Sadness and Outrage on January 6 Anniversary: Time for Urgent Action to Protect Democracy and Our Right to Vote

Thursday, January 6, 2022

For Immediate Release:
Contact:
Roger Kerson, rkerson@democracyinitiative.org, 734.645.0535

Sadness and Outrage on January 6 Anniversary:
Time for Urgent Action to Protect Democracy and Our
Right to Vote

The following statement is from Charly Carter, executive director of the Democracy Initiative:

“We mourn today for the lives lost on January 6 during an unprecedented attack on our democracy. Sadly, the brutal actions of Capitol Hill rioterswho tried to disrupt the peaceful transition of powerwere no surprise to those of us from the Black community. The awful history of relentless attacks against Black, Brown and indigenous people, especially when we stand up for our rights, cannot be erased. 

“We’re sadand we’re outraged that so little has been done to prevent the next insurrection, or to protect our right to vote. Instead of building on record-breaking voter turnout in the midst of a pandemic in 2020, Republican state legislators are passing laws which make it harder to vote. Many of these measures are specifically targeted at blocking access to the ballot in Black and Brown communities. 

“After a year of unconscionable delay, the U.S. Senate will soon act on voting rights. It’s about timeand arcane, outdated Senate rules must not stand in the way. The first order of business must be a debate on how to fix or nix the filibuster. Reform of unfair Senate rules is essential to protect not only our right to vote, but also to address workers’ rights, immigration reform, gun violence, and the growing danger of climate change.”

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The Democracy Initiative is a coalition of 75 organizations with a collective 45 million members fighting for workers, civil rights, social justice and the environment. It was founded in 2012 to fix undemocratic Senate rules, expand access to the ballot, and combat the influence of big money in politics. DI partner organizations are united in their commitment to realizing the promise of American democracy where all people have an equal seat at the governance table.