June 19th marks the 144th anniversary of the landing of federal troops in Galveston, Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and finally bring slavery to an end throughout the United States. "Juneteenth" has not only become a day to commemorate the end of slavery but to reflect on the African American experience - from progress made to challenges that remain. As Oregonians celebrate the 150th anniversary of their statehood, Juneteenth is an opportunity to look at how we are contributing - or not - to overcoming racism in Oregon.
Jo Ann and Dave talk with Sha'an Mouliert, a community activist, educator and co-founder of the African American Alliance of the Northeast Kingdom (Vermont). Mouliert conducts workshops on racism that help people recognize and dismantle white privilege. Mouliert is conducting workshops in Portland on June 20 through the Womens International League of Peace and Freedom. Dave and Jo Ann will also be talking with Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian about new efforts by the Bureau of Labor and Industry to combat racism and other forms of discrimination in Oregon. Should our focus be on the personal level, on better policies or all of the above? On this Juneteenth, what do you think calls for celebration and what calls for greater efforts on our part? Let us know what you think by joining the conversation this Thursday at 8 am on Voices from the Edge.
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