On January 6th, 2021, there was a violent takeover of the Capitol building by domestic terrorists in Washington, DC that interrupted the certification of a democratically held election, and left four people dead and more injured. This is an unprecedented event that marks the tone of the biggest failure of a presidency in the history of the United States. If you were horrified by the actions of these rioters, here are some things you can do.
- Support the ACLU. The ACLU has condemned in the strongest of terms the attack on American democracy that occurred on January 6th, 2021, and have been a keystone of resistance during the Trump administration. Consider donating to them to help continue their tireless work.
- Contact your Senator. Let them know how you feel about the events of January 6th. You can find your Senator’s information at usa.gov/elected-officials. Elected officials do care about the opinions of their constituents; use your power.
- Listen to people of color. This event has particular meaning to them, and their perspective will enrich your understanding of the events and help you take more effective action.
- Remember self-care. While it’s important to be informed on the events that impact our nation, remember to take care of your mental health. Take a break. Practice mindfulness. Limit your news consumption if necessary.
- Remain engaged. The insurrection that occurred on January 6th will be swept away by the news cycle soon, but there are deeper problems with the American system that allowed this to occur. Remain engaged and active. For example, support those who favor progessive electoral reform.