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The January 6 insurrection in the U.S. Capitol jolted our political landscape. It was a traumatic inflection of the Trump presidency that caused deaths, destruction, and soul-searching questions of how we can possibly become a unified country. We felt disbelief that an angry mob, fueled by lies and hate, would invade the Capitol and wreak violence to prevent the peaceful transition of power and further assault our democracy.

In the weeks after the insurrection, we see, yet again, the depth and breadth of the cancerous white nationalism that plagues our country. It manifests the white supremacy that has denied equality and continues to do harm.

"This is how we practice fierce love." - Diane Randall

Those who perpetuated the Jan. 6 insurrection must be held accountable and prosecuted for their crimes. We are governed by the rule of law, and we recognize that adhering to the rule of law promotes justice. We cannot have peace or unity without justice. The world we seek requires us to pursue truth. It requires us to recognize that of God in every person and to work for a world where every person’s potential may be fulfilled.

This is how we practice fierce love—to reject violence, to pursue truth, to listen, and to be in dialogue. Listening deeply to others in our communities and with our congressional offices—even when they do not share our views—is a positive step to resolve these ongoing crises. Every day, we have opportunities to create a better world.

We live at a time where the call to love our neighbors, no exceptions, requires us to be both practical in our advocacy and spiritually grounded in our interactions.

This is how FCNL works—with a readiness to speak truth, listen deeply, and lobby for the world we seek. We are grateful for your participation; it is so vitally needed as we seize the opportunities before us.

Diane Randall

Diane Randall

General Secretary
Diane Randall is the General Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Diane leads FCNL’s staff to effectively educate and lobby for the policies and legislative priorities established by FCNL’s General Committee.

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