Washington, DC – Today marks one year since a violent insurrection attempted to extinguish the most fundamental tenet of American democracy: the power of the ballot. We honor the courage of the DC and Capitol police who rushed to secure the Capitol and protect their fellow Americans and our democracy, as well as the resolution of countless staffers and Capitol complex workers who found themselves in mortal danger simply for doing their jobs.
Americans of all political stripes must take a clear-eyed view of the challenges currently facing our democracy and guard against the complacency and partisanship that allowed the events of January 6th, 2021, to occur. Policymakers must act quickly and decisively to defend the strength of our democratic institutions, and leaders, from both parties and at all levels, must loudly and conclusively refute the patent falsehoods that continue to undermine American democratic norms. As a first step, we call on the Senate to quickly passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, with 51 votes if necessary.