From Leader Dr. Nori Rost:
In response to a call from Declaration for American Democracy–a coalition of over 230 organizations including Public Citizen and Common Cause – the New York Society for Ethical Culture will be participating in a January 6 Day of Remembrance and Action Vigil. These are being held across the country, organized by local organizations, to commemorate the one year anniversary of the attempted insurrection of our government in 2021.
I will be speaking at, and emceeing, a rally sponsored by the Upper West Side MoveOn/Indivisible Action Group at Verdi Square (72nd St/Bway) from 4:30pm-5:15 pm. I’m writing to invite you to join me in somber remembrance of the tragic day of Jan 6 and as a call to action to defend our democracy. I will be joined by other neighborhood faith leaders, as we hold our signs and our candles (LED tea lights), sing a new song, “Battle Hymn for Democracy” together, and share our feelings and thoughts. We’ll end with a call to action. We will be socially distanced and with proper masks to keep us all safe – please respect this.
It’s been nearly one year since armed right-wing militants attacked our Capitol and tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Since that time the same extremist politicians who incited the attack have tried to block the investigation into the violence, state legislators have passed one anti-voter bill after another, local election officials have faced death threats, and the potential for future election sabotage has only grown.
We must not forget what happened — and we must demand action from our leaders to prevent another attack on our democracy.
That’s why we’re organizing candlelight vigils across the country on Thursday, January 6, to lift up our voices and say: We are One America. This can never happen again. The Senate must act to pass legislation immediately to protect our democracy.
No matter our color, background, or party, most of us believe that people who betray our nation and endanger our lives have no business governing in our name. That’s why we must stand together in this moment.
Please feel free to create and bring pro-democracy signs! If you are not comfortable attending an in-person rally, there will also be a virtual one at 6:30.
This is the website for the nationwide January 6 Day of Remembrance and Action Vigils where you can see the co-sponsoring organizations: https://jan6unityday.org/