PCAF will be closed Friday June 18 in observance of Juneteenth
Today we honor and celebrate the strength and resiliency of our Black community members and their ancestors.
On this first federally recognized Juneteenth National Independence Day, PCAF continues to reflect upon the racial injustices that have been occurring for generations. We recognize that our country is built on white supremacist systems, including systems that have been operating within our organization and causing harm. We are committed to moving beyond introspection into dialogue and action as we work to dismantle the structures put in place by colonialism and white supremacy within our organization and beyond. A team of staff members led by staff of color are working together to identify and reform policies and structures that may negatively impact BIPOC staff and clients.
President Biden signed legislation officially designating June 19 as “Juneteenth National Independence Day,” the national day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. We support this long overdue recognition and action. However, making Juneteenth a federal holiday is purely symbolic unless it is accompanied by action on voting rights, housing reform, police accountability, critical race theory in schools, and many other needed changes.
Now is the time for action, and it begins with each of us reflecting upon our role in the white supremacist culture and systems we exist in. What steps are YOU taking?
Things you can do today, and every day:
- Commit to learning about social justice and being anti-racist, and take action.
- Support Black owned businesses. Tacoma Urban League Black Business Directory
- Volunteer or donate to an organization that lifts up social justice and BIPOC people, such as the Tacoma Urban League and Lavender Rights Project.
- Write a letter to your local and federal elected officials. How to contact your federal officials Find your state legislators and district