“That which is hateful to you, do not do to another. That is the whole Law. The rest is commentary." Hillel
On June 19, 1865, enslaved Black communities in Texas finally received the news that they were free -- two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation and three months since the end of the Civil War.
Juneteenth (June 19th) is a day that honors Black freedom and Black resistance, and centers Black people’s unique contribution to the struggle for justice in the U.S. This year, Juneteenth is a rare moment for our communities to proclaim in one voice that Black Lives Matter, and that we won’t tolerate anything less than justice for all our people.
As Jews, we are commanded to repair the world and to fight for justice. This weekend, amidst a world that is being turned upside down after the hateful murders of Brionna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and too many others, the Black community is calling on everyone to commemorate Juneteenth with a weekend of action.
There are many ways to get involved from physically going to a protest, to calling your representatives, to texting and phonebanking for candidates of color. There are also Jewish ways to get involved, like a shabbat service on friday to honor Juneteenth.
We hope that you will join us as we follow the lead of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) on the #SixNineteen mobilization this Juneteenth weekend, June 19-21, 2020.
Click here to learn more about Juneteenth and to take action in your community or from within your home.
Please also join us at these upcoming events to commemorate Juneteenth:
THURSDAY, June 18
- Ancestral Waters online screening at Noon. A film about the Puyallup Tribe and Puyallup Water Warriors in the fight to protect their Treaty, their water and their way of life from Puget Sound Energy's massive fracked gas refinery and storage facility currently being built on Medicine Creek Treaty Territory. Followed by a discussion with Black and Indigenous community leaders about police violence, environmental racism, and unequal legal protections:
- Black Lives Matter Car March, 5pm in Tacoma. Drive back & forth in your cars in front of the Tacoma Police Dept Headquarters near the Tacoma Mall. Meet at 4:45 at Pierce County Annex parking lot. https://www.facebook.com/events/1395631503964327/
FRIDAY, June 19th (Juneteenth)
Be’chol Lashon invites you to commemorate Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating Black liberation, with a special Kabbalat Shabbat service featuring Rabbis Sandra Lawson and Isaama Goldenstein-Stoll. The service will stream live on Zoom on Friday 6/19 at 5:00 PM ET. Registration is free but required: https://tinyurl.com/juneteenth-kabbalat-shabbat
Juneteenth Kabbalat Shabbat
Get Out the Black Vote with BlackPAC!!
BlackPAC is an independent, Black-led organization that uses the power of year-round political engagement and elections to change our economic, justice and political systems. They are sponsoring a weekend of political action. Click on the link to sign up!!
Link to All BlackPAC events
SATURDAY, June 20th
SUNDAY, JUNE 21
Link to BlackPAC events
- BlackPAC Event: 9am, Black Citizenship in Action: Virtual celebration with people from across the country to remember the legacy of Junetheenth.
- BlackPAC Event: 10am, National Get Out the Vote Phonebank & Textbank
- Text for T’wina Nobles for WA state senate: 10:30am (Danielle Carrasquero coordinator).
- Car Rally in Lacey, 1pm (Martin Way Park and Ride, exit 109) or 1:15 at the Hwy 512 Park and Ride - I-5 & Hwy 512). Going up I-5 at the speed limit, signs and horns ablazing, to an exit near SeaTac, and then back south, possibly including Ruston Way in Tacoma.
- Ava DuVernay's "13th" Screening and Discussion: 3 to 5:30PM. Vashon-Maury Showing Up for Racial Justice and Indivisible Vashon will co-host this zoom event.
B'Shalom and solidarity,