Our comrades at The Black Sex Worker Collective are hosting two events in New York City on Monday, June 18th
“Whore in a Box” 5 PM – 6 PM Free
“Moving Beyond Survival: An interactive workshop with facilitator Jovelyn Richards” ($20-$50)
RSVP Required More info and RSVP Here
Juneteenth is a significant holiday that frequently does not get the recognition it deserves. This day commemorates the June 19th, 1865 public announcement of the abolition of slavery in Galveston, Texas. While the emancipation proclamation was made in January 1963, that information was withheld from the slaves themselves, many of whom did not find out that they were free until two months after the official end of the civil war. Juneteenth is the celebration of that announcement by Major General Gordon Granger and the revelation of the dissolution of the institution of slavery in the United States.
The lasting impacts of slavery are of course still evident today through the pervasive culture of white supremacy, incarceration, and police violence, which makes is ever more important to acknowledge the day that we as a nation took one step away from violent oppression of Black people. The sex workers rights movement must continue to stand united in fighting racism, specifically anti-Black racism, at both the institutional and interpersonal level.
To read more extensive history of Juneteenth click here
Here you can find audio recordings of interviews with former slaves telling their life stories