The inauguration of our Presidents has dated back to President George Washington’s first term in office. It is a day to set aside political differences to celebrate our nation’s democratic process.

This year, however, there is a cause for concern when it comes to the safety and security of all participants in the 59th Presidential Inauguration. The FBI has warned of plans for armed protests nationwide in the days leading up to the inauguration. The warning follows the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

The National Association of Asian American Professionals, Washington D.C. (NAAAP DC) is a non-partisan organization. We echo the recommendations by the Biden Inaugural Committee, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to watch the inauguration at home as opposed to attending in person. In addition, we also recommend the following actions:

If you live in or near D.C. or your state capital, work from home during the week of January 18-22 if possible

If you choose to attend the inauguration in D.C. or any relevant events in your area:

Be aware of the risks of potential clashes from protestors

Do not engage with protestors

If you do witness violence, report it immediately to the police

Wear a mask and social distance

NAAAP DC congratulates the incoming President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Please join us in honoring our nation’s long history of celebrating the peaceful transition of power.