Two years ago on January 6, 2021, our democracy faced a historic threat when violent insurrectionists stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election. As a result, lives were lost, dozens sustained serious injuries, and our nation was traumatized.
As we reflect on that consequential day, the LWV must continue to uphold the freedom to vote for all Americans. We must work to pass federal voting rights legislation that will protect voters from discrimination and empower those who’ve been historically suppressed at the ballot box. We must push back against the disinformation that aims to sow distrust in our democracy.
On January 6th, 2023, many League of Women Voters chapters around the country will hold Candlelight Vigils, “Lest We Forget: Votes not Violence,” to commemorate the events that occurred on January 6, 2021. The light of the candle on January 6 is a reminder that the voting process in our country is safe, secure, and representative of the will of the people.
We encourage members of our community to put a candle/light in their window to commemorate the events of January 6, 2021 as a sign of the continued importance of actively supporting our democracy and our solemn intention to do so.