‘It Means Celebrating Freedom’: Communities Across Boston Celebrate 1st Juneteenth As National Holiday

BOSTON (CBS) – Saturday marks the first celebration of Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

It was on June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved people in Texas were finally told they’d been freed, some two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln outlawed slavery.

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All across the city of Boston Saturday, communities came together to celebrate Juneteenth.

“It means celebrating freedom and celebrating the people who didn’t get to make it to see freedom,” said 12-year-old Jayden.

“It makes me feel happy and very very excited that people are talking about black people,” said seven-year-old Neissa.

Adults and children celebrating Juneteenth on Saturday. (WBZ-TV)

At the Museum of Fine Arts, they gave away 4,000 free tickets for an all-day Juneteenth event. Special programs and exhibits honor the contributions of Black artists, scholars and creators to the City of Boston.

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“Throughout the summer, try to explore where are the present in plain sight histories of African American people that contributed, not only to the local community but the world at large,” said Frederick Mann.

In Hyde Park, local and federal leaders did acknowledge the black freedoms still unfulfilled: like inequities in health care, education, and housing.

“There is still more work that we have to do in terms of closing so many of the gaps that were exposed and exacerbated due to COVID-19,” said Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey.

“The sustainable transformative work for black Americans to truly be emancipated and free is about our policies and about our budgets,” Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley.

Creative future leaders used their voices to answer that call to action and inspire..

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“I want to show these young people you can be brave, even if you’re young. You can do anything,” said 15-year-old Kalaya. “It’s you who makes it happen.”

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Wawa’s Welcome America Event Kicks Off With Juneteenth Celebration

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Juneteenth was celebrated across the country Saturday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. It was also the kick-off day for Wawa’s Welcome to America event in Philadelphia.

“I feel great, I really do,” Organizer Bill Johnson said.

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It’s a sentiment shared by thousands as people all across the city of brotherly love celebrate Juneteenth.

In Center City, Black Music City honored the day the last slaves learned of their freedom by giving black artists a platform to create in comfort.

“It’s a celebration of black culture, going back to Juneteenth that’s when we all free we were free to choose free to express ourselves free to create,” Johnson said.

Their ancestors’ wildest dreams, the event included artistry of all kinds including music, photographs, paintings, and more.

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“I think this event happening today on Juneteenth is just such a representation of our liberation, and when I think of our liberation as a people I think of creativity,” artist Kyra Williams said.

Over at the African American Museum and City Hall, the Wawa Welcome America event showcased an expansion of their yearly festival to include Juneteenth.

Their program explored the historical significance and ties between June 19th and July 4th.

“This is how society evolves. We gotta recognize our past in order to move forward and if we don’t acknowledge things we are not acknowledging who we are as a people and how we got to where we are right now,” Johnson said.

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Many people CBS3 spoke with Saturday say making Juneteenth a federal holiday was a start, but there’s still more work to be done.

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Kim Janey, Ayanna Pressley celebrate ‘Black joy’ on Juneteenth

… the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, has been celebrated as … acknowledges the violence, the racism that is embedded in … joy,” and of how Black Americans have survived enslavement, Jim … out systemic and structural racism,” she said as she … RankTribe™ Black Business Directory News

‘George Floyd represents a lot more than himself’: Statues unveiled during Juneteenth

‘George Floyd represents a lot more than himself’: Statues unveiled during Juneteenth

