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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

Tallahassee March For Our Lives

24 March 2018: Thousands of protesters marched from Florida State University to the Capitol in Tallahassee for a March For Our Lives. Continue reading

Light Projection in DC Preceding March for Our Lives

23 March 2018: Light projected gun control messages on Trump hotel ahead of the March for Our Lives the following day. Continue reading

Jeff Sessions Came To Tallahassee

22 March 2018: Jeff Sessions came to Tallahassee to give a speech at the Federal Building. Stone Soup Street Action came out to remind him that they want Robert Mueller’s investigation protected.  Continue reading

UltraViolet Demands Visa Block Sales Of Assault Weapons

Folks traveled from Backbone HQ to support UltraViolet, to send a message via light projection to Visa, Inc: Visa can, and should, block the sales of assault weapons. Continue reading

West Los Angeles Solidarity Brigade and Indivisible Protested Trump

The West Los Angeles Solidarity Brigade worked with Indivisible groups to protest Trump's arrival in LA.  Continue reading

Rally To Support Net Neutrality in Annapolis, MD

Folks attended a rally to support state level net neutrality legislation SB287 in Annapolis, Maryland.  Continue reading

Trump Head In Tallahassee For NRA Protest

Stone Soup Street Action Committee in Tallahassee brought out the Trump head for a gun control march targeting the NRA. Continue reading

Bird Dogging Legislators In Maryland

Represent Maryland, the state chapter of Represent.us is showing legislators that we are watching and we see how the big corporate industries are wining and dining them to influence our government. This protest also included a light projection! Continue reading

Anti Alt-Right Light Projection in DC

Anti alt-right and anti misogyny messages were projected as part of a protest of an alt-right event featuring Mike Cernovich.               Continue reading

Dreamer/Daca messaging projected in Maryland outside CPAC

Using light projection, Dreamer and DACA messages were put up on the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center that was hosting the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).                  Continue reading

Trump and Putin Head in Tallahassee

Weekly street protest, including BobbleHead Trump and Putin now thanks to you. Monthly night time event at art park introduces public to post cards to politicians, voter registrations, petitions, outreach, "Boot Him Out" (people can throw shoes at life-size pic Trump), go-bo projections, etc. Continue reading

Rally At The Maryland Governor's Mansion In Protest of Potomac Pipeline

This rally was held outside of the Governor's mansion to urge him to reject the Potomac pipeline. Continue reading

Light Projection To Support Dreamers in San Diego

San Diego Solidarity Brigade projected messages in support of Dreamers onto the ICE prison in downtown San Diego. They had perfect timing as the court was scheduled to issue a ruling related to immigrants rights the following day. Continue reading

"Drain the Swamp" Street Theater In Tallahassee

Stone Soup Action Committee performed "Drain the Swamp" themed street theater to welcome Roger Stone at speaking engagement at Civic Center. Continue reading

DACA projections and rally in Tallahassee

Stone Soup Street Action Committee had a rally featuring a Trump head and then later did light projections outside of a local Saturday night gathering. Both featuring Dreamer/DACA messaging. Continue reading

Using The Trump Head To Understand Trauma in Portland

Velo Cult brought together neuroscience research on racial prejudice and artful activism.  Continue reading

Homes Now Not Later Projection in Bellingham

Bellingham Solidarity Brigade projected on City Council demanding they move forward on solutions to the plight of our ever increasing homeless population. Continue reading

Projection at the Bellingham People's Movement Assembly

Bellingham Solidarity Brigade utilized guerrilla light projection to provide a moment for the participants of the People's Movement Assembly to unite under shared dreams and demands for justice. Continue reading

Trump Head at Women's March in Tallahassee

  Stone Soup Street Action Committee brought out the Trump head for the Women's March in Tallahassee! They did some street theater with Trump head and a member of Stone Soup Street Action Committee gave speech in Statue of Liberty costume and gave list of charges to "Trump".   Continue reading

Defending Against Assaults on Our Liberties at 2018 Womens March

At the 2018 Women's March, hundreds of march participants joined Backbone Campaign to say it's high time we "Impeach the Predator-In-Chief!" Continue reading

