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File #: 65887    Version: 1 Name: Recognizing June 19, 2021, as Juneteenth in the City of Madison
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/8/2021 In control: Council Office
On agenda: 6/15/2021 Final action: 6/15/2021
Enactment date: 6/18/2021 Enactment #: RES-21-00416
Title: Recognizing June 19, 2021, as Juneteenth in the City of Madison
Sponsors: Sheri Carter, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Syed Abbas, Arvina Martin, Christian A. Albouras, Brian Benford, Juliana R. Bennett, Nikki Conklin, Jael Currie, Tag Evers, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Grant Foster, Keith Furman, Gary Halverson, Patrick W. Heck, Lindsay Lemmer, Charles Myadze, Michael E. Verveer, Regina M. Vidaver, Nasra Wehelie
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
6/15/20211 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/8/20211 Council Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
No fiscal impact.
Recognizing June 19, 2021, as Juneteenth in the City of Madison
WHEREAS, it has been over 400 years since the first Africans were enslaved and violently brought to what would become the United States, including to Florida in 1526 and to Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619; and

WHEREAS, it was not until June 19th, 1865, that federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, finally emancipating enslaved Texans; and

WHEREAS, news of the end of slavery traveled slowly to enslaved laborers throughout Texas, with some plantation owners keeping the news from them until after the harvest of that year; and

WHEREAS, June 19th is known as Juneteenth in acknowledgement of that fact, and to commemorate this date as the end of slavery in the United States; and

WHEREAS, although slavery was formally abolished in December of 1865 with the enactment of the 13th amendment to the US constitution, the amendment contains an exception for the labor of incarcerated individuals, which has incited a rash of practices, policies and laws targeting and disproportionately disenfranchising Black people in America through criminalization, exploitation of their labor, mass incarceration and voter suppression; and

WHEREAS, in 1866, emancipated communities began celebrating Juneteenth as Jubilee Day; and

WHEREAS, 47 states, including Wisconsin, have declared Juneteenth to be a state holiday; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth celebrates the continued resilience of people of African descent in America; and

WHEREAS, in 1997, during the 105th United States Congress, House Joint Resolution 56 and Senate Joint Resolution 11 were passed, officially recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth commemorates the strength and resolve of Black and African Americans throughout our history and serves as an opportunity to celebrate the rich and numerous contributions of Black and African Americans; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth is also known as Emanci...

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