We remember January 6, 2021; It can never happen again

By Workers United

A year ago today, a crowd of lawless individuals violently stormed our nation’s Capitol with intent to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election won by Joe Biden. Since then, more than 700 people have been arrested and face penalties of up to 20 years in jail, if they are found guilty of charges of Obstructing an official proceeding in Congress. Those arrested who have pleaded guilty and expressed remorse have faced much lesser consequences, such as house arrest or a few weeks in jail.

The actions of Jan. 6, 2021 were a result of ill-informed and misguided individuals listening to a dictator and his cronies, who till today, continue to spread lies about the election and attack America’s democracy.

Though the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 was a shameful event in the history of the United States, and resulted in two deaths and more than 140 officers hurt, let us also recognize the numerous heroes of the day – Officer Eugene Goodman, who single-handedly diverted rioters from the Senate chamber, Officer Brian Sicknick, who died defending the Capitol, the Senate staffers who saved the Electoral College ballots during the insurgence, and the Capitol and Metropolitan police who risked their lives for democracy.

We should also remember that the investigation into the Jan. 6 insurgence is ongoing, and justice continues to be served as more individuals who were involved in the violence are facing consequences for their actions. There must be accountability by ALL who had anything to do with this insurrection, to ensure that it never happens again.

It is equally important for us to learn from last year’s insurrection, and protect our democracy, which continues to be attacked today with racial gerrymandering and the dilution of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which has made it harder for minorities to vote.

What can each of us do about it?

  1. We must vote out hateful politicians, who fail to value America’s democracy, and who fail to recognize the importance of social, racial, economic, and gender equity, and our climate crisis;

  2. We must encourage Senators to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 and the Freedom to Vote Act

Now is the time to speak up and protect our freedom to vote and tell the Senate that the freedom to vote is essential. Now is the time for action! Call 1-833-312-1833 to make your voice heard to the following Senators:

  • Manchin (WV)

  • Sinema (AZ)

  • Coons (DE)

  • Carper (DE)

  • Shaheen (NH)

  • Hassan (NH)

  • Leahy (VT)

  • Rosen (NV)

  • Cortez Masto (NV)

  • King (ME)

  • Warner (VA)

We deserve to live in a democracy that does not promote hate, but works together for a better future for ourselves and our children.

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