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AF&PA Condemns U.S. Capitol Violence and Affront on Democracy

CONTACT: Tim Ebner

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WASHINGTON — The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement in the aftermath of violent events that took place today in Washington, D.C.

“The scenes from the U.S. Capitol are unimaginable. This is not who we are as Americans, and this is not our American democracy. Our industry rejects violence in all its forms. A peaceful transition of power is the cornerstone of democracy, and we look forward to working with President-elect Joe Biden and his Administration to unite and strengthen America.”

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recycle resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative—Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $60 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.