Juneteenth Is Now A Federal Holiday

Updated June 17, 2021 at 4:28 PM ET President Biden on Thursday signed a bill to recognize Juneteenth — the celebration to commemorate the end of chattel slavery in the United States — as a federal holiday. Federal employees will observe the holiday for the first time on Friday . "Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names: Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day, and today, a national holiday," said Vice President Harris, who is the first woman, Asian...

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Bad economic conditions stimulated many people to move in 1821. Some moved back to where they came from—states such as Tennessee or Kentucky, for example. Others were willing to join the effort to colonize Texas. The effects of the panic culminated with the failure of the State Bank of Missouri in August, 1821. Most farmers were able to feed their families, but were unable to market any surplus. Prices stayed low, there was a shortage of consumer goods, and sales of property to pay back taxes...

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David Simon created two of TV's most groundbreaking series about the failure of the war on drugs, set in the neighborhoods of Baltimore: HBO's The Corner and The Wire.

Still, even as he allows that those shows — with their visceral look at the intersection of race, policing, violence and tragedy — may have helped people question five decades of failed drug policy, Simon says he remains a "cockeyed pessimist" on the question of whether the war will ever end.

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After a contentious debate, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has voted to move forward with a process that could call into question the eligibility of politicians like President Joe Biden to receive Communion.

The bishops voted 168-55 in favor of drafting "a formal statement on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church," officials announced on Friday afternoon, the final day of their three-day virtual meeting. Six bishops abstained.

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Earlier this week, the Senate passed a bill declaring Juneteenth a national holiday. Wednesday, it was approved by the House and Friday it was signed into law by President Biden designating June 19, as the 12th federal holiday.

Cape Girardeau community faith center, One City, is hosting their second-annual Juneteenth Celebration this Saturday.

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Songs For Freedom: A Juneteenth Playlist From Pianist Lara Downes

Let's sing a song for freedom this Juneteenth. Let's lift every voice. Let's celebrate our freedom of will, of mind, of spirit — our freedom to march on. We know that this march isn't over, this fight isn't won. The past has taught us a thing or two about faith; the present has brought us, at last, some hope for tomorrow. For me, music offers freedom. Freedom of expression — my way to rejoice and to mourn, to offer comfort, to call for change. This past year, music freed me to connect and...

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