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Saunders: Jan. 6 anniversary a reminder that democracy must be safeguarded


AFSCME President Lee Saunders issued the following statement to mark the anniversary of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol:

"On January 6, 2021, when a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol because they didn't like the outcome of a free and fair election, democracy itself came under attack.
"This attempt to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power was not an isolated incident. It was part of a larger movement to undermine our governing institutions, to spread dangerous misinformation, to restrict access to the ballot box and disenfranchise millions of Americans.
"One year later, we must remain vigilant about defending the pillars of our system. And that means giving more citizens a voice in the political process, so that the government reflects the truest, fullest will of the people. That's why AFSCME is fighting for swift passage of both the Freedom to Vote Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Arcane U.S. Senate rules should not prevent a majority of senators from protecting and enhancing our most precious rights as Americans.
"These issues matter to AFSCME members, who have historically sustained our democratic infrastructure as champions for voting rights, civil rights and workers' rights. And last January 6, AFSCME Council 20 members who work at the Capitol were put in harm's way but continued to serve with pride even as their lives were threatened.
"The insurrection that took place a year ago today was a reminder that survival of American democracy can never be assumed; it must always be safeguarded and strengthened, no matter how difficult the struggle."

AFSCME members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations, AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

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