Friday, January 7, 2022
PAXCHRISTI USA Media Release , January 6, 2022
Media statement from Roxana Bendezú, Program Director of Pax Christi USA, in response to the anniversary of the attempted d’état at the U.S. Capitol during the counting of the Electoral College vote one year ago today:
"In order to analyze and seek long-term solutions, it is crucial that we remember that these types of actions have been supported and led by the U.S. government in different parts of the world at different times. For many of us, the scenes we watched on TV on January 6, 2021 were not only familiar but also triggering. The actions by the crowd present and their supporters around the country are an outcome of an occupiers’ mentality, part of the ‘values’ that the U.S. has promoted for hundreds of years.
We must continue seeking accountability for those involved in the January 6th coup attempt and other white nationalist violence. At the same time, we uplift the people who have and continue to stand on the right side of history. The ones who will never let go of their ancestors’ wisdom and will continue the struggle for liberation. The ones who recognize the actions perpetrated by their ancestors and work hard to create a world where we can all have what we need and thrive. The ones who have migrated recently and are organizing to change policies, domestic and foreign, so that all people can live lives with dignity.
Today, let us remember that we have power within us, many of us call it God. Our command is to collectively organize it!”
For more on the insurrection last year:
Fr. Bryan Massingale’s article in America, “The racist attack on our nation’s capitol”
Media statement from Johnny Zokovitch, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA, in response to the events today at the U.S. Capitol during the counting of the Electoral College vote
Our Prayer-Study-Action e-bulletin, “Let us demonstrate what we stand for,” from the week following the insurrection and the inauguration
“We need to prepare for ongoing insurrectionary violence and address its roots causes,” by Maria Stephan