About Us 

#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. 

Community Agreements 

This is a living document, meaning that we can add, remove from, or edit it collectively. Organizing is dynamic and dependent on history. Things change. Language changes. We want to make sure we are keeping pace with broader social changes and conditions, while remaining true to anti-oppressive values.  

 

  • We do not want to reproduce the same violences we are committed to dismantling; thus, we are committed to anti-oppressive principles, transformative justice, and sustainable organizing. 

  • We promote a culture of consent. We respect the safety and well-being of others, as well as their personal boundaries. We will not tolerate any inappropriate conduct, especially harassment.

  • We encourage healthy forms of dissent, as they could potentially reveal important mistakes, absences, or oversights. 

  • We can appreciate multiple truths at the same time. 

    • For instance:

      • Truth: climate change affects everyone. 

      • Truth: climate change does not affect everyone equally.

  • We make space for everyone to participate and push ourselves to take space by participating and being fully present in our work. We center the voices of the communities that are most often silenced.

    • We also respect and value the different ways in which people show up and participate in our actions and organizing.

  • The communities that have been disproportionately harmed by the climate crisis must also disproportionately benefit. Thus, our progress must address the needs of the communities most directly impacted by climate change.