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The Long Path to Insurrection

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The January 6, 2021, attack on the United States Capitol wasn’t ignited by President Donald J. Trump’s speech a mile away at the White House Ellipse. The spark that resulted in the firestorm that threatens our democracy was ignited much earlier. As Congress’ nine-member Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack holds hearings to reveal plot lines behind the insurrection, the Southern Poverty Law Center takes a comprehensive look. Explore our coverage:

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money in front of capitol

SPLC Submission for Jan. 6 Committee on financing the insurrection

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Video plays on screen above congressional panel meeting
Jul 22

Jan 6. Hearings: SPLC urges accountability, protection of democracy

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January 6 Committee witnesses raise hands during swearing in
Jul 12

Oath Keepers a Threat to Democracy: Jan. 6 Select Committee

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Nick Fuentes with America First flag in background
Jul 12

SPLC Statement for the Jan. 6 Select Committee on election interference

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U.S. Police Officer Caroline Edwards at Jan. 6 testimony

Jan. 6 Hearings: Why they matter and what we can do together to protect democracy

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January 6 committee

Jan. 6 Committee Details Proud Boys, Oath Keepers Involvement in Capitol Insurrection

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proud boys

SPLC Statement for the Jan. 6 Select Committee on Proud Boys

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Bennie Thompson

Congressman Bennie Thompson discusses Jan. 6 committee purpose

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U.S. Capitol

Learning for Justice: Classroom conversations after the insurrection in Washington D.C.

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Workers prepare January 6 event site
Jan 7

Extremism lingers a year after U.S. Capitol insurrection

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District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine
Jan 6

D.C. prosecutor points to Trump as ‘ringleader’ of Jan. 6 attack

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People gather in front of the Alabama State Capitol
Jan 6

‘We Shall Not Be Moved’: Democracy advocates come together

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View of U.S. Capitol dome through barricade

State of D.C. one year after attack on Capitol

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Lecia Brooks and Margaret Huang

Video: One Year after January 6: What Comes Next?

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digitized image of Trump on flag with social media icons

Essay: One Year After Jan. 6, the Hard Right Digs In

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Capitol insurrectionists in DC

Timeline: A Year of Extremist Mobilization Paved Road to January 6

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Charlottesville protestors in front of Donald Trump

Podcast: Red Flags Were Everywhere Leading Up to Insurrection

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United States capitol

Policy Recommendations to Confront Violent Extremism