California Nurses Demand Justice This Juneteenth
Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Breonna Taylor. Freddie Gray. Philando Castile. George Floyd.
The list goes on and on. We see their names splashed across news headlines. Pictures of the latest victims are projected through our living room TV’s in what seems an endless cycle. Our hearts are collectively broken, and our country is united in anger and determination to stop the undue violence being inflicted on our beloved black community.
Juneteenth marks the date in history that black slaves in Texas were informed of their freedom following the Civil War ending two months prior and the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier. Since then, Juneteenth has been recognized and celebrated throughout the U.S., and is a state holiday in Texas and 45 other states.