It’s been one year since our country witnessed a mob of violent extremists attack our Capitol. One year since we watched those extremists assault the men and women tasked with defending our Capitol, the seat of our very Democracy. Two Capitol officers died from those attacks, and more took their lives from the trauma of it. These terrorists sought to subvert the will of voters who turned out in record numbers to vote for a new President, a new day, for this country. They were angry because Trump lost in a free and fair election, a record setting election. We cannot, and should not, forget that. As President Biden remarked, “You can’t love your country only when you win.”
As we see an unprecedented assault on the right to vote, in the wake of this attack, let’s increase our pressure on the Senate to pass The John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act. Congress MUST pass effective federal legislation that would prevent new laws from being passed by GOP legislators all across this country, laws that prevent free and fair elections in the future. We must elect Representatives who will protect the sanctity of the vote, of our rights, and of the Constitution they swore to defend.
And as we reflect, one year later, on the events of January 6th, let us remember the lives lost and the trauma of those affected. Let us keep their families and their loved ones in our thoughts and prayers, and honor them by continuing to fight for what’s right, and to protect our Democracy.
-HCDP Chair, Rachel Campbell