The Other Big Lie

“Thank you for sharing. I was on the Hill and didn’t see these vigils on the news. You have lifted my spirits.” ~ response to our Twitter thread spotlighting pro-democracy actions on January 6. (Photo source: Senator Chuck Schumer’s Twitter)

Countering Despair

Five written pieces reflecting on January 6 to read and share:

  1. How Worried Should We Be About Our Democracy? Jeremy Engle and Michael Gonchar, New York Times.
  2. After the Insurrection: How Domestic Extremists Adapted and Evolved After the January 6 US Capitol Attack. Jared Holt, Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) at the Atlantic Council.
  3. One Year After Jan. 6, the Hard Right Digs In. Michael Edison Hayden, Hatewatch.
  4. The American polity is cracked, and might collapse. Canada must prepare. Thomas Homer Dixon, The Globe and Mail.
  5. Jimmy Carter: I Fear for Our Democracy. Jimmy Carter, New York Times.

The greatest sin is embracing despair as a value. This is a serious moment but we are resilient. Recharge with these stories:

  1. US jury awards $25m in damages over Unite the Right rally. BBC News.
  2. Oregon House expels state Rep. Mike Nearman, plotter of state Capitol incursion. Dirk VanderHart, Oregon Public Broadcasting.
  3. Kentucky Nights: A Story of Unexpected Endings. Eric K. Ward.

Defending democracy means examining lessons at home and abroad. These stories provide inspiration and concrete examples for your community:

  1. Defeat of extremism in Greece holds lessons for the US and other societies. Social Change Initiative.
  2. Militias, MAGA activists and one border town’s complicated resistance. Tay Wiles, High Country News.
  3. Portland Business Alliance calls for an end to ‘political violence’. Joseph Gallivan, Portland Tribune.



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