The following is a message sent by Rubicon’s Chief Administrative and Personnel Officer, Michael Heller, to all employees on June 17, 2021.
June Festival is a 156-year-old holiday celebrating the liberation of African Americans from slavery by the United States. It was commemorated on June 19th, because on this day in 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation , Major General Gordon's Granger of the EFF landed in Galveston, Texas, and informed the slaves who were still captured that the civil war had ended and their forced enslavement had also ended.
Although this was and is still a very important moment in American history, June 19, 1865 is only the first step in the journey that continues today.
In the final analysis, June Festival is a day to celebrate freedom and remember that the ideals that are the foundation of our nation’s origins need to be cultivated every day to ensure that we are true to the vision of the United States. In order to realize the American dream we are talking about, we must remember where we came from, what we have achieved, and what remains to be achieved. We must focus on building a country where all people have access to opportunity, freedom and security.
With the help of Rubicon’s African-American Affinity Group, I look forward to continuing our work to promote equal opportunities for all and celebrate black history on this special holiday. Last year, Rubicon confirmed June Festival as a permanent paid holiday, but we knew there was still a lot of work to be done.
One of Rubicon's greatest strengths is that our business model supports the growth and health of companies across the country. Whether helping our customers simplify their waste management and recycling practices or promoting the development of our transportation partners, many of them are small independent businesses. Our work involves communities all over the world, not only in large coastal cities, but also in the heart of our country.
I strongly encourage every member of our team to take time on Friday to reflect on our responsibility to help everyone realize the American Dream and think about how each of us can play an active role in advancing the resolution of this most pressing priority.
Michael Heller is Rubicon's chief administrative and personnel officer. To stay ahead of the new global partnerships and cooperation announced by Rubicon, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or contact us immediately.