A group of creative protestors organized roving dance parties throughout Washington, D.C. to draw attention to corporate polluters contributing to climate change.
Calling themselves WERK for Peace, the group of about 150 people joined hundreds of other climate change protesters in shutting down D.C. streets on Monday. According the LGBTQ+ newspaper Washington Blade, the dance protest began at 7 a.m. near Union Station and moved about the city from there, blocking motorists who contribute to pollution by driving instead of taking public transit, walking, or biking.
\u201cOut here shutting down DC for climate justice. STOP PIPELINES NOW! KEEP IT IN THE GROUND! #ShutdownDC @350_DC @sunrisemvmt @GretaThunberg @mdc_dsa\u201d
Police arrested 26 people throughout the city during the protests, which opened the typically gridlocked streets to pedestrian use. None of the dancers faced arrest because their blockades were brief.
"We know that climate justice affects marginalized communities around the world," WERK for Peace Co-Founder Firas Nasr told the Blade. "And at the front of those marginalized communities are queer and trans people who are disproportionately affected by the climate catastrophes just as people of color and disabled folks and indigenous folks, undocumented folks are also disproportionately affected."
Among the targets of Monday's protest were Walls Fargo Bank and the American Petroleum Institute.
A 2018 report shows that Wells Fargo has a particularly bad record when it comes to damaging the environment. The bank helped fund dangerous pipelines despite protests from a range of indigenous and environmental groups. The company has also come under fire for plans to capitalize on climate change, using natural disasters to hoard more wealth.