Storming the Capitol

How each of us viewed the spectacle of White men storming the US Capital yesterday puts the focus on what our worldview is.

As these and other statements point out, there is a huge difference in how this situation was handled, versus law enforcement responses to protests by Black people in this country.

It’s obvious to anyone paying attention that if this were Black people, the police response would have been more violent, and perhaps deadly. We have seen it before. When Black protesters showed up to the Capitol to mourn our dead during summer 2020, we were met with tear gas, beaten, run-over, and jailed in our thousands for simply holding vigils and rallies. Still, the people who broke into the building today, armed and ready to incite violence in an attempt to halt the confirmation of a fair democratic election, were met with little to no recourse or mass arrests.

Right now, we’re calling for our people to stay home, stay safe, and stay vigilant (follow M4BL channels for ongoing updates). We keep us safe. This moment has been triggering for many, especially those who know the sting of tear gas and the trauma that comes from interactions with police.

Take care of yourselves and one another, and know that the work we did together is and will continue to be powerful.
In solidarity and power,

Movement for Black Lives

The armed takeover of the Capitol was explicitly white supremacist, violent, and not based in any truth or justice. Their sense of entitlement has been seeded by the disproportionate response they continuously get from the state, the police, the right, and the left establishment. This is just another reminder that in this settler, corporate-owned “democracy”, people in power will do nothing in the face of white supremacist violence and the disintegration of our collective social structures. If this was #BlackLivesMatter… There has already been so much violence towards our comrades for so much less — like literally walking down the street and being Black.

They let them in, Rising Tide North American, Jan 6, 2021

What’s happening at the Capitol right now is an insurrection. What we’re seeing is a mob attack on our country and on our people, brought on by a president who refuses to accept that millions of us turned out to stand with and for each other and elect new leaders by overwhelming margins.

This violence is a threat to democracy. This angry mob of armed white people inside of our Capitol is threatening our government, including the very Republican leaders complicit in this attack.

This is happening because of the encouragement of some Republicans and the silence of others. They spread lies about this election in order to undermine the will of the people and desperately attempt to hold onto power they clearly do not deserve.

What’s worse, this was spawned by a president who has encouraged violent crackdowns on non-violent Black protesters. This is a stark reminder that in our country, the seat of power is a comfortable and welcoming space for white supremacist violence.

At CCI, we believe in democracy – a society where the people have the power to govern. We believe that every vote and every person counts. 

Iowa CCI & CCI Action joint statement on today’s mob violence on the U.S. Capitol

We are appalled by the violence shown by demonstrators who stormed the U.S. Capitol today.  We believe firmly in people’s First Amendment rights to peaceful protest; however, the violent attack by mobs who endanger others and thwart democracy is unconscionable and devastating to the country.  A peaceful transfer of power to President-elect Joseph Biden must occur.  

We are grateful for the outpouring of support from friends and Friends across the world.  FCNL staff are safe. We will offer a longer statement tomorrow. 

FCNL Decries Attack on U.S. Capitol By Violent Mob By Diane Randall, January 6, 2021

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