Palestinians join Black people to celebrate Juneteenth 2021.

Saturday, June 19, 2021. New York City – June 19 is Juneteenth National Independence Day (also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day).

Palestinians joined the December 12th Movement to commemorate Juneteenth. The rally was at Frederick Douglass Square (Nostrand Ave and Jefferson Ave) in Brooklyn, New York City.

One of the speakers was Palestinian woman Nerdeen Kiswani. Nerdeen is from Jerusalem, she is the founder of Within Our Lifetime and she is a law student at the City University of New York (CUNY). Watch the video below.

6/19/2021. Nerdeen Kiswani.

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Before the demonstration, Within our Lifetime • United for Palestine said on Facebook and Instagram, “You cannot stand for Palestinian liberation without standing for Black Liberation. If you’ve been showing up for protests for Palestine, you should also be showing up for Black liberation. This Saturday on June 19th we will join the December 12th movement at Frederick Douglass Square in Brooklyn to commemorate Juneteenth. Join us as we wave the New Afrikan flag and show solidarity with our Black Comrades fighting for liberation. Our struggles are interconnected and our liberation is tied to one another.”

Some Black people attended the demonstration. Most people that attended the rally were Palestinians.

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6/19/2021. SHORT VIDEO. On Juneteenth, teenager Javier Gooden surprises his father Roberto Gooden. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Javier Gooden was one of the artists at the rally. His father Roberto Gooden did not know Javier was going to give him a trophy and to wish him a HAPPY FATHER’S DAY. It was a surprise!

6/19/2021. LONGER VIDEO. On Juneteenth, Roberto Gooden is surprised by his son Javier Gooden. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

“Juneteenth (officially Juneteenth National Independence Day, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day) is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States, with increasing official recognition. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas.

President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 had officially outlawed slavery in Texas and the other states that had rebelled against the Union almost two and a half years earlier. Enforcement of the Proclamation generally relied on the advance of Union troops. Texas, as the most remote of the slave states had seen an expansion of slavery, and had a low presence of Union troops as the American Civil War ended; thus enforcement there had been slow and inconsistent prior to Granger’s announcement. Although the Emancipation Proclamation declared an end to slavery in the Confederate States, it was still legal and practiced in two Union border states (Delaware, and Kentucky) until the end of 1865, when ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolished chattel slavery nationwide in December. Additionally, Indian Territories that had sided with the Confederacy, namely the Choctaw, were the last to release those enslaved, in 1866.

Celebrations date to 1866, at first involving church-centered community gatherings in Texas. It spread across the South and became more commercialized in the 1920s and 1930s, often centering on a food festival. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, it was eclipsed by the struggle for postwar civil rights, but grew in popularity again in the 1970s with a focus on African American freedom and arts. As of 2020, Hawaii, North Dakota and South Dakota are the only states that do not recognize Juneteenth, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Modern observance is primarily in local celebrations. Traditions include public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, singing traditional songs such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, and reading of works by noted African-American writers, such as Ralph Ellison and Maya Angelou. Celebrations include rodeos, street fairs, cookouts, family reunions, park parties, historical reenactments, and Miss Juneteenth contests. Juneteenth is also celebrated by the Mascogos, descendants of Black Seminoles who escaped from U.S. slavery in 1852 and settled in Coahuila, Mexico.”

On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would make Juneteenth, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States of America. The bill is expected to easily pass the House of Representatives, which would send it to president Joe Biden for his signature. Juneteenth would be the 12th federal holiday.

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

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December 12th Movement

The December 12th Movement, is a black human rights organization based in New York City. We have organized political actions leading toward local and national mass mobilizations on racism, self-determination, reparations, quality health care, housing, criminal justice, and education. Our signature, dynamic street rallies and marches and forums have included the NYC “Days of Outrage’, the annual Malcolm X ‘Shut Em Down’ marches in Harlem on May 19, the Million Youth March in partnership with the late Dr. Khalid Muhammad, the first Millions for Reparations rally in Washington DC.

Within Our Lifetime

Within Our Lifetime is not only a name, but a promise, a motivational cry, a rally, and a call to action. It is the steadfast belief that no matter what obstacles we will face, victory of the oppressed is inevitable.

Saturday, June 19, 2021. Brooklyn, New York City – On June 19  is Juneteenth National Independence Day. Palestinians joined the December 12th movement to commemorate Juneteenth.  Photo by Javier Soriano/
Saturday, June 19, 2021. Brooklyn, New York City – On June 19 is Juneteenth National Independence Day. Palestinians joined the December 12th movement to commemorate Juneteenth. Photo by Javier Soriano/

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