Piscataway, NJ – Over 125 residents signed the following letter, organized by the Piscataway Progressive Democratic Organization and the Piscataway Youth Progressive Organization, to Congressman Pallone, U.S. Senators Booker and Menendez, and Members of the NJ Congressional delegation:
January 19, 2021
Dear Sen. Booker, Sen. Menendez, Congressman Pallone and members of the NJ Congressional Delegation:
We were appalled and dismayed by the coup attempt on January 6, 2021 and the related actions to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election, including Georgia Senate runoffs. We are thankful that none of you or your staff were harmed in the direct attack. We send our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to Rep. Watson Coleman who contracted COVID-19 as a result of being in protective isolation with GOP members who refused to wear masks during this traitorous attack.
It is no accident that after a strong majority of voters, especially Black and Brown voters, used their power at the ballot box to reject Trump and his GOP that Neo-Nazi and other fascist forces attempted to overturn the results. The disparity between the police response on Jan. 6 stands in stark contrast to the excessive force repeatedly shown to Black Lives Matter supporters and anti-fascist activists. Our nation’s systemic and institutional racism was on full display, as marauders carried a Confederate Flag through the Capitol and proudly sported Nazi slogans, killing at least five people. All of the people involved in organizing and executing this attack must be held responsible for their actions, and full and public accounting must be made so that we can ensure these forces do not regroup.
It is deeply disappointing, but not surprising that members of Congress who have supported Trump continued to do so after this deadly coup attempt and showed their true values by voting to overturn the election. We urge you to remove, by impeachment if necessary, Donald Trump as soon as possible. Further, we urge you to join Rep. Cori Bush’s effort to hold accountable every Member of Congress who incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election. They must face the consequences of their actions, as they have broken their sacred Oath of Office.
We are at a crucial moment for our democracy, and everyone involved in aiding, abetting and encouraging this coup must be held accountable before we can move forward. We urge you to stand against these traitorous white supremacists and remove them all. We look forward to seeing you co-sponsor Rep. Bush’s legislation in the House of Representatives and moving similar legislation in the U.S. Senate. There can be no unity without accountability.
Thomas T. Jones