A Statement from the Alliance and COA on Yesterday’s Capitol Hill Events

January 7, 2021

January 7, 2021 – Jody Levison-Johnson, president and CEO of the newly merged Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (Alliance) and the Council on Accreditation (COA) issued the following statement in response to the violent protests that led to the storming of the U.S. Capitol and one tragic death in Washington, D.C. yesterday:

“The violent protests that led to the storming of the U.S. Capitol represent a sad and appalling stain on our nation’s history and a travesty of our democratic ideals.

“We stand for a free, just and civil society that represents the voices of all people. That, in fact, is the hallmark of our democracy.

“All people have the right to be heard and in our democracy one way that is exercised is through our right to vote. The people have spoken through their votes, the states have ratified those votes and the courts have upheld those decisions. It is now time for the President and Congress to ensure their commitment to a peaceful transfer of power occurs. This is essential to upholding our democracy and everything we stand for as Americans– equity, a free and non-violent exchange of ideas, and the right and ability for all people and communities to thrive.”


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