Calling all Working Class Heroes. There's talk about a Revolution, so let's Come Together, Shout, Imagine! Why Don't we Do It in the Road? All We Need Is Love!
That's right folks, the Beatles Backbone Benefit at the Bike (with beer) is BACK! Over 36 island musicians will lock arms with the Backbone Campaign on Friday, April 1 at the Red Bicycle Bistro for a night of People Powered Music. "The Beatles were the first of many artists honored in this multi-year series of themed benefit concerts that began when the Red Bike was still Bishops. Musicians and fans alike have been agitating for a repeat and now we're giving the people what they want," says island producer Pete Welch.
The country and the world is in a time of incredible transformation. People power is shattering the status quo's illusion of inevitability from Cairo to Madison, Yemen to Olympia and it is all connected. People in Cairo were ordering pizza for the people occupying Madison. When Backbone director Bill Moyer responded to a Facebook post by a person concerned about the disorder in Madison, writing "danger lies not with rebellion, but with acquiescence" a student activist in Yemen quoted it on his site.
The Backbone Campaign has been agitating and invigorating with our artful activism for over eight years. "Local victories on Vashon-Maury have inspired activists across the country," says Moyer. "The recent success story of the new credit union branch is especially potent as people are occupying Bank of America branches, calling for tax reforms, community investment, and jobs. Our role in the emerging movement is solid and growing."
Backbone Campaign imagery was on the front page of regional papers as the backdrop for a demonstration in Olympia to close corporate tax loopholes and end tax exemptions for luxury items such as private jets and elective cosmetic surgery. Bill just returned from giving a strategy and creative tactics training to activists in Northern California. Backbone Campaign has Artful Activism Trainings planned for Chicago, Los Angeles, Biloxi, Mississippi and a large summer training this summer on Vashon. A Backbone Award is in the works for the "Wisconsin 14," the Senators who left the state in an attempt to protect collective bargaining.
Locally, Backbone Campaign has been hosting "Preparation for Victory Patries" in Seattle, facilitating activist roundtables, skill sharing, and imagery builds. On Vashon, their Community Solar project is about to launch a large survey and campaign to recruit members for a proposed community solar array on Chautauqua Elementary that will provide free electricity to the school district.
"We are too busy doing the work to organize an auction or large campaign right now. So we are hoping people will come out and show their appreciation and solidarity so we can keep moving, training, building and organizing, says Moyer." "I know times are tough right now, but coming together a giving what we can in time and financial support has never been more important."
My favorite piece of wisdom is poet Diane di Prima's line "THE ONLY WAR THAT MATTERS IS THE WAR AGAINST THE IMAGINATION - ALL OTHER WARS ARE SUBSUMED IN IT" Our minds and hearts are open to the possibilities we can IMAGINE and MANIFEST together.
Call the Backbone Campaign office if you have any questions, 206-408-8058
Adrienne Selvy Mildon
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