Editor’s note: This press release was provided the Progressive Women of Pelham.
Pelham — Progressive Women of Pelham (PWP) urged immediate action today to respond to the violent insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Executive Director Paula Wood stated “This attack on our country was incited by a dishonest, treasonous president who broke his oath to faithfully execute the office. We urge our fellow citizens to demand justice. We must prosecute these violent insurrectionists, investigate the politicians who aided and abetted them, and restructure a law enforcement system that clearly protects some while harassing and dehumanizing others. The lack of preparation and response we saw to a group of violent white terrorists, compared with the mass arrests and violence inflicted on peaceful demonstrators around the country this summer, reinforces and legitimizes the justice demands of the Black Lives Matter movement.”
“We have been in touch with our Representative, Jamaal Bowman,” said Communications Director Liz Massie, “and communicated our strong support for his swift leadership in declaring this attack an attempted coup, and calling for the impeachment of the president for willfully inciting this unprecedented violence on our Capitol and our democracy.”
Progressive Women of Pelham has further called for the formation of House and Senate committees to investigate Members of Congress whose words or acts may have violated 18 U.S.C. Chapter 115 on Treason, Sedition, and Subversive Activities. Says Policy Director Deborah Lowery Knapp, “the attempted coup yesterday is a crime of the most serious magnitude, and we have called upon Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to begin the process of ensuring that our laws are not violated without appropriate repercussions. Members of Congress who incited, supported, or abetted this unlawful attack must face the full consequences of the law and be expelled from Congress. The Department of Justice must also identify and apprehend civilian attackers and any co-conspirators, and it is patently clear that such an investigation will need to begin with an inquiry into who was responsible for security.”
In communications with Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, the group noted that there was an astonishing disparity between law enforcement’s aggressive response to the organizing of Black Lives Matter protests and the relatively tepid reaction to the attack on our Capitol. Executive Board Member and Director of Finance Solange Bitol Hansen points out “When Black people protested in DC, after the death of George Floyd, we were met by National Guard troops, police equipped with assault rifles, shields, and tear gas, all prepared for battle. It must be stressed and the hypocrisy called out that a mostly all white mob was given a free pass and unobstructed access to our national Capitol, congressional offices and historical monuments and documents. If the insurrection yesterday were Black people, we would have been tear gassed, battered, and shot, with mass casualties and arrests.”