The insurrection and attempted coup on January 6, 2021 was yet another example of white supremacy and white privilege in action and it is a threat to our democracy. It is a threat to all our voices, to the lives and safety of our representatives, and most of all to Black, Indigenous, and other people of color who are seeking justice and equity for a better future. The response by law enforcement was also an unsurprising reminder of the institutional depth and grip of white supremacy particularly in comparison to the extreme responses observed against Black Lives Matter protesters throughout the summer. This attempt to disrupt the certification of the election results, encouraged by lies in the media and the words and actions of President Trump and numerous other elected officials is completely unacceptable and contrary to our values as an organization. Along with countless individuals and other organizations we call for the removal of President Trump from office in this letter organized by March for Science.
The systemic racism and white supremacy demonstrated on this day is not isolated to these events, or any other national events for that matter, but still resides within all our institutions. NSPN remains committed to the notion that science policy and advocacy must be founded in actively anti-racist policy, or else it is likely to propogate these racist instutions. Further, social and natural sciences are essential tools in evidence-based policy change that can elevate marginalized voices and institutions. Because the strength of an institution is the coalition of people it builds up it is imperative that all of us, as individuals, as leaders, and members of the community continue to commit to and engage in anti racism both within and beyond our work with NSPN. To address our progress and failings toward Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as an organization and to support our members in anti racism work we are hosting two Town Halls in the next week. These Town Halls are an opportunity for our members to share and to listen. We look forward to this opportunity to come together, to reflect, and to support antiracist actions throughout our Science Policy space and society at large.
The Town Halls will take place on Friday, January 22, 3pm ET and Monday, January 25, 8pm ET. We hope to see you there.