The Backbone Rises Again & We The People March Onward!
Backbone Campaign in Washington, DC with Giant Backbone Puppet, first appearance since 2007. Evan Simmons and Doug Skove are supporting the Arch of Justice Rally & Parade. Email Doug Skove if you can help out in DC. Evan and Doug have led many Backbone Campaign actions over the years and we are grateful to them, Coralie Farlee for her hospitality, and our DC area allies with whom collaboration is always a pleasure. DONATE to support this action.
PSCCU (Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union) is holding their annual membership meeting is 5:15 PM, January 24 at the PSE Auditorium (MAP) in Bellevue, WA.
Tuesday January 29 in Beacon Hill
Backbone is creating our training calendar for 2013. If you want to book an Artful Activism workshop or multi-day training designed for the desires, needs, campaign of your community, campus, or organization, PLEASE contact us ASAP so that we can start the organizing process.
CSO Pilot Launched!
Backbone’s Community Solar project on hold while we work to fix the State program. Bill’s recent letter to the community on our solar project explains in detail why we are “pushing pause” and what improvements to the program we are bringing to the Legislature. This week Representative John McCoy submitted a piece of legislation containing a number of these recommendations. We hope that others will be added in the coming weeks. If you would like to help with the effort to build support for these changes in the Legislature and in the Governor’s office, please contact the office.Bill presented a brief critique and suggested changes, as well as a shared the news about and contents of the new legislation.
Congratulations to our sister project Vashon Solar LLC, who are charging forward with their excellent project. Phase one of their effort started generating electricity on Monday, January 14! They were selected by Solar Washington as Project of the Month. Learn more HERE. A sound file of the entire event and PDF files of Bill and other presenters support materials are HERE. Bill’s presentation begins at the 1 hour, 17 minute mark if you’d like to skip to it. DONATE to support our work to advance community solar in Washington State.The Credit Union
PSCCU’s annual membership meeting is January 24. Last month, PSCCU was notified by a firm that tracks credit union performance that PSCCU ranked 3rd in the nation for membership growth, and 5th in the nation for loan expansion. Many of Backbone’s Vashon members are also now members of the credit union. The addition of the Vashon branch has been a transformative opportunity for PSCCU, and has included significant challenges to which the executive staff, branch employees, and board have faced with skill and grace. The membership meeting will be an opportunity to express your support, gratitude, and suggestions for the coming years.PSCCU’s annual membership meeting is 5:15 PM, January 24 at the PSE Auditorium ( MAP) in Bellevue, WA.
DONATE to support our staff expansion.
Deepest gratitude to all those who made end of year contributions! Acknowledgement letters and other expressions of our gratitude will be coming in the next couple weeks. $5,920 to support our efforts came in the last weeks of December and beginning of January. $3,150 of that was matchable new member donations, bringing the total up to $6,300! Thus our end of year total fundraiser total is $9,070!