Observing Juneteenth

The following is a list of resources for Juneteenth. Equal Justice Works is not a direct affiliate of any of these resources, unless otherwise noted.

Juneteenth Resources

Learn more about the history of Juneteenth.

Racial Justice Resources & Organizations

  • The Law Firm Antiracism Alliancea coalition of nearly 300 law firms formed to “facilitate opportunities for action in pursuit of racial justice in the law and racial equity in our country,” created in June 2020.
  • Lawyers for Good Government, on Racial Justice‘Lawyers for Racial Justice’ is an initiative to “mobilize critical pro bono legal services in the fight for racial justice” by promoting long-term reform and the creation of remote pro bono clinics.
  • Law for Black Livesa “national community of radical lawyers and legal workers committed to transforming the law and building the power of organizing to defend, protect, and advance Black Liberation across the globe.”
  • Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project: the Association of American Law Schools created a collective space for Law School Deans to share resources on antiracism and engage their institutions with “teaching, scholarship, service, ativism, programming, and initiatives on strategies to eradicate racism”.
  • White Supremacy Culture: a resource from Dismantling Racism Works that lists characteristics of white supremacy culture with the aim to “point out how organizations which unconsciously use these characteristics as their norms and standards make it difficult, if not impossible, to open the door to other cultural norms and standards”.

Equal Justice Works Community

Hear from Equal Justice Works Fellows, our Board, and other community members.

To learn more about how Equal Justice Works Fellows are addressing racial justice through their work, visit here.

Juneteenth & Pride

Juneteenth takes place during Pride Month, the annual celebration commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a tipping point in the Gay Liberation Movement with deep ties to the fight for racial justice.

  • LGBTQIA+ Resources—#AllBlackLivesMattera comprehensive list of intersectional resources for education, information, entertainment, and empowerment, from the Community Renewal Society in Chicago.
  • Black LGBTQ+ Pridesa directory of official Black Pride Celebrations throughout the country.
  • 2015 Fellow Tsion Gurmufeatured at our 2015 Annual Dinner, Fellow Tsion Gurmu describes her work with the African Services Committee to secure asylum for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers fleeing persecution for their sexuality.

By Cesar Ruiz, a 2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by The Lavan Harris Family. Cesar is hosted by LatinoJustice PRLDEF in New York.

My Equal Justice Works Fellowship project stems from the political and socio-economic reality of millions of Latinx individuals throughout our country. Particularly, in New York and Florida, where Latinx communities make up between 15% and 20% of each state’s voting age population, yet lack meaningful representation and engagement in key political processes.

As a result, Latinx voices go unheard and political actors and systems have been able to avoid accountability when it comes to issues that deeply impact the Latinx community. My works aims to help improve access through voting rights and redistricting education, engagement, and advocacy efforts.

The sad reality is that voter denial and voter dilution permeate voting policies and practices at the federal level and throughout the states of New York and Florida. These efforts exist to deprive Latinx communities access to political representation and crucial resources. Voter denial practices, such as recent restrictions on the ability to vote by mail in Florida, serve to curtail an individual’s right to vote. Voter dilution is the practice of reducing the effectiveness of racial and ethnic minority voting power through both voting practices and the drawing of federal congressional and state legislative district lines in the redistricting process. Voter dilution diminishes the ability of communities of color to elect candidates of their choice, reducing their agency to elect leaders that represent their collective interests. Taken together these actions distort political representation and disrupt the functioning of our democratic system.

Following the 2020 presidential election there have been concerted efforts to undermine a person’s right to vote. In the past year alone, hundreds of bills have been introduced under the guise of ensuring election integrity, even though most election security experts have concluded the 2020 election “was the most secure in American history” and that “there was no evidence” any voting systems had been compromised. Voting protections are crucial because they serve as safeguards to ensure that all eligible voters can participate in our democratic system. Without laws to protect the right to vote we leave communities of color vulnerable to unscrupulous actors who seek to silence the political voice of the marginalized.

Without laws to protect the right to vote we leave communities of color vulnerable to unscrupulous actors who seek to silence the political voice of the marginalized.

Through my work, I engage Latinx communities across New York and Florida, facilitating access by shining a light on complex voting and redistricting systems, policies, practices, and working to eliminate other barriers that prevent people in Latinx communities from voting.

In my first Fellowship year, I hope to expand access to knowledge within the Latinx community regarding redistricting and voting rights in both New York and Florida while building and enhancing current coalitions and networks. Through collective engagement, planning, and collaboration we can build upon existing advocacy efforts and promote renewed and continuing investment in Latinx political representation and community engagement. I’m confident that this work will make a huge difference in the fight for our democracy.

To learn more about Cesar’s Fellowship project and his work safeguarding the right to vote in Latinx communities, visit his Fellow profile.

In acknowledgment of Juneteenth, a celebration of emancipation in the United States, Equal Justice Works is closed early, giving staff the opportunity to reflect, take action, and care for themselves. The following is a list of resources and events shared with our staff ahead of Juneteenth 2021. Equal Justice Works is not a direct affiliate of any of these events or resources, unless otherwise noted.

To learn more about the Fellows addressing racial justice through their work, visit here.

Juneteenth Resources

Learn more about the history of Juneteenth.

DC-Area Events

Though we are a national organization, Equal Justice Works is based in Washington, D.C.

  • Juneteenth in DC, hosted by ONE DC: celebrating the grand reopening of the Black Workers & Wellness Center in Anacostia, and commemorating the continued struggle for Black liberation and justice with live go-go music, food, mutual aid, and more.
  • Juneteenth in the Capitol, hosted by The Palm Collective: a “multi-day event highlighting various grassroots organizations and their events that uplift, educate, and celebrate Black people across the DMV area.”
Online Events
Racial Justice Resources & Organizations
Equal Justice Works Community

Hear from Equal Justice Works Fellows, our Board, and other community members.

Juneteenth & Pride

Juneteenth takes place during Pride Month, the annual celebration commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a tipping point in the Gay Liberation Movement with deep ties to the fight for racial justice.