CapitolStrong is a coalition of civil society organizations working to strengthen and invest in the institution of Congress and the people who serve there. As our country continues to reckon with the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol one year later, it is critical to recognize the varied faces and diversity of experiences of congressional and service staff who work tirelessly to uphold and support our democracy and to create a space for belonging, healing, and rebuilding.
The violent attack that transpired on Jan. 6, 2021 on one of our most important democratic institutions, remains a painful scar on our country. The attack on our representative democracy put lives at direct risk and perpetuated racism, eroding a sense of belonging and personal safety for those who serve the sacred institution.
The people who serve and work in Congress reflect the diverse communities in our country. They come from all walks of life, united in their commitment to public service. They deserve our gratitude and respect, and we owe it to them to stand up for their work and defend the institution they serve.
Over the course of the year, CapitolStrong has shared resources, hosted virtual events, and acted as informal conduits for information about the needs and experiences of those who were impacted by the attack.
We remain fiercely committed to honoring, listening, and supporting these public servants who have answered the call to serve and are the lifeblood of the institution of Congress. Our coalition works together to provide resources for congressional employees at all levels, while sparking a meaningful dialogue on how our country can begin to heal from this assault on our democracy.
Participating organizations adopted the #CapitolStrong moniker to convey their admiration and support for those workers, staffers and community members who experienced the attack and returned to their station to preserve the functioning of our government despite tremendous adversity. We understand that for many the attack felt deeply personal, particularly for staffers of color. Despite this extreme adversity, you continue to show up and do your jobs to support the functioning of government. “CapitolStrong” is not just a hashtag; it is an acknowledgement of the dedication, resilience and enormous contribution of the public servants who work in Congress. To congressional and service staffers working on the Hill: we continue to be here to listen and support you.
April 6, 2021 Blog
To mark the three month anniversary of the violent siege on the U.S. Capitol, CapitolStrong coalition member Congressional Management Foundation penned a blog post describing the long-term impacts of the attack on the Capitol Hill community and providing new resources to staffers.
February 9, 2021 Senate letter
A group of 29 Senators came together to advocate for the Capitol Hill community in a letter to the Architect of the Capitol, Library of Congress, U.S. Capitol Police and the Senate Sergeant at Arms. The letter requests the following:
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We write to express our profound sadness and outrage at the shocking events of January 6, and our commitment to supporting you in these difficult times.
As our colleague, Anne Meeker, recently wrote in an open letter to new congressional staffers,
“The coverage on Wednesday had a frequent refrain: ‘…and staff.’ While the photos were of your bosses scrambling out of Chambers in escape hoods, we know that you were there too, facing the same danger.”
The January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was among the most significant—and tragic—in American history. To ensure that the day’s stories are never lost to time, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society is conducting an oral history project to preserve these memories, and their lessons, for future generations of American citizens, scholars, and patriots. We invite the Capitol Hill and Congressional communities, Capitol Hill residents, Members and staffs, U.S. Capitol building employees, and the families of any person impacted by January 6 to participate in this project. Those interested can share their story and learn more about the project at January6History.org. For those seeking temporary or long-term anonymity, your options are stated in the project’s screening form.
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