Representative Dean Phillips (D-MN-03) introduced a resolution this week to deem January 6 “Democracy Day.” The resolution is also supported by Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN-04), saying that she is an “original cosponsor.”
McCollum tweeted, “It’s imperative that we never forget what happened that day – and remain vigilant in the face of ongoing threats.”
“[January 6th] marks a somber anniversary of one of the darkest days in our country’s history. Future generations can never forget the actions that took place in the U.S. Capitol one year ago and the bravery required to preserve our democracy,” said Phillips. “I am leading this resolution to designate January 6th as ‘Democracy Day’ so that the American people never forget how fragile our democracy is and the vigilance required to maintain it.”
A press release from Phillips said the resolution seeks to ensure “the lessons of the January 6th assault are not forgotten.”
Phillips was assisted by Representative Jason Crow (D-CO-06) in introducing the resolution.
“We must never forget the disturbing events in our Nation’s Capital on January 6th, 2021,” Crow said.
“I saw with my own eyes just how close we came to losing our democracy. As we reflect on the one-year anniversary of this violent insurrection, each one of us must recommit to the founding ideals of our republic. I look forward to celebrating Democracy Day in the years to come as a symbol of that recommitment every year and I’m proud to work with my friend and colleague, Congressman Phillips to make it happen.”
The release from Phillips added that Democracy Day “would commemorate the U.S. tradition of successful and democratic transitions of presidential power and honor the sacrifices of those who have preserved this hallmark of democracy.”
They are proposing hallmarking January 6 as Democracy Day where “state and local governments, civil and educational authorities, and the people of the United States would be urged to observe the day with programs and activities.”
According to Phillips’ office, the resolution is supported by over 45 unnamed lawmakers.
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Photo “Dean Phillips” by Dean Phillips for Congress. Background Photo “January 6” by Tyler Merbler CC BY 2.0.