By Guest Author Archange Antoine (New Jersey Clergy Coalition for Justice)
Rev. Ingram, Father Jack, Rev. Pernini, Rev. Collazo, Rev. Irwin, Rev. Owens, Min Antoine. Photo: Courtesy of Pastor David Ford
Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal:
On January 6, 2021 the United States of America underwent a terrorist attack from white supremacist extremists, insurrectionists, radical Republicans and white nationalists. The attacks on Capitol Hill were a failed coup d’état that aimed to kill congressional members and violently overturn the 2020 Presidential election results. These riots have cost many lives, including multiple Capitol Hill officers who have been killed or committed suicide as a result of these criminal activities.
We are now aware that many people, including public officials, government employees, military personnel, law enforcement members and elected officials are under investigation for helping coordinate the terrorist attacks and engaging in illegal activities inside Capitol Hill. Yesterday, two National Guardsmen were removed from the inauguration duties due to their ties with extreme right-wing groups. The FBI is investigating the role of police officers from Maryland, Washington DC, Texas, a firefighter from New York, and countless others for their involvement.
Recently, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill shared her observation of Republican members of congress who allegedly aided and coordinated with the violent mob to attack Capitol Hill. News stations are now reporting that a NJ Army Reservist with secret-level security clearance who is a devout Neo-Nazi and white supremist played an important role in the Capitol insurrection. These are very alarming reports, and as history shows, these attacks will continue. We will see more of these targeted attacks on the local level, against communities of color, especially the Black community.
We demand that the office of the Attorney General open investigations against white supremacist extremists in New Jersey, especially those who were involved in the Capitol Hill terroristic attacks and who pose threats to New Jersey citizens, communities of color, the Black community and the most vulnerable. The Office of Public Integrity and Accountability is not an effective tool to root out dangerous white supremeist extremists. We must be proactive, aggressive and learn from the unpreparedness of Washington DC intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
NJ Clergy Coalition for Justice
Pastor David Ford, Sr.
Father Jack Martin
Rev. Dollie Hamlin
Dr. Ronald L. Owens
Dr. Michael Granzen
Rev. Ramon Collazo
Rev. Archie Cummings, Jr
Rev. Howard A. Bryant
Minister Archange Antoine
Rev. Carmine Pernini
Rev. Kathryn Irwin
Bishop Wayne L. Johnson
Rev. James Moore
Rev. William Ingram
Deacon Joseph William
Pastor Barry Wise
NJ Clergy Coalition for Justice is focused on policy issues that bring social, economic and political justice to oppressed and disenfranchised groups of people. They exist to help organize and build coalitions of faith leaders and community leaders to advocate for Justice in New Jersey. They can be contacted via email at email@example.com.