I have a lot of emotions and scattered thoughts surrounding the events of last week. The joy: Democrats gaining control of the Senate, thanks to the work of Stacey Abrams and other black women dismantling voter suppression. The horror: the insurrection and invasion of the US Capitol by white supremacist domestic terrorists. But as a white woman I want to remain thoughtful about my place in the conversation, and what communities of color have been telling us all along. This IS our America. The hatred, violence, and white entitlement on display weren’t new, only the location was. This is yet another call to action. So let’s get to work. Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas.
First, if you don’t know who your Congressional representative is, you can find them here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
You can write to them to ask them to support impeachment, as well as Representative Cori Bush’s resolution to investigate and expel Republican members of Congress who attempted to overturn the election results and incited violence. https://twitter.com/coribush/status/1348064181279449088?s=21
See the full list of Republicans who voted against certification here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/01/07/us/elections/electoral-college-biden-objectors.html
If you’re a member of the bar in Missouri, Texas, or the District of Columbia you can sign this Petition to Disbar Senators Hawley & Cruz:
Contact your state attorney general and/or the FBI if you have information about anyone involved in the insurrection.
Look through the FBI Capitol wanted list to see if you can assist them in identifying any of the wanted persons. Share on social media asking people to contact the FBI if they have information.
Follow and aid reporters working to identify those involved. John Scott-Railton and Ronan Farrow have already identified several of the terrorists at the Capitol, including a military veteran in armor carrying tactical restraints. Remember to use caution and not dox anyone. Provide information directly to these professionals who go to great lengths to verify identities before revealing them. https://twitter.com/jsrailton?s=21 https://twitter.com/ronanfarrow?s=21
Support the continued efforts of Stacey Abrams and her team, as well as other organizations working to dismantle voter suppression.