Washington — Congressman Jason Crow is launching a brand new democracy initiative to mark the one yr anniversary of. The Colorado Democrat has created a “Democracy in Action” toolkit to have interaction residents, civic organizations and members of Congress over the subsequent yr.
“Reflecting on the one-year anniversary of the violent insurrection at the Capitol is not just an exercise in history,” Crow mentioned in a press release to CBS News.
The toolkit will embody a concrete checklist of actions to encourage Americans to get extra concerned within the elections course of and to advocate for points they care about as a approach to reaffirm their dedication to democracy. Crow says he hopes the hassle will fight a number of the “disturbing forces” that he believes have been at play for the reason that assault.
“We are facing a surging domestic violent extremist movement in this country, disinformation and misinformation campaigns promoted by foreign adversaries and domestic groups, and we are experiencing an unprecedented assault on our voting system elevating party loyalists over the rule of law,” Crow famous.
The retired Army Ranger is main a bunch of Democratic lawmakers who’re sharing their reflections from January 6 as a part of the observances on the Capitol on Thursday. Crow was trapped within the House Gallery throughout the riot together with different members. Bonded by their expertise, they fashioned an off-the-cuff assist community referred to as “the Gallery Group”. CBS News profiled the group final summer time. It consists of about two dozen House members who textual content and meet frequently.
“One of the things that a lot of us have been doing in the months since January 6, is stepping up to destigmatize,” Crow advised CBS News in June. “It doesn’t matter who you are. When you experience something outside of the normal realm of human experience that’s not natural, it impacts you whether you realize it or not.”
Crow is kicking off his new democracy initiative in his Denver-area district however hopes to develop it to different communities this yr.