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File #: 200272    Version: 0
Type: Resolution-Immediate Adoption Status: Passed
File created: 6/16/2020 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/16/2020
Effective date:    
Title: Resolution directing the Department of Administration - Intergovernmental Relations Division to seek introduction and passage of legislation establishing Juneteenth Day as a federal holiday.
Sponsors: ALD. COGGS, ALD. LEWIS, ALD. HAMILTON, ALD. RAINEY, ALD. STAMPER, ALD. DODD, ALD. BAUMAN, ALD. DIMITRIJEVIC, ALD. ZAMARRIPA, ALD. JOHNSON, ALD. PEREZ, ALD. KOVAC, ALD. MURPHY
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6/25/20200 MAYOR SIGNED   Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/20200 COMMON COUNCIL ADOPTED

Minutes note: Ald. Stamper, Dodd, Bauman, Dimitrijevic, Zamarripa, Johnson, Perez, Kovac and Murphy added as cosponsors.
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IMMEDIATE ADOPTION

Number
200272

Version
ORIGINAL

Reference

Sponsor
ALD. COGGS, LEWIS, HAMILTON, RAINEY, STAMPER, DODD, BAUMAN, DIMITRIJEVIC, ZAMARIPPA, JOHNSON, PEREZ, KOVAC, MURPHY

Title
Resolution directing the Department of Administration - Intergovernmental Relations Division to seek introduction and passage of legislation establishing Juneteenth Day as a federal holiday.

Analysis
This resolution directs the Department of Administration - Intergovernmental Relations Division to seek introduction and passage of federal legislation establishing Juneteenth Day as a federal holiday.

Body
Whereas, Juneteenth Day is the oldest recognized celebration observing the freedom of African-Americans from the bonds of slavery in the United States, and is a historic milestone in the fight for civil rights; and

Whereas, The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, but it had minimal immediate effect on the majority of enslaved people who remained in captivity and oppression by slave owners; and

Whereas, On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Confederate-controlled Texas to take possession of the state and to enforce the emancipation of enslaved people throughout the state; and

Whereas, This date marks the moment when the last of those enslaved within the United States were freed; and

Whereas, As time passed, the date June 19th became colloquially referred to as “Juneteenth Day” and is a celebration of freedom from slavery within the United States; and

Whereas, 46 states, including Wisconsin, officially recognize Juneteenth Day; and

Whereas, It would be fitting to establish the day the federal government emancipated the last known enslaved individuals in the United States as a federal holiday; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, that the Department of Administration - Intergovernmental Relations Divisi...

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