#ShutDownDC came together during the summer of 2019 to organize to respond to the Youth Climate Strikers Call to Action. It is an organizing space where individuals and organizations can come together to organize direct action for climate justice. On September 23, 2019, 22 affinity groups organized blockades of 17 intersections around the District of Columbia, effectively shutting down traffic in the nation's capital.
Over the next several months, DC-based organizers continued together in the #ShutDownDC space to organize a continuing series of actions, trainings, and educational events. From Earth Day to May Day 2020 #ShutDownDC partners organized a series of actions each day confronting the causes and highlighting the consequences of the climate and public health crises. As the 2020 election approaches we are making plans to rise up to confront the Trump administration's attacks on democracy.