Statement in Response to the January 6 Storming of the U.S. Capitol Building

US Capitol Building Washington DC
US Capitol Building Washington DC. Source: Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_U.S._Capitol_Building,_Washington,_D.C.jpg

We condemn all actions and actors that encouraged or participated in the insurrection and desecration of our nation’s Capitol and endangered our democracy’s long history of peaceful transfers of power. As a statewide network of history-social science educators, the California History-Social Science Project is resolved to defend our democratic ideals in order to take a stand against this and any demonstration of racism, injustice, and abuse of power.

We commit to meeting the needs of teachers and their students by providing opportunities for discussion, creation, and community. We will continue to work towards transforming history education to reinforce democracy, to fight against the scourge of white supremacy, misinformation, polarization and distrust that has infected our body politic. 

We will actively support teachers who work to defend our Constitution, who courageously teach the unvarnished and often difficult truth about our history, our government, and our society, and empower their students to be changemakers in their own communities. This is not the time for the pretense of neutrality; we must not give a platform to those who oppose our democratic ideals, including nationalists, extremists, and white supremacists. 

We invite all educators in California to join with us to discuss what we can do to help students make sense of this moment and empower them to advocate for democracy, justice, an end to racism and hate, and build a better future for all of us.

Nancy McTygue, Executive Director, California History-Social Science Project

Emily Albu, Advisory Board, California History-Social Science Project

Rachel B. Reinhard, Site Director, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Shelley Brooks, Academic Coordinator, California History-Social Science Project

Daisy Martin, Director, The History & Civics Project at UC Santa Cruz

George C. Bunch, Professor of Education, UC Santa Cruz

Devin Hess, Academic Coordinator, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Nicole F. Gilbertson, Site Director, UC Irvine History Project

Mary Marki, Professor of History, Long Beach Community College; Advisory Board, California History-Social Science Project

Gary F. Dei Rossi, Chair, Advisory Board, California History-Social Science Project

Beth Slutsky, Academic Coordinator, California History-Social Science Project

Cecilia Tsu, Associate Professor of History, UC Davis; Faculty Advisor, UC Davis History Project

Tuyen Tran, Assistant Director, California History-Social Science Project 

Daniel Diaz, Director, The UCLA History-Geography Project

Amparo Chávez-González, Lead Coach UCLA History-Geography Project 

Pedro Nava, Associate Professor, Santa Clara University; Advisory Board, California History-Social Science Project

John Rogers, Professor of Education, UCLA

Phyllis Goldsmith, Special Projects Coordinator, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Stephen Aron, Professor of History, UCLA; Advisory Board, California History-Social Science Project

Amanda Podany, Professor of History, Cal Poly Pomona; Advisory Board, California History-Social Science Project

Katharine Cortes, Associate Director, UC Davis History Project 

Stacey Greer, Director, UC Davis History Project 

Jason Muñiz, Academic Coordinator, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor, Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean, UC Davis; Statewide Faculty Advisor and Advisory Board, California History-Social Science Project

Kate Bowen, Elementary Consultant, California History-Social Science Project

Charley Brooks, Project Associate, The History and Civics Project at UC Santa Cruz

Lisa Hutton, Elementary Specialist, California History-Social Science Project; Professor and Interim Dean at CSU Dominguez Hills

Shennan Hutton, Grade Group Leader, California History-Social Science Project

Janet Mann, Teacher, Advisory Board Member representing California Council for the Social Studies

Cindy Mata, Associate Director, The UCLA History-Geography Project

Aleida Rojas, History Teacher, East Bakersfield High School; Advisory Board, California History-Social Science Project

 

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