On June 19, 1865, slavery was finally ended in Texas — two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Every year on June 19th we who believe in freedom remember the Civil War as a social revolution from below that defeated the planter class. We have a long way to go in the struggle to defeat empire and white supremacy, and to achieve justice and freedom for all, but pause for a moment today to celebrate Juneteenth as we gather our collective strength for the struggles to come.

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