June is a time of celebration for many—school’s out, summer is here, Dads get their “day in the sun” and we look forward (perhaps even more this year than in some) to a little bit more free time for fun.
June also marks the commemoration (on the 19th) of Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when Union troops reached Texas with the news that the Civil War was over and that the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed. Between April 9 and June 19, the freedoms that the decree had extended to enslaved peoples were intentionally denied in many areas still under direct Confederate control. Celebrating Juneteenth means remembering that the hard work on the road to social justice and liberation often comes slowly. Want to know more? Check out the link above, support the NAACP here, or learn more about the Juneteeth holiday in this short video or in this piece written by team member Darrie Burrage.
Likewise, as we celebrate Pride month in June, we remember the long struggles for social, economic, and legal freedoms for LGBTQIA+ peoples. You can learn more about the history of the movement here, support the work of the Human Right’s Campaign here, and check out this new short video from Pixar called “Out!”
In this month’s edition, our team tackles a wide range of interesting topics from using trauma-informed care practices in our coaching work, to re-emerging from the pandemic and re-organizing Primary Care Associations. We also look at the role that our Fathers and Father-figures have played in our lives and how taking the time to do things right, the first time, saves time and stress. We hope you are celebrating the freedoms of summer in the ways that are most fitting for you, and that you enjoy the read…