The United States was upended on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, with this brazen attack on the U.S. Capitol and on American democracy itself. It was indeed traumatic given the sustained revolt and terror from the riotous siege. We at APPA are shaken by and strongly condemn the violent revolt and tragic events that occurred. These acts do not represent the values or the spirit of the American people, or of our democracy. We must not let the chaos and unrest we all witnessed dim the promise of this new year.
James Baldwin said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Let’s choose to face it by remembering what unites us, not what divides; to live up to the values we aspire to for all people; to love one another visibly, showing kindness, understanding and judging less; to create a healthier and more equitable community for all people. Hatred must not fuel our worst fears and concerns. Love, sacrifice, and service to others is the real work ahead.