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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

Orca Task Force Meeting: Wenatchee

7 August 18: Attended the Orca Task Force meeting in Wenatchee to show that people want urgent action and leadership to save the orcas. Continue reading

EPA Headquarters Projection

The DC team projected messaging opposing the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure onto the EPA headquarters. Continue reading

No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure: Bellingham

The Bellingham Solidarity Brigade projected anti fossil fuel infrastructure messaging. Continue reading

Homes Now! Bellingham WA

4 August 18: The Bellingham team projected in solidarity with "Homes Now". Continue reading

Scouting and the Fremont Troll

After scouting some locations for an upcoming projection, the Seattle team stopped by the Fremont Troll for a quick, fun projection about Puget Sound Energy (PSE). As Cindy said, "The Fremont Troll agrees that something stinks!" Continue reading

WashingtonCAN Rally: Housing And Renters Rights

Folks brought out the massive "Don't Lock Us Out. Tenant Rights. Protect Families" Banner to support WashingtonCAN. Continue reading

Refuse Fascism In Seattle

7 July 18: Refuse Fascism called for a day of resistance to the Trump regime holding rallies in 12 cities across the U.S. Hundreds of people rallied and marched in — Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Detroit; Indianapolis; Honolulu; Houston; Los Angeles; New York City; Philadelphia; San Francisco; and Seattle. Continue reading

Houston DSA Light Projection Against Child Prisons

1 July 2018 - Folks in Houston projected on the site of a proposed child prison. Continue reading

Families Belong Together Projection, Portland, OR

The Portland Solidarity Brigade projected in The Dalles, on a grain elevator. Continue reading

#OccupyICELA Light Projection

1 July 2018: The LA Solidarity Brigade projected onto an ICE building and participated in civil disobedience. Continue reading

Protect Mother Earth Conference

It was an honor for Backbone Campaign staff and volunteers to provide logistical support to the Protect Mother Earth gathering at historic Frank's Landing in Nisqually tribal territory. About 75 people from PME participated in a Sunrise Ceremony at the gates of the NW Detention facility at 5:30 am Saturday, June 30th.  Continue reading

#FamiliesBelongTogether in Portland, OR

Portland Solidarity Brigade projected at Schnitzer Auditorium in downtown Portland. Continue reading

Projection Onto Atlanta Detention Center

Atlanta Solidarity Brigade projected anti-family separation and pro immigrant messages on Atlanta detention center where immigrants are being held. Continue reading

#AbolishICE at ICE HQ in DC

29 June 18: DC Solidarity Brigade projected messages relating to family separation policies and abolition of ICE onto the US Customs and Immigration headquarters. Continue reading

World Gas Convention Projection, DC

In DC, the Backbone crew projected onto the Convention Center where the World Gas Convention was being held. Continue reading

Seattle Pride Parade

24 June 2018: Woodland Park Presbyterian Church marched in the Seattle Pride Parade in Solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. Continue reading

APPPL and BXE With Pipeline In DC

Alliance to Protect the People and the Places We Live (APPPL) in North Carolina went to DC to support the Poor People's Campaign with BXE. Continue reading

#AbolishICE In Portland, OR

Folks with the Portland Solidarity Brigade projected onto an ICE facility. Continue reading

In Solidarity With The Poor People's Campaign: Seattle

16 June 18: The Seattle Solidarity Brigade projected themed messaging in solidarity with the Poor People's Campaign. Continue reading

In Solidarity with The Poor People's Campaign: New York

12 June 18: People's Puppets Of Occupy Wall Street and Backbone Campaign light projection collaboration for the Poor People's Campaign in Brooklyn, NY. Continue reading

Moral Monday Rally 4, Eureka, CA

Folks held rallies for Moral Monday at the county courthouse in Eureka, CA. Continue reading

In Solidarity With The Poor People's Campaign: Madison, WI

Members of the Madison, WI Solidarity Brigade projected imagery in solidarity with the Poor People's Campaign. Continue reading

Overpass Bannering In Tacoma

8 June 2018: Folks from the Tacoma Solidarity Brigade and Jewish Voice For Peace stood on the Tacoma Avenue overpass over I-5 on a Friday afternoon during rush hour. Continue reading

Moral Monday Rally 3, Eureka, CA

Folks held rallies for Moral Monday at the county courthouse in Eureka, CA. Continue reading

Protesting Trump At The Naval Academy

Local activists gathered to un-welcome President Trump as speaker for Naval Academy commencement. Continue reading

Backbone Teaching/Light Projection At Patagonia

Backbone folks came together at Patagonia to share skills and experiences from the techniques they each excel at. The night included banner making, projection, and an inflatable salmon. Continue reading

Moral Monday Rally 2, Eureka, CA

Folks held rallies for Moral Monday at the county courthouse in Eureka, CA. Continue reading

Moral Monday Rally Eureka, CA

Folks held rallies for Moral Monday at the county courthouse in Eureka, CA. Continue reading

Amazon #PayYourFairShare projection in Seattle

In support of the Neighborhood Action Coalition, a Backbone team projected on buildings surrounding an Amazon construction site. Continue reading

Tallahassee Voter Registration

Stone Soup Street Action holds a street corner action in Tallahassee every Thursday. On this day, their theme was voter registration.  Continue reading

