Standing Up For Our Democracy

United Way denounces violence at the U.S. Capitol

Two disparate images were on display at the seat of our country’s democracy

yesterday. One was of chaos and terror; the other was of democracy prevailing as Congress resumed its duties to certify the Electoral College votes for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.

As we watched the attack unfold at the U.S. Capitol yesterday, we could only imagine the terror felt by our elected officials and their staffs. We applaud them, including our New Jersey delegation, for their bravery in returning yesterday evening to uphold the basic tenets of our democracy.

We believe that standing up for the peaceful transition of power is nonpartisan. It is our duty as Americans to condemn yesterday’s violence and pledge to protect our democracy.

It is that image of democracy at work, and the pursuit of the common good, that fuels our United Way as we affirm our dedication to racial and economic equity for ALICE and every person in this country.

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ALICE   is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, and represents the growing number of families who are unable to afford the basics of housing, food, child care, health care, technology, and transportation. These workers often struggle to keep their own households from financial ruin, while keeping our local economies running.