Our Response to the US Capitol Events

January 7, 2021

Yesterday’s events at the Capitol were shocking and distressing. But, sadly, they were not surprising. The violence and symbols of hatred on display were the result of actions by the president and his allies. The muted response of Federal security forces – in stark contrast to their overwhelming use of force against peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters – is a clear demonstration of racism at the highest levels of our government.

Some have rushed to say that “this is not who we are.” Yet, this is a part of who we are as a country, and we need to come to terms with reality if we are ever going to live up to the ideals of a multi-racial, multi-ethnic democracy. Those ideals are also an important – and ultimately more powerful – part of who we are.
We need not be helpless observers. The work to bring people together to have difficult conversations about racial equity and justice must be done now. Everyone needs to be brought to the table to understand the roots of our deep divisions.  And then we must find ways to repair injustice together so that we can work together to create a democracy that works for all people.

We know that this work will not be easy. We also know that many of you are courageously moving ahead to bring people together across difference, to create a new way of living together, and solving our collective problems.

We stand with you.  

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