Today, PSI is closing our Global Services office for employees to take the time to honor Juneteenth — the struggle it represents and the resilience of the Black community.
In PSI’s Statement of Solidarity, we affirmed that we stand with the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement and acknowledged that we need to dismantle systems of racism, discrimination and inequity, wherever they appear.
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in this country two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. It is a symbolic holiday that marks the actual date when African Americans were no longer held captive as slaves throughout the U.S.
This holiday is an opportunity to reflect on a period in our history that has shaped the systematic oppression Black members of our society face today. Juneteenth is also a poignant time to pause and assess how we can do better individually and as a society moving forward to create a more just and equal world.
We as an organization have committed to do the work needed to be actively anti-racist. We can all further educate ourselves and support great causes to lift up Black communities long after this day.
Here are some ways to honor Juneteenth in meaningful and significant ways.
Where to Donate:
- Over the past three years, Black Lives Matter DC has grown into a community of organizers, activists and artists committed to Black liberation. Learn more here on how you can donate to the causes they support.
- Updated every few days, this Black Lives Matter Card is a great place to start for general information on how to donate, petitions you can sign and much more.
How to Volunteer:
- Join the growing movement and participate in community outreach. Sign up to volunteer for Black Lives Matter DC events here or contact a chapter near you to learn more.
- DC Mutual Aid Network is a network of hundreds of organizers and volunteers across the city. Learn more about immediate community needs and how to help here.
How to Protest Safely:
- Amnesty International has created a comprehensive guide on how to keep yourself safe when preparing for and participating in protests.
- For a list of where you can go to protest safely, visit https://sixnineteen.com/
What to Read:
- Explore gathered articles on transformharm.org, where you can find reads separated by six main categories, like restorative justice and community accountability.
- If you’re looking to dive into anti-racist books, click here for an article on 7 Anti-Racist Books Recommended by Educators and Activists.
- For materials from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), head to their brand-new online portal, “Talking About Race.” Use the resources to learn to “become more comfortable about engaging in honest dialogue and self-reflection.”
What to Watch:
- If shows and movies are more your thing, here is a list of 20 compelling movies and T.V. shows to watch this weekend. And though Black-ish is mentioned, the list left out our favorite Juneteenth episode.
- Enjoy the concert Juneteenth: A Day of Remembrance with Sweet Honey in the Rock and guests.
- Log on for Busboys and Friends’ Zoom Dinner Party with the Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University Ibram X Kendi.
Where to Spend Money:
- During the time of COVID-19, and always, it is important to help support and uplift Black-owned businesses. Spend money at Black-owned restaurants, but read this first to learn what more needs to be done than reading a list.
- If you are in the DC area, here is a list of open Black-owned restaurants in the DMV from which to order takeout.
- Put your online shopping habit to work to lift up Black artisans selling their wares on Etsy.
Organizations to Support and Follow:
- Support and follow community-based organizations that are pouring their time and resources into racial equality and justice. A list of great organizations to support can be found in this article.
- Here you will find a list of 14 anti-racist educators and activists to follow to further your anti-racism education.
Have any more ideas for what to do on and after Juneteenth? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Banner image credit to Mike Tré.