Statement on the Jan 6 Insurrection in DC

Dear friends, colleagues, and partners,

Yesterday's insurrection in D.C. breached not only the U.S. Capitol, but also much of what we hold dear with respect to democratic norms, constitutional safeguards, and social commitments. Thankfully, as evening came, we saw a bipartisan commitment to reaffirm some of those principles and uphold the importance of truth and justice. Still, our social fabric remains in tatters, misinformation abounds, and marginalized communities continue to suffer disproportionately from the pandemic and ongoing structural barriers.

As we start a new year, our Center vows to move even more strongly—in collaboration with our partners in government, philanthropy, business, and community—to advance our shared values of inclusion, sustainability, and equity.

Karthick Ramakrishnan
Professor and Director
Center for Social Innovation, UC Riverside