Today is Juneteenth, a day commemorating the official emancipation of the last remaining enslaved people in the U.S. Though we celebrate, we know that there is much more work to be done and progress yet to be made until we are all truly free.
Though we honor and commemorate this day, we are also thinking of the racism, anti-Blackness, xenophobia, misogyny, and state violence and cruelty running rampant and unchecked in our country. Today is a stark reminder that America has a long, dark history of terror and ripping children from the arms of their parents.
We must do better. We must continue to build community, hold people and institutions accountable, raise awareness about injustice, and fight to dismantle institutional and structural racism in our communities. As we celebrate 160 years, YWCA USA will continue to uphold our values and mission to ensure that there is justice and equity for all. Today, honor Juneteenth and our forbearers by fighting for justice and demanding that this administration stop its cruel practice of separating families.