Rally in Reading marks anniversary of Jan. 6, 2021, attack on Capitol

Jan. 8—A rally in downtown Reading Friday was one of nearly 100 such events across the country marking the second anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, attacks.

About 50 people attended the event in Penn Square, listening to speakers, holding signs and singing civil rights movement songs led by Elta Jackson-Henry, Religious Affairs Committee Chair for the Reading Branch of the NAACP.

Organizers said the rally was intended to push for proper punishment for the people involved in the riot and to demand legislation safeguarding voting rights.

"We're here to demand that the instigators of the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection be brought to full justice, to condemn sham investigations launched by the new U.S.House leadership and to call upon local, state and federal legislators to defend our freedom to vote by passing legislation to take down barriers to voting, protect elections and voters," said Phila Back, volunteer organizer for the national Declaration for American Democracy coalition.,"The Jan. 6 Select committee called on the Justice Department to bring criminal charges against former President Trump and the lawyer John Eastman for their efforts to overturn the 2020 election. The Justice Department and our courts must hold Donald Trump and his co-conspirators accountable for any laws they have broken."

Reading state Reps. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz and Manny Guzman were among the speakers at the event.