Remembering Jan. 6
Arguably, the nation is a extra precarious place now than when a violent mob assaulted the folks’s Home. One of many two dominant political events in our nation—in the present day’s GOP—has change into more and more indistinguishable from far-right fringe teams. That was manifestly seen on Thursday when Republicans remembered Jan. 6 by holding vigils for a violent mob they’re making an attempt to recast as martyrs.
A 12 months after the rebellion, Republicans are deeply entrenched in the concept that their solely method again to energy is pretending Jan. 6 by no means occurred. That is why Day by day Kos labored on mobilizing candlelight vigils of grassroots supporters all through the nation and throughout race, place, celebration, and background in a day of remembrance.
Be part of us in holding insurrectionists accountable with these actions:
No president must be above the legislation
A 12 months after a violent mob compelled its method into our Capitol, evident questions nonetheless stay: Is the Justice Division being too chill about prosecuting insurrectionists? Keep in mind these pipe bombs outdoors the DNC and RNC? So far as what precisely occurred that day, and who was accountable, that’s one query the Jan. 6 Committee is looking for out.
Mounting proof suggests a number of elected Republicans helped plan, promote, and excuse the occasions of the rebellion. However because the committee continues its efforts to grasp the assault and stop it from ever occurring once more, it’s being stonewalled by Donald Trump’s allies, who refuse congressional subpoenas by claiming government privilege.
Abuse of government privilege is nothing new. In 1792, George Washington refused to provide Congress with paperwork associated to a navy marketing campaign in opposition to Native Individuals. In 1804, Thomas Jefferson refused to adjust to a subpoena to testify on the trial of former Vice President Aaron Burr. This sample has repeated all through historical past, it doesn’t matter what celebration was in cost, as a result of nothing in our legal guidelines or the Structure addresses government authority to withhold info from legislatures, the courts, or the general public.
As we bear in mind the rebellion, it’s essential for our lawmakers to implement insurance policies that can forestall the subsequent one. That is why California Rep. Adam Schiff has launched the Defending Our Democracy Act (PODA). This invoice would root out corruption, rein in presidential abuses of energy, and strengthen our system of checks and balances.
Along with your assist, Day by day Kos’ in depth campaigning to move PODA by grassroots activism helped the invoice move the Home of Representatives in December. We now proceed our work to make sure it additionally passes the Senate and lands on President Joe Biden’s desk.
Assist us cease the nest rebellion by taking these actions:
The Senate MUST ship on voting rights
Each President Biden and Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer have expressed that voting rights are their present precedence. Whether or not it is shrewd political maneuvering or not, Sen. Schumer has introduced one other self-imposed deadline of Jan. 17—the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday—to behave on saving democracy. And we’re right here to carry him accountable.
Day by day Kos is continuous our work each on the Freedom to Vote Act (FTCA) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Development Act (JLVRAA). We’ve organized a number of letter-writing campaigns and cellphone banks, which have generated tens of 1000’s of constituent letters and cellphone calls. We’re additionally sustaining stress on West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, to make sure they ship the voting rights reforms their constituents, in addition to voters all throughout the nation, need.
If you wish to present your assist for shielding our voting freedoms, listed here are some actions you may take:
The Day by day Kos Activism workforce is grateful to all of you, our grassroots supporters, for organizing, mobilizing, and sending cellphone calls, texts, and letters as we combat for the problems that matter most. Let’s proceed the combat into 2022 and past so we will create a greater future for us all—collectively.
And don’t neglect to go away us suggestions beneath on what actions you’d prefer to see the Activism workforce work on subsequent.