This past weekend marked the Junteenth celebration at Clark College and the Rose Village CHW team took part in the annual event. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. This year’s theme was “Together We Rise.”
The Rose Village team hosted a table at the event and engaged participants with their signature hula hoops. The hooping is just one of the ways the CHWs break down barriers and build ties with community members. The event kicked off with Lift Every Voice and Sing, known as the black national anthem. The celebration featured a variety of organizations, a writer’s workshop, a job fair, musical performances and more.
A panel discussion on law enforcement and community relations featured local law enforcement, including some of the officers who participated in the recent Knowing is Power event and even a member of HLC’s Policy Committee, Tamara Shoup.
Also at the event, Abbie Bambilla received the 2019 Val Joshua Racial Justice Award and Asante Jackson recieved the 2019 Youth Social Justice Award.
Abbie’s efforts have been directed at eliminating racism — as an intern in the Sexual Assault Program at YWCA Clark County, a volunteer in the SafeChoice Domestic Violence Program at YWCA Clark County, and as a student leader at WSU Vancouver.
Asante was recognized for his determined actions and leadership in bringing awareness to diversity, especially through a high school project that promoted peace and highlighted racial injustice.