Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.
This is the first year that Juneteenth is an official National Holiday. Last year the Senate unanimously approved it (a miracle), and the House approved, leaving only the President to sign. So now, we have Juneteenth National Independence Day, observed on Monday, June 20th this year.
REDISTRICTING – HOW IT’S SHAKING OUT
Whoo-ie is it getting crazy here in California after the “final” (pending official approval) 2021 redistricting maps were released in December. First, it is not easy trying to figure out where we fall in all of this. When Googling “district maps for California…” there are multiple articles about it, maps readily available from 2011 and even 2001 lines, but it’s like looking through a needle in a haystack to narrow things down and try to find out (a) where WE here in the KRV fall, and (b) who is running to represent us in the 2022 election cycle….