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We're celebrating Juneteenth, even though our congressman didn't want us to.

9th District Congressman Andrew Clyde was one of 12 white Republican congressmen who voted against making Juneteenth a federal holiday. He'll make up some kind of reason that to a white man in the 9th district will sound "reasonable." But it isn't reasonable coming from a man who won't shake hands with an officer who helped protect him from the insurrectionists attacking congress January 6th. Lies, it seems, come easy to this politician.

But we won't let that stop us from celebrating the end of slavery announced June 19, 1865 in a small town in Texas that hadn't been told, or hadn't told its people, about the emancipation proclamation. President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act in the White House (built, by the way, by enslaved people) this week. In the 9th congressional district, there are celebrations taking place in many counties, led by many diverse local groups. We hope you find one and celebrate with us, as we reflect on how far we've come as a nation, and how far we still need to go to bring equality for all races to our diverse land.

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