From Emancipation to Today’s Black Lives Matter


Juneteenth celebrations will take place across the US this week-end, marking the emancipation of enslaved Africans in Texas on June 19, 1865.
Known as Freedom Day or Juneteeth Independence Day in Black communities across the US, The Labor Forum will examine its history and the legacy of slavery and white supremacy that underlies the current conditions and struggles of working people.

At 4:15pm, Anthony Ratcliff. Black Lives Matter activist and fellow organizer with Jasmine Richards will call in to update the WRFG audience about her case. She was convicted and sentenced to 90 days in jail for “felony lynching.” This California statute was enacted in response to racist white mobs seizing Black people from police custody by force. Ratcliff will describe what happened and how Jasmine’s arrest and sentencing represents a dangerous criminalization of anti-racists.

Tiffany Smith and Seyoum Bey will continue the discussion at 4:30pm, reflecting the views of young activists, organizing resistance in Atlanta, searching for solutions and solidarity.

The Labor Forum is aired every Monday,from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM.
Audio and visual recordings of the program can be found on The Labor Forum YouTube channel and website.
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