Committee For Racial Justice will be tabling and having speakers at the two celebrations of JUNETEENTH coming up on:

Saturday June 18 at Virginia Ave. Park (VAP) from 1 to 7 p.m. and Sunday June 19 at Calvary Baptist Church from 12 to 5 p.m. – both in Santa Monica.

Our overall theme will be A RESILIENT PEOPLE. 

Committee For Racial Justice (CRJ) will be tabling and having speakers at the two separate celebrations of JUNETEENTH this Saturday and Sunday in Santa Monica.  CRJ’s overall theme will be A RESILIENT PEOPLE.

On Saturday 6/18, at 2;30 p.m. on the Community Stage at Virginia Ave. Park (VAP), 2200 Pico Blvd, Mayor Pro Tem Kristin McCowan will be interviewed by Commissioner Willa Wells, a commissioner on the SM Commission for Senior citizens, about housing issues in our community.  

In addition, at 3:30 p.m. at the park, Chantilly Wijayasinha, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Public Health who is currently the Director at Family Service of Santa Monica, will offer coping mechanisms for families dealing with stress and discuss how we can maintain resilience & empower our children.

Both sessions Saturday will have Q&A with the audience and both speakers will be followed by seated yoga & breath work led by Apple fitness trainer, Jonelle Lewis.

Juneteenth will be celebrated all day at VAP from 1 – 7 p.m.

On Sunday 6/19 at the Juneteenth celebration at Calvary Baptist Church (corner of 20th and Broadway in Santa Monica) from noon to 5 p.m., CRJ will again table with information about our work and opportunities for involvement. 

At 2 p.m. in the Community Classroom, the CRJ presenter that afternoon will be Dr. Ben Drati, District Superintendent of Santa Monica/Malibu United School District since his appointment in Nov. 2015.  Dr. Drati will be speaking on “ Teaching the Truth”.

Submitted by Joanne Berlin