January 06, 2024

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Recognizes Third Anniversary of January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12) released the following statement on the third anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol that occurred January 6, 2021:

"Three years ago today, a violent mob tried to overthrow the democratic process with sheer force. Like many others, I thought I could lose my life that day to the darkest parts of America: hatred, extremism, and bigotry.

“I will be forever grateful to the brave officers who protected the Capitol that day. We must never forget the sacrifice of the five who lost their lives, or the 140 who were injured defending this country. My heart goes out to their families and loved ones, and to all of the members, staff, and service workers impacted.

“Unfortunately, anyone who has been paying attention to this Congress knows the threats to our democracy that led to Jan. 6th are still prevalent. It is more critical than ever for Congress and the nation to shut down misinformation, hold extremist MAGA Republicans accountable for the harm they have done, and protect the right to vote—especially for marginalized Black and brown communities, who have never had the full freedom to make their voices heard.

“I urge my Republican colleagues to stand on the right side of history and refuse to let their party be held hostage by extremists in the coming months. We must all stand together to pass voting rights legislation, protect the fundamental right to vote and the peaceful transfer of power.”