This month, California officially recognizes the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth - a day that celebrates the abolition of slavery following the Civil War, symbolizes freedom, and reminds all Americans of the significant contributions African Americans have made to our society.
Though President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, it had limited effect on most slaves' day-to-day lives as many of the Confederate States were resistant to its execution. It wasn't until two and a half years later, on June 18, 1865, that Union troops enforced emancipation in Texas, eliminating the last vestiges of slavery in the United States. The following day, June 19, 1865, became known as "Juneteenth" and "Freedom Day".
While Juneteenth was originally a Texas celebration, today it is a day of commemoration throughout the United States to recognize our country's freedom from slavery. It is also a day of remembrance, a day of renewal, and a day of pride. It is a day when we can take the time to reflect upon the African American experience and rejoice at the incredible progress we have all made as a people and as a country. As we celebrate Juneteenth, let us continue to better understand the dignity of humankind, inclusive of all races, ethnicities, and nationalities and continue to pay tribute to African Americans who fought so long and worked so hard to make the dream of equality and freedom a reality.
My staff and I will be attending the following local events to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend. I hope you can join us as we continue to celebrate Juneteenth throughout the month of June.
Oakland Juneteenth Festival 2015
A day of music, free health screenings, historical education and family fun!
Saturday, June 27
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
925 Brockhurst Street
Oakland, CA 94608
Lake Merritt Juneteenth Roda Celebration
Join African American teachers to celebrate the connection to African descendants and honor their struggle for freedom.
Saturday, June 27
1 to 4 p.m.
Lake Merritt Pergola
Are you worried about protecting yourself from fraud?
You're invited to a Resource Fair & Fraud Prevention Town Hall in Cantonese.
This is a free event my office is organizing in partnership with the California State Bar Association, Supervisor Wilma Chan, Mayor Libby Schaaf, Councilmember Abel Guillen, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.
Thursday, June 25th
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street, #290
Oakland, CA 94607
The event will feature:
- Fraud prevention experts will speak about identify theft, housing scams and the latest fraud criminals are using to target the Oakland Chinatown community including seniors and families.
- Resource Tables for assisting the Asian-American community, such as Asian Health Resources, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Alameda County Adult Protective Services and more.
- Delicious local food will be available, and children are welcome.
Please come and celebrate the diversity, generosity, and tremendous contributions of individuals and organizations in the 18th Assembly District. Please join in recognizing the evening’s honorees and their admirable accomplishments as leaders in their community, state, and nation. Also, hear an update from the State Capitol on legislation affecting you and your family.
EVENT IS FREE BUT SPACE IS LIMITED.
RSVP For This Event
Tuesday, July 28
Linden Street Brewery
95 Linden Street
In cooperation with a local literacy organization, please bring a new or gently used book for children.
Woman of the Year:
Veteran of the Year:
Holocaust Memorial Honoree:
Lifetime Public Service Award:
Coalition of Excellence:
Lift Up Oakland
Small Businesses of the Year
Drake’s Brewing Company, Natural Home Cleaning, Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream
Educators of the Year:
Ta-Biti Gibson, Dale Gregory, Joni Reynolds
Dr. Noha Aboleta, Serena Chen, Milagros Reynosa
Community Peace Awards:
Interfaith Homeless Network, Pablo Morataya, Teresita Valeriano
Dr. Rosie Flores , Jim Franz ,Ben McBride
Community Advocates of the Year:
Aisha Knowles, Emma Paulino, Michael Yoshii
Outstanding Organizations of the Year:
Alameda Firefighters, IAFF Local 689, DreamCatcher Youth Services, OSIsoft
Do you own a small business? Are you interested in expanding your business’ opportunities through service or product contracts with Federal, State and municipal governments and agencies? Do you need advice on ensuring you comply with current labor laws?
If so, I urge you to attend an upcoming seminar on Small Business Contracting & Labor Laws.
This event will be conducted in partnership with:
The National Association of Minority Contractors, A Squared Ventures & Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services.
Tuesday, July 28
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
State Building – Auditorium
1515 Clay St.
Information will be provided on:
- How to apply for State certification as a small business**
- Becoming a registered vendor with the State
- Procurement opportunities with State & local agencies
- New mandatory labor laws (SB 854) regarding public works contracts, prevailing wage and the new registration process with the Department of Industrial Relations
RSVP For This Event
**For the hands on walk-thru of the State Certification Process you will need a laptop and provide the following information and documentation.
- Applicant/Affiliate Federal Tax Returns for three most recent tax years
- Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
- Secretary of State Number
- Home address of Officers, Member/Manager and Partners
- Dun & Bradstreet Number (if applicable)
- Contractors State License Board Number (if applicable)
During Neighborhood Office Hours, constituents will have the opportunity to meet with Assemblymember Bonta's staff to access legislative information or to receive assistance with a state-related matter.
San Leandro Main Library
300 Estudillo Avenue, Conference Room B
San Leandro, CA 94577
BY APPOINTMENT EVERY FIRST TUESDAY, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
(Se habla Español)
Ayuda con servicios del Gobierno de California
César E. Chávez Library
3301 East 12th Street, Meeting Room
Oakland, CA 94601
EVERY FIRST WEDNESDAY, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cada primer Miercoles, 10 a.m. a 12 p.m.
7200 Bancroft, Suite 211, Meeting Room
Oakland, CA 94605
BY APPOINTMENT EVERY SECOND THURSDAY, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Alameda Main Library
1550 Oak Street, Administration Conference Room
Alameda, CA 94501
BY APPOINTMENT EVERY FOURTH THURSDAY, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.