HYATTSVILLE, MD – Executive Director of Immigrant advocacy organization CASA Gustavo Torres issued the following statement in celebration of Black liberation on Juneteenth.

Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the special day in which the last of the emancipated enslaved people, in the south, were freed in Texas. This country was built on the labor of enslaved Black people, meaning that every contribution and piece of progress is thanks to them.

“We can’t forget that as we honor Black freedom, there is much work to be done to erode the systems that marginalize and hurt Black communities. In our role as a national organization and as a powerbuilding movement comes the responsibility to champion Black-led organizations and organizers. Joining in power, solidarity, and action will make the fight towards freedom stronger as our struggles are inextricably bound together.

“That is why during the 2022 Social Justice Summit, an incredible event co-hosted by CASA and our partners at No Studios, CASA proudly organized a panel titled Multiracial Coalition Building: Black and Brown Communities Leading the Resistance Together alongside Black-led partner organizations like Citizen Policing Project, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Mothers on The Move.

“There cannot be an immigrant justice fight without also fighting for the full systemic liberation of our Black families! I invite you to watch this incredible panel discussion and stay committed to this effort.”

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With over 122,000 lifetime Latino, immigrant, and working-class members across 46 US states, CASA is the foremost immigrant organization in the mid-Atlantic region and a national leader in supporting immigrant families and ensuring that all individuals have the core support necessary for full participation in society. Now a national immigrant powerhouse, CASA creates change with its powerbuilding model blending human services, community organizing, and advocacy in order to serve the full spectrum of the needs, dreams, and aspirations of members. Visit us at www.wearecasa.org and follow us on Twitter at @CASAforall.