About

Well, hi there! Curious about what’s going on? We’ve got answers to some of your burning questions. We’ll update this as the Inauguration rolls closer. Any more questions? Contact us here!

Who is behind all this?

#DisruptJ20 is supported by the work of the DC Welcoming Committee, a collective of experienced local activists and out-of-work gravediggers acting with national support. We’re building the framework needed for mass protests to shut down the inauguration of Donald Trump and planning widespread direct actions to make that happen. We’re also providing services like housing, food, and even legal assistance to anyone who wants to join us.

The DC Welcoming Committee isn’t funded by any non-profits, isn’t connected to any political parties, rejects all forms of domination and oppression, particularly those based on race, class, and gender, organizes by consensus, and embraces a diversity of tactics.

What are you planning?

We’re planning a series of massive direct actions that will shut down the Inauguration ceremonies and any related celebrations–the Inaugural parade, the Inaugural balls, you name it. We’re also planning to paralyze the city itself, using blockades and marches to stop traffic and even public transit. And hey, because we like fun, we’re even going to throw some parties.

We’ll have more information soon on how you can plug into specific direct actions, but if you’re coming to town and looking for one place to go: Come to McPherson Square on Friday, January 20th, starting at 9 AM. We’ll be gathering there to launch actions and regroup throughout the day.

What is direct action?

Direct Action is when you take collective action to make social change without giving power over to an authority or middle person. We don’t ask permission or put our faith in electoral politics, instead, we use our bodies to stop the smooth operation of the system we oppose. Examples of direct action include the ongoing resistance at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the street and highway blockades of Black Lives Matter, or the occupations of public squares during Occupy Wall Street.

But what are you for?

Make sure to check out our call to action if you need reasons to join us in the streets. We fully support the massive and spontaneous eruption of resistance across the United States that’s happened since the election. We’re hoping that #DisruptJ20 can help people find each other, connect issues, and be a part of building a movement for a better world. Beyond that, the DC Welcoming Committee doesn’t feel the need to speak on anyone’s behalf. The anger on the streets speaks loudly enough.

Organizing principles

The DC Counter-Inaugural Welcoming Committee has endorsed the following principals which stand:

DC Organizing principles

  • Talk to Local Organizers
  • Advance Local Organizing
  • Don’t Just Use Our City – Strengthen It

St. Paul Principals

  1. Our solidarity will be based on respect for a diversity of tactics and the
    plans of other groups.
  2. The actions and tactics used will be organized to maintain a separation of
    time or space.
  3. Any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any
    public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events.
  4. We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance,
    infiltration, disruption, and violence. We agree not to assist law enforcement
    actions against activists and others.

A diversity of tactics is vital to accomplishing a vibrant disruption of the inauguration.

We support the right of all attendees to feel safe and empowered while expressing their opposition to the Trump regime and the fascism it represents. All permitted actions are designated as community-friendly, inclusive spaces. Unpermitted and autonomous actions should in no way interfere with or compromise permitted marches. The resistance on J20 begins a new flowering of opposition that will carry on throughout the administration. We encourage everyone to be safe, smart, and supportive of all comrades in all the ways they choose to express dissent.