This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we will find ourselves just ten years from plunging irreversibly into a catastrophic climate crisis driven by fossil fuels that threatens our collective survival. Months ago, young people from all around the world put out a call for urgent direct action to confront the climate crisis. Today, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are finding ourselves in a much different world than the one we were living in when we first started preparing to answer that call, but it is clear that bold direct action is as essential as ever.
The COVID-19 pandemic has cracked open the veneer of our economic and social system. It’s putting the inequities in health care, wealth, housing, education, and much more on full display, and exacerbating existing crises. And unless we stop them, the politicians and lobbyists will continue to take advantage of this pandemic to suppress the vote, funnel hundreds of billions of dollars to their corporate cronies, and loosen already inadequate environmental regulations.
In the 10 days between Earth Day and May Day (International Workers Day) we’ve been taking direct action online AND in person (safely) to disrupt the interlocking systems that are threatening our collective survival and build a collaborative framework for a healthier, more just and sustainable world.
Join us on May Day (Friday, May 1) to swarm the Capitol and White House. Come by car, bike or on foot. Wear masks and other appropriate personal protective equipment and keep eachother safe by practicing appropriate physical distancing. Leave your torches and pitchforks at home (for now) but bring signs, banners, pots, pans and other noise makers.
If you’re coming by car, line up along Constitution Ave. facing East starting at Constitution and 7th NW. Stay in your car but dial into our Zoom conference for updates!
If you’re coming by bicycle or on foot meet in McPherson Square.
12:30pm: #ShutDownDC Zoom and Live Stream Begins
1pm: Gather and line up
2pm: People’s Bailout Action-ar starts -- We all start moving!
2:30pm: Bang pots and pans, honk your horns and make some noise!