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Like you, we watched the events unfolding at the U.S. Capitol last week with outrage and heartbreak. On the heels of an unruly mob’s attempt to undermine the results of our national election, the ACLU’s national board voted unanimously to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, citing the role he played on January 6, as well as his continued efforts to undermine the results of the election.
Many of Tennessee’s congressional representatives and senators also supported and spread false, unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud – a concern that has been rejected by the courts in over 60 legal challenges. Tennessee State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver tweeted a photo from the U.S. Capitol the day of the riot, calling it an “an epic … day gathering with fellow Patriots.” Her single subsequent tweet to date, posted several days later, failed to even mention the violence – instead repeating false claims of voter fraud.
What we saw was a dangerous attack on American democracy. We know that we will be dealing with the consequences of the events that took place for quite some time, but we wanted to come together to respond to the moment: particularly focusing on moving forward with electoral integrity and a deeper commitment to racial justice.
On this special episode of At Liberty, you’ll hear experts from the ACLU in conversation: Monica Hopkins, the Executive Director of the ACLU of the District of Columbia, who will also act as moderator, Jeffrey Robinson, ACLU’s Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality, and Dale Ho, Director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.
It is against this fraught backdrop that the Tennessee General Assembly reconvened on January 12, and one thing is clear: we need you by our side this legislative session.
We will be closely monitoring and lobbying during this year’s legislative session, and we urge you to join us holding our elected officials accountable. Together, we will persevere through this moment and advance justice and equality in Tennessee.
Follow the legislation and learn how you can take action here.
Join us for our webinar, Civic Engagement in Tennessee 101, on Tuesday, January 26 at 6 pm CT/7 pm ET and learn more about how you can get involved. Register here.