The National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) responded to the January 6 attack in Washington DC, in which rioters encouraged by President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol during a joint congressional session to vote for Joe to confirm Biden and Kamala Harris.
NEA: We have to come together
NEA President Becky Pringle said: "Trump supporters forcibly stormed the US Capitol today to prevent Congress from confirming that President-elect Joe Biden won the election."
She stressed that "these seditious attacks are based on years of vitriol, hatred and bigotry" and "what we are witnessing today is an attack on our country and our democratic institutions".
“We need to come together – just as we did in the record elections – to show our students that we will stand together against politicians who incite violence and against those who act on it. We will stand against those who empower the insurgents who forcibly stormed the Capitol and try to overthrow the will of the people. We will protect our democracy. The world is watching. Our students are watching, ”said the NEA leader.
Pringle also pointed out that her country has not seen such an event in recent history and that it is difficult to make sense of what is happening, let alone explain it to the children. "But it's important to remind them that Americans are banding together to support justice and democracy," she said.
Important takeaways are:
- The violence in the US Capitol is an attack on the country and its democratic institutions.
- Most children are more aware than we realize, and many educators and parents have spoken openly with them about the racism and bigotry they have witnessed or witnessed.
- The continuation of this discussion is now of vital importance.
AFT: Call for Trump's immediate impeachment
"Donald Trump made it clear why he shouldn't be president. He made it possible for terrorists to storm the US Capitol and threaten the lives of duly elected officials while the world looked on in horror," said AFT President Randi Weingarten.
For them "this reprehensible failure of the executive branch to protect the legislature is incomprehensible, and for the security of this country Trump cannot resign his office soon enough".
“Today was not a protest, it was a riot; President Trump, his accomplices and allies are guilty of incitement and must be held accountable. It starts with Trump's immediate impeachment, ”she argued.
Weingarten also claimed that "American democracy is stronger than Donald Trump" as "a record number of Americans amid a deadly pandemic, a crushing recession, a long overdue reckoning of racial injustice and an ongoing climate crisis." voted for decency, competence and progress in last year's presidential election – Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Despite partisan and irritable attempts to undo the will of these voters, democracy prevailed today. "
"We will teach our children this moment for centuries and work to restore the trust of future generations in the faithfulness of our peaceful transfer of power," said the AFT President.
He stressed that democracy was tested in the last presidential election by "the inability of a grown man to lose, which threatened the great American experiment," and that "a stronger leader would have used this moment as an opportunity to make his own." Reviving scraps of the Presidency, restoring order and condemning violence, she exclaimed, "Let us begin now to rebuild our more perfect Union, based on the voices of the many."
Resignation of Betsy DeVos: Good release
After the Capitol attack, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned, saying President Donald Trump's role in encouraging the mob that broke through the US Capitol on Wednesday was "the turning point" and "amazing kids are watching and learning." from us ".
This makes her the second cabinet member, after Minister of Transport Elaine Chao, to resign because of the incident. Some key White House employees have also resigned.
DeVos sponsored private schools and universities, including diverting government support for them.
AFT's Weingarten sent a brief statement on DeVos' resignation: "Good Liberation". Pringle of the NEA said, "Your complicity, cowardice, and utter incompetence will be your legacy."