Juneteenth Day is an opening for the American Republic to honor promises made years ago. It celebrates the day a Federal General announced that slavery was over in the Union at Galveston, Texas in June 1865 at the end of the Civil War.
Martin Luther King recognized that the way forward must include economic justice. The great injustice of the Civil War, besides the many lives lost, is that the white slave owners were compensated for the economic losses of the war, but the formerly enslaved African Amercans were not given the promised 40 acres and a mule; we are long past the time to rectify this injustice. The Pacific Green Party calls on the federal government to pass a Reparations Act and make Juneteenth a national holiday.
A crucial link in enabling police violence, “qualified immunity,” as a legal defense for oppressive and violent police practices, enables
modern day lynchings. The nation is haunted by Jim Crow every time a black person is killed. Now white Americans are marching in solidarity with African Americans and other people of color demanding justice.
Pacific Greens call for a renewal of justice by making law enforcement fully accountable in both civil and criminal law for their actions.
"E Puribus Unum: from many comes one nation; but for the African American community this Latin motto is thin as the copper coating on a modern penny, a hollow claim of national solidarity," said Charles Newlin, Pacific Green press contact
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