Juneteenth commemorates the day enslaved Black people heard the news that they had been freed—over two years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Today holds significance for all Americans—not only to celebrate the history of Black leadership to abolish slavery—but also the current, ongoing activism to defy racist systems blocking access to abortion & reproductive health, fair education, and immigration.
As the Partnership’s Executive Director Dr. Aleese Moore-Orbih states, “There are those who are still trying to keep us enslaved. We must fight to maintain our freedom to make our own reproductive choices, to be free Black, Brown and Indigenous people in public spaces, to read our own history, philosophical and theoretical books, to vote, to be ourselves, to live in our homes, to go to church, to the grocery store and to pursue citizenship. The threats and actions to deny our human and equal rights is the violence we must stop today. Let us stay free and be free.”
Where are these opportunities in each of our lives to join in these efforts and stretch beyond our current networks? In addition to acting locally where you live, we encourage you to follow and support the following organizations and explore the resources below:
- California Black Health Network
- Black Women Revolt (San Francisco)
- Black Women’s Blueprint
- Jenesse Center
- A Safe Place (Oakland)
Ujima Celebrates Juneteenth Information Sheet
Read about Juneteeth, significant dates surrounding it, and pioneers that made it possible.
A resource guide for Black liberation, just in time for Juneteenth
Movies, books, podcasts, and events curated by Siena Giljum & Julissa James for LA Times.
This Is Why Juneteenth Is Important for America
A video explaining the importance of Juneteenth by The Root.
The War Against Black Girls: Addressing the adultification bias
Read this blog post by Tonjie Reese which is included in our Alternatives to the Criminal Legal System series.
List of Juneteenth Resources from NRCDV
A great compilation of history, resources, readings, orgs, and ways to give towards Black Liberation this Juneteenth from our partners at NRCDV.
Recognizing the Needs of Survivors of Color with Disabilities
Resources for serving Survivors of Color with Disabilities from the End Abuse of People with Disabilities newsletter.