"As a network of religious, labor, education and community leaders from all walks of life and all political persuasions, we condemn the acts of insurrection and violence in Washington, D.C."
We the leaders of Together Louisiana are shocked and appalled at what happened at the Capitol Wednesday, January 6. The Capitol was disrespected and demeaned by violent acts that threatened the right of every citizen who peaceably engages in the democratic process in our country.
Deliberation, debate, argument, compromise, deal-making: these are the means to advance interests in a democracy. Working with our sister organizations of the West/Southwest IAF, we teach and practice these political skills every day; fighting in a non-violent manner on behalf of the issues that impact families and traveling regularly to state Capitols, City Halls and decision-making chambers to advance these issues. That the buildings and halls of power belong to them is made self-evident in their consistent and persistent presence throughout years of effort. Their work is carried out through hundreds of conversations full of respectful dissent, concession and sometimes victory; in other words, democratically.
What happened at the U.S. Capitol not only endangered the officials, staff members and public safety officers who were present, but endangered our democratic institutions by introducing violence to what has, until now, been a tradition of peaceful transfer of power in national leadership. To arrive at the point of a gun is the weakest form of power in our national leadership and our nation was weakened on January 6 by the use of violence in place of political debate. And we mourn the unnecessary loss of life that occurred that day.
As a network of religious, labor, education and community leaders from all walks of life and all political persuasions, we condemn the acts of insurrection and violence in Washington, D.C., and recall the words of Abraham Lincoln in his second inaugural address at the conclusion of the Civil War: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”
-Lady Carleson, Organizer-Westside Sponsoring Committee/ Together Louisiana
What are We Building?
We’re building a new kind of organization:
- To develop relationships across the lines that have divided our community – the lines of race, political affiliation, denomination, geography.
- To strengthen the leadership capacity and effectiveness of our community members.
- To take action on concrete issues to improve our community’s quality of life.
Membership is open to non-profit organizations in Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, and St. John the Baptist Parishes; including religious congregations, civic organizations, sororities and fraternities and other community-based institutions.