Here are twelve issues that the The Light Brigade Network gave visibility to in 2013. At the point of this writing, there are 40 Light Brigade affiliates nationally and globally that comprise the Network. Part of the power of this collective of tightly knit brigades is their ability to coordinate actions in sync with national and international campaigns and issues. The following are some of the collaborations that particularly gained traction within the collectivity.
Black Friday Protests
The Light Brigade Network stood peacefully outside of Walmart stores during nighttime Black Friday sales to call on people to support worker rights and question consumerism.
March Against Monsanto
Here are all the groups who participated in the first Light Brigade Actions against Monsanto. Fourteen groups including a brand-new group in Sudbury, Ontario Canada joined the effort. The international movement is fighting against the food giant’s threats to consumer safety, ecological health, and family farmers’ welfare. Monsanto is certainly one of the most malicious corporations on earth, and we hope to help bring visibility to their ongoing crimes against humanity.
The network again came out for the second major March Against Monsanto actions later in the year.
No War With Syria
Four brigades in the network came out to shine their opposition to any military involvement in the Syrian conflict. We were part of a massive “mobilization for peace” that involved hundreds of thousands of people around the globe. The peacemakers, in this small instance, prevailed against the war machine.
ALEC Convention Protests
The People’s Bandwidth shined brightly to enlighten Americans on the take over of their democracy by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), who happened to be holding their National Conference in downtown Chicago. While ALEC’s purchased politicians were once able to attend annual meetings covertly, there is now – thanks to efforts like these – increased visibility to go along with the political purchase price.
Bradley Manning Verdict
When the Bradley Manning verdict was handed down five Light Brigades immediately went out to express solidarity with Manning and discontent with the implacable flexion of the State’s repressive muscle. The little guy, of course, loses – but at least people are watching how the asymmetry of power operates.
Trayvon Martin Verdict
Headed by the NYC Light Brigade’s visit to a Times Square Protest, eight brigades were out with messages in support of justice for the tragic execution of Trayvon Martin. These were very emotional and intense actions within each community and the Light Brigades served as both testimonial and heartfelt vigil.
Wendy Davis Filibuster
When Wendy Davis made her historical filibuster against a regressive bill stripping the reproductive rights of women, messages of support were beamed across the country. We took strength and power from her own courageous marathon, and we in turn hoped to give concrete tokens of our support through direct witness of artful protest.
Defense of Marriage Act Ruled Unconstitutional
Light Brigade groups across the country celebrated on the day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled The Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. This has been stunning to see the change in attitude towards LGBT rights, and it is a powerful lesson to those who might feel disheartened by contemporary intractable stupidity regarding basic human rights.
Boston Marathon Bombing
When the Boston Marathon bombs exploded, killing innocent bystanders, the Light Brigade Network put aside plans to continue with their week long campaign of “Tax Evaders” actions targeting corporate welfare and instead quickly arranged non-partisan support messages for the victims and those affected by yet another American story of tragic public violence. These vigils are among the most powerful actions that the Light Brigades perform.
Tax Evaders Campaign
The Light Brigade Network was part of a carefully coordinated campaign highlighting major corporate tax evaders during the weeklong build-up to Tax Day. We worked with the Projection Action Network, multiple coordinating groups, and Mollyindustria Radical Game designers for a complex and highly effective week of disruptive and entertaining actions.
Tar Sands Blockade Week of Action
The Tar Sands Blockade organized a week of action where Light Brigades came out to shine their opposition to dirty Alberta tar sands being pumped through a future Keystone XL pipeline. The Light Brigade Network has worked closely with multiple environmental groups in opposition to the destructive toxicity wrought by capitalism’s brutal logic of maximized profit and externalized environmental and social costs. The Light Brigades are proud to play a small part in this massively growing resistance.
One Billion Rising
A day of action calling for an end to violence against women and girls was the focus of a number of Light Brigade responses. Violence against women is often overlooked within activist communities, and is just as often intertwined with multiple social issues, especially those of poverty, hopelessness and fundamentalist religious conservatism.
Idle No More
The growing Idle No More movement, which works for indigenous rights and land and water protections was represented by multiple Light Brigades in the network, and is interconnected with all of our work on environmental sanity, water quality, respect for life, and disgust with the unfettered arrogance of the global cast of Resource Extractors.
All of the groups and causes above indicate an ongoing commitment towards coalition building as we span both real and metaphoric bridges in an effort to directly engage politics and democracy, and to directly address the seemingly insurmountable catalogue of issues facing our planet in these times.
The Light Brigade Network is:
Milwaukee – Wisconsin, the birthplace of OLB:
Overpass Light Brigade
Bay Area Light Brigade:
Fresno Light Brigade: https://www.facebook.com/FresnoLightBrigade?fref=ts
Overpass Light Brigade- Los Angeles :https://www.facebook.com/OverpassLightBrigadeLA
Overpass Light Brigade – San Diego :https://www.facebook.com/OverpassLightBrigadeSanDiego
Colorado Springs Light Brigade :https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoSpringsLightBrigade
Denver Overpass Light
Occupy Gainesville Light Brigade :https://www.facebook.com/occupygainesville
Tampa Light Brigade :https://www.facebook.com/tampalightbrigade
Orlando Light Brigade :https://www.facebook.com/OrlandoLightBrigade
Occupy Orlando Overpass Light Brigade :https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Orlando-Overpass-Light-Brigade/543878765663512
Atlanta Light Brigade :https://www.facebook.com/OverpassLightBrigadeAtlanta
Occupy Hilo Light Brigade – Occupy Hilo page:https://www.facebook.com/OccupyHilo
NILB – Northern Illinois Light Brigade :https://www.facebook.com/4NILB
Overpass Light Brigade – Chicago:
Overpass Light Brigade – New Orleans :https://www.facebook.com/Overpasslightbrigadenola
Seacost Overpass Light Brigade:
Light Brigade Maryland :https://www.facebook.com/LightBrigadeMaryland
OLB – Massachusetts :https://www.facebook.com/OverpassLightBrigadeMassachusetts
West Michigan Light Brigade :https://www.facebook.com/WestMichiganLightBrigade
Northwoods Revolution: Minnesota Ogichidaag Light Brigade
Detroit Light Brigade:
NYC Light Brigade:
Monsanto Light Brigade (New Paltz, NY) :https://www.facebook.com/events/277707969032544/
Corvallis Light Brigade:
Portland OLB :
Overpass Light Brigade OSO (near Salem) :https://www.facebook.com/OverpassLightBrigadeOso
Occupy Harrisburgh Light Brigade:
North Texas Light Brigade :https://www.facebook.com/pages/NTLB-North-Texas-Light-Brigade/124098511097441
OLB – Austin : https://www.facebook.com/OLBAustin
Autonomous Light Brigade : http://autonomouslightbrigade.org/
Occupy Moab, Utah : https://www.facebook.com/OccupyMoabLightBrigade
Backbone Campaign Light Brigade:
OLB – Fox Valley, WI : https://www.facebook.com/OverpassLightBrigadeFoxValley
Penokee Hills Light Brigade (no light on map):
Western Wisconsin Light Brigade (WWLB):
Sudbury Light Brigade:
Light Brigade Cologne / Germany