It matters to us:
On Juneteenth (June 19th, 2020) we joined for a march of unity, solidarity, and love! It’s an occasion to show that people of all races and ethnicities can unite to raise up humanity and overthrow color supremacy— together.
We chose Juneteenth because it’s a day of celebration marking the end of slavery in America, a day when we should focus on love and hope—even if daily acts of racist oppression show us how far we are from the real dream of those dreamers from the era of Abraham Lincoln through the era of Martin Luther King up until the murder of G. Floyd and ongoing police misconduct unknown. But by marching together on Juneteenth in a spirit of love, we’re showing that we’re committed to continuing the work of those that fought before us for diversity in society. Asian, Latin, Black, and White are blood vessels of one body. One soul.
We gathered at Brooklyn Bridge Park at 5 p.m., stepped off at 6:30 pm, to walk across the bridge.
This was a masked and social distancing march—measures we took to show our love for each other. We were also committed to nonviolence and sharing a peace/love vibe, but since we can’t control everything, we saw trained marshals on hand who cut their teeth in groups.
We see random acts of kindness! We see people with an extra bottle of water for protesters. We brought spare masks. Instead of chanting and singing, things that might spread the virus, we brought our pink tambourine thinking about other kinds of noisemakers. Thanks to the organizer PS 186 school where Shamim works as a Teacher.