On June 19, 2022 the United States will officially recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Also known as Emancipation Day, this day in history marks the end of slavery in the US. Commemorative events across our region are important opportunities to understand how far we’ve come and how much work we still have in the fight for justice and equality. While honoring past civil rights achievements, I urge you to join me in my renewed commitment to dismantling systemic discrimination that still disproportionately impacts our black and brown neighbors, like voter suppression and unjust zoning practices. The march toward justice continues.