Statement by Diane Regas, President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land, on Today’s Riot at the U.S. Capitol

“I am appalled at the riot that endangered lives, desecrated our Capitol, and interrupted our democratic process. 

“Congressman John Lewis showed us how nonviolent protest in our public squares is an effective way to petition our elected leaders to address systemic oppression. And he and many others withstood violence, imprisonment and persecution for standing up. The actions by those who stormed our Capitol, and the leaders who encouraged them, are not a protest but rather an assault on our Constitution and our democracy. But our Constitution and democracy will prevail. 
“We look forward to helping to usher in a new era in this country, where we unite around equitable policies that help us lead healthier, more prosperous lives. We at The Trust for Public Land know the extraordinary power of land for people, and believe that everyone needs access to parks and open space. Fundamental to that access is democracy, and we will work to strengthen it.”