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June 1, 2021

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Just Launched: Solidarity Stories from Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Leaders

As we mark one year since the uprisings in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, the National Asian American Leaders Table has launched Solidarity Stories, offering an opportunity to learn from leaders in the AAPI community and build on the shared struggle with Black communities against racism and injustice. At, you'll find a series of solidarity case studies, short video clips, and toolkits that include the Filipino farmworker struggle, the LA Uprising, post 9/11 America, and Mauna Kea. These resources reveal links between the incarceration of Japanese Americans and the detention of immigrants today, between the migration experiences of Indo-Caribbeans and the shared struggle with Black communities now. Most importantly, they call us into action for co-liberation with Black communities and reveal the challenges of solidarity practice.

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During the Month of June 2021




June is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. Discuss intersectional issues for the LGBTQ community, including racial and economic justice. Cite the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.


Immigrant Heritage Month provides another opportunity to talk about the economic challenges and contributions of immigrants in the United States. Reference the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.

Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry 1957 publicity photo

June is also African American Music Appreciation Month, a celebration dating back to 1979 highlighting the Black traditions that created, defined and expanded musical forms, including sacred, folk, blues, jazz, R&B, rock, hip-hop and more. While it might seem that Black music hardly needs a special time for appreciation, given its dominant everyday presence in American culture, Black artists, promoters, record labels, radio stations, and venues have often been sidelined or cut out of the economic opportunities their cultural contributions generate.

June 1

Getting Into Step

Today marks the launch of Getting Into Step: A Movement PodcastThe pilot episode features conversation between Min. Dr. Savina Martin of the National Union of the Homeless, Rev. Nelson Johnson of the Beloved Community Center in North Carolina, and Rev. West McNeill of the New York State Poor People's Campaign and the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State, on building the independent political power of the poor and dispossessed. Getting Into Step is a collaboration between The Kairos Center and the New York State Poor People's Campaign. Listen and click the subscribe or follow button in your favorite podcast app.

June 4


Today is the anniversary in 1919 of Congress approving the Constitution’s 19th amendment, which gave white women the right to vote. While an important accomplishment, Jim Crow laws prevented many women of color from exercising this right for decades. Cite the values of Equality and Voice when talking about this anniversary. 

June 6

by Amateal

On this day in 2015, Kalief Browder took his own life after spending three years in New York’s Rikers Island jail. Browder had been awaiting trial for stealing a backpack and spent two years in solitary confinement. Supporters point to Browder’s incarceration as the source of his mental illness. Citing Browder’s story, advocates successfully pushed the City of New York to close the facility because of its mistreatment of inmates. Further the discussion by citing the values of Equality, Redemption, and Voice. 

June 7


On this day in 1965, the Supreme Court upheld the “right of marital privacy” in the case of Griswold v. Connecticut, which ensured access to contraception. The case provided precedent for the court to legalize abortion in the Roe v. Wade case eight years later. Recent state-level bans on abortion could be potential challenges to these landmark decisions and disproportionately impact people living in poverty. When talking about this anniversary, cite the values of Economic Security, Voice, and Equality.

June 12

by Selina Alko

Loving Day celebrates the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision on the case of Loving v. Virginia, which struck down all state laws banning interracial marriage. Use the anniversary to talk about racial justice with the values of Equality and Voice.


On this day in 1987, President Ronald Reagan gave his famous "Tear Down this Wall" speech in Berlin. Although Reagan was addressing the Communist bloc, it’s worth noting that this  Republican president publicly challenged the idea of using walls to separate or isolate people. In the speech, Reagan also said, “The wall cannot withstand freedom.” Use this anniversary to talk about the needs of the communities in the U.S./Mexico border region and how wall rhetoric and militarization is blatant scare-mongering. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community. 

June 13


On this day in 1966, the Supreme Court issued its decision on Ernesto Miranda vs. Arizona. The ruling created what became known as “Miranda rights”, the law enforcement procedure of reminding someone of their rights when being arrested. Use this anniversary to discuss the importance of criminal justice reform by referring to the values of Redemption and Voice.

