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Asha Shajahan: What have the events of January 6th brought to light?



Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows gathered to debrief the violent January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol and the implications this assault has had on the future of democracy–an assault fueled by conspiracy theories and former US President Donald Trump himself. From there, they deliberated on how we can depolarize our communities and call civil society into action in order to protect and strengthen democratic societies.

Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellow Asha Shajahan reflects on the storming of the US Capitol on January 6th and highlights the threat misinformation poses to democracy, the uncertainty of the future, and whether these events are representative of the US as a nation.

Asha is one of thirty Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.