Juneteenth Vigil

A protest and community vigil takes place at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights on Juneteenth 2020

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Images of altars and participants at the Juneteenth Vigil in Mariachi Plaza.

On June 19, 2020, community members came together to stand in solidarity with the Black community, who are disproportionately experiencing violence by law enforcement. Residents and community organizers throughout Boyle Heights came to support and heal with one another in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others.

Danzantes commenced ceremony, accompanied by a land acknowledgement, followed by speeches on the Mariachi Plaza Stage  from community members including Cecily Myart-Cruz, the United Teachers of Los Angeles union president elect. The sound recording below is an interview with Ricardo Diaz, an attendee at the Juneteenth Vigil.

ACTA · Sounds of CA - Boyle Heights
“On Juneteenth I know that the ancestors are here with us today. This day marks a day for freedom for Black People. And today we watched the 23rd day of protests take place. We are at a critical moment in time. A time where we will not only reflect, but this time, we’re going to act. “ — Cecily Myart-Cruz