Statement on the January 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol Building Riot
The Alaska Black Caucus releases the following statement from ABC President/CEO Celeste Hodge Growden on the senseless acts of violence attacking our democracy:
“On January 6, 2021, the Alaska Black Caucus, along with the rest of the world, witnessed violence, reckless abandon and riotous behavior carried out by domestic terrorists. We unequivocally condemn these acts and those who incited the violence. The acts conducted in our nation’s capital city were the manifestation and culmination of reckless leadership, a pervasive misuse of power, and anarchy. Moreover, it brought with it the undercurrent of deep racial hatred. This on full display as the rioters carried Confederate flags, hung nooses, and paraded white supremacist symbols. While done under the baseless guise of voting fraud, these scenes highlight a key point… when these rioters decree, ‘Election Fraud’, what they really are insinuating is that too many Black people voted. Even before the election results were in, these individuals settled on ‘count every legal vote’ as their mantra — at least in cities like Atlanta, Detroit, or Philadelphia, all of which have a large, if not majority, of Black residents. This declaration is a crucial difference from “count every vote” and service to charge illegality in service of eliminating Black votes.
We at the Alaska Black Caucus serve to protect the Constitution Rights of Black Alaskans. This includes our right to vote! The seditious and unwarranted acts that occurred yesterday will not deter us from our mission. We charge our lawmakers to take swift action to hold those accountable and continue to protect the Black community and the Black vote.”
Alaska Black Caucus COVID-19 Vaccine Position Statement
We recognize and understand that there are fears in the Black community regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Our goal is to ensure you make an empowered and educated decision regarding receiving or not receiving this immunization. We strongly recommend that you receive this vaccine since people in our community have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. We see this as a way to protect our people, our businesses, and our legacy. We encourage you to seek COVID-19 resources that are rooted in science and not fear.
Some places to look include:
Letter from the President and CEO, Celeste Hodge Growden
Yes, we’ve reestablished the premier non-partisan organization that came into existence back in the 1970’s and had a three decade run. The purpose, then as it is now, of the Alaska Black Caucus (ABC) is to assert the Constitutional Rights of African Americans. We will achieve this by…
Actively involving the Caucus in the decision making processes in the community as a contributing partner with decision-makers and representative bodies affecting the lives and livelihoods of African Americans.
Supporting and working in areas which help to advance the educational, cultural, political, and economic well-being of the African American community.
Acting as a liaison and coordinating entity for the various POC interests within the community and State.
Making available accurate and timely information on relevant issues and areas of concern to POCs and their progressive supporters.
Creating awareness that the struggle to achieve total equality has not yet been achieved.
Emphasizing the ever-increasing need for African Americans and POCs to make renewed attempts toward attaining these goals.
Celeste Hodge Growden
Alaska Black Caucus President/CEO
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world.” – HARRIET TUBMAN