What we saw unfold in the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an attack on our country, our people, and our democratic process, incited by a president who refuses to accept the results of one of the most secure elections in our country’s history.
Make no mistake: this was an act of terrorism. An angry mob threatened our government, stated that they wanted to kill elected officials, and stormed the Capitol building. Many stood back, acting with complicity.
CLUE condemns violence and threats in all their forms, and calls on local, state, and federal officials to do the same.
While the scenes coming from Washington yesterday were scary and unnerving, we believe that there are reasons to be hopeful and to trust that our democratic structures can continue to withstand these assaults on our democracy. The democratic process cannot be stopped by violent terrorists.
The next 14 days are crucial, and they may be fraught with more violence and terrorist attacks. CLUE will continue to monitor the situation on the ground, both here in Southern California and across the country. We will be reaching out soon to invite you to an online event where we can be in community with one another.
In the meantime, stay safe and stay hopeful. And know that we are not alone. Together we will prevail. Our collective is strong, with good hearts that will allow us to do the healing work that is ahead.