Op-Ed: We the People, January 6th Day of Remembrance and Action – A Day of Healing

Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes. (Photo from Elections Systems of the Virgin Islands)
Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes. (Photo from Elections Systems of the Virgin Islands)

Supervisor Caroline F. Fawkes announces that the Elections System of the Virgin Islands joins with the United States of America today on the one-year anniversary of January 6th. The Elections System stands side by side with all election officials and poll workers, voting technicians and other support agencies.

“Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world.” — Sharon Salzberg, American author.

Who was responsible for creating the wound of January 6th, and who is responsible for healing it? All of us. January 6, 2021, was a violent and deadly attack against all Americans – against our country, our democracy, and our freedom as voters to choose the leaders that represent us so that we have a government of, by and for the people.

One year later, the same faction that attacked our country on January 6th is hard at work silencing our voices by restricting our freedom to vote, attacking fair voting districts, and quietly preparing future attempts to sabotage free and fair elections and with it our democracy.

Exactly one year later, Americans across race, place, party and background are holding candlelight vigils to say: In America, the voters decide the outcome of elections.

The promise of democracy is not a partisan issue but a calling that unites us as Americans.

To prevent this kind of attack from happening again, our elected leaders must pass urgent legislation that will protect this country from anti-democratic forces who are continuing their efforts to destroy it.

Coming together, we can prevent another January 6th attack and realize the promise of democracy for all of us — no matter our color, zip code or income — so we all have an equal say in the decisions that shape our daily lives and futures.

Editor’s note: Caroline F. Fawkes is the supervisor of the Elections System of the Virgin Islands.