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Thread #170013 Message #4110530
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
17-Jun-21 - 11:23 PM
Thread Name: BS: Happy Juneteenth! Now Federal Holiday
Subject: RE: BS: Happy Juneteenth! Now Federal
The news this evening said that tomorrow will be a holiday for federal employees. Agencies have various policies in place for when people have to work those dates (a different day of the week is designated as their holiday or they receive double time for the worked holiday).
I moved to Texas in 1982 and soon learned about this holiday that I had never heard of living in other parts of the US. Since it is also my ex-spouse's birthday, it is easy to remember. There's a real trifecta when Father's Day also lands on the 19th.
There will be pushback, but this has been necessary for a very long time. And on MSNBC tonight on my drive home from a class I heard them talk about Opal Lee of Fort Worth and interview a Texas congressmember about her. Ms Lee is in her 90s and is (as Joe Biden said) "the grandmother of the Juneteenth holiday" and has been working to make this a holiday all of her adult life. The idea that it actually happened in her lifetime frankly brings tears to my eyes. (The city just named a new multi-income housing development for her, after a bunch of projects were torn down and the neighbors unhappily displaced. Not all movement is viewed as progress.)