Liz Butler (a.k.a. Liz Paulson) is a long time activist and an organizer for Shut Down DC and vice president of organizing and strategic allegiances for Friends of the Earth Action. She is also featured on the Movement Catalyst website.
Big Oil Billionaires - Profits over people block party!
On June 8, 2022, Liz Butler was part of a Movement Catalyst action called "Big Oil Billionaires - Profits over people block party!" Shut Down DC retweeted the event, which was viewed 283 times on Twitter as of June 16, 2022.
Earth Day to May Day
- "Throughout the week of April 27th we'll take bold direct action online AND in person to shut down business as usual and create space for a healthier and more sustainable world. Each day of the week will focus on a theme to highlight the ways that the climate crisis threatens our communities and lifts up our opportunities to build resilient alternatives.
- April 27 - Environmental Justice Right Here Right Now
- April 28 - Bail Out the People and #CancelRent
- April 29 - Hold the Corporations Accountable
- April 30 - Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground
- May 1 - International Workers Day
- "Earth Day to May Day is in the books. It was definitely not the mobilization that anybody was imagining three months ago and this is one of the most challenging organizing landscapes most of us have ever seen. But right now bold direct action is just as essential as it's ever been.
- "Plans came together, got scrapped, started over, and somehow we made something pretty powerful happen. I'm so incredibly grateful to be in struggle with such a brilliant, creative, resilient, supportive network of people.
- "Katie Donnelly, thank you so much for being my partner in crime through all of this. I love you so much and I'm so lucky to have you in my life.
- "Avi S. Li, @Sara, Barbara Elizabeth Dale, Farzona Comnas, Will Flagle, @Rahsaan, @Nathan, Anna Dell'Amico, ya'll did so much to make sure that bikes, cars, trucks, and paint rollers were all moving when they needed to. Your work and commitment made all this happen and your energy and creativity made it beautiful.
- "Helen Luryi the way you plugged into logistics and kept things on task (even when we really didn't want to be on task) was incredible and this scale of activity could not have happened without you.
- "Laura Beth from the beginning, your design work tied this sprawling project together and made it into something coherent. And when the world changed those images told the story when our numbers in the streets couldn't.
- "Hope Neyer, everything turned upside down on you when school closed and you headed back to Ohio... but you stayed plugged in and you were a key part of making all of this happen!
- "Kaela Bamberger you bounced back from such a hard time and then jumped right back in to turning our muddled ideas about actions into a coherent narrative.
- "Drew Hudson as always you came through from afar to fill in so many gaps and help us connect with the voices from the front lines.
"Bring the City to a Standstill"
Liz Butler was featured in a Washington Post article dated September 23, 2019 by Hannah Natanson discussing mob action "timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York."
From the article:
- “It’s Washington, D.C. The decisions that are made in this town don’t just affect the people in the U.S., they affect the globe every day,” Butler said Sunday. “I think people around the world are counting on us to be able to stand up in D.C.”
- "Organizers hope to bring “the whole city to a gridlocked standstill,” according to the group’s website. To do so, they will target “key infrastructure” likely to have the biggest impact on District residents’ and commuters’ ability to get around, according to the site."
- "Participants are targeting heavily-trafficked intersections and streets, according to Butler, though she declined to say which ones. Shut Down D.C. has published several maps detailing information about traffic volume, levels of employment downtown and sites where prominent oil and gas lobbyists work.
- “Our goal is to bring the city to a standstill … there will be people throughout the city focusing on making that happen,” Butler said.
Resisting Trump Action Camp
Resisting Trump Action Camp was a "series of trainings and workshops in DC" organized by self-proclaimed anarchist group DisruptJ20. The trainings were planned from January 14-16 2017 with the goal of disrupting the 2017 inauguration of Donald Trump. Liz Butler was invited to a meeting "for anyone who is wanting to organize a blockade of a check points on the Day of Trumps Inauguration." She was also invited to the Checkpoint Planning Call.
Left Up To US Closed Facebook group
99% Spring National Training team
Joshua Kahn Russell March 19, 2012 near Washington ·
The 99% Spring National Training team! — with Moe Fitzsimons, Jenny Marienau, Gregory W. Fries, Amy Faulring, Linda Ewing, Lindsay McCluskey, Trishala Deb, Robbie Samuels, Terri Nilliasca, Randall Smith, Jodeen Olguin-Tayler, Nadine Bloch, Mark Provost, Jason Javier, Justin Haaheim, Harmony Goldberg, Deirdre Cybele Smith, Liz Butler, Heather Box, Myla Ablog, Samantha Corbin, Amara Possian, Samantha Miller, Rebecca Sobel, Wu Chang, Camilo Viveiros and Camilo Viveirosiros.
Movement Strategy Center
George Bush Inaugural Protests
- Brian Becker, Co-Director, International Action Center
- Liz Butler, Organizer, Coastal Rainforest Coalition
- Gail Dixon, Board Member, Green Party->Washington, DC
- Adam Eidinger, Coordinator, U.S. Justice Action Network
- Jennifer Kirby, Organizer, Homes Not Jails
- Bob Rodgers, Vice Chair, Voter March
- Linda Schade, Organizer, Justice Action Movement
- Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Co-Founder, Partnership for Civil Justice
- About (accessed on June 16, 2022)
- Big Oil Billionaires - Profits over people block party! (accessed on June 16, 2022)
- Tweet Promoting 'Big Oil Billionairs' action June 8 2022 (accessed on June 16, 2022)
- April 22-May 1 Earth Day to May Day (Accessed on September 3 2020)
- Patrick Young Facebook Post dated May 3 2020 (Accessed on September 3 2020)
- ‘Shut Down D.C.’: What you need to know about the protests that are creating gridlock in Washington (Accessed on September 3 2020)
- U.S. Justice Action Network (Accessed on September 3 2020)