A Message from Our Director Regarding the Events at the US Capitol

9to5, National Association of Working Women Denounce Events at US Capitol

Statement of Executive Director Leng Leng Chancey


ATLANTA — In response to events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 9to5, National Association of Working Women Executive Director Leng Leng Chancey issued the following statement:

“What we witnessed yesterday was not just an attempt to undermine our democracy, it was a clear demonstration of the violence wrought by white supremacy, conservative extremism, and xenophobia while we watched scenes of destruction without accountability in sight.

Marginalized communities are all too familiar with the regular assaults on our communities for the benefit of white supremacy and toxic ideology. There is no amount of calling for a “turn to a new chapter” or “a return to decency” that will erase the reality that white supremacy is embedded in the bones of this nation. And that caustic, fear-mongering, irresponsible actions of elected officials incited a white supremacist insurrection at the Capitol yesterday. 

This is a sobering reminder of what we’re up against. A system that caters to upholding the power of a few over the many, while rooted in racist, sexist, classist foundations that continue to permeate every inch. 

Many say they are speechless, but I am not. I am even more resolved to continue our work towards liberation. Like all of you, I am determined to build a future where white supremacy and violent oppression has no place and where our communities can thrive. 

Organizing and uplifting those most directly impacted by intersecting oppressive systems is key to harnessing power to achieve this future. I have faith in us and in our communities that we can achieve this.

The runoff election results in Georgia is a prime example of the power we have as a community to make history. A multiracial, cross class movement led by Black women made what was deemed impossible by outsiders a very true reality. Georgia organizers, community leaders, and voters from across the state came together to demand change and elect new leadership, just as they did in November. As some seek to sow chaos among us, remember these moments of clarity and hope. 

We add our voice with other organizational partners in demanding accountability for the actions that took place yesterday. In the meantime, we will continue to fight for a better future for working women and our families. 


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