Posted on January 6, 2023 (January 6, 2023) Challenging Corruption Share: On the second anniversary of the violent January 6th insurrection, nonpartisan civic action group is urging Colorado Secretary of State to use her power and to follow the mandate of Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment to bar Trump from the ballot. DENVER, CO (January 6, 2022) – Mi Familia Vota, a national organization working to build Latino political power through civic participation, held a rally at 1555 Central Street today, the second anniversary of the violent insurrection on the Capitol incited by former President Trump. Demonstrators unveiled a banner condemning the events of January 6th and reminding people that Trump is disqualified from running for public office according to Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment. This event was one of nearly one hundred rallies in the “January 6th Justice: Our Freedoms, Our Votes” nationwide demonstration. Organizers seek to raise public awareness of ongoing election interference that could influence the 2024 presidential race, including changes to state voting laws, threats against state officials, and packing election administration offices with sympathizers of the Big Lie that Trump won the 2020 election. Hector Sanchez Barba, Executive Director and CEO of Mi Familia Vota said: “Donald Trump violated his oath of office when he led the charge to overturn the results of the 2020 election. His actions only confirmed what the Latino community has long known: he is dangerous. The disqualification clause in the 14th Amendment is clear: anyone who violates their oath of office is ineligible to run for higher office in the future. Secretaries of State have the power to bar Trump for the ballot. There is ample evidence as to why he is not fit to hold office again, now all we are asking is for a Secretary of State to act.” Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, also known as the Insurrectionist Disqualification Clause, was enacted in the aftermath of the Civil War. It states that anyone who has previously sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and then engages in “insurrection or rebellion” against the United States (or provides “aid or comfort” to its enemies) is permanently disqualified from holding future public office. President Trump’s incitement of the violent insurrection on January 6th, which claimed the lives of five people and injured more than 140 officers, disqualifies him from holding future public office under this constitutional provision. This provision would also apply to other elected officials who gave support to the insurrectionists. Free Speech For People, a national nonpartisan legal advocacy group, has spearheaded the nationwide effort to “hold insurrectionists accountable for their role in the violent assault on American democracy” that took place on January 6th, 2021. Along with the Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, the group has recently joined together to launch TrumpIsDisqualified.org, a campaign calling on Secretaries of State and top election officials across the country to follow the mandate of Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment and permanently bar Donald Trump–and all other elected officials who participated in the January 6th insurrection–from any future ballot. “The bipartisan House January 6th Committee showed that Trump engaged in a criminal conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 election, culminating with his incitement of violent insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021,” said Alexandra Flores-Quilty, Campaign Director for Free Speech For People. “The Insurrectionist Disqualification Clause is clear: Trump’s actions were a violation of his oath of office and therefore make him constitutionally ineligible for any future run for office under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment. Secretaries of State now have a duty to uphold the Constitution and protect our democracy by ensuring Trump is barred from the ballot.” Former President Trump announced on November 15th he would be seeking a second term as president in 2024.