Backbone is hitting the new year running, and we hope you’ll join us (click the link to RSVP):

  • Solutionary Rail Hive Meeting, Tuesday, Jan 4th @ Noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern (Join our crew of folks who want to put rail at the gravitational center for solving many problems, including climate change, pollution and congestion, supply chain issues, transportation justice, and much more.)
  • Last Call: Creative Actions to Restore the Snake, Wednesday, Jan 5th @ Noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern (Scroll down for more info on the Snake River and its endangered salmon)

Upcoming – stay tuned for more info:

  • Since I Been Down Online Film Screening & Panel Discussion w/ Filmmaker Gilda Sheppard, presented by Vashon-Maury SURJ, January 23rd, 2:20pm Pacific
  • Creative Activism Monthly Call, January 25th, 5pm Pacific
  • “The Roots of Resistance” Backbone Book Club with Rivera Sun – Mondays in February, 4:30pm Pacific

More about the Snake River Issue:

1. You’re invited to a meeting to kick off our efforts in 2022

We’ll discuss actions we can take from January – July, to make our elected officials align their policymaking with what the vast majority of scientists say– that there is no alternative but to breach the 4 Snake dams.  A free flowing river is a must for salmon, steelhead and other native species – and with the growing climate impacts on the river, we are running out of time for the fish, who hover on the brink of extinction.

At Backbone, we’re focusing our resources on this important issue. And we commit to supporting community-based organizers and organizations working on local actions that raise awareness about the plight of wild Snake salmon and what a free flowing Snake would mean for us all in the Pacific Northwest.

So please sign up to join us at this zoom meeting to discuss ideas for creative actions that get attention and make a difference!

Wednesday, January 5th – Noon (Pacific) / 3pm (Eastern) 

All who wish to see a free flowing Snake are welcome to attend. Your voice, energy, time, and ideas are important.

2. Resources to share

  • Backbone friend, supporter and videographer Jeff Dunnicliff put together an outstanding 2+ minute video on the history of the dams and why they were built  Watch HERE.
  • Trout Unlimited dedicated the current issue of their magazine to the Snake River issue, taking a strong stand in support of breaching the dams.  The content from that issue is available online(The cover featured Backbone’s projection on Lower Granite Dam.)
  • One of the best resources for understanding this complex issue is the documentary Dammed to Extinctionavailable to watch for free on Kanopy.
  • Get your own Snake River yard sign by reaching out to the contactperson in your area. Let’s blanket the region with our opposition to these dams!


This is a critical time for us to ensure we have the resources for more creative actions in 2022:

If you haven’t yet and are able to make a contribution to ensure more creative actions happen in 2022, please click – or send in a check to PO Box 278, Vashon WA 98070.

However you contribute to this work – by donating, showing up, organizing, recruiting others, writing policymakers, or holding a banner, we are grateful for what you do We look forward to locking arms with you in 2022.

Forward Together!

Bill, Amy and Team Backbone

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