Juneteenth Shabbat

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Tomorrow is Juneteenth, a holiday that marks when the abolition of chattel slavery was finally enforced, freeing the slaves of Galveston, Texas.

Juneteenth honors and celebrates Black freedom and Black resistance, centering Black people’s unique contribution to the struggle for justice in the United States.

This year, Juneteenth lands on Shabbat, providing an important opportunity to reflect on our Jewish community’s commitments to dismantling anti-Black racism and working towards a Minnesota that is truly for all of us.

A good place to start is this list of resources compiled by the Jews of Color Initiative, that includes events, articles, and reflections from Black Jews on Juneteenth and the continued struggle against anti-Blackness.

Jewish Community Action is committed to continuing to fight anti-Black racism in our local housing, legal, policing systems. We have a long way to go, but Juneteenth celebrates the potential for freedom, the potential for collective action to dismantle oppressive systems, to bend the moral arc of the universe towards justice.

In the words from Jews for Racial and Economic Justice's (JFREJ) Juneteenth Haggadah created by, and for, Black Jews:

"Liberation is not something that once happened to us, in the past. It is something that must be recreated again and again, through action and imagination. Freedom is something we make, together.”

May we continue to seek freedom for all Black people, and all people, together.

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