Someday we’ll all be free




Juneteenth is the oldest-known celebration of the end of slavery in the US.


Juneteenth is the oldest-known celebration of the end of slavery in the US. As we remember the events of Juneteenth, it is important that we recognize the continuing struggles for freedom by people of color around the world. While black folks are physically free, the legacies of slavery persist to this day. Examples include the Dominican Republic’s discrimination against Haitian migrants based on colorism, as well as the violence against black African migrants by lighter skinned European-backed rebel factions in North Africa.

Today, we want to focus on providing context behind the horrific situation in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. It’s not been an easy week (Re: Charleston shooting, Memphis shooting, Dominican Republic deportations), but if Juneteenth teaches us anything, it’s that we are resilient and powerful beyond measure. Happy Juneteenth!

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Jim Crow: America’s number one export

In this must-read conversation, two of our favorite authors, Junot Diaz and Edwidge Danticat, discuss the nightmarish deportations happening in the Dominican Republic right now, how it relates to the black experience in the US, and how we can help. Read the article and sign this petition so the Dominican government knows the world is watching.

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Imagine being forced from a place your family has called home for almost a century

This ten-minute video gives an excellent overview of what’s happening in the Dominican Republic and Haiti right now. Edwidge Danticat explains the human significance of this situation and how we, as Americans, are complicit in creating it. Have it on in the background during your work day, your commute, or while running an errand.

WATCH THIS

Song of the Day

Hang onto the world as it spins around

Just don’t let the spin get you down

Things are moving fast

Hold on tight and you will last

Take it from me, someday we’ll all be free, yeah

Keep on walking tall, hold your head up high

And lay your dreams right up to the sky

Sing your greatest song

And you’ll keep going, going on

– Donny Hathaway  Someday We’ll All be Free

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