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2023 Oakland Juneteenth - Bay Area Culturally Competent Mental Health Services

by Khubaka, Michael Harris
June 19, 1865 remains our agreed upon date to collectively celebrate the holiday, Juneteenth. Freedom is never free... Post Traumatic Stress is often imposed upon people of Pan African Descent, still. Our journey from Slavery to Freedom continues... Barriers to Mental Health Services are slowly coming down and healthy solutions bound with lasting cost savings to our communities.
Once again, the streets of Oakland come alive with the sights, sounds, flavors and soul of Juneteenth Freedom Celebrations.

Alameda County joins a growing list of California Counties celebrating Juneteenth with a paid holiday for county employees.

Santa Clara County began the march towards all 58 California counties aligning with Juneteenth Federal Holiday.

Nearly 100+ Cities throughout California have @100,000+ residents and each city should also follow Federal Juneteenth Official Holiday closures with pay.

Freedom is never free, nearly 2,000 United States Colored Troops enlisted from California helped preserve the Union while helping begin the legal end of chattel slavery in the "foreign" Confederate States of America and "slave states" not in rebellion.

Mental Health Services today provided by public and private Health and Human Services offer "self-emancipation" from the lasting effects from systemic institutional racism imposed by "America's Peculiar Institution"

Quantifying and qualifying "Chattel Slavery throughout California" and our unique California Underground Railroad Network to Freedom will rise like a Phoenix in Oakland California.

The symbol of a burned and gutted First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Oakland, is an example today of our strategic safehaven within our Black Churches during the California Gold Rush Era (1840-1875)

California Junetenth, second only to Texas, recognizing the modern day Junetenth Movement has many champions.

Lula Briggs Galloway and John Thompson lead a vast statewide cadre of local individuals coming together to make change.

Sister Barbara Howard and her teams continue the tradition in the streets of Oakland helping to unlock "wrap around services" to heal our communities one creative mind, body and spirit at a time.

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