Juneteenth is a celebration of Emancipation, the biggest step Americans have taken away from the horrors of slavery and towards a society with true equality.
The Washington legislature took another step, smaller but important, in the 2023 legislative session. They passed HB 1474 and established the Covenant Home Ownership Fund, which will provide down payment and closing costs to families who were denied home ownership on racial grounds. Quaker Voice supported the bill, and our citizen lobbyists urged their representatives to vote for it on Quaker Lobby Day.
This was only one of the ways we are continuing to work beyond emancipation towards true freedom.
Let us all use Juneteenth as a day to recommit ourselves to that goal.
Susan Cozzens, Clerk