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APALA-NJ Statement on Violence at the U.S. Capitol Building

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 7, 2021

APALA-NJ’S STATEMENT ON VIOLENCE AT THE U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING

Newark, New Jersey – The Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ) echoes the sentiments of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and vehemently condemns the invasion of the U.S. Capitol – the pillar of our democracy – by insurrectionists on January 6, 2021. 

APALA-NJ, a non-partisan organization, denounces yesterday’s unprecedented lawlessness and attack on our democracy.  The world watched as symbols of hate, bigotry, and oppression were proudly paraded through the hallways of the birthplace of our laws; pictures and videos of this mayhem were uploaded and shared on various platforms as a trophy of the attack on our democracy.  Such actions should not – and cannot – be tolerated.

APALA-NJ demands justice, enforcement of democracy, and civility.  As lawyers, we take the same oath as do our elected officials – to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the New Jersey Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  We take this oath to uphold the rule of law and to perform our duties “faithfully, impartially, and justly to the best of our abilities.”  APALA-NJ calls on all elected officials, public servants, and fellow Americans to adhere to this oath and to permit the peaceful and orderly transition of power of our national leadership.

APALA-NJ, founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1993, is the largest specialty bar association that collectively represents the interests of Asian Pacific American lawyers in the State of New Jersey.