BAC STATEMENT ON ATTACK ON US CAPITOL ANNIVERSARY
[Washington, D.C.], January 6, 2022 - BAC President Tim Driscoll issued the following statement on the anniversary of the insurrection and attack against the U.S. Government:
“A year ago, we witnessed an outrageous effort to eradicate the most fundamental tenet of our country’s representative democracy that Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. That consent is determined through elections where citizens across our country exercise their voice in determining their representatives. The citizens of our country exercised their most essential right in November of 2020 and collectively and definitively determined that Joe Biden would be the 46th President of our nation.
“The assault on the U.S. Capitol by rioters on January 6, 2021, was an effort to extinguish the will of the voters of this country by undermining the lawful election process that has governed us for more than two hundred years. In the last year, hundreds of the rioters have been arrested and their trials are ongoing.
“It is imperative that the elected and public figures who were also responsible for the attack face justice. They are culpable due to their dishonest and baseless claims, spreading lies and misinformation to confuse, anger, and divide millions.
“Former President Trump, as well as his enablers and other elected officials who joined in disseminating conspiratorial falsehoods and challenging the certification of the Electoral College results, forfeited their right to participate in the governing of our nation. They should no longer be able to hold public office and face prosecution where warranted.
“In the last year, the falsehoods and misinformation about the 2020 election were used as justification by many state legislators to pass anti-democratic legislation, undoing historic laws that strengthened our right to vote. We support the passage of voting rights legislation by Congress as soon as possible, to protect every American’s voice in their government. Without the consent of the governed, we would no longer have a democracy.”
The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the oldest continuous union in North America and represents roughly 75,000 skilled masonry-trowel trades craftworkers in the United States and Canada, including bricklayers, tile setters, cement masons, plasterers, stone masons, marble masons, restoration workers, PCC and finishers, and terrazzo and mosaic workers.