January 6, 2021 was a tragic day for our democracy. Encouraged by President Trump and his supporters, armed insurrectionists invaded the U.S. Capitol in a violent attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election.
In the community we wish to create, we want to see an end to all forms of violence and oppression. This was armed violence against one branch of government to prevent them from doing their due diligence as elected representatives.
The terroristic acts must be viewed within the context of 2020’s anti-racism activism. The white supremacist element at the heart of this insurrection cannot be ignored. This group of extremists erected a noose on the lawn of the Capitol and marched through the rotunda and statuary hall wearing neo-Nazi insignia and carrying confederate flags.
There is no place for racism and violence in the future that PCADV envisions—one where all of us can live healthy, stable, and rewarding lives free of not just intimate partner violence, but all forms of violence and oppression.
Though the task may seem daunting after a day like Jan. 6, PCADV will continue the necessary work to create a future without the type of violence that we witnessed. We call on our elected leaders to stand with us in our mission and to condemn the insurrection on Jan. 6. We encourage our leaders to hold those elected officials who stoked the fires of hate and lies that led to these events completely and wholly responsible.
We envision a Commonwealth where, collectively, we create a community that supports all Pennsylvanians in the human right to live healthy, stable, and rewarding lives free of intimate partner violence, and all forms of violence and oppression.
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) is a statewide collaborative membership organization committed to ending intimate partner violence and all forms of violence and oppression.