An attack on American democracy unfolded before the eyes of the entire world on Jan. 6, 2021. The violent storming of the Capitol that day was a shameful attempt to overturn the 2020 election results. It was a brutal and sobering reminder that white supremacy can go unchecked in our country.
One year later, we know that not much has changed.
Our work at CRC centers on creating a society where people of color and low-income people can live and participate fully and equally in financially stable communities. That starts and ends with our commitment to building an inclusive and fair economy that meets the needs of communities of color and low-income communities by ensuring that banks and other corporations invest and conduct business in our communities in a just and equitable manner. The actions of that insurrectionist mob made it clear that our vision for a just and equitable society is not shared – and it was backed by Wall Street banks. That’s why, in the immediate aftermath of that attack, we called on Wall Street to open its books to a sedition audit that discloses all political contributions made, including donations made directly, through all subsidiaries and executives, and through PACs to Donald Trump and the 147 lawmakers who voted to overturn the election.
We’re still awaiting a public accounting of all its political donations and an accounting for whether Wall Street banks supported – and continue to support – white supremacist organizations through their depository or financing platforms.
That day was not just an inflection point in American history, it was also a reflection of America and its history of white supremacy.
Democracy is fragile and needs our vigilant and unwavering commitment to protecting it. There is still much work left to be done in our country. We are committed to protecting democracy and dismantling the systems that embolden white supremacists so that people of color and low-income people can participate fully and equally in our society. And we will never forget Jan. 6, 2021.