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January 8, 2021

Statement on this Week's Civil Unrest on Capitol Hill

By Rainey Center

The Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy joins Americans across the nation as we mourn the assault on the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. We also commend the brave efforts of the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police force, the FBI and the National Guard to bring a swift end to the volatile events and mourn the loss of those injured and killed in the line of duty.

"This is a sad day for the people's house and a dark day in our nation's history," said Sarah E. Hunt, co-founder and CEO of the Rainey Center. "Violence is never justified as a means of political expression and we, at the Rainey Center condemn it in the strongest possible terms. This is not the way forward towards realizing the country's vision of a more perfect union. Now more than ever, we need productive, post-partisan dialogue, which is at the heart of the Rainey Center mission."

"We also applaud the bravery and conduct of the duly elected men and women of Congress who were undeterred, despite the heartbreaking events, to complete their work in certifying the electoral votes needed to proceed with a peaceful transition of power," noted Bishop Garrison, co-founder and president of the Rainey Center. "It is our hope that this tragic event will give us pause to examine what unites us as Americans rather than what divides us politically."


The Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy is a post-partisan 501 (c)3 think tank and leadership development community founded on the values of equality, freedom and a more perfect union. Named for Representative Joseph Rainey, a former slave and the first African-American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Rainey Center was founded in 2018 with the goal of empowering the voices of women, minorities and mavericks in public policymaking. For more information, visit or contact

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