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Capitol Vigil To Be Held Calling For Lawmakers To Uphold Democracy A Year After January 6 Attack

Washington, D.C. Vigil to Be Held at the Capitol at 4:45 p.m. ET; Broad Coalition of More Than 100 Organizations Announces Nearly 150 Events Already Planned Across the Country

WHAT: Jan. 6, 2022 marks one year since a faction of elected officials incited armed right-wing militants to attack the U.S. Capitol. One year later, the same faction is working to restrict the freedom to vote, attacking fair voting districts, and quietly preparing future attempts to sabotage free and fair elections. 

On Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, Americans across race, place, party, and background are holding candlelight vigils to say: In America, the voters decide the outcome of elections. To prevent this kind of attack from happening again, advocates are demanding that elected leaders pass urgent legislation including the Freedom to Vote Act, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and DC Statehood. In addition to a national vigil at the U.S. Capitol, nearly 150 events are already planned across the country and this number is increasing rapidly. 

WHO: More than 100 participating organizations and growing from the Not Above the Law Coalition and the Declaration for American Democracy Coalition, which include Public Citizen, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, CASA, Center for Community Change, Center for Popular Democracy, Common Defense, DC Vote, Faith in Public Life, Franciscan Action Network, Indivisible, League of Conservation Voters, League of Women Voters, National Council of Jewish Women, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Organization for Women, People For the American Way, People’s Action, Progressive Democrats Of America, Sierra Club, Stand Up America, SEIU, Women’s March; a more comprehensive list is being updated at www.Jan6UnityDay.org.

WHERE: U.S. Capitol and nationwide. Local event information can be found here.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 at 4:45 p.m. ET

VISUALS: Participants will be holding candles and placards.



The Declaration for American Democracy is a diverse coalition of more than 240 democracy, environmental, labor, faith-based, good government, women’s rights, civil rights, and other groups working together to advocate for the passage of the Freedom to Vote Act and advance other structural changes necessary to realize the promise of democracy for all.

The Not Above the Law coalition is made up of over 100 organizations – ranging from legal, national security, netroots, and many more – committed to protecting democracy and fighting for the rule of law.