Pursuant to the goals and purpose of For The Struggle, Inc., the Community Response Team, also known as CRT, is a critical component and focus area of the organization. The Community Response Team responds to any issues involving racial and/or social injustice in the community. The response to such issues may be in the form of education, outreach, community engagement, policy, and/or legal action. The CRT hosts the Elder Response Initiative, which focuses on combatting displacement associated with rapid growth and gentrification in Charlotte. And, see below for our response to the need for a Juneteenth Celebration on Charlotte's Beatties Ford Road Corridor!
“I woke up HAPPY. It was almost like my mind gave me a few moments before it put the weights of the current moment back onto me. Yesterday was the BEST Juneteenth I’ve had since I started celebrating it. I know there is still a pandemic. I know the Ford was more packed than it should have been. But guess what, I saw Black JOY. I saw folks literally dancing in the streets... like a literal dance battle y’all lol. I saw folks drippin with pride in their Blackness. I saw a lady have a friend drive her through the caravan over and over and over again so she could stand out the sunroof and cheer and chant with us, she was HYPE y’all! I saw a Black woman sit on top of a car parked on the median and hold the strongest Black Power pose I’ve seen. I saw a Black momma drive past with her fist raised out the car and then I looked in the back seat and a BABY, probably younger than 1yr old, had their little fist raised high and proud! I watched us all cheer once someone brought out fireworks (and we ducked and made sure that’s what it was lol). I saw sooooo much and all of it was beautiful. I feel like all of our fallen ancestors were smiling down on us, and they definitely pushed those rain clouds away. I bet Tupac was bragging that Keep Ya Head Up always gets played at the functions lol
We haven’t been allowed to come together like that since March. I didn’t realize how much I just needed to be around the music, smiles, jokes and essence of Black people in order to feel better, stronger and more powerful.”- Attendee
“This Juneteenth will be forever etched in my memory! The Ford was lit LITERALLY!!! - Attendee
“Man! Today has been everything! From the convo at the Gantt Center, to making Juneteenth posterboards and jamming to our own Juneteenth soundtrack (complete with the D-Low shuffle), to riding down Beatties Ford with the family and my son being SO excited and taking it all in, to patronizing our favorite Black owned businesses for dinner and dessert... I LOVE BEING BLACK! HAPPY JUNETEENTH!” - Attendee