Pipeline Prop at the Womens March

350Eugene mobilized the inflatable pipeline at the Women's March to say #NoLNG in Jordan Cove and demand a habitable biosphere! Continue reading

Tallahassee In Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Stone Soup Street Action Committee in Tallahassee holds a weekly action in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and communities of color. Continue reading

San Diego Arrests Trump

In front of the local office of Congressman Darrell Issa, Backbone Solidarity Brigade members performed a bit of street theatre with members of Together We Will. In the street theatre, an actor playing Robert Mueller delivered a subpeona to a an actor wearing the giant Trump head. Trump disappeared momentarily then returned in prison garb and was loudly booed by all onlookers. Continue reading

Governor Brown Be A Climate Hero at Salem Oregon Capitol

350Eugene, joining with people across the state, mobilized this inflatable pipeline creative imagery to call on the governor to take concrete action to halt the proposed LNG pipeline and export facility in Jordan Cove.  Continue reading

Protesting Trump at College Football Championship Game

The Atlanta DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) mobilized Guerrilla Light Projection with messages “Fuck Trump”, “Dismantle White Supremacy”, “No One is Illegal” and “Medicare for All” on Mercedes Benz Stadium before the College Football National Championship game. President Trump was present at the game. Continue reading

Rally In Support of the Scapegoated Lac-Mégantic Rail Workers

Seattle Joined Rallies Across The Nation Supporting The Scapegoated Lac-Mégantic Rail Workers - Drop The Charges! Safe Rails Now! No More Lac-Mégantics! Continue reading

Arrest of Trump at Trump Tower in NYC

The People's Puppets of Occupy Wall Street, Rise and Resist and the Backbone Campaign are creative partners-in-crime fighting. Together, they staged a hilarious, people-powered arrest of Donald Trump at Trump Tower in NYC. Continue reading

#BlackXmas action in LA

The West Los Angeles Solidarity Brigade leant guerrilla light projection support to the #BlackXmas action organized by Black Lives Matter Los Angeles. Continue reading

Protesting Council Member's Ties to White Supremacist Organization

Citizens Shine Light on Council Chair’s Ties to Roy Moore & Hate Groups; Demand His Resignation Continue reading

Block The Gates Action to PSE's LNG

On the morning of Monday, December, 18th, hundreds of water warriors, water protectors, and community members joined together to show strong opposition to PSE's blatant disregard for treaty rights and the health and safety of the community and the planet. #NoLNG Continue reading

Redecorating the FCC to #SaveTheNet

Margaret & Kevin with https://popularresistance.org/, Eleanor with https://www.artkillingapathy.com/ and other net neutrality supporters and allies "redecorated" the area outside the FCC building ahead of the 12/14/18 vote. The Solidarity Brigade used light projection, LED panel letters, banner, angry emojis w/captions, and sidewalk chalking. Continue reading

Seattle Action at Verizon to Save the Internet

Day of Action to save Net Neutrality --- Friends and volunteers of Backbone joined a local protest as part of 600 actions outside of Verizon stores organized in a day of resistance to the FCC's plan to roll back Net Neutrality rules. With LED light panels the crowd said "WE ♥ NET NEUTRALITY." Continue reading

In Support of Net Neutrality the DC Solidarity Brigade Crashed the Telecom Prom

Protest/rally at FCC Chairman's dinner aka "Telecom Prom" with Speakers, LED light panels and light projection was used. Continue reading

"Don't Lock Us Out" Rally for Tenant Rights in Seattle

Rally for Tenant Rights demanded "Don't Lock Us Out" of decent and affordable housing! Continue reading

March & Rally Against the #GOPTaxScam by LA Solidarity Brigade

West Side Los Angeles Solidarity Brigade joined in solidarity with other groups to march against the #GopTaxScam in downtown Los Angeles earning tv coverage and an on air interview. They emblazoned downtown LA buildings with messages like "Fight For Real Democracy" and "Oppose Racism, Oppose Trump" as people marched with their fists raised in solidarity. Continue reading

