Reflections on Juneteenth

June 19, 2020

Sister District Project Releases Statement Reflecting On This Year’s Celebration Of Juneteeth

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Sister District Project, a national grassroots organization working to build progressive power through flipping state legislatures blue, released the following statement regarding Juneteeth:

In the third straight week of nationwide protests for racial justice, it’s clear to say that we are experiencing a major civil rights movement with no choice but to move forward. As these demonstrations rightfully continue, more people are realizing this moment is so much more than defeating Trump—it is a call for a complete shift in leadership on all levels of government.

Today is Juneteenth, the historic day that marked the end of slavery 155 years ago—and 155 years later, we’re still fighting tooth and nail for equality throughout our democracy and society.

The last few weeks have been a powerful reminder of the entrenchment of structural racism in this country. While many lawmakers are jumping at the opportunity to begin to dismantle inherently anti-Black structures in their communities, we have a long way to go before we see lasting progressive change.

As allies at Sister District, we will continue to support our candidates committed to reforming policies to better our society, and will continue to use our platform to advocate for more diverse representation at the state and local level.