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MFP Voices

The History Of Juneteenth And The Emancipated People Kept Unfree 

On June 19, 1865, Black dockworkers in Galveston, Texas, first heard the word that freedom for the enslaved had come. “There were speeches, sermons and shared meals, mostly held at Black churches, the safest places to have such celebrations,” history professor Kris Manjapra writes. “But the emancipation that took place in Texas that day in 1865 was just the latest in a series of emancipations that had been unfolding since the 1770s.”

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Jim Crow Tactics Reborn: Texas Abortion Law Delegates Enforcement to Citizens

Rather than giving state officials, such as the police, the power to enforce the law, the Texas law instead allows enforcement by “any person, other than an officer or employee of a state or local governmental entity in this state.” This enforcement mechanism relies solely on citizens, rather than on government officials, to enforce the law. 

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Culture

‘An Agenda to Bring Light’: Mississippi Poor People’s Campaign Wants ‘Third Reconstruction’

The Poor People’s Campaign’s “Third Reconstruction” resolution highlights what it calls a congressional failure to elevate the poor through social programs, voting-rights expansion and the elimination of systemic racism. It details suggested solutions for each of these problems, including an increase in the long-stagnant federal minimum wage, provisions to expand insurance coverage, a large-scale reduction of student debt and prison reform.

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