Solidarity Brigades Rock Their Lights Against the NRA

Solidarity Brigades Rocked Their Lights Against the NRA in ELEVEN cities this past weekend. Projections took place in Atlanta, Chicago, San Diego, LA, Tacoma, Portland, Tallahassee, Seattle, Dallas, DC and Madison. But don't take our word for it.  Watch this incredible video.  [Big thanks to editor Julie Sotomura!] Continue reading

Tallahassee: NRA Projections

The Stone Soup Street Action Committee joined in the NRA Projection action. Continue reading

Feel the Momentum? Change is in the Air-Backbone's April Newsletter

Because of the many ways you support Backbone, together we're standing up to gun violence, ICE, pipelines, new fossil fuel infrastructure, student debt, and for profit healthcare. In this bi-monthly newsletter, we want to keep you updated on the latest happenings, opportunities for action and reports on the great work you and others are engaged in! Continue reading

Madison: NRA Projections

The Madison Solidarity Brigade projected the anti NRA assault weapon logo/ GOBO on a building next to the Wisconsin state capitol building, as well as on another building a couple blocks away. Continue reading

Seattle: NRA Projections

As part of the NRA national days of action, folks projected anti-gun violence messaging by the Seattle Space Needle. Continue reading

San Diego: NRA Projections

The San Diego Solidarity Brigade joined the National Day of Action against gun violence and the NRA. They projected in downtown San Diego. Continue reading

DC: NRA Projections

3 May 2018: A team projected gun control, anti-NRA messages on Trump tower ahead of his speech at the NRA annual convention in Dallas, TX Continue reading

el Comite May Day March & Rally

Team Backbone provided visuals for El Comite's May Day March and Rally in Seattle. Continue reading

Lowell Resists National Grid

Lowell Pipeline Resistance marched outside Lowell city hall with an inflatable pipeline reading "National Grid Sucks!" to protest National Grid's plans for building new, expanded pipeline infrastructure through the city. Continue reading

Lowell Pipeline Resistance at Earth Day Parade

Lowell Pipeline Resistance marched in the Lowell Earth Day 2018 parade with the 35-foot inflatable pipeline. Continue reading

Lighting up the Night, and Enlivening the Streets-Backbone's Mid-April Newsletter

Check out how you and Backbone are working together across the country. What awesome action can you imagine next? Let's make it happen together.  We here at Backbone want to keep you updated on the latest happenings, opportunities for action and reports on the great work you and others are engaged in. Read our bi-monthly Newsletter for a quick summary of many actions that have happened in the first part of April. Continue reading

Student Loan Debt Ball in DC

Folks in DC inflated the debt ball labeled with $1.5 trillion, which is the amount that student loan debt has risen to. The debt ball was also labelled HR 2366 to bring attention to a house bill that would restore bankruptcy protections for student loans. Continue reading

Visiting Sen. Sanders Office To Share Why We Need His Healthcare Bill To Be Stronger

10 April 18: We visited Senator Sanders' office as part of the HOPE Single Payer Action Camp to share stories about how his Medicare for All bill will impact each of us and our communities. We hope that Sanders will strengthen his bill to be as strong as, or stronger than, HR 676: The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Light Projection For Single Payer

9 April 18: Backbone folks, plus newcomers looking to learn light projection, projected Healthcare messaging onto the Rayburn office building. We had an exciting encounter with Capitol Hill police but were ultimately able to project what we wanted with no arrests! Continue reading

March For Single Payer Healthcare For All In DC

9 April 18: As part of the HOPE Action camp, we marched to the Canadian embassy, AHIP (American Health Insurance Plans) and finished at HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) where we were part of a rally. Personal stories were shared about how crucial it is that we get National Improved Medicare for All in this country. Continue reading

Represent Maryland Campaign Finance Rally

Represent Maryland held a rally and march to bring light to campaign finance corruption. Continue reading

LNG Tank Light Projection In Tacoma

A small team deployed to PSE's illegal construction site to project on the tank for their proposed LNG terminal. Continue reading

ACTION, the Antidote to Despair - Backbone's March 2018 Newsletter

We here at Backbone want to keep you updated on the latest happenings, opportunities for action and reports on the great work you and others are engaged in.  Read our monthly Newsletter for a quick summary of actions in March and upcoming events in April. Continue reading

Video Projection At Maryland Department Of Environment Hearing

As requested by community organizer, projected video of natural gas compressor station explosions and fugitive emissions through FLIR camera as visual aid to testimony of attorney representing the community at Maryland Dept of Environment public hearing. Continue reading

Maryland Rally Outside Of Gerrymandering Hearing

Represent Maryland rallied outside of the Supreme Court before/during arguments regarding the Benisek v. Lemone gerrymandering case for Congressional District 6 in Maryland. Continue reading

Huskies for Food Justice

Huskies for Food Justice is a student run group trying to get the president of UW to sign a commitment to food justice. Continue reading

Tallahassee Film Festival Screening Of Maxim Pozdorovkin's Our New President

25 March 2018: Stone Soup Street Action Committee brought Trump and Putin to the Tallahassee Film Festival screening of Maxim Pozdorovkin's Our New President.  Continue reading