June 15



On this day in 2012, President Obama announced the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allows those who arrived as children — many of whom know no homeland other than the U.S. — to live and contribute to their communities without fear of deportation. While President Biden reversed President Trump’s decision to end the program, advocates are awaiting action from Congress and the courts. Discuss this anniversary by referring to the values of Voice, Community, and Economic Security.

by Pete Railand


On this day in 1982, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Plyler v. Doe that states could not deny public education to students who were not legally admitted into the country. Doing so, they said, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment. Since the ruling only applied to K-12 students, other court cases and legislation made it possible for some states to deny undocumented students access to in-state tuition, scholarships, or enrollment at public colleges and universities.

June 19


Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved Americans gained their freedom in Texas, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Today's celebrations provide the opportunity to discuss the enduring legacies of racial injustice. Join the conversation, citing the values of Economic Security, Voice, and Community.

Father's Day


Father's Day is an important time to talk about racial justice and economic opportunity with your community. The separation of immigrant families at the border and around the U.S., provides another opportunity to talk about the need for family unity. Focus on the values of Economic Security and Mobility.

June 20


World Refugee Day commemorates the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees. During the Covid pandemic, refugees have faced hardened borders and increased exposure to the virus in refugee camps. At the same time, the climate crisis is creating disruptions that are forcing more people into refugee status every year. World Refugee Day is an important time to connect this international observance to what’s happening in the United States and across the world. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing this.

June 22


On this day in 1944, President Truman signed the G.I. Bill. As a result, thousands of World War II veterans were able to apply for funds for college education, unemployment insurance, and housing loans. However, less than 2% of these mortgages went to people of color. This is a good time to talk about the role of government in providing economic opportunity to all Americans. 

June 26


On this day in 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the third iteration of President Trump’s “Muslim Ban.” Previously, lower federal courts had found each iteration to be blatantly anti-Muslim, unconstitutional, and an abuse of the president’s power. The No Ban Act would prevent future presidents from enacting such policies. It has passed the U.S. House but awaits action in the Senate. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Voice, Equality, and Community. 

June 27


On this day in 2015, activist Bree Newsome removed the Confederate battle flag after climbing the flagpole in front of the South Carolina Capitol building. The flag was originally raised in opposition to the Civil Rights Movement and lunch counter sit-ins in the 1960s and has flown ever since. Confederate flags and many monuments honoring the Confederacy remain across the U.S. Discuss this anniversary and the underlying problem citing the values of Community, Voice, and Equality.

June 28


Today is the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City, a key turning point in the struggle for LGBTQ rights. Use the anniversary to discuss intersectional issues for the LGBTQ community, including racial and economic justice. Cite the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.

June 29


President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. The 41,000- mile “National System of Interstate and Defense Highways” insured safe and speedy transcontinental travel and created economic opportunity for millions of people. Infrastructure development demonstrates how we’re all in this together, but the definition of what our common infrastructure needs are is evolving, as has our understanding of who was harmed and who benefited from highway projects. Child care, elder care, affordable housing, broadband access and clean energy are critical elements of shared need today. Use this anniversary to discuss the need for new infrastructure spending and cite the values of Economic Security and Community.


On this day in 1972, in Furman v. Georgia, the Supreme Court struck down the death penalty, ruling it as unconstitutional under the 8th and 14th Amendments. Justice William O. Douglas concluded that the death penalty "is disproportionately imposed and carried out on the poor, the Negro, and the members of unpopular groups." Four years later, the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty on the idea that it was constitutional under the 8th amendment. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Equality, Voice, and Community. 

June 30


On this day in 2018, activists organized nationwide protests in opposition to the Trump administration’s family separation policy, which has separated hundreds of immigrant children from their parents. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Voice, Equality, and Community. 

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