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In Recognition of Juneteenth

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In acknowledgment of Juneteenth, a date commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, Equal Justice Works is closed. David Stern sent the following message to staff elaborating on this decision.

Dear Colleagues,

On Friday we celebrate Juneteenth, our nation’s second Independence Day. I know many of you recognize the significance of this day, but for those who may be less familiar, I encourage you to read and learn more about this day in our history. I found this overview from the National Museum of African American History and Culture to be a helpful starting point.

This is a day we have not observed as a formal paid holiday in past years at Equal Justice Works and that was a mistake. As I continue my own work and learning, I regret my lack of action and pledge Equal Justice Works from this year forward will acknowledge this day by closing the office. I encourage you to use this time thoughtfully. Consider spending the day participating in one of the many events commemorating this day occurring around us, or advocating for policy change you believe will help our country fulfill its promise of equal justice for all.

I am encouraged and inspired to experience the dialog happening here at Equal Justice Works, the commitment to anti-racism, and the sharing of resources to learn from one another.

There is more to be done, but I am proud of the work we are doing.


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