Jun
19
Sat
Juneteenth
Jun 19 all-day
Juneteenth

Juneteenth (a portmanteau of June and nineteenth),[2] also known as Freedom Day,[3] Jubilee Day,[4] and Cel-Liberation Day,[5] is an American holiday celebrated annually on June 19. It commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union general Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free.[6] Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them almost two and a half years earlier, and the American Civil War had largely ended with the defeat of the Confederate States in April, Texas was the most remote of the slave states, with a low presence of Union troops, so enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent.[6]

Juneteenth is a partial or full state holiday, or an official observance in at least 42 US states and the District of Columbia. Typically, a range of public, community and private events are held to celebrate Juneteenth, often on a weekend close to June 19.

Learn more about the history of Juneteenth

Jun
20
Sun
World Refugee Day
Jun 20 all-day
World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee. One in every 113 people on the planet is now a refugee. Around the world, someone is displaced every two seconds, forced from their homes by violence, war and persecution. By the end of 2018, the number of displaced people had risen to 70.8 million – more than the population of the United Kingdom.

The UN General Assembly, on 4 December 2000, adopted resolution 55/76 where it noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June.

“Refugees are people like anyone else, like you and me. They led ordinary lives before becoming displaced, and their biggest dream is to be able to live normally again. On this World Refugee Day, let us recall our common humanity, celebrate tolerance and diversity and open our hearts to refugees everywhere.” – Ban Ki-moon

Learn more at UN World Refugee Day

Jun
22
Tue
OC Together Dialogue on Race Relations @ Online
Jun 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join honest, powerful & sometimes difficult conversations on Race Relations, Equity & Justice. Dialogues are open to anyone in OC seeking to understand race relations through active listening & learning. Explore, listen & learn from each other through respectful dialogue. Topic: “White Supremacy”

Click HERE to register.

Jun
23
Wed
UN Public Service Day
Jun 23 all-day
UN Public Service Day

The UN Public Service Day annually celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlights the contribution of public service in the development process; recognizes the work of public servants, and encourages young people to pursue careers in the public sector.

Jun
26
Sat
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) found unconstitutional (2013)
Jun 26 all-day
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) found unconstitutional (2013)

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996, prevented same-sex couples – even those whose marriages were recognized by their home state – from receiving benefits available to married couples under federal law. On June 26, 2013 the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote that DOMA was unconstitutional.

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
Jun 26 all-day
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

On 12 December 1997, by resolution 52/149, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a view to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

26 June is an opportunity to call on all stakeholders including UN Member States, civil society and individuals everywhere to unite in support of the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who have been victims of torture and those who are still tortured today.

Torture is a crime under international law. According to all relevant instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances. This prohibition forms part of customary international law, which means that it is binding on every member of the international community, regardless of whether a State has ratified international treaties in which torture is expressly prohibited. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity.

For more information: https://www.un.org/en/events/torturevictimsday/

Same Sex Marriage Permitted in California (2013)
Jun 26 all-day
Same Sex Marriage Permitted in California (2013)

Same-sex marriage first became legal in California on June 16, 2008. However, Proposition 8, a California ballot proposition and a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, passed in the November 2008 state elections. Proposition 8 was ultimately ruled unconstitutional by a United States District Court decision in 2010. In 2013, a Supreme Court decision upheld the ruling, paving the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California on June 26, 2013, after several years of legal battles.

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Jun
28
Mon
Stonewall Uprising Anniversary
Jun 28 all-day
Stonewall Uprising Anniversary

The Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall, other Village lesbian and gay bars, and neighborhood street people fought back when the police became violent. The riots are widely considered to constitute one of the most important events leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

Learn more.

Youth Leadership Institute @ Online
Jun 28 @ 9:00 am – Jul 2 @ 1:00 pm
Youth Leadership Institute @ Online

The 2021 Youth Leadership Institute will be held virtually and take place from 6/28/21 through 7/01/21 (9am – 1pm) with the graduation to be held on July 2.

The week long institute is offered to any OC high school student at NO COST. Space is limited, apply early! The deadline is May 31.

REGISTER NOW!

Jul
1
Thu
Disability Pride Month
Jul 1 all-day
Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month! The month coincides with the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This is a time to celebrate people with disabilities, and to advocate for a more inclusive world.

Jul
2
Fri
Civil Rights Act of 1964 Signed
Jul 2 all-day
Civil Rights Act of 1964 Signed
July 2, 1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, preventing employment discrimination due to race, color, sex, religion or national origin. Title VII of the Act establishes the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to help prevent workplace discrimination.
Jul
6
Tue
40-Hour ONLINE Basic Mediation Training Begins @ ONLINE
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
This online training will cover the full content of our 40-hour in-person training and will comply with both DRPA and MC3 training requirements.
July Training Dates:
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 6:00-7:30pm Orientation

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 6:00 – 9:00 pm Session 1
Saturday, July 17, 2021 9:00 – 3:00 pm Session 2
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:00 – 9:00 pm Session 3
Saturday, July 24, 2021 9:00 – 3:00 pm Session 4
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 6:00 – 9:00 pm Session 5

Saturday, July 31, 2021 9:00 – 3:00 pm Session 6

Mediation is a voluntary method of dispute resolution in which the parties settle their dispute with the aid of a trained mediator or a co-mediator team. Agreements are reached through effective communication, negotiation, compromise and exploration of options. Any dispute may be brought to mediation as long as both sides agree to attempt a mediated solution. If you are interested in becoming involved in casework in mediation and conciliation, you must complete this certification training.

For more information, click here.