San Diego Takes Action in Solidarity with #MeToo

Showing up against sexual violence. --- Props to Artful Activists San Diego, OLB San Diego and San Diego Solidarity Brigade harnessing the power of light. They are illuminating a call to action to change the system and ourselves. Continue reading

Impeach Trump Outing at Resist Trump Tuesday Rally in Seattle

Impeach Trump Outing at the Resist Trump Tuesday Rally in Seattle. #ImpeachTheEmbarrassmentInChief Continue reading

Food Justice Now Projection Action in Bellingham

Bellingham Solidarity Brigade mobilized this Food Justice Now Guerrilla Light Projection bringing awareness to Bellingham's newest Food Desert. Continue reading

Dignity Vigil by Bellingham Solidarity Brigade and Community to Community

Bellingham Solidarity Brigade & Community to Community Dignity Vigil to bring attention to immigrant rights issues and our desire for real sanctuary status. Continue reading

San Diego Border Wall Prototype Projections

Cross-border solidarity action utilizing Guerrilla Light Projection onto Trump's prototype border walls. Artful Activists San Diego, OLB San Diego, Backbone Campaign's affiliated San Diego Solidarity Brigade and photographer and educator Jill Marie Holslin mobilized this bold action. Their message was clear - "Build Bridges Not Borders," "Refugees Are Welcome," "No One is Illegal," countering the racist and xenophobic policies and rhetoric of the "Embarrassment-In-Chief" and the party of Trump. Continue reading

Atlanta says F*@# Trump with Guerrilla Light Projection

Atlanta Solidarity Brigade, part of the network of affiliated Guerrilla Light Projection teams and members of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) projected a denouncement of the regime and party of Trump in two simple words. Continue reading

Trump at Refuse Fascism Actions in Seattle, WA

Refuse Fascism organizers in Seattle utilized Backbone's imagery a Trump bobble-head puppet and our inflatable earth globe marching through the streets and at City Hall Plaza where Trump presided over a nuclear holocaust (die-in). Continue reading

Maryland Solidarity Brigade Projected Dismantle White Supremacy on confederate statue of General Lee

Backbone Solidarity Brigade of Maryland made a field trip to the confederate statue of General Lee calling for the Dismantling of White Supremacy. Continue reading

Bird-Dogging PSE for Greenwashing Fracked Gas

350 Seattle and Backbone Campaign teamed up to mobilize guerrilla light projection outside the NW Clean and Affordable Energy conference. We demanded that PSE go fossil fuel free! Continue reading

Protesting in Song - #DivestTheGlobe Solidarity Action on Vashon

Youth Tell Chase to Stop Funding Climate Disaster. Continue reading

350 Spokane Solidarity Action with Mazaska Talks at Wells Fargo

350 Spokane organized a solidarity action utilizing one of Backbone's inflatable pipelines as part of the #DivestTheGlobe actions taking place around the world. Continue reading

SB San Diego Projections for Racial Justice

The Overpass Light Brigade of San Diego and Backbone San Diego Solidarity Brigade mobilized guerrilla light projections in solidarity with racial justice and immigrant rights. OLBSD went to UC San Diego pairing their light projection messages with the lion signs expressing emotions of HOPE, ANGER and a desire for JUSTICE. Continue reading

Betsy DeVos Rally - Keep Public Education PUBLIC!

Backbone teamed up with the Equity in Education Coalition, Fuse and thousands of other friends to demand full funding of education and push back against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's attempts to privatize public education. Continue reading

Medicare For All - Maryland Solidarity Brigade Guerrilla Light Projections

Maryland's Backbone Solidarity Brigade and emblazoned buildings throughout Baltimore with a call to action demanding Medicare For All and Single Payer Now.  Continue reading

Vashon's "Stop PSE's LNG" Action in Solidarity with Puyallup

#ActOnClimate #RenewablesNow The Vashon community showed up in a big way with short notice to rise up against PSE's LNG greenwashing. Continue reading

Atlanta Solidarity Brigade Mobilizes Racial Justice Guerrilla Light Projections on confederate monuments

Altanta Solidarity Brigade mobilized Racial Justice Guerrilla Light Projections as part of a march to remove confederate monuments. The march and projections earned mainstream media coverage.  Continue reading