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Big Reuse Closed for Juneteenth - June 19th.

Big Reuse Closed for Juneteenth - June 19th.

Big Reuse is closed in observation of Juneteenth - June 19th. 

Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of black people from slavery and ongoing stuggle for justice.  Juneteenth marks the day - June 19, 1865, of the final emancipation of all slaves in the Confederacy.  Although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, it would take nearly two and a half years for Lincoln’s proclamation to be enforce in Texas when Union forces arrived.  Even then all enslaved people in US territories were not freed until passage of the 13th Amendment.   

Juneteenth celebrates a belated liberation for Black people in America.  Juneteenth asks us to consider the promises of freedom not yet fully realized in the United States.  The holiday represents the ways in which freedom for Black people has been delayed by the ongoing institutional and systemic oppression of Black people in America. 

Nobody is free until everybody is free - Fannie Lou Hamer 

Listing of events - https://www.instagram.com/justiceforgeorgenyc/

Communities United for Police Reform - https://www.changethenypd.org/

Make the Road - https://maketheroadny.org/

Brooklyn Movement Center - http://brooklynmovementcenter.org/

NYC Environmental Justice -  https://www.nyc-eja.org/

Big Reuse stands in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and with all New Yorkers protesting police brutality in our streets. 

We need a new approach that brings accountability and it starts with NYPD's budget - that shares the difficult funding cuts that are hitting all city programs.  Currently we can see the lack of accountability from NYPD at protests and from NYPD leadership at City Council Hearings.  

We support the call of the Comptroller Scott Stringer, Council Member Brad Lander, Public advocate Jumaane Williams, Council Members Carlina Rivera, Antonio Reynoso, Ben Kallos, Carlos Menchaca, and  many community groups and 500 City Hall Staff to cut the NYPD budget so NYC funds more equally support social services, the environment and policing.  Please call your city council member to let them know how you feel.  Some background on cuts.