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April 16, 2021
Bay State, National Nonprofits Condemn Assault on U.S. Capitol

January 9, 2021 — Leaders of Massachusetts nonprofits condemned Wednesday’s assault on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, calling it “a dark day for our country“ and “shameful and seditious,” sentiments echoed by their national counterparts.

“This is a dark day for our country,” said Paul Grogan, president of The Boston Foundation. “When people in power spread lies about the democratic process and then leverage the belief in those lies to justify extra-constitutional action, we shouldn’t be surprised when violence results, and they should be held accountable.

“We are witnessing an attempted coup, an act of domestic terrorism, wrapped in white privilege. To tolerate it is to be complicit in it.”

Elaine Ng, chief executive officer of TSNE Mission Works, a Boston-based provider of advisory services to nonprofits, said, “Yesterday, we witnessed the outcome of the hatred, vitriol, dogma, lies and conspiracy theories espoused by elected officials charged with the sacred duty of leading our country and who are sworn to uphold and defend our Constitution and democracy.

“The attempt to incite a riot to overturn the result of a free and fair election is a shameful and seditious act, reminiscent of dictators and demagogues.”

The Boston Bar Association said, “The rioters did more than attack a building or a political institution. They attacked the founding premise of our democracy, the rule of law – best defined by John Adams when he wrote that ours is a “government of laws not of men.”

Proclaiming that “American democracy came under siege today,” Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, said, “America’s charitable organizations are united in opposition to the actions of the mob that stormed the ultimate symbol of democracy, the U.S. Capitol.”

Ana Marie Argilagos, president and CEO of Hispanics in Philanthropy, quoted in The NonProfit Times, said, “We witnessed a violent mob of white supremacists intrude on our democracy in action. This will go down as a stain on our democracy and national security.”

Daniel J. Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector, issued a statement that said, in part, “A line was clearly crossed. By any metric, this is unacceptable as it jeopardizes public safety, puts people’s lives at risk, and derails our revered election system.”

Grogan called the Jan. 6 riot “the last desperate gasp of a cancerous political and social movement.”

He also called on the general public “to share my hope,” acknowledging the “tens of thousands of dedicated people who are committed to improving our community, our region, and our nation. Our collective actions are driving real change. Together we will not be stopped.”

Noting that “we cannot let white supremacy and hatred win,” Ng added, ”We must continue to vote, organize, and protest to demand our rights, and create the country that we want to live in.

“Yesterday’s insurrection is evidence that our democracy can be fragile, and that our collective work is critical and urgent now, more than ever”.

Jan. 12 Updates

Eva Millona, president and CEO of Boston-based Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition: "I’m sure you, like me, watched in horror last week as our nation’s Capitol Building was attacked by extremists intent on overturning the results of the presidential election. This wasn’t simply an assault on a building – it was an assault on our democracy."

Cambridge Community Foundation: "The incident underscored, yet again, the racist and systemic biases and inequities that are ingrained in our country. It was yet another call to understand our shared history and proactively work for racial justice and equality in our nation and our communities."

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