The Justice for J6 rally was a right-wing pro-Donald Trump demonstration that occurred on September 18, 2021, in support of hundreds of people who were arrested and charged following the United States Capitol attack (which took place on January 6). The event, which attracted a low attendance, and proceeded generally peacefully, was organized by a former Trump campaign staffer. It was noted for extensive security preparations, and concerns over possible unrest.
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The Justice for J6 rallies are being organized in 18 regions
Most rallies are scheduled for September 25
Washington state, North Carolina, and DC will host rallies on Saturday
Background of the Event
FBI poster seeking information on violence at the Capitol published January 6, 2021
On January 6, 2021, supporters of President Donald Trump attempted to overturn Trump’s election loss by storming the capitol during a riot and violent attack against the U.S. Congress, disrupting the joint session of Congress assembled to count electoral votes to formalize Joe Biden’s victory. As part of investigations into the attack, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened more than 400 case files, and more than 500 subpoenas and search warrants have been issued.
More than 500 people have been charged with federal crimes. In August, a rally titled “Justice for J6”, organized by Look Ahead America, a nonprofit led by former Trump campaign staffer Matt Braynard was scheduled to be held on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol starting at noon ET on September 18. The rally was intended as a show of support for people charged for participating in the attack. Lawmakers and law enforcement officials expressed their concerns over possible unrest at the rally.
About Justice for J6 Rally
100–200 demonstrators attended the rally. Despite hopes by some of the organizers that 700 demonstrators would attend, Capitol Police made an estimation that only a maximum of 450 people was in the crowd, which was made up of demonstrators, counter-demonstrators, and journalists, with the latter, reported to even outnumber the demonstrators. No member of congress attended though Mike Collins, who is running for Georgia’s 10th District, and Joe Kent, who is running in Washington’s 3rd district did. The event passed with minor incidents while remaining a generally peaceful demonstration. Four people were arrested.
Two people attending the rally were arrested for outstanding firearms violation warrants. One man arrested at the event was found to have a large knife, while another was found to have a gun. One of those arrested was a US Customs and Border Protection officer who will not be prosecuted. The rally was noted for its contradictory statements. The event saw heightened security presence by the U.S. Capitol Police and other law enforcement agencies.
The Justice for J6 rally would not just be limited to Washington DC, according to a released by ‘Look Ahead America’, one of the chief organizers of the event. The efforts of the September 18 rally will be joined in by at least 17 additional regions. While most Justice for J6 rallies are scheduled for September 25, at least three will be carried out on Saturday. These include the original one, which is being held in Washington DC near the United States Capitol premises. Other rallies, scheduled for Saturday, are being organized in North Carolina and Washington state.
Full Schedule of Justice for J6 Rallies
Here is the full schedule of the various Justice for J6 rallies across the United States:
1) In US Capitol, Washington DC on Saturday, September 18 at Noon
Location: Union Square (West Lawn of US Capitol)
This rally has ended.
2) In Arizona on Saturday, September 25 at 2 PM
Location: Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W Washington St, Phoenix, AZ
3) In California on Saturday, September 25 at 11 AM
Location: Orange County FBI Office, 4000 W Metropolitan Dr, Ste 200, Orange, CA
4) In Colorado on Saturday, September 25 from 9 AM to 11 AM
Location: West Steps of the State Capitol in Denver
5) In Georgia on Saturday, September 25 from 11 AM to 2 PM
Location: Georgia State Capitol, 206 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA
6) In Iowa on Saturday, September 25 from 1 PM to 2 PM
Location: Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA
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7) In Kansas on October 2, time TBD
Location: State Capitol, SW 8th &, SW Van Buren St, Topeka, KS
8) In Massachusetts on September 25 at Noon
Location: State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA
9) In Missouri on September 25 from 10 AM to 6 PM
Location: Sylvan Springs Park, St. Louis, MO
10) In New Jersey on September 25 from 11 AM to 1 PM
Location: State Capitol Annex, 145 W State St, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ
11) In New York on September 25 from Noon to 2 PM
Location: New York State Capitol (Front Steps), Washington Ave and State St, Albany, NY
12) In North Carolina on September 18 at 10 AM
Location: United States Courthouse, Charles R. Jonas Federal Building, 401 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC
13) In South Carolina on September 25 at 1 PM
Location: SC State House, 1100 Gervais St, Columbia, SC
14) In Tennessee on September 25, time TBD
Location: State Capitol, 600 Dr M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Nashville, TN
15) In Texas on September 25 at Noon
Location: Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave @ W 11th St, Austin, TX
16) In Virginia on September 25 at 1 PM
Location: Virginia State Capitol, 100 Bank St, Richmond, VA
17) In Washington State on September 18 at 2 PM
Location: Department of Justice Office, 700 Stewart St, Seattle, WA
This Rally has Ended.
Location: State Capitol, 200 W 24th St, Cheyenne, WY
New York’s Justice for J6 rally is expected to see roughly 700 attendees from all around the United States, according to media reports citing officials from the Department of Homeland Security. The rallies are being organized to show support for those who have been detained by law enforcement authorities in connection to the January 6 violence but have not been formally pressed with criminal charges.
Preparations for the Justice for J6 Rally
For a broader coverage of the fence around the U.S. Capitol, see Security preparations for the inauguration of Joe Biden Removal of the fencing. In response to the rally’s announcement, the Metropolitan Police Department was activated for September 18. There were also discussions about restoring the fencing surrounding the Capitol, though they were initially met with bipartisan disapproval. It was unclear how many people planned to attend the event. A counter rally was subsequently scheduled on the same day, heightening concerns over participants of both events clashing.
The Department of Homeland Security shared an intelligence briefing memo to state and local law enforcement agencies, which warned of potential violence at the rally and on the day before. The memo did not identify a specific or credible plot associated with the event, but it also warned that individuals and small groups can “mobilize to violence with little-to-no warning, particularly in response to confrontational encounters with perceived opponents or calls for escalation by key influencers.” The protective fencing was restored around the Capitol by September 13, and multiple congressional offices were slated to close on September 17.
Ahead of the event, Braynard downplayed the estimated size of the rally and criticized the security measures established in response to the event, saying they were designed to discourage and deter participants. In response to the planned rally, former U.S. President Donald Trump called it a “setup” for Republican voters, saying, “If people don’t show up they’ll say, ‘Oh, it’s a lack of spirit.’ And if people do show up they’ll be harassed.”
For the most part, Congressional Republicans had distanced themselves from the demonstration, saying little if anything about it. On social media, far-right groups, such as the Proud Boys, and certain allies of such groups, had been urging their members and others not to attend the event. Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) described security at the event as more “well-prepared” in contrast to the January 6 Capitol attack.
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