Guardians Of Our Voice

Here is the painting I am working on. It is titled ‘Guardians of Our Voice’. I am inspired by the photo of the two women carrying the electoral votes that I just learned were being taken to the Senate Chamber, and not removed. I will have these women coming to the crest of a hill from out of the advancing darkness. They are carrying the Ark of our Democratic Voice. They are like Guardian Angels.

John Presco

Copyright 2021

When the mob advanced on the building, Brown said those inside could hear barricades coming down before they were told by Capitol Police to rush down the stairs and into the basement. They were eventually sheltered in an office building.

“We were definitely anticipating (the crowd) getting a lot bigger, but we didn’t see any of the violence or destruction coming — I don’t think anyone was expecting it to go that far,” she said.

Brown said that staffers were warned by supervisors ahead of Wednesday to take precautions while entering and exiting the building and to be ready to spend the night if objections by Republican members of Congress to Joe Biden’s victory ran long.

Woman pictured carrying electoral votes at the Capitol shares story behind photo

A 19-year-old chamber assistant clarified the story behind a photo of her carrying electoral votes in the Capitol before a violent mob stormed the building.Jan. 8, 2021, 6:02 AM PST / Source: TODAYBy Scott Stump

A 19-year-old chamber assistant has shared the backstory of a viral photo showing her carrying a leather box of electoral votes ahead of the U.S. Capitol being overrun by a violent mob.

The picture was hailed as an example of the small acts of heroism by congressional staff to protect the votes before members of Congress and their staffs fled to safety, but assistant Virginia Brown has clarified that the photo was actually taken hours before the siege by pro-Trump supporters.

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Chamber Assistants, including Virginia Brown (right), carry Electoral College ballot boxes during a joint session of Congress to tally the electoral votes for the president and vice president in the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday. Caroline Brehman / CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Brown, who is a sophomore at Atlanta’s Emory University, spoke to The Washingtonian about Wednesday’s frightening ordeal. She was in the middle of her workday as a chamber assistant for the Democratic Cloakroom when rioters forced the Senate to adjourn.

The photo of her and another assistant carrying the leather box went viral after being shared on Instagram by best-selling author Glennon Doyle.https://www.instagram.com/p/CJuiYpvhm7j/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=8&wp=697&rd=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.today.com&rp=%2Fnews%2Fwoman-pictured-carrying-electoral-votes-capitol-shares-story-behind-photo-t205329#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A5956.364999998186%2C%22ls%22%3A3089.160000003176%2C%22le%22%3A3134.5149999979185%7D

“Here are the women — Senate aides — who had the presence of mind and courage to protect, keep safe, and transport the electoral votes before fleeing the Senate — which was under siege by domestic terrorists,” Doyle wrote. “There will always be villains. There will always be heroes.”

Brown’s mother also commented on Doyle’s post, writing, “This is my daughter – she is a fierce defender of democracy and of wild women everywhere. So proud.”

But Brown clarified that the photo was actually taken hours earlier, around 1 p.m., and not while members of Congress and staff were being moved to a safe location as rioters stormed the building.

“People got confused with the photos of us carrying the boxes earlier in the day, they kind of put those two together, but it was the Senate parliamentarian staff (that rescued the electoral college votes),” she told The Washingtonian. “It definitely would’ve destroyed a lot of the ability to continue on afterwards if (the votes) had been left in the chamber, because they have to physically look through the boxes and count.”

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When the mob advanced on the building, Brown said those inside could hear barricades coming down before they were told by Capitol Police to rush down the stairs and into the basement. They were eventually sheltered in an office building.

“We were definitely anticipating (the crowd) getting a lot bigger, but we didn’t see any of the violence or destruction coming — I don’t think anyone was expecting it to go that far,” she said.

Brown said that staffers were warned by supervisors ahead of Wednesday to take precautions while entering and exiting the building and to be ready to spend the night if objections by Republican members of Congress to Joe Biden’s victory ran long.

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1 Response to Guardians Of Our Voice

  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    I will be working on my painting tomorrow.

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