Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the liberation of enslaved people in the United States. Lincoln proclaimed the emancipation of enslaved people, effective Jan. 1, 1863, however en-slavers were responsible for telling them that they were free, and some ignored the order for up to two and a half years. Union troops were called upon to enforce it and General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, to inform the last of the slaves that the Civil War had ended and they were free. What followed was a mix of shock and jubilation that resonated so much so that they began celebrating June 19 the very next year in the same town square, and named it combining June and 19th. Today, while not a national holiday, it is observed in the majority of American states by members of the black community.
This is only a short synopsis that does not fully encompass the whole story and we encourage you to visit the resources below to learn more about Juneteenth.
"Recounting the memories of that great day in June of 1865 and its festivities would serve as motivation as well as a release from the growing pressures encountered in their new territories."
"We should care because the very fabric of our society depends on our shared religion of inalienable rights. A celebration of freedom for any American is a celebration of the ideals that make our country what it is today."
"The announcement actually urged Freedmen and Freedwomen to stay with their former owners"
Black Joy - Not Corporate Acknowledgement - is the heart of Juneteeth
The Juneteenth Broadcast: The #HUNGERFORJUSTICE Series
About Pinnacle Prevention
Founded in 2014, Pinnacle Prevention is an Arizona-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to growing healthy families and communities. Our mission is to inspire and advance a healthy food system and opportunities for active living. Our team believes all families should have access to healthy food and opportunities to develop healthy relationships with foods. We think all individuals should have access to healthy and safe communities to enjoy physical activity. We work to make these visions a reality across Arizona by offering training, consultation, technical assistance, research and evaluation, advocacy and policy support, community engagement, and community-based programs. You will see us working in neighborhoods, schools, farms, farmers markets, stores, health care settings, with city council, or at the state legislature for a comprehensive approach to addressing community needs.
Programs Support Specialist
Pinnacle Prevention is seeking a full-time Programs Support Specialist who will support coordination of our community-based programming, primarily focusing on farmers market nutrition programs support and coordination, as well as overall administrative and operations support for the organization. We offer a flexible work environment emphasizing a balance of time working in the office, home, and out in the community. Our office environment is pet and family-friendly meaning it is not uncommon to find a little one, whether on four legs or two, playing at our feet during meetings – a nontraditional approach that the ideal candidate will feel comfortable with. The Pinnacle Prevention office is located in the heart of downtown Chandler, Arizona in a bike/pedestrian friendly environment.
This is an exempt full-time position with an annual salary of $42,000 commensurate with experience. Pinnacle Prevention is pleased to offer a competitive benefits package for our team members including a 401K retirement savings plan with employer match; medical, dental, and vision with Pinnacle Prevention covering 100% of the insurance premium costs; we offer generous flexibility for time off and leave; and, we welcome children and pets in our office.
The Programs Support Specialist is primarily responsible for daily administrative and operations support with a focus on coordinating programming and implementation efforts for our farmers market nutrition programs.
Farmers market programs support responsibilities include (~50% of your time):
Values and Attributes Important to Us
We encourage interested candidates to submit a resume and cover letter by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 19th. In your cover letter, please tell us why you are interested in this job, what you like about Pinnacle Prevention, and share examples of experiences that make you a strong candidate. The anticipated start date for this position is Monday, July 6th. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Pinnacle Prevention will not respond to any phone call inquiries regarding this position.
Pinnacle Prevention is an equal opportunity employer.
Pinnacle Prevention is a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing healthy families and communities. Our mission is to inspire and advance a healthy food system and opportunities for active living to all people. When we say all people – we mean all people. Our mission and purpose are fundamentally tied to equity, and this is why we stand against racism, and the violence and injustices faced by black and brown communities. Black lives matter.
To fulfill our mission, we are committed to ensuring that our policies, systems, and environments help achieve a healthier future for all Arizonans. This starts by addressing the racial injustices and social inequities felt by communities of color that are reinforced year after year through a system that is not currently addressing the roots causes of these problems. All of our work to make healthy communities a reality means nothing if black and brown people are made to live in fear for their lives. We want kids to be able to move and play outside, but this cannot be done if a black mother is afraid for her black son to go out to play at the local park. We want families to have access to healthy foods, but this can’t be done if a black family has to travel miles out of their way to buy fresh produce – and fears for their life on that journey to find food. The trauma of racism has run deep for centuries – deeply systematic and deeply personal.
We hear and see your hurt, anger, fear, and grief resulting from the long history of white supremacy. Outrage against the system, in this case police brutality, is necessary to achieve social transformation. Our Pinnacle Prevention team is dedicated to doing the work of social justice, during and after this news cycle, and we also acknowledge that this work is ongoing for us internally. We recognize that we are an organization that is predominately white, but through our privilege there is an opportunity to move beyond just being sympathetic but taking actions to make change. We stand with communities of color by channeling our energy and actions into tackling systemic racism so that we truly can help grow healthy families and communities for all people.
Want to take action? Donate to these amazing black and brown led organizations working on food and health justice here in Arizona:
We invite our colleagues working within the food system and built environment system to discuss privilege and work through this with us. The conversation won’t end with the news cycle.
The Pinnacle Prevention Team
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