CapitolStrong is a coalition of civil society organizations working to strengthen and invest in the institution of Congress and the people who serve there. In these challenging days, it is important to recognize the varied faces and stories of congressional and service staff working in the U.S. Capitol. We are coming together in this critical moment for our nation to support and recognize the congressional and service staff working in the U.S. Capitol and to create a space for healing and rebuilding.
The violent attack that transpired on January 6, 2021 is a painful scar on our country and one of our most important democratic institutions. This attack on our representative democracy put lives at direct risk and has shaken and instilled fear in those who witnessed the siege firsthand. The people who serve and work in Congress are a reflection of the diversity 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 to defend the institution in which they serve.
We are fiercely committed to honoring and supporting these public servants who have answered the call to serve and are the lifeblood of the institution of Congress. Our coalition will work hand-in-hand 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.
We recognize that the Capitol community might not feel ‘strong’ in this moment. We recognize that for many the attack felt deeply personal, particularly for staffers of color. Despite this extreme adversity, you showed up and did your jobs to support the functioning of government. This resilience and commitment to democracy is an inspiration to all and together we must recognize the strength you demonstrate as public servants. To congressional and service staffers working on the Hill: We want to hear from you.
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.”
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