FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2021
Alyson Malinger, West End Strategy Team
National Council of Jewish Women Calls for Removal of President Trump
WASHINGTON – National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) calls for the removal of President Trump. In response to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, NCJW CEO Sheila Katz released the following statement:
“For more than 125 years, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has worked tirelessly to ensure that every person can cast a vote and have their vote counted, including working to pass the 19th Amendment, fighting for the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, and expanding access to the ballot today. Yesterday’s effort to thwart the will of the people, interrupting Congressional efforts to certify the results of the Electoral College at the suggestion of the president, strikes at the very core of our democracy. It was voter suppression plain and simple.
“This attack on our democratic process was encouraged and incited by the President and it must not go unanswered. We demand the immediate resignation or removal of President Trump, who incited and encouraged violence as a form of attempted voter suppression of 80 million people, including people of color and historically marginalized populations who voted in record numbers this election. The actions of the crowd, draped in racist, white supremacist and antisemitic clothing and flags, endangered the lives of everyone present in the Capitol. Furthermore, President Trump refused to de-escalate the crisis and instead effectively showed approval for the destruction within the Capitol Building and the disruption of the process of counting Electoral College votes.
“If President Trump remains in office, we cannot trust that he will not attempt to once again overthrow the results of the election, engage in mass voter suppression, and incite more violence.
“NCJW calls for prosecution of the domestic terrorists who broke federal law and threatened the safety of all present in the Capitol and demands an investigation into why the city of DC’s request to deploy the National Guard in advance of planned violence was denied until it was too late.
“Just months ago, peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters a mere two miles away near the White House were attacked with tear gas and rubber bullets and arrested in large numbers. Peaceful protestors were met with violence, but yesterday the domestic terrorists who destroyed property, trespassed, instigated violence, and violated federal laws while attempting to overthrow a fairly decided election were able to walk away. The reason is clear: systemic racism. We must do better. NCJW will work with our advocates across the country, our partners, and our elected officials to demand justice.
“At NCJW, we value our constitutional protections that are echoed in our Jewish values –safeguarding our bodily autonomy, securing our right to a fair election, and ensuring the safety of all people in this country. President Trump has proven he is not fit to uphold our laws and it is time for him to resign or be removed from office before he can cause any more damage.”
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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 180,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.