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File #: 78154    Version: Name: SECOND SUBSTITUTE: Encouraging employers to honor Juneteenth as a paid holiday
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/31/2023 In control: Council Office
On agenda: 7/25/2023 Final action: 7/25/2023
Enactment date: 7/28/2023 Enactment #: RES-23-00492
Title: SECOND SUBSTITUTE: Encouraging employers to honor Juneteenth as a paid holiday
Sponsors: Amani Latimer Burris, Marsha A. Rummel, Michael E. Verveer, Kristen Slack, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, John W. Duncan, Dina Nina Martinez-Rutherford, Nasra Wehelie, Juliana R. Bennett, Charles Myadze, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Isadore Knox Jr.
Attachments: 1. Labor and Juneteenth Resolution - Gillis email.pdf, 2. Version 1, 3. 78154 SUB v2.pdf, 4. 070723-071123_CC_public_comments.pdf
Fiscal Note
No fiscal impact.
SECOND SUBSTITUTE: Encouraging employers to honor Juneteenth as a paid holiday
WHEREAS, in 2021, when Juneteenth was signed into law by President Joseph Biden it became one of only five state-specific federal holidays, joining New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day and Christmas; and,

WHEREAS, Juneteenth honors the quest for freedom in America; and,

WHEREAS, June 19th Juneteenth is Freedom Day; and,
WHEREAS, freedom, ultimately as a collective aspiration, is a virtue to keep and protect as the hallmark of our democracy; and,

WHEREAS, June 19th falls within Honor America Days; and,

WHEREAS, freedom is a hallmark of our democracy, and a rightness to keep and protect; and,

WHEREAS, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in America as it stood and further celebrates the founding of, fighting for and forging of freedom for all, a virtue of fact, embedded into the Declaration of Independence; and,

WHEREAS, slavery was an immoral and inequitably unbalanced inequitable economic and labor engine, which further confined the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and financial prosperity and well-being of so many; and,

WHEREAS, it became apparent that those enslaved, slavery, as an and its institution in America, directly impeached freedom and the concept found thereof in the fFounding dDocuments; and,

WHEREAS, this constitutional contradiction further jeopardized freedom in the Union and its ability to remain a united state; and,

WHEREAS, on June 19th, 1862, Congress, under President Lincoln, outlawed slavery in US territories with under an “act to secure freedom for all persons with in the Territories of the United States;” and,

WHEREAS, this act would eventually free people through the Emancipation Proclamations coupled with ratified by several enforcements and ratified amendments (13th, 14th and 15th) and enforcements; and,

WHEREAS, instead of being enslaved, sold at will, rented out, used as a...

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