Global Access Pipeline Statement on the January 6 Capitol Attack and Cultivating Democracy

As a consortium of organizations and individuals committed to ensuring that historically minoritized communities are represented in the international affairs arena, the Global Access Pipeline is saddened and appalled by the events that took place at the Capitol on January 6. The actions of all those involved represent a longstanding currents of white supremacy that has continued to challenge our country’s progress in meeting the ideals of our democracy.

At the same time, we are heartened by the incredible efforts of the organizers and community groups – many led by women and people of color – who have invested time, energy, and resources to ensure every voter in Georgia could participate in the run-off election.

Wednesday’s events represent the damaging results of racism, ethnocentrism, and political divisions that have been exacerbated over the last four years but Tuesday’s run-off represents the constructive possibilities that community building can bring in advancing the ideals laid out in our constitution. GAP remains committed to collaborative efforts that dismantle the systems that enable events like those that took place at the Capitol and elevate the work that represents the aspirational principles of our democracy.