Two Year Anniversary of the January 6, 2021 Attack on the U.S. Capital


As we mark two years since the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, we recognize the progress that has been made to reaffirm our commitment to democracy while acknowledging that the forces that inspired the events of that day are still alive and threatening. In the 2022 midterms, Americans overwhelmingly rejected a slate of antidemocratic candidates and proved yet again that American democracy is resilient. Yet there is still work to be done: NewDEAL Leaders at the state and local levels continue to be on the frontlines of the everyday battles to protect our democratic norms, expand and safeguard our voting rights, and push back against the vitriolic political discourse that continues to foment political violence. They and their colleagues who stand for a functioning democracy and against the extremist leaders who wish to undermine it, deserve all of our support. In the coming weeks, the NewDEAL Forum's Democracy Working Group, will release recommendations for state and local officials to foster a safe, secure, and open political environment so that American citizens can continue to make their voices heard. As January 6 Committee Chair Representative Bennie Thompson wrote in the Committee'sFinal Report, "We can never surrender to democracy’s enemies. We can never allow America to be defined by forces of division and hatred. We can never go backward in the progress we have made through the sacrifice and dedication of true patriots. We can never and will never relent in our pursuit of a more perfect union, with liberty and justice for all Americans."