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Media Advisory: Greater Boston Labor Council celebrates Juneteenth with events across the City

Rachael Running
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Media Advisory for June 19, 2020        

Contact: Vishakha Mathur;; 617-485-7709

Greater Boston Labor Council celebrates Juneteenth with events across the City

Unions across Greater Boston are convening on June 19 to demand racial justice for the Black community.

BOSTON On Juneteenth, June 19, the Greater Boston Labor Council (GBLC) will support the Black community by hosting several events across the City. Hundreds will join in celebrating the 155th year of the 13th Amendment, which formally abolished salary. As protests continue across the country, the Boston labor movement is continuing the fight and the conversation around racial injustice to bring about systemic change for the Black community.

Events taking place on Juneteenth, include:

Building Trades Stand Down
WHO: Building Trades and union contractor partners
WHAT: Stand Down
WHEN: Friday, June 19 at 8:46 a.m.
WHERE: 38 Vallar Road, East Boston, MA, 02128

In honor of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, marking the end of slavery in the United States, the union construction industry in Greater Boston as part of the Greater Boston Labor Movement, will be honoring the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others as we strive to create a more fair and just world. 

Boston Building Trades, in partnership with their union contractor partners, will be standing down at all union construction sites in our region with a moment of silence that will last 8 minutes and 46 seconds. 

RSVP by emailing with the subject “Stand Down” — and please include the names and number of personnel you would like to request access for from your outlet. Thank you for wearing masks and remaining socially distanced at a minimum of six feet while on the job site.

SEIU Caravan
WHO: SEIU: 32BJ, 509, 1199, 888
WHAT: Juneteenth Caravan
WHEN: June 19, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Caravan assembles at the Dorchester District Court, 510 Washington St, Boston, MA 02124

Juneteenth is a significant moment in American history and is also known among many African Americans as Freedom Day. On Friday, June 19th at noon, all across the U.S. people will be hopping in their vehicles and driving towards justice in caravans, demanding an end to police murders of Black and Indigenous people everywhere. Boston's caravan will begin at the Dorchester District Court (510 Washington St, Boston). The caravan will then drive to Town Field and Doherty-Gobson Playground (1565 Dorchester Ave, MA 02122) to celebrate and rally with a brief speaking program.


Boston Teachers Union Rally
WHO: Boston Teachers Union 
WHAT: Black Lives Matter Rally
WHEN: June 19, 2020 from 2-5 p.m.
WHERE: Town Field, Dorchester, 1565 Dorchester Ave, Boston

Honoring Juneteenth by holding a multi-cultural, lingual, ethnic, and class rally in support of the Black community. Organizers are advocating for liberation from mass incarceration, over-policing, and state-sanctioned violence. Racism is wrong. Police brutality is wrong. Put an end to qualified immunity.


About Greater Boston Labor Council

Chartered by the National AFL-CIO, the Greater Boston Labor Council’s mission is to improve the lives of working families within the 24 communities in our jurisdiction. Our goal is to build a movement of unions and workers to advocate for working family issues in city and town halls throughout Greater Boston. The Greater Boston Labor Council also seeks to reach out to progressive allies within our communities to form coalitions to advance the cause of economic justice. Through our Committee on Political Education (COPE), the Greater Boston Labor Council is actively engaged in the political process. We endorse and campaign for candidates for municipal office who are supportive of the needs of union members and working families.