1. Sign the petition!
Opal Lee, a 94 year old Texan, launched a campaign to walk from her home in Fort Worth to Washington D. C., building support for her goal to make Juneteenth a national holiday, established through federal law. Over 1.5 million people have signed to date - sign it & share it with others in your organization. Visit her organization's website & sign up for updates.
2. Learn about the proposed national legislation and the organizations working to support making Juneteenth a national holiday.
Some of these are (click on the links to learn more & to participate in their work):
~ Leadership Conference on Civil Human Rights
~ National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
3. Learn about the companies or businesses have endorsed making Juneteenth a national, paid leave, holiday.
~ American Hotel & Lodging Association
~ Lowell, MA. The Lowell Sun newspaper
4. Be informed about the companies or businesses which give employees the day off for Juneteenth. Do local branches of these businesses ensure that their employees follow this policy? (Click the link to read company statements on Juneteenth.)
- Best Buy
- Mondelez International (International Day of Service)
- The 19th, a Texas based nonprofit newsroom
5. What prominent individuals have called for making Juneteenth a national, paid leave, holiday?
~ Peniel Joseph, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race & Democracy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
- Taylor Swift