Juneteenth is a holiday to end slavery in the United States on June 19th every year. According to the Facebook campaign page, some Tesla employees and community organizers plan to hold a rally this Friday in the parking lot of the company’s Fremont, California, auto plant. The theme of the event was “Stand with Tesla Workers for Black Lives” in solidarity with the black movement.
The rally comes as people across the U.S. continue to take to the streets to protest police violence and racism, and tech giants such as Uber and Twitter have announced that June 19 will be a paid holiday for the company. “We call for an end to police brutality, for Defund the police (to support the withdrawal of funding from the police and to reallocate it to non-police-style public safety and community support, such as social services, youth services, housing, education and other community resources,” the event’s organizers said in a statement sent tomedia The Verge. )”
“We are tired of the unjust killing of George, Brenna, Amad and others, and every other life lost as a result of police brutality,” the statement read. We’re tired of the lynchings and racism that’s happening every day in this country, and we’re just as tired as everyone else. We decided on June 19th, because it was an recognized day, on which slavery ended, but the fact is that we are still at war to end racism, mass incarceration, police violence, and more. “
Organizers of Friday’s rally said they did not think Tesla’s response to the recent nationwide protests was adequate. “We know we work for a big company like Tesla, and we know the emails from Valerie (Tesla’s North American hr boss, Workman), but it’s not just about listening, we should act, not only within the company, but as a community, as we continue to fight to end these everyday battles.” They wrote.