By Mike Brand
January 6, 2022, marks the one-year anniversary of the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection, the Renew America Movement wanted to highlight some key resources for you to learn more about the attack on the Capitol and on our democracy.
Some politicians continue to whitewash the events of January 6th. That is why it is so important that we all listen to first-hand testimony, watch footage from that day, and pay attention to the ongoing investigations from the House Select Committee and individual cases.
First Hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol
On July 27, 2021, the House Select Committee hosted the first public hearing to hear from officers on the frontlines who defended the Capitol from the insurrectionists. The Select Committee heard testimony from Officer Harry Dunn, Officer Michael Fanone, Sergeant Aquilino Gonell, and Officer Daniel Hodges.
Video Compilation of the January 6th Attack Shown by the Select Committee
During the Select Committee’s hearing, the committee showed a video compilation of the attack on January 6th. *Warning the video contains graphic imagery.*
New York Times Visual Investigation: Day of Rage: How Trump Supporters Took the U.S. Capitol
The New York Times visual investigations team put together an investigative report that includes the days and weeks leading up to the insurrection, calls for violence, tracking insurrectionists from Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally to the Capitol, and video of the attack happening in real-time. *Warning the video contains graphic imagery.*
For more, see How a Pro-Trump Mob Stormed the U.S. Capitol.
RAM Chat with Officer Michael Fanone
On August 26, 2021, the Renew America Movement hosted a RAM Chat with DC Police Officer Michael Fanone. Officer Fanone was on the frontlines on January 6th, protecting the Capitol from insurrectionists. He was seriously injured when the mob dragged him out into the crowd, beat him, and tased him multiple times. Watch Officer Fanone discuss the attack on January 6th and what he thinks needs to be done to hold those responsible accountable.
January 6th Clearinghouse
Just Security has created a repository of information relating to January 6th hearings in Congress, civil and criminal cases, social media analysis leading up to the attack, and more.
What was President Trump doing while the January 6th insurrection was happening?
Listen to Congresswoman Liz Cheney discuss new first-hand testimony that details what former President Trump was doing while the January 6th insurrection was happening. The testimony states that Trump was watching the attack unfold on television while he refused to do anything to condemn the attack or attempt to stop it.
Resources for Teaching About the January 6th Insurrection
As we approach the anniversary of January 6th, many of us will find ourselves discussing the events with our children, friends, and family. Some of you may even be teachers with a classroom full of students who are looking to you for answers. The University of Michigan has put together a number of great resources that you can use yourself or to teach others about January 6th, misinformation and disinformation, conspiracy theories, and more.