Statement on violent incursion on U.S. Capitol

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Statement from the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Response to the Nationwide unrest as a result President Trump’s determination to illegally remain in power, despite losing the 2020 election.

Yesterday, President Donald Trump incited a mob of right-wing extremists to breach the Capitol and attempt to derail our democracy. These outrageous acts resulted in loss of life and scores of injuries, and all of those responsible must be held accountable.

The Monterey Bay Central Labor Council Delegates met on January 6 and in a unanimous decision:

Resolved to support AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s statement:

“We are witnessing one of the greatest assaults on our democracy since the Civil War. Today’s attempted coup has been years in the making as Donald Trump consistently spews venom, conspiracies, hate and lies to his supporters. They are carrying out his wishes, and far too many Republican lawmakers have enabled and even encouraged this violent threat to our republic. Emboldened by an Electoral College system that creates an avenue for insurrection instead of simply certifying the candidate with the most votes, this is an effort to violate the constitutional rights of every law-abiding American and the labor movement will not stand for it. Not today. Not ever";

And Further Resolved to call for:

  • Members of the House of Representatives to immediately impeach the President
  • Cabinet members to remove him from office, by imposing the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution
  • Judicial application of the language in the 14th Amendment prohibiting those who have sworn an oath of office and then supported an insurrection from holding any federal office.