For Immediate Release: January 6, 2021
Contact: Lee Morrow, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-601-7871
Catholic Lobby Responds to the Violent Siege of the U.S. Capitol
Sr. Simone: “We are watching a violent effort by extremists to overthrow the United States government.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the siege of the United States Capitol by violent extremists inspired by President Trump’s conspiracy theories and lies, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice released the following statement.
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice said:
“We are watching a violent effort by extremists to overthrow the United States government. I call on every Republican Member of Congress to condemn this violence.
“As Republican Senators attempted to overthrow the will of the people by rejecting the vote of the Electoral College, President Trump called his supporters to mob the United States Capitol grounds. These violent extremists attempted to take control of the center of our federal government by force. Never before has it been more clear: who we elect matters. The words and actions of our President have directly led his supporters to sedition and insurrection.
“Today and for years to come, every American must answer this hateful, white supremacist effort to subvert a fair election with total rejection.
“We the People are for the common good. We are for community. We are for caring for one another especially those marginalized by systems of oppression. We will continue to name hatred and lies and ensure that truth and justice are at the heart of our nation and our people. Our nation is better than this, and I expect all of our elected officials to denounce these crimes.”
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice – advocates for justice inspired by Catholic Sisters – educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation. They have a nearly 50-year track record of lobbying for critical federal programs that support those at the margins and prioritize the common good. www.networklobby.org