The Equal Justice Society was one of 70 organizations that sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives today urging Members to vote immediately to impeach President Trump for creating and inciting January 6th’s violent mob attack at the Capitol. The letter (see text below) urged that Trump be removed from office and barred from ever serving in public office again.
EJS supported the 2019 impeachment of Donald Trump. We were among the first groups to call for impeachment inquiries and organized a town hall on impeachment in Oakland with Congressman Al Green in October 2019.
January 11, 2021
Our 70 organizations call on you and your House colleagues to act immediately to impeach President Trump.
On January 6, 2021 President Trump incited a seditious, criminal mob to attack the United States Capitol.
The attack resulted in the Capitol being invaded, trashed, and ransacked; in the death of five people, including a Capitol Hill police officer who was killed in the line of duty; and in the intentional interruption of Congress performing its constitutional duty to count the presidential electors and certify the election of the 46th President of the United States.
President Trump acted in December to create the January 6 mob and on that morning to incite the mob to invade the Capitol.
On December 20, Trump tweeted “Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election. Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild.”
President Trump lit the match and invited the mob attack on January 6 when standing on the National Mall he addressed the gathered crowd.
Trump said, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol,” and “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” Trump also said to the mob, “You will never take back our country with weakness.”
The Trump message was loud and clear, and the mob proceeded to invade the United States Congress, a citadel of our democracy, and wreak havoc in the halls of Congress, an institution created by Article I of the Constitution.
President Trump went on later to say about these criminal and seditious insurrectionists, “We love you,” and “You’re very special.” Trump also defended the ransacking of the Capitol,
tweeting, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away.”
President Trump has presented an incontrovertible case that he is unfit to serve as President. Trump is a clear and present danger to the safety and security of the country and cannot be allowed to continue in office.
President Trump has shown he is willing and able to create and incite a criminal and seditious mob to invade the United States Capitol. There is no way to know what other dangerous and destructive acts Trump is also capable of undertaking in his remaining days in office. Trump must be held accountable for his central role in the invasion and desecration of the Capitol.
President Trump must be removed from office immediately and prevented from ever serving in public office again. Our organizations strongly urge you to begin this process by voting to impeach President Trump as quickly as possible.
Action Group Network
Alliance for Youth Action
American Federation of Teachers
Americans for Financial Reform
Andrew Goodman Foundation
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Brady United Against Gun Violence
Campaign for Accountability
Center for American Progress
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Digital Democracy
Center for Media and Democracy
Clean Elections Texas
Coalition on Human Needs
Coalition to Preserve, Protect & Defend
Constitutional Accountability Center
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Demand Progress
Disciples Center for Public Witness (Disciples of Christ) Earthjustice
Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
End Citizens United // Let America Vote Action Fund
Equal Justice Society
Fix Democracy First
Government Accountability Project
Human Rights Campaign
Lawyers Allied to Uphold the Rule of Law Lawyers Defending American Democracy
Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG)
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) The Loyal Opposition
Main Street Alliance
Mainers for Accountable Leadership
Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action
NARAL Pro-Choice America
National Women’s Law Center
Pax Christi USA
People Demanding Action
People For the American Way
Progressive Turnout Project
Project On Government Oversight (POGO)
Reclaim Our Democracy (MA)
Revolving Door Project
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Sierra Club
Stand Up America
Voices for Progress
The Workers Circle