>> FORMER MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICER DEREK CHAUVIN HAS BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF ALL THREE CHARGES IN THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD. >> THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOSOK LIKE! >> EVERY SINGLE DAY WE ARE HEARING ABOUT SOME YOUNG MAN, SOME YOUNG MAN OF COLOR WHO HAS BEEN KILD LEAT THE HANDS OF THE POLICE, AND THIS HAS GOT TO STOP. >> WE WILL NOT SNDTA FOR WHAT WE ARE SEEING IN ROU CITY, IN OUR STATE, IN OUR AMERICA! PRES. BIDEN: WE CAN AND WE MUST DO MORE TO REDUCE THE LIKELIHOOD THAT TREND I LEIK THIS WILL EVER HAPPEN EVER AGAIN. >> FOLLOWING A YEAR OF HIGH PROFILE POLICE SHOOTINGS, 2021 IS THE REBUILDING OF RACE RELATIONS, DOUG: AND WE ARE SEEING SIGNS OF PROGRESS. SHELLY: TONIGHT WE OKLO AT RACISM AND HOW WE MOVE FORWARD. TODD: FROM THE POLICY CHANGES BOTH LOCALLY AND NATIONWIDE. SASHA: TO EXPORTING DIVISIONS IN OUR STATE AND HO WWE CAN MOVE PAST HISTORICAL DECISIONS THAT FUEL DISCONNECT — DISCONTENT IN MANY NEW MEXICANS. ROYALE: ENSURING THAT INDIGENOUS PEOPLE ARE TREATED FAIRLY. KA: >> WE ARE HEARING SUCCESS STIEORS AND OF BLACK BUSINESS OWNERS IN NEW MEXICO. >> AND TURNING A NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE INTO A POSITIVE, HOW ONE MAN WENT FROM BEING DETAINED AT A PROTEST TO WORKING WITH POLICE ON RACIAL ISSUES. SHELLY: WE ARE ALSO TAKING A LOOK AT RACIAL DISPARITIES IN OUR STATE. DOUG: WE ARE GNGOI ONE-ON-ONE WITH OUR GOVERNOR TO FIND THE STEPS THAT SHES I TAKING TO FIND AND CREATE CHANGE. GOOD EVENING, I’M DOUG FERNANDES. SHELLY: I AM SHELLY RIBANDO FULL TO THIS IS “PROJECT COMMUNITY.” GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH LEAD TO DEMAND FOR AN ACTION FOR– ACTION, AND IN 2014 ERIC GARNER DIED IN THE CHOKEHOLD OF A NEW YO CRKITY POLICE OFFICER. THAT SAME YEAR A POLEIC OFFICER KILLED MICHAEL BROWN OUTSIDE OF ST. LOUIS. OVER THE YEARS, MORE NESAM, ALL BLACK PEOPLE, KILLED AT THE HANDS OF POLICE. EACH CASE ENDING WITH NO MURDER CHARGES FILED FOR THE OFFICERS INVOLVED. DOUG: ACTIVISTS SAID ENOUGH WHEN GEORGE FLOYD WAS MURDERED BY A FORMER MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICER. DEREK CHAUVIN WAS CONVICTED ON ALL CHARGES. TODD KURTZ WALKS US THROUGH IT. TODD: IT CAUSE AN UPROAR AROUND THE WORLD. >> UNINTENTIONAL SECONDARY MURDER WHILE COMMITTGIN A FELONY. THIRD-DEGREE MURDER PERPETRATING IN THE DANGEROUS ACT, FINDING THE DEFENDANT GUILTY. SECOND DREAM MURDER, CULPABLE NEGLIGCEEN — FINDING THE DEFENDANT GUILTY. TODD: GUILTY IN ALL THREE CHARGES IN ONE OF THE MOST CLOSELY WATCHED CRIMINAL TRIALS IN DECADES, A RYJU FOUND DEREK CHAUVIN GUILTY IN THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD. >> WENT POLICE OFFICERS HAVE GONE ON TRIAL FOR KILLINGS THAT WERE BEYOND THE SCOPE OF A REASONABLE SCOPE OF THREI DIR DUTIES, AT THE END OF THE DA THE FLOYD CASE, CASES LIKE THESE ARE MURDER CASES. TODD: A CRIMINOLOGIST AT BOWLING SCREEN — BOWLING STATE UNIVERSITY, FOUND 140 OFFICERS WERE CHARGED WITH MURDER. SEVEN HAVE BEEN CONVICTED. OR LEGAL EXPERT HNJO DAY SAYS IN MINNEAPOLI AS NUMBER OF FACTORS PLAYED INTO ONE WENT DOWN IN THE COURTROOM. FIT,RS THE 45 WITNESSES. UGDO — – >> THERE WAS NO MEDICAL ASSISTANCE ON SCENE. I GOT THERE AND I COULD HAVE GIVEN MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. PICOULT HAVE A BLACK FATHER, A BLACK BROTHER. I HAVE BLACK FRIENDS. I LOOK AT THAT AND I LOOK AT HOW THAT COULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF THEM .