“This is definitely a next-level direct action. The urgency of climate change warrants such an attempt to disrupt business as usual… to make it impossible for people with decision making-power to go about their daily lives as if we are not in a climate emergency.”
That’s what the New York Times printed about our plans to #ShutDownDC for climate justice on September 23rd.
Last night more than 150 people from nearly two dozen different affinity groups came together to begin to solidify our plans to take bold action during the Youth Climate Strike Week of Action. We organized into three clusters of affinity groups, each committing to work together to shut down a different portion of the city on September 23rd. Many affinity groups have already selected exactly which intersections and areas they’re planning on shutting down.
Want to take action but haven’t figured out how to plug in yet? In order to pull off such an ambitious action, we are organizing in “affinity groups” that are each taking responsibility for planning to shut down a portion of the city and supporting each other to make sure that everyone stays healthy, safe and confident in the streets. Many groups are welcoming new members. Fill out this form and let us know which group(s) you’d be interested in working with and we’ll help you get plugged in ASAP!
We are on the verge of doing something really, really big… but we still have a lot of work to do!
Get trained up!
Over the next 9 days we’ll be offering a series of trainings to make sure that everybody has the skills to be confident, safe and effective on the day of action. We’re constantly adding more trainings to the calendar so keep checking back, but here’s what’s happening over the next few days:
Thursday, September 12 at 6pm — Police Liaison Training
Thursday, September 12 at 7pm — Affinity Group and Direct Action Training
Sunday, September 15 from 2pm-8pm — Direct Action in Affinity Groups 101
Sunday, September 15 at 8pm — How We’re Going to #ShutDownDC — Overview and Orientation (Zoom video conference for anyone who cannot attend a meeting in person)
Monday, September 16 at 7pm — Know Your Rights and Legal Support Briefing (At least 2-3 people from every single affinity group should attend)
Make Some Art!
The art working group is holding weekly art builds every Thursday evening at 8pm. We also have access to two warehouses that affinity groups can use to make arts and props. Email art@StrikeDC.org to get plugged in.
See you next week!
We will be meeting at the Friends Meeting House (2111 Florida Ave NW) on Wednesday September 18th. We will be meeting from 5:30-8:30 PM
5:30pm: Special Guests — New York Times best-selling author Naomi Klein and Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus will be opening our next spokes council meeting beginning at 530 PM in solidarity with our action..
6:30pm: Affinity Group meetings — We are encouraging affinity groups to meet between 6:30-7:00 pm before the spokes at the Friends Meeting house. Likely it will be a great chance to plug new people into your affinity group who will come for the opening from Naomi Klein and Rev Lennox Yearwood.
7:00pm: Spokes Council — Make sure your affinity group is well represented at this critical meeting which is the second to second last spokes council meeting before the action.
We’re ready to take things to the next level! Let’s get ready to #ShutDownDC!
PS. Shutting down DC isn’t cheap. We need money to pay for meeting spaces, art supplies, signs, copies and tons of other things. Can you throw in some cash to help us cover these costs?