Today is Juneteenth.
Today, 100% of proceeds from our online store will be donated to BIPOC-led organizations.
Juneteenth, observed annually on June 19th, marks the "oldest known celebration commemorating the belated liberation of Black people in the United States." The Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863 but it took 2.5 year for for enslaved workers in Galveston, Texas to be given freedom. It wasn't until Union soldiers arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865, that the state’s residents finally learned slavery had been abolished. The former enslaved workers immediately began to celebrate with prayer, feasting, song, and dance. The following year, on June 19, the first official Juneteenth celebrations took place in Texas.
Today, 100% of Canadian proceeds will be donated to Black Health Alliance. The Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of the 1.2 million Black people in Canada. Their focus is to reduce the racial disparities in health outcomes and promote health and well-being for Canadian BIPOC individuals with an emphasis on the broad determinants of health, including racism.
Today, 100% of US and International proceeds will be donated to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute. The Marsha P. Johnson Institute protects and defends the human rights of Black transgender people. They do this by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting their collective power. They were created to elevate, support, and nourish the voices of Black trans people.
This week, President Biden signed a bill into law officially establishing Juneteenth as a national holiday. For more Juneteenth information, visit Hella Juneteenth.
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