>>, MY GOD. >> I THINK THE SINCE WE ALL GOT WAS THIS WAS A LOT OF TESTINYMO. JURORS TAKEN VERY SERIOUSLY. THEY WATCH THE WITNESSES’ FACES, THEY TAKE IN THE WAY THE WITNESSES PRESENT THEMSELVES. TODD: PLUS HOURS OF VIDEO EVIDENCE, PUTTING THE DEFENSE ON AN UPHILL BATTLE. >> YOU HAD A METHODICAL, RESIZE PRESENTATION OF EVIDENCE BY THE PROSECUTION THATAS W SOMETIMES EXCRUCIATING DETAIL. THE DEFENSE HAD A DIFFILTCU JOB. THEY HAD TO TRTOY HUMANIZE THE DEFENDANT. >> THE TRIAL WENT ON FOR THREE WEEKS, AND WHEN THE JURY RECEIVED THE CASE, IT TOOK THEM JUST ONE DAY TO GET A GUILTY VERDICT. WE SPOKE WITH THE LEADER OF THE LOCAL NW — NAACP, AND SHE SAYS ISTH WAS A RELIEF AND A SURPRISE FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR. IT IS ONLY A LITTLE VICTORY WHEN IT COMES TO THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. >> DEREK CHAUVIN GOES TO JAIL. THAT IS GREAT AND HE SHOULDO G TO JAIL. BUT THATS I NOT RESOLNGVI THE COMMUNITIES. TODD: GOING FORWARD, CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. >> WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE COLOR OF OUR SKIN THAT CAUSES SUCH FEAR IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY? WE WANT THAT CONVERSATION. TODD: THE TRIAL ITSELF HAS FINISHED, T BU– >> WE HAVE TO SEE THE CONCLUSION OF THE TRIAL. WE HAD CLOSURE IN THAT SENSE, ON A VERY DAMAGING TIME IN OUR HISTORY, AND IIST STILL NOT OVER. TODD: SCHOBER AND WILL BE SENTENCED LATER THIS MONTH, AND THE THREE OTHERS WITH HIM CEFA THEIR OWN TRIALS. DO:UG IN THE SPIRIT OF REFORM, ALBUQUERQUE MADE SEVERAL CHANGES TO ITS POLICE DEPARTMENT, UNVEILING PLANS TO USE SOCIAL WORKERS TO RESPOND TO 911 CALLS RATHER THAN POLICE. APD HOLDS MULTIPLE TOWN HALLS TO TRY TO CONINTA HOW FORCE WAS USED. AND AN AMBASSADOR PROGRAM NOW CONNECTS COPS THAT ARE WITH COMMUNITY GROUPS. PRSIDENT BIDEN ASKED THAT THE SENATE FOLWLO THE HOUSE AND PASS THE GEGEOR FLOYD JUSTICE IN POLICING ACT. THE LEGISLATION WOULD BANNED CHOKEHOLD AND NO-KNKOC WARRANTS, SET UP A NATIOLNA REGISTRY AND POLICE MISCONDT,UC AND QUALIFIED A — LAWMAKERS ARE STILL WORKING TO PSAS THAT BILL. SHELLY: NEW MEXICO PASSED A CIVIL RIGHTS A,CT MAKING EASIER TO SUE POLICE. PRES. BIDEN:ET L’S GET IT DONE NEXT MONTHBY, THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF GEORGE FLOYD SEVEN DEATH. >> PRESIDENT BIDEN CALLED FOR PASSING POLICE REFM.OR >> IT IS A CONCEPT WHERE A COURT SAID POLICE OFFICERS COULD NOT BE LIABLE FOR DOING SOMETHING UNLESS THE IDEA — THE FACT WERE CLEARLY ESTABLISHED THAT THEY WERE DOING SOMETHING WRONG. >> WITHOUT QUALIFIED IMMUNITY, IT IS EASIEROR F OFFICERS TO BE SUED. >> HAVE TO QUALIFY FOR IUNMMITY. IT IS NOT JUST A GIVEN. NUMBER TWO, IT IS A COMMON SENSE APPROACH OF THE UNITED STATES LEGAL SYSTEM FOR QUITE SOME TIME. >> THESE STATES PASDSE OR CONSIDERED PASSING GETTING RID OF QUALIFIED IMMUNITY. PUSHING FOR THE NEW MEXICO CIVIL RIGHTS ACT, AND HE GOT RID OF QUALIFIED IMMUNITY. >> IT CREATES A MECHANISM FOR ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN OUR STATE. >> WE ARE CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF THAT BILL. >> THE NEW MEXICO ALONG NO LONGER ALLOWS — KOAT LEGAL EXPERT JOHN YDA SAYS PEOPLE SUING POLICE DEPARTMENT HAD TO PROVE THAT POLICE OFFICERS AND THE DEPARTMENT KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING WAS WRONG. THE PRESIDENT OF THE ALBUQUERQUE POLICE OFFICS ERUNION SAYS THE WNE LAW IS NOT GOOD FOR THE STATE. >> YOU WILL HAVE LESSON MEY OUT OF YOUR COFFERS THAT WILL BE USED FOR TRAINING OR EQUMENTIP OR SERVICES OR SERVICES FOR THE HOMELESS, OR EDUCATION. EVERY BUDGET IN THE STATE IS GOING TO TAKE A SIGNIFICANT HIT BECAUSE OF FRIVOLOUS LITIGATION. JOHN: COURTS GENERALLY ARE NOT GOING TO BE LETTING FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS THAT HAVE NO BASIS IN FAWSUITS THAT HAVE NO BASIS IN CT — THEY WILL NOT LET THOSE THROUGH. SHEL:LY THE LAW ALSO INCREASES THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT SOMEONE CAN GET IF THEY SUCCESSFULLY SUE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO $2 MILLION. DOUG: SYSTEMIC RACISM IS SOMETHING CIVIL RIGHTS LEARSDE WANT CHANGE. EDUCATION, HEALTCAH RE, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE — THE VICE PRESIDENT OF ALBUQUERQUE TELLS W — THIS ISSUE TELLS HOW OUR COUNTRY WAS FORMED. >> THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE TALKED ABOUT HOW ALL PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CREATED EQUAL, THAT AT THE SAME TIME WE HAVE THIS HUGE AMOUNT OF SLAVERY THAT WAS GOING ON WHERE PEOPLE WERE NOT CREEDAT EQUAL. IF YOU LOOK AT THE CONSTITUTION, IT TALKS ABOUT THOSE WHO WEER 3/5 OF A PERSON, PRIMARILY LOOKING AT THOSE OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN DESCENT. DOUG: SHE SAYS THE ISSUES OF RACISM WE SEE TODAY ARE A RESULT OF POOR PRACTICES AND POLICIES. SHELLY: NEW MEXICO IS A MAJORITY-MINORITY STA,TE MEANING THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE LIVING HERE ARE NOT WHITE. 63% OF OUR STATEOP PULATION ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR. ONLY SIX STATES AND THE DISTRTIC OF COLUMBIA FALL UNDER THIS CL ASSIFICATION. IN MEXICO — INTO MEXICO, 3 6% IDENTIFY AS WHITE. 11% NATEIV AMERICAN, 2% BLA,CK 2% ASIAN. DOUG: ASIAN-AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS HAVE BECOME THE TARGET OF HATE CRIMES BECAUSE OF ANY PLACING BLAME ON CHINA FOR THE CORAVONIRUS PANDEMIC. THERE WERE SEVERAL HIGH-PROFILE ATTACKS, INCLUDING A SHOOTING AT SEVERAL ASIAN SPAS THAT KILLED SIX WOMEN. IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FOUND ANTI-ASIAHATEN CRIME THROUGHOUT 164% IN MAJOR CITIES THAT WENT UP 164%. SHELLY: HOW THE RISE OF VIOLENCE IS INCREASING FEAR IN THE ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY. >> TO RACIST GRAFFITI TO VIOLENT ATTACKS. >> ONE OF THE INJURIES THAT STOOD OUTAS W THE ONE WHERE HE DISCUSSED HAVING A HARD TEIM BREATHING. >> ACTIONGA AINST THE AAPI COMMUNYIT IN THE COMMUNITYS I HAPPENING. IN SEPTEMBER 2020, POLICE SAY MAN ATTACKED A MASSAGE THERAPIST AFTER SHE ASKED HIM TO WEAR A MASK. >>HE T INDIVIDUAL DID USE RACIAL SLURS ON ATTACKING HER, AND DIRECTED THE COMMENTS TOWARD CHINESE, FOLLOWING A VULGAR, PROFANE SLUR. >> IT CREATES FEAR IN THE AAPI COMMUNITY. >> MY GREATEST FEAR WAS NOT THEM CONTRACTING THE VIRUS, BUT RATHER THAN BEING ASSAULTED. >> FROM MARCH 2020 TO MAHRC 2021, ETH ORGANIZATNIO REPORTED 0066 INCIDENTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST ASIAN, OR PACIFIC ISLANDER DESCENT. IT IS LIKELY HIGHER THAN WHAT IS REPORTED BECAUSE PEOPLE DO NOT SPEAK UP DUE TO THE LEG WAS BARRIER AND DISTRUST. LAW ENFORCEMENTS ITAKING NOTE. >> THEY CAN REACH OUT TO ME DAN I CAN GO AND RESPOND AND HELP THEM. >> THIS ACTING SERGEANT SAYS A COMPUTE — A COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR PROGRAM WAS CREATED. BUILDING BRIESDG BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENTND A THE AAPI COMMUNITY. >> THE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEEDS TO ACTIVELY TRY TO GAIN THE TRUST OF THE PUBLIC FOR PTO >> CUMBRES PASS TO HATE CRIMES LAW. LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE MORE RESOURCES TO IDENTIFY HATE CRIMES. PRES. BIDEN: MY MESSAGE TO ALL OF YOU HURTING IS WE SEE YOU. CONGRESS SAID WE SEE YOU. WERE A COMMITTED TO STOP THE HATRED AND THE BIAS. PRESIDENT BIDEN SIGNED THE BILL IN MAY, WHILE EFFORTS ARE MADE TO STOP THE IAP HATE. THERE IS STILL FEAR. >> OUR COMMUNITY WILL NO LONGER BE SHELTERED AT