Today is Juneteenth, which became a federal holiday this week after President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. If you want to learn more about this new holiday, listen to UCLA Professor Brenda Stevenson discuss it’s origins and the significance of having it Nationally recognized.
We encourage you to celebrate and at the same time recognize that there is still much work to be done. You may have seen some of these conflicted feelings shared on social media… while this week’s new legislation is a form of progress, it happened amidst sweeping efforts at the state level to ban schools from talking about race and the history of slavery.
Today’s action is to read this op-ed by Representative Cori Bush, in which she shares her vision for a universal commitment to freedom and liberation by addressing the root causes of the cycles of violence that stem from slavery.