Boston, MA — Gubernatorial candidate Danielle Allen issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the insurrection in our nation’s Capitol:
“Many of us remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we first heard the news of the insurrection, one year ago today. My heart goes out to everyone who experienced the trauma of that day firsthand in our nation’s Capitol — and to people across our Commonwealth and around our country who have dealt with the pain and fear of seeing our democracy in danger. We knew our democracy was in trouble — but now we know just how deep the trouble is, and what dire straits we’re in.
“These are dark and difficult times. We’re facing not only threats to our democratic system, but also the grave challenges of the pandemic, the climate crisis, racial injustice, and entrenched inequality. Yet in the face of those challenges, there is hope — precisely because of our democracy. Our democracy allows us to come together, weigh in, and build solutions that empower all of us. Because of that, throughout our history, we’ve been able to turn every moment of crisis into an opportunity for transformation.
“As we remember the events of January 6, 2021, we have the opportunity to once again turn crisis into positive change. Strengthening our democracy is not out of reach. We have the tools to do it — from pushing for full participation from every eligible voter, to rebuilding our information ecosystem to check the anti-democratic effects of social media. Let’s recommit to our democracy, and reimagine it to bring in all our voices. Let’s find common purpose, and come together to tackle our collective challenges. This is how we begin to find hope, and a path forward together.”