1/6 asks and answers the question: What if the January 6, 2021 Insurrection had been successful?
These graphic novels chillingly illustrate how close we came to authoritarian rule in America and the threats to our democracy that we still face.
In the tradition of speculative fiction from George Orwell’s 1984 to Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale to the Twilight Zone, it explores themes of autocracy, scapegoating, strategic disinformation, and more, all told through a compelling, character-driven story. It then imagines a world in which the events of that day turned out very differently.
Drawing on real-life events, 1/6 travels the road that led from back-room meetings, white supremacist rallies, and the Four Seasons Landscaping parking lot to a violent attack on the Capitol that left several Americans dead and shook our nation to its core.
1/6 is for lovers of graphic novels, lovers of speculative fiction, lovers of politics, and lovers of our democracy. It’s a story that demands our attention and calls on us to take action…while we still can.
1/6 Graphic Novel: Eduction and Action Guide
Accompanying the graphic novels is an Education and Action guide developed by the Western States Center, a nonprofit organization that works with communities and organizations to build movements, develop leaders, shift culture, and defend democracy.
This is a struggle for the values we share – democracy, equal dignity, and truth – but we can’t let those values feel abstract. This work has real stakes for all of us, it’s happening in our own backyards as well as across the country, and it must be addressed now.
The guide has lots of ideas on how to move toward a stronger and more just democracy such as:
- principles to consider
- 6 things you can do at a personal level
- 6 things you can do a community level
- 4 things you can do at the policy level
- 4 ways you can use the graphic novel for education and organizing
Review by Graphic Policy: 1/6: What If the Attack on the US Capitol Succeeded? explores what might have been
Listen to Podcast
1/6 is a 4 part comics series written by Alan Jenkins and Gan Golan and illustrated by Will Rosado. Prof. Jenkins and Golan joined me on the podcast to talk about their comic which combines comics journalism, speculative fiction, and activism.
- One Six Comic Store
- 1/6 Graphic Novel: Eduction and Action Guide (PDF) – Creative Commons License for the Action Guide
- The Authoritarian Playbook: How Reporters can Contextualize and Cover Authoritarian Threats as Distinct from Politics-as-Usual
Guide for journalists and the media on the seven fundamental tactics used by aspiring authoritarians and a framework journalists can use to discern, contextualize, and cover the tactics.
- A Community Guide for Opposing Hate
The manual provides step by step actions for those who want to do something about hate, not only for the immediate aftermath of a hateful act, but for years to come to improve their community.
- Hold the Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy
Learn what “red lines” needed to be held during the election, step-by-step information for organizing in your community, and lessons from the field of civil resistance that can be applied to make change on a range of issues.
- Golden Dawn: Lessons From Greece in Tackling Extremism
This report discusses Golden Dawn, a far-right party in Greece that engaged in criminal activities and was exposed through civil society efforts, offering lessons for combating extremism worldwide.
- Building a Resiliency Network: A Toolkit for Building Community Resilience during a Contentious Election Cycle
This toolkit offers simple, step-by-step guidance and worksheets for leaders seeking to take decisive steps to create resilience to violence in their communities.
- Democracy Resource Hub Collection in the Commons Library
The purpose of this hub is to provide a wide range of tools and resources for anti-authoritarian and pro-democracy organizing in an easily accessible manner for trainers/facilitators, researchers, and practitioners. This includes tools and resources from the fields of social justice, nonviolence action, organizing, leadership, bridge-building, peacebuilding, and democracy strengthening.
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