An Annual Celebration of Black Liberation
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all enslaved peoples. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865—two and a half years later—enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned they had been freed.
There weren’t many union soldiers in the state of Texas during the Civil War to echo President Lincoln’s proclamation. It wasn’t until Union Major General Gordon Granger landed on Galveston Island in 1865 to enforce the executive order stating all enslaved people were granted their full liberty and personhood that enslaved Texans were made aware of their freedom.
We acknowledge that the structural inequities of our community and country are rooted in the original enslavement of Black people. We also acknowledge that all freed Black people were promised 40 acres and a mule, but most never received these reparations. This is only one of many promises made to Black people that was broken.
While we urge our supporters to use this holiday for celebration, we also urge you to recognize Juneteenth as an opportunity to learn about Black history, respect Black lives, and support our Black neighbors.
Join The Black Resilience Fund In Celebrating Juneteenth By Pledging Your Businesses Support To The Juneteenth PDX 2021 Giving Campaign
During Juneteenth PDX 2020, 187+ businesses pledged their support to the giving campaign. Together we raised over $75,000 for our Community, which provided direct support and healing to 250 Black Portlanders.
It is our goal to build mutually beneficial partnerships with businesses that work together to lift up our Community as a whole.
Show your support by donating 19% of your sales or profits, or by making a month-long pledge to help raise funds for Juneteenth PDX 2021.
Supporting Businesses Donate 19%
Juneteenth — June 19, 2021
Juneteenth Weekend — June 18-20, 2021
Juneteenth Week — June 14-20, 2021
Other Day In June
Community Business Leaders Make A Pledge
TO THE COMMUNITY
Support By Donating Good And Services
Black Resilience Mutual Aid is Black-led movement, pooling our time, talents, and resources with our neighbors to build a grassroots, relationship-based network that listens and responds directly to our community’s needs.
Join Black Resilience Mutual Aid In Celebrating Juneteenth By Pledging Your Physical Business Location And Staff To Volunteer For Mutual Aid
During the month of June, Mutual Aid staff will coordinate with local businesses to provide them with a list of essential donation items, establish pickup and drop off locations and times, and participating businesses will be featured in Brown Hope's newsletters and on our social media platforms.
This is an exclusive opportunity only available to the first 12 businesses to sign up.
Juneteenth Weekend Donation Drive-Thru
A weekend event on Saturday June 19th and Sunday June 20th, 2021
Drive-thru will be open from 10am-4pm
Drive-thru will be operated by Mutual Aid Volunteers
Businesses should have a parking lot or nearby street area available
Month-Long Donation Station
Businesses to receive physical donations during the month of June.
Mutual Aid staff will coordinate with businesses to schedule either pick up or drop off times for the items.
Businesses will receive promotion via our social media and newsletter channels, along with providing an updated list of items that Black Resilience Mutual Aid is in need of.
The following are other recommendations for operating a donation station.
Staff that can either work or volunteer.
Share with us your hours of operation and appropriate contact information.
Space that can store items for up to a week.
Receptive to people knocking on your door or being within your place of business.
Healing And Reparations For Black Portlanders
The Black Resilience Fund is an emergency fund dedicated to healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders. We as a community have done so much healing in the past year. Here is what we’ve accomplished:
Since June 1, 2020, Black Resilience Fund raised over $2,300,700.00 with the support of over 18,000 individual donations and made an immediate impact for over 7,000 of our Black neighbors through direct cash relief, mutual aid, and advocacy. As of April 2, 2021, we have funded $2,149,819.81 in immediate support for 7,053 Black Portlanders which includes a warm meal, groceries, and unpaid bills.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I learn more about the Black Resilience Fund (BRF) ?
To participate in the BRF Juneteenth program, when is my contribution due?
Contributions will be due by Friday, July 9th. If you need an extension, please contact your Balck Resilience Fund representative. This includes 19% of sales, pre-set sponsorship amounts, and any other Juneteenth related contributions.
Can I pledge a different amount than the suggested level of sponsorship?
Yes! To pledge a different amount than our suggested levels of giving, just choose “other” on our pledge form and fill out a contribution amount that works best for your business.
Can I donate other goods or services that aren’t financial?
What is Juneteenth?