strike on Friday Dec. 6th, 2019. Continue reading

Slaughter Shingle Mountain - Light Projections in Texas

Backbone sent light projection tools to The North Texas Light Brigade so that they could draw attention to the environmental disaster Shingle Mountain. “Shingle Mountain,”  is the largest illegal dump in Dallas – a mound of toxic shingles several stories high, creating a toxic mound that backs up to private homes, spreading fumes throughout the neighborhood. Continue reading

XR Challenges Colorado Cleantech Awards

Climate activists with Extinction Rebellion challenged "clean" oil and gas at the Colorado Cleantech Industries 2019 Oil & Gas Cleantech Challenge Awards night.  Continue reading

Bellingham SB Takes on Trump's Twitter

Bellingham Solidarity Brigade (as part of #OccupyBellingham) took to First Friday Art Walk to share their thoughts with Trump on Twitter.  Continue reading

Seattle Light Brigade Projects to Impeach

Members of the Seattle Light Brigade projects messages of impeachment at Seattle Center in solidarity with #OutNow. Continue reading

Backbone and Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition at NWPCC Public Hearing

Backbone joined up with Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition for a press conference and rally during the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's recent public hearing to advocate the inclusion of critical protections for orca and salmon in their fish and wildlife plan. Continue reading

Bremerton Solidarity Brigade Projects ICE Hotline

Bremerton Solidarity Brigade activists project ICE Hotline around town. Continue reading

VIUF and La Resistencia At Tacoma NW Detention Center

The Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship and La Resistencia visit the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center to support detainees.  Continue reading

"A Week in the Life of Backbone" Video Showcase

Check out what Backbone's Solidarity Brigade members have been up to the week of the climate strike.   Continue reading

Denver Portland Seattle Solidarity Brigades Project for Climate Strike

Solidarity Brigades in Denver, Portland and Seattle project for Climate Strike Continue reading

Backbone Marches in Vashon Climate Strike

Backbone helps organize Vashon Island's participation in Global Climate Strike Continue reading

Tucson Deploys Banners for Global Climate Strike

Tuscon Solidarity Brigaide bannering for Global Climate Strike Continue reading

Bay Area SB Honors Greta Thunberg

Bay Area Solidarity Brigade honors Greta Thunberg and youth activism  Continue reading

Madison WI Climate Strike

Madison WI Solidarity Brigade supports the Climate Strike through projections, sit-ins. Continue reading

Wenatchee Solidarity Brigade Projects for Climate Strike

Solidarity Brigade lights up Wenatchee for Climate Strike Continue reading

San Diego SB Gears up for Global Climate Strike

San Diego Solidarity Brigade projects on University of California San Diego for Global Climate Strike Continue reading

Baby Trump Balloon Greets President in San Diego

San Diego Solidarity Brigade flies Baby Trump for President's visit Continue reading

Bellingham Solidarity Brigade Gearing Up for Climate Strike

Bellingham Solidarity Brigade teaming with Washington Youth Climate Strike Continue reading

CLOSEmsdf Projects for Political Open Mic

CLOSEmsdf projected their message at a political open mic with Lt Governor Mandela Barnes. Continue reading

Baby Trump Visits Portola Valley

Bay Area Solidarity Brigade brings out Baby Trump balloon during President's visit.  Continue reading

LA Solidarity Brigade Climate Strike Projections

The LA Solidarity Brigade projects for upcoming climate Strike Continue reading

Patagonia Seattle Projects for Climate Strike

Backbone helps Patagonia to promote Climate Strike Continue reading

CLOSEmsdf Acknowledges 25th Anniversary 1994 Crime Bill

CLOSEmsdf recognized the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Crime Bill and its continued impact Continue reading

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