Celebrate Juneteenth with Renewed Calls for Justice!

Juneteenth is almost here, a day to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. But this year, let’s celebrate with a renewed focus on the work that still needs to be done.

Just last month, we marked the fourth anniversary of the horrific murder of George Floyd. His uncle, Selwyn Jones, has emerged as a powerful voice for change. Grief-stricken but determined, he co-founded the Hope929 Organization to honor George’s memory by promoting civil rights and creating a better future.

Selwyn hasn’t stopped there. He’s been traveling the country, offering solace and support to families who have suffered similar tragedies. He’s channeling his pain into activism, speaking at universities like Harvard and raising awareness about the ongoing struggles faced by Black communities.

One crucial initiative he’s championing is the Medical Civil Rights Act. This legislation, already passed in Connecticut, guarantees the right to medical care during police interactions. This simple act could save countless lives!

Selwyn readily acknowledges the progress made, but his dedication is unwavering. He constantly pushes for more, driven by a burning desire to create a safer world for future generations.

Read more: https://www.today.com/news/george-floyd-family-speaks-out-rcna153855

This Juneteenth, let’s celebrate freedom alongside Selwyn Jones and the Hope929 Organization! Let’s recommit ourselves to the fight for justice and equality. Here are some ways to get involved:

  • Support the Hope929 Organization: Learn more about their work and see how you can contribute – visit Hope929.
  • Educate yourself: Research the history of Juneteenth and the ongoing fight for racial justice.
    Start with these books:
    How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. This National Book Award-winning book argues that the goal of antiracism is not to be “not racist” but to be actively antiracist. Kendi defines racism as a system of power that advantages some racial groups and disadvantages others, and he outlines a framework for dismantling this system.pen_spark
    The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. This Pulitzer Prize finalist argues that mass incarceration is a form of racialized social control that functions similarly to the Jim Crow laws of the past. Alexander’s book is a powerful indictment of the American criminal justice system.
    Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. This book is a workbook designed to help white people unpack their own racial biases. Saad uses a variety of prompts and exercises to guide readers through a process of self-reflection and growth.
  • Contact your representatives: Advocate for policies that promote equality and protect the rights of all citizens. – Find your representative.

Together, we can turn this Juneteenth into a turning point for a brighter future!

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