This weekend could see the largest mobilizations to defend Black lives in history.

Right now, uprisings are taking place in all 50 states, and more than two-thirds of Americans agree that police violence is systemic. Change is long overdue and Greenpeace is supporting the Movement for Black Lives and the massive coalition organizing historic mobilizations this weekend.

Let me tell you why you have to join us.

On June 19, 1865, Black communities in Texas finally received the news that they were free. Juneteenth (June 19th) is a day that honors Black freedom and resistance, and centers Black people’s unique contribution to the struggle for justice in the U.S. This Juneteenth is a rare moment for all of us to proclaim in one voice that Black Lives Matter and that we won’t tolerate anything less than justice for all Black lives.

We invite you to join us for the SIX NINETEEN mobilization this weekend in honor of Juneteenth. Take action in front of the White House, from your home, or in your community on June 19-21!

In response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, and countless other Black people who have been killed at the hands of vigilantes or law enforcement, millions have taken to the streets with a clear and distinct call to end police violence, defund police, invest in Black communities, and call on Trump to resign. Black people are tired of dying in the hands of racist police, of bearing the brunt of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic and four years of Trumpism, and are demanding change and an end to systemic racial injustice and oppression.

Together, we’re bigger than monied interests — including police unions and right-wing think tanks. Join us to demand:

☑️  Defunding the police
☑️  Investment in Black communities
☑️  Resignation of Donald Trump

We cannot have environmental justice without racial justice. Greenpeace’s work is to challenge systems of power that destroy the environment and we know that the industries we fight against place a disproportionate burden on Black communities. Our work is fundamentally interconnected with the struggle for racial justice. In the past couple of weeks, we have gotten a taste of the change that is possible if we take collective action to defend Black lives and fight for collective liberation.

Find an event near you this weekend for the Juneteenth mobilization from June 19–21 to #DefendBlackLives.


Folabi Olagbaju
Democracy Campaign Director, Greenpeace USA

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