Juneteenth – A Look Back and a Vision Forward
Today, June 19, 2020 marks the 155th anniversary of Union army general Gordon Granger’s announcement of federal orders in Galveston, TX proclaiming that all slaves in Texas were free. Though Republican President Abraham Lincoln issued an executive order freeing all slaves in his Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, Texas, due to it’s remote location and small presence of Union troops was slow and inconsistent with the observance and enforcement of the new law.
Now known as “Juneteenth”, this day is a celebration started 155 years ago that the scourge of slavery had finally been lifted in America. The struggle for civil rights and a full realization of our founding ideals as a nation was only just beginning, work that continues to this day.
The Rhode Island Republican Party stands committed to honor our predecessor’s efforts in creating a free and fair society for all those who live in it. We believe the most effective way to make meaningful change in the law is to participate in the process that creates them. With this in mind we aim to double down on our on-going efforts to recruit, train and assist minority candidates to run for municipal, state and national office with the goal of increasing diversity among our legislative bodies.
Government should more accurately reflect the constituency it serves. For this to happen we need more individuals with strong character, integrity and work ethic to serve the communities they live in. Change in government does not happen behind a keyboard or on social media, it happens within its walls. Let us all do our part and dedicate ourselves to create “a more perfect union’ and use this day as inspiration that together we can unite for freedom, justice and opportunity for every American.
RI GOP Chaiwoman