For Immediate Release
January 6, 2022
One Year After the January 6 Insurrection, Black- and Brown-Led Coalition Also Honors Organizers Who Delivered Democrats a Victory in Georgia
Washington, D.C. — One year ago today, on the morning of January 6, 2020, we celebrated a stunning victory in two Georgia special elections. That afternoon, a joyful moment was overshadowed by the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a violent mob of white supremacists determined to overthrow a free and fair presidential election.
Rev. Dr. Stephany Spaulding, Just Democracy Spokesperson and Founder of Truth and Conciliation, issued the following statement:
"As we spend today remembering the January 6 insurrection, we cannot forget the thousands of Black and Brown organizers in Georgia who propelled Democrats to a governing trifecta in 2020. We must use this day twofold; to recognize the cracks in our democracy and to uplift those who continue to work tirelessly to put the pieces back together.
We cannot allow Republican rhetoric and support of this heinous act against our country to overshadow Georgia organizers' accomplishments. Countless hours of strategy, planning, and action went into achieving this huge milestone, which has made so much of Biden’s agenda possible. It is vital to honor this victory and the power of Black and Brown voters by ensuring free and fair elections for all –– and to do this, the Senate must urgently eliminate the Jim Crow filibuster to pass critical voting rights legislation.”
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About Just Democracy
Just Democracy is an intersectional coalition with racial justice at its core — uplifting voices from all walks of American life that are too often left out of the conversation. The coalition is made up of over 40 Black and Brown-led organizations working across issue areas. It mobilizes thousands who know that advancing social and racial justice issues first requires bold structural democracy reform.
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