Responding to the Assault on Our Capitol
This is no time for half-truths or equivocation. The recent assault on our Capitol was merely the most recent in a long string of white supremacist attacks, encouraged and incited by the President and his Congressional enablers. And if we do not immediately take action, it will only invite more racist violence.
We are at a pivotal crossroads. As Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D. said in her prayer on Sunday, "One of the things I want to make sure we never do is lie about what's happening. Let's never say, 'We've never been here before!' Because we have. Let's never say, 'This isn't America!' Because, in fact, it is." Too often, this kind of hatred and violence has been the story of America. But we always have the opportunity to take a different road.
Here's what you can do:
- The most important next step is CALL, CALL, CALL – call your Senators at 844-447-7270. For a quick suggested script to ask them to #ConvictAndDisqualify Trump from ever holding office again.
- We need to get the word out to people that we can WIN the Senate fight, that members of the public may not know that. Trump’s impeachment vote was the most bipartisan in history.
- If you’re represented by one of the 10 GOP House Reps who voted “yes” on impeachment, please call to thank them, they’ll certainly be hearing from the Trump supporters. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
- And join us in celebrating The People's Inauguration to "tend our wounds, and begin the labor of reckoning, reimagining and remaking our nation block-by-block, heart-to-heart."
Read and watch the clips below to see more ways that Middle has responded to this attack.
By Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D.
"I’m so damn tired of living in a country that treats Black grief as a threat and white rage as a sacrament...
White rage turns violent when beautiful Black trans and queer people dare to walk down the street in freedom; the joy itself incites rage. Chants of Black Lives Matter causes enraged white people to counter that all lives matter. What they really mean is that if a Black life matters, then their white life doesn’t matter enough." Click here to read more
"As an African American woman whose ancestors survived chattel slavery, survived Jim Crow, survived migrating to Chicago, to Omaha, Neb., to places all over the north and raised children and made a way out of no way, though this is who we are and who we've been, I know the good people everywhere can make a change, can transform their circumstances, and that when we bind our hearts together, we can do great things to heal our land and to heal ourselves." Click here to listen to Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D. on NPR
Click here to watch a conversation between Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft and Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D., filmed hours after the attack. In this raw and emotional video, these two incredible leaders show us how to respond to a crisis with poise and prophetic moral clarity.
"White rage is what's happening...white people: if your heart is broken by what happened today, then you need to change your everyday life to fix it.