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Tallahassee Lobbying For Gun Control

500 people came from around the state of Florida to lobby state legislators in Tallahassee. Continue reading

Disability Integration Act Projection: DC

The DC team occupied the entrance area of Democratic HQ in DC with projections to accompany. Continue reading

Projection At PG&E Bankruptcy

On the night PG&E announced they would declare bankruptcy, the team projected onto their San Francisco headquarters. Continue reading

Unist'ot'en Solidarity: Wenatchee

Folks with 350Wenatchee went to Chase Bank for a projection to pressure the bank to stop funding fund fossil fuel projects, tar sands infrastructure, stop oppression of indigenous peoples. Continue reading

Save RVG from LNG: South Texas

Save RGV From LNG held a protest and a real public commenting session during the FERC hearing for Annova LNG. Continue reading

Baby Trump Flies At The Border

Backbone Organizers flew out to McAllen TX with only a few days of lead time to organize flying Baby Trump when President Trump came for his "Border Roundtable". LULAC hosted Backbone, and brought a busload of people from San Antonio down to protest Trump and help with the balloon. We successfully flew Baby Trump in front of the motorcade. Photos of the balloon were shown on CNN, USA today and other prominent news sites.  https://edition.cnn.com/politics/live-news/trump-border-visit-january-2019/index.html https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/01/10/trump-visits-border-mcallen-residents-ask-what-crisis/2535007002/ https://www.someecards.com/news/news/donald-trump-government-shutdown-mcallen-texas-border-wall/ https://www.themonitor.com/2019/01/10/photo-gallery-trumps-visit-mcallen/ Continue reading

Homes Now!: Bellingham Projection

The Bellingham Team projected at the Gallery Walk to share information about Homes Now, and pass out flyers to folks on the street about the January Summit. Continue reading

Oscar Grant Memorial: Oakland

Ten years ago today, Oscar Grant was shot in the back by a BART officer here. Projected in honor of him, and those passing on the trains would have seen the light. Continue reading

Green New Deal Projection: Seattle

Cities across the country projected pro Green New Deal messaging before Christmas. Continue reading

Green New Deal Projection: LA

Roni plus local LA folks projected Green New Deal messaging at Pershing Sq in LA. Continue reading

"We Are All In This Together": DC Projection

The DC team projected "We Are All In This Together" for people attending Anne Arundel County Board of Education meeting. Continue reading

Save The Orca!: DC Army Corps Of Engineers

The DC team mobilized the inflatable orca and a banner in front of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and handed out flyers urging General Semonie to breach the Lower 4 Snake River Dams to save the salmon and orca. Continue reading

Breach The Snake River Dams!: DC Projection

The DC team projected at U.S. Dept of Commerce/NOAA and handed out flyers advocating for breaching of the four lower Snake River dams. Continue reading

Preparing for 2019

This month's news: Our Office Manager/Bookkeeper Judy Olson has retired, Human Orca Murals across Washington State, Baby Trump Southern California Tour, Solidarity Brigade progress, and upcoming events. Continue reading

Protest Chase Bank: Bellingham

The Bellingham team protested at the local Chase Bank to let customers know that they are financing climate destruction on Native Lands. Continue reading

No More Food Deserts, Safe Shelter for All!

The Bellingham team projected at a rally prior to Bellingham CIty Council meeting where the agenda included discussions of solutions for homeless in Bellingham for the winter, as well as the food dessert created by the consolidation of grocery stores. Continue reading

Orca Rally: Olympia

People rallied on the steps of the Temple of Justice building at The Washington State Capital in Olympia to insist that the Orca Task Force recommendations include breaching the Lower Dams on the Snake River. Continue reading

No LNG In South Texas

South Texas made their voices heard loud and clear that LNG is not welcome during the FERC DEIS public hearings. Continue reading

Human Orca Mural: Spokane

Backbone helped create a giant human orca mural and show Spokane cares about Washington's orca whales!  Continue reading

Human Orca Mural: Bellingham

Occupy Bellingham worked with Backbone, Save Our Wild Salmon, and other allies to organize a human orca mural. Continue reading

Orca Mural: San Juan

Folks on San Juan organized a rally and beach clean-up for the Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day. Backbone supported with organizing a human orca mural at the event. Continue reading

Mueller Projection: Bellingham

Rally and projection in Bellingham to protect the integrity of the Mueller investigation. Trump is not above the law. Continue reading

Mueller Investigation Rally: Bremerton

8 Nov 18: The Bremerton team helped organize a rally and march to protest 45's interference with Mueller investigation by naming Whitaker Attorney General after firing Jeff Sessions. Continue reading

Mueller Projection: Miami

There wasn’t a protest organized in Miami so Alessandra went out and did a projection! Continue reading

Get Out The Vote!: Vashon

5 Nov 18: Backbone HQ lent LED light-up letters to Indivisible Vashon for a GOTV action on Election Day Eve. Continue reading

Yes On I-1631: Wenatchee

The Wenatchee team projected Vote Yes on I-1631 on the side of the Wenatchee/Okanognan National Forest Supervisors office during rush hour. Continue reading

VOTE! Projection: Annapolis

1 Nov 18: The Annapolis team projected GOTV messaging. Continue reading

Anti-Hate Projection: Annapolis

1 Nov 18: The Annapolis team projected messages of solidarity and anti-hate on Annapolis City Hall in coordination with organizers of a vigil for the victims of the synagogue shooting. Continue reading

Renewable Energy Projection: Bellingham

31 Oct 18: The Bellingham team projected renewable energy messaging during their Yes On I-1631 campaign. Continue reading

Trump Baby's Military Parade!

Backbone San Diego paraded the Trump Baby Balloon down the Prado, riding his inflatable ICBM, Slim Pickens' style! Continue reading

Yes On 10 Rally With Baby Trump: Santa Ana

28 Oct 18: Backbone San Diego brought Baby Trump Balloon to Santa Ana for a rally in support of Proposition 10! The rally is being organized by Our Revolution SoCal OC will feature local speakers talking about the need for rent control and housing justice in our communities. Continue reading

Anti-Hate Projections: LA

27 Oct 18: In light of the recent shooting, Backbone San Diego and LA projected anti-hate messaging. Continue reading

Yes On 10 Rally With Baby Trump: LA

27 Oct 18: Backbone Campaign and Backbone San Diego brought Baby Trump Balloon to LA for a rally in support of Proposition 10, hosted by Housing Now! Continue reading

Yes On I-1631: Bellingham (2)

26 Oct 18: The Bellingham team is doing high visibility actions in support of I-1631 everyday leading up to elections! Continue reading

Light Projection Training: Seattle

25 Oct 18: Roni helped Seattle folks who are skilled in overpass bannering add light projection to their repertoire. Continue reading

I-1631 Overpass Bannering: Bellingham

25 Oct 18: During the run up to the election, the Bellingham team will be freeway bannering and doing light projection every day. They are covering both north and south bound lanes. Continue reading

No Fracked Gas In Tacoma

25 Oct 18: The Tacoma team deployed an overpass banner to turn folks out for a public meeting on Oct 30. Continue reading

Yes On I-1631: Bellingham

24 Oct 18: Folks in Bellingham projected messaging to support initiative 1631. Continue reading

Yes On I-1631: Seattle

22 Oct 18: The Seattle bannering team raised a banner in support of I-1631. Continue reading

Projection To Endorse I-1631

22 Oct 18: The Bellingham Solidarity Brigade did a light projection on the Bellingham public library during a city council meeting to consider endorsement of I-1631. The council DID endorse it! Continue reading

On The Move!

I'm so proud of our team and its work. I think you're going to love Backbone's new training on wheels, delivering tools and skills to folks who want to stand up and protect what they love. Continue reading

Digital Projection Outside Orca Task Force Meeting: Tacoma

17 Oct 18: During and after the public comment period of the last Orca Task Force Meeting, Backbone used a digital projector with a document camera to allow folks to hand write their comments to be projected up onto the wall. This was done in combination with other, static light projection. Continue reading

Solidarity for Indigenous Rally: Yes On I-1631

17 Oct 18: Team Backbone traveled to Lacey to support an Indigenous led rally to pass I-1631 the November. Continue reading

Greeting The Orca Task Force!

17 Oct 18: The final Orca Task Force Meeting was the 17th and 18th at the Landmark Convention Center in Tacoma. While Task Force members and guests were arriving, Backbone was there to greet them with inflatables and banners. Continue reading

Orca Task Force Bannering: Seattle

17 Oct 18: The Seattle bannering team went out once again and deployed their banner the first morning of the Orca Task Force Meeting! Continue reading

Orca Task Force Bannering: Tacoma

17 Oct 18: On the morning of the first day of the final Orca Task Force Meeting folks deployed a banner above the highway. Continue reading

Promo For Women's March On The Pentagon: DC

17 Oct 18: The DC Solidarity Brigade went out to project on the the Newsweek building to help spread the word about the upcoming Women's March On The Pentagon. Continue reading

Orca Task Force Projection: Tacoma

16 Oct 18: After an Artful Activism training, people headed over to the Tacoma Projection Center to project messaging for Yes on I-1631 and the Save the Orca campaign. Continue reading

Pop-Up Artful Activism Training: Tacoma

16 Oct 18: Before the final Orca Task Force Meeting in Tacoma, Backbone folks traveled out with the truck full of gear to help the locals get tooled up for the next days of action! Continue reading

Orca Task Force Bannering: Bellingham

16 Oct 18: The Bellingham team deployed a banner above the highway ahead of the Orca Task Force Meeting. Continue reading

Yes On I-1631: Bellingham

12 Oct 18: Folks in Bellingham projected "Yes on I-1631" ahead of midterm elections. Continue reading

GOTV: Tallahassee

Folks in Tallahassee's Stone Street Soup Action Group registered voters and collected signatures for a citizens initiative to restore rights to ex-felons. Continue reading

Save The Orca Bannering: Portland

5 Oct 18: The morning before a large rally, folks deployed an overpass banner to raise awareness about both the orcas and the rally. Continue reading

Save Our Orcas Rally: Army Corps of Engineers

5 Oct 18: Folks traveled to Portland from Backbone HQ with visuals to support this Save the Orca demonstration outside the NW division of the Army Corps of Engineers. Continue reading

Save The Orca Projection: Portland

4 Oct 18: After the pop-up training, folks headed downtown to project save the orca messaging and promote the rally the following day. Continue reading

Pop-Up Artful Activism Training: Portland

4 Oct 18: Folks traveled from Backbone HQ to support the Portland Solidarity Brigade and show local folks some of the tactics Backbone has to offer. Continue reading

ENews October 2018

With nightfall happening earlier, Backbone activists across the country are at the ready to light up the darkness, taking a stand to protect what you love - justice, orca and salmon, clean energy, a future worthy of our children. Continue reading

Baby Trump At Pence Speech: Spokane

2 Oct 18: Pence spoke at a fundraiser in Spokane. We were there to greet him with the giant inflatable Trump Baby. Continue reading

Pre-Pence Speech Overpass Bannering: Spokane

2 Oct 18: After the previous night's training and light projection, folks headed out to I-90 to use the same "Stop Kavanaugh" LED banner. Continue reading

#StopKavanaugh And Pre-Pence Visit Projection: Spokane

1 Oct 18: After the training at UU Spokane, folks headed over to the Wells Fargo building in Spokane to project ahead of Pence's visit on the 2nd. Continue reading

Pop-Up Artful Activism Training: Spokane

1 Oct 18: Folks traveled from Backbone HQ to support the Spokane Solidarity Brigade and show local folks some of the tactics Backbone has to offer. Continue reading

"We Won't Be Silent Anymore": Miami

29 Sept 18: Artist Alessandra Mondolfi projected "We Won't Be Silent Anymore" in Miami during the Kavanaugh hearings. Continue reading

#StopKavanaugh: Anchorage

27 Sept 18: Three activists who have been active in the fight against Kavanaugh did light projection in downtown Anchorage.  Continue reading

#StopKavanaugh: San Diego

27 Sept 18: Backbone San Diego projected several messages on the courthouse related to supporting women and stopping both Kavanaugh and Trump. Continue reading

#StopKavanaugh: DC

12 Sept 18: DC Solidarity Brigade projected message against Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh onto the back/East side of the Supreme Court. Continue reading

#StopKavanaugh: Tallahassee

Tallahassee Solidarity Brigade projected onto the Tallahassee Supreme Court Building. Continue reading

Free The Snake Flotilla

8 Sept 18: The Backbone Contingent of the Free the Snake Flotilla came out from all over the state, but especially from Vashon! We deployed banners both on and off water in support of Save our Wild Salmon and the Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment who are trying to restore wild salmon populations by advocating for removing four dams on the Lower Snake River. Continue reading

Overpass Bannering: Save the Orca

6 September 18: Folks met up on the N 92nd overpass over I-5 from 7-9am to reach commuters going into Seattle. Continue reading

Overpass Bannering: Orca Task Force Meeting

Folks brought a large banner out to an I-5 overpass in Seattle on the day of an Orca Task Force Meeting in Anacortes. Continue reading

#AbolishICE Vigil: Seattle

Folks from Backbone HQ supported those holding vigil outside an ICE office in Seattle. Continue reading

Vashon Human Orca Mural

The residents of Vashon Island came together in a symbolic pledge to take action, as a community, to ensure that the courage and intelligence of Tahlequah and her pod be matched by the political leaders of this region. Continue reading

Kayaktivism Orientation

Folks met up at Alki Kayak Tours to prepare for the upcoming Free the Snake Flotilla. Continue reading

Diaper Donald Unveiling

20 August 18: The Diaper Donald package was opened and filled with air for the first time! Continue reading

Overpass bannering: Restore the Salmon

16 August 18: Folks met on the 45th St N overpass over I-5 from 7-9am to reach commuters heading into Seattle. Continue reading

Overpass Bannering: "Save the Orca"

14 August 18: Folks met up on the Yesler overpass over I-5 from 7-10am to reach commuters going into Seattle. Continue reading