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Honoring Juneteenth: Center for Justice Innovation celebrates Black liberation

June 28, 2024 Robert Abruzzese, Courthouse Editor
The Center for Justice Innovation's Bronx Community Solutions team hosts a resource fair and performances in honor of Juneteenth, exploring themes of Black pride and freedom. Photo courtesy of the Center for Justice Innovation
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Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation, announcing the freedom of more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state. The Center for Justice Innovation marked this historic day with celebrations across New York City.

In Brooklyn’s Brower Park, New York City Councilmember Chi Ossé’s team joined the Center’s RISE and Neighbors in Action teams for an event celebrating Black liberation. The festivities included music, food, and family-friendly wellness activities such as dance, gardening, and meditation circles.

In the Bronx, the Center’s Bronx Community Solutions’ team hosted a resource fair. The event featured performances that explored themes of Black pride and freedom, highlighting the ongoing work required to achieve racial justice.

Center for Justice Innovation Welcomes New Board Members

The Center for Justice Innovation’s Board of Directors proudly welcomes three new members: Adem Bunkeddeko, an experienced nonprofit leader; Mary Beth Maloney, a commercial litigation lawyer; and Jeremy Travis, a national leader in justice reform. Together, their combined knowledge, talent, and backgrounds will strengthen the organization’s future.

Board Chair Rasmia Kirmani shared the announcement on LinkedIn, stating, “I’m proud to be part of a board whose members share a commitment to community justice, racial equity and creating a justice system that builds safety by repairing harm and prioritizes help and healing over incarceration.”

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