Juneteenth was just made a federal holiday! Black Americans celebrate the anniversary of the day that the slaves in Galveston, Texas heard that they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s a day to gather, remember our history, and celebrate the resiliency and strength of the Black community.
Making Juneteenth a federal holiday is great, but we need more concrete changes to undo systemic racism in our country. We see economic injustice every day, and we know that it is fundamentally linked to the anti-Black racism that did not end with the Emancipation Proclamation. Even after June 19, 1866, slavery still lingered in some states, and local governments began implementing policies that limited Black Americans’ abilities to own property, find housing, earn a fair return on their work, and access equal education. Today, a few wealthy, white people continue to profit off our systems that are rigged against people of color, and Black folks in particular.
Although we acknowledge the continuing legacy of slavery and racism in our state, Juneteenth is a time to celebrate our community. We hope you take time this weekend to share your joy, remember our history, and uplift one another. Here are some local events that are happening in Washington:
This month is also Pride Month! As we celebrate Pride, we recognize how people of color, particularly transgender people of color, have been the backbone of the gay liberation movement. We also recognize that we need true justice for LGBTQ+ people if we are to move towards economic justice for all. Black and Indigenous trans people report some of the worst outcomes regarding job discrimination, police violence, health care access, and homelessness.
And Black and brown trans activists have been pioneering the LGBTQ+ liberation movement from the start! Read more about 3 amazing BIPOC activists who led the way at the Stonewall uprising, and who organized to take care of trans youth who were experiencing poverty and homelessness because of their identities.
Read more about Marsha here.
Learn more about Sylvia here.
Learn more about Storme here.
One easy way to promote economic justice is by buying from our own communities (rather than the big corporations who still don’t pay what they owe in taxes). Because we are celebrating both Pride and Juneteenth this month, now is the perfect time to spend some dollars at your local LBGT and Black-owned businesses. You can find and filter businesses at Intentionalist.com to find places near you!
Here are a few great options if you are in Seattle:
Shikorina Pastries: https://www.shikorinapastries.com/
Fat’s Chicken & Waffles: https://fatschickenandwaffles.com/
The Station: https://www.thestationbh.com/
Please tag us @allinforwa with your photos and videos from your celebrations this month - we wish you all the joy!