Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas in 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American citizens throughout the United States. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in most states.
A group of Homeboy staff spent the weekend with our friends from up north, Barrios Unidos. They were all up at the Walter Guzman Healing Retreat Center with nature, tipis, tree houses, beautiful Redwoods and a sweat lodge surrounding them. "It was a blessing" wrote one of the people on the trip. We can't wait to welcome them back this week and hear of their adventures up in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Please join Barrios Unidos on Friday, March 28 at 7:15 p.m. for a Special Screening at the Del Mar Theater of the film about Cesar Chavez, followed by Q&A with his local friends and colleagues. For more info, go to http://thenick.com/comingSoon.html#coming_CesarChavez
Alex Sanchez, director of Homies Unidos, talks about the influence Barrios Unidos has had in the violence prevention and prison reform movement.