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Rev. Sharpton to Testify Before the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Session on U.S. Capitol Insurrection

Jan 12, 2021

New York, NY (January 12, 2021) — On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, Rev. Al Sharpton will join members of the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as other civil rights leaders to demand justice and accountability after the attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. The emergency hearing, to be held and viewed on the CBC Facebook page at 12pm EST, will come on the heels of the FBI warning of a repeat of this deadly insurrection at Capitols in every state on Inauguration Day. There will be a media availability immediately following the emergency session via Zoom. To RSVP and receive the Zoom link, email [email protected]

Five people are dead and countless others are recovering from injuries after Donald Trump and his supporters, including sitting and newly-elected Congressmembers, incited the deadly violence on Capitol Hill. Donald Trump will never take responsibility for the anarchy he caused, and now some of the very Congressmembers who supported the insurrection have the nerve to call for unity.

This attempted coup once again revealed two Americas: one where peaceful demonstrators fighting for the rights of Black people are tear-gassed, beaten, and jailed; and the other America where White Supremacists can openly storm the iconic symbol of our American democracy, physically attack police officers, vandalize every corner of the U.S. Capitol, and slowly be held accountable.

Rev. Sharpton will also cite NAN’s own August 28th March on Washington where over 200,000 attendees convened peacefully as proof that there were two sets of standards. NAN underwent stringent requirements including security check-ins, COVID-19 temperature and PPP checks as well as working with the police, local government, and other authorities to obtain permits and more.