Juneteenth

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GOP Debates Scrapping Holiday to Make Room for Juneteenth

Columbus Day is the most likely candidate

(Newser) - Republican senators are open to the idea of making Juneteenth a federal holiday—but some of them want to scrap another holiday to make space for it. An internal GOP debate over eliminating Columbus Day, or potentially another holiday, has held up a bipartisan Juneteenth bill, the Hill reports. June... More »

Trump Warns 'Agitators' Ahead of Rally

Tulsa imposes a curfew ahead of Saturday event

(Newser) - A curfew is now in place around the Tulsa arena where President Trump plans to hold a Saturday rally. It took effect Thursday night and is intended to keep protesters from gathering around the BOK Center downtown through 6am Sunday, reports the Tulsa World . The rally begins at 7pm Saturday,... More »

The Original Juneteenth Order Resurfaces

National Archives locates the 1865 document

(Newser) - Today is Juneteenth, and this year marks 155 years to the day since 2,000 Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, bringing news that slavery had been abolished some two years earlier. There hadn't been enough Union troops in Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation before that point, according... More »

Trump: Nobody Heard of Juneteenth Before Me

Says he made holiday 'very famous'

(Newser) - President Trump sat down for a wide-ranging interview with the Wall Street Journal , covering everything from systemic racism and Juneteenth to John Bolton and the coronavirus. Some highlights:
  • Juneteenth: “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous,” Trump said, a reference to his decision to postpone a
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'Out of Respect,' Trump Moves Date of Campaign Rally

President changes Tulsa event to next Saturday after pushback on original Juneteenth date

(Newser) - President Trump said earlier this week that his next campaign rally, set to be held Friday in Oklahoma, would be "a celebration," but that event has now been moved so it won't conflict with another commemoration. The rally had generated controversy because it was set to occur... More »

Trump Defends Choice of Date for Rally

Juneteenth event will be a 'celebration,' he says

(Newser) - President Trump resumes his political rallies next week, with Tulsa the first city on the list. The selection continues to generate controversy because the rally takes place on June 19, and Juneteenth is the annual celebration of the end of slavery. Given the current tensions on race over the George... More »

Trump Campaign to Fans: You Can't Sue Us

Trump's Campaign makes it clear on rally registration page

(Newser) - Want to attend a Trump campaign rally? OK, but don't sue them if you get sick. Trump's campaign spelled it out on a Web page that allows people to register for his June 19 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. "By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an... More »

Twitter CEO Announces New Company Holiday 'Forevermore'

Jack Dorsey says Twitter will make Juneteenth an official company holiday for US workers

(Newser) - As company after company puts out ads and sends out emails expressing their support for black Americans in the wake of the killing of George Floyd , Forbes notes that some, especially in the tech world, have been slammed for being all talk, no action. Twitter is looking to separate itself... More »

Dallas Votes for Slavery Reparations

Commissioners didn't quite read resolution before approving it

(Newser) - Dallas County now officially backs paying reparations for slavery—not out of a thirst to right historical wrongs, but because commissioners weren't paying attention at a meeting. John Wiley Price, the only black commissioner on the Dallas County Commissioners Court, declared that African Americans should be "satisfied with... More »

Mob Kills Passenger After Car Strikes Child

Man dies steps from his home; police hunt attackers

(Newser) - Police are hunting members of an angry mob that killed a man after the car he was riding in struck a child. Some 20 attackers beat David Morales to death just paces from his townhouse, as he attempted to defend the driver. Their car hit the child in a parking... More »

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