February 1, 2023
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500
RE: SOTU address should not overlook the need to protect our democracy
Dear President Biden:
Our organizations write to emphasize that the State of the Union (SOTU) address on Feb. 7 offers an important opportunity for the President of the United States to remind Americans that our democracy is alive and well and that those who threaten our democratic institutions will not be tolerated.
This nation came close to losing democracy on Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob inspired by the former president ransacked the Capitol Building in an effort to tear down the right to vote and end the long-established tradition of a peaceful transition of government. We were thrilled to see the administration lean in and comment loudly on the lack of tolerance our nation has for hate speech, extremism, and threats to our democratic institutions earlier this year.
In the wake of the solid findings of the Jan. 6 investigative committee, and the anticipated onslaught on government, law enforcement and the institutions of democracy by some elements in the House Republican caucus, we urge you to continue to beat the drum in the SOTU address that tolerance for others is the pillar of our democracy and of the need for accountability from those who attack our democratic institutions.
This is an opportunity for you again to remind Americans that toleration of all but the intolerant will continue to be the state of the union.
American Constitution Society
American Humanist Association
Build Back Better USA
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
Clean Elections Texas
Constitutional Accountability Center
Defend Democracy Project
Digital Democracy Project
Face the Music Collective
Indivisible Chicago Alliance
Indivisible East Bay
Indivisible Santa Fe
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
Stand Up America
The Workers Circle
Transformative Justice Coalition