As we continue to support the Black community and amplify Black voices and organizations, let’s take action and participate in an important holiday — Juneteenth.
Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865 and the decades of Black resistance and excellence before and since that critical moment in American history. From June 19-21, The Movement for Black Lives is leading nationwide mobilizations to honor Juneteenth and continue to fuel the transformational shift in public conversation and policy opportunities in support of Black lives and against police brutality. These mobilizations come amid continued systemic racism, transphobia, and state-sanctioned violence against Black people — most recently the murders of Rayshard Brooks and two Black transwomen, Dominique Fells and Riah Milton. Join us as we follow the lead of The Movement for Black Lives and take action.
There are also ways to participate in Juneteenth celebrations right here in Utah. Utah Juneteenth Festival is hosting a variety of virtual events as well as a commemorative caravan on Saturday. Visit their Facebook page for all the details.
And there’s a Juneteenth Protest + Block Party happening today in Salt Lake City. If you choose to participate in the in-person event, please take COVID-19 precautions and practice social distancing. Click here for more information.
Juneteenth is also a perfect opportunity to learn more about Utah’s Black History. In the attached article, Robert Burch addresses the impact that systemic racism has had on Black History and the importance of keeping a journal. It’s a quick and informative read. Click here for the article.
Lastly, to keep the momentum going, we’re hosting a training this upcoming Wednesday to show you a new tool that we’re going to start using called Outvote. There will be two sessions available, 12 pm & 6 pm, to accommodate work schedules. If you would like to attend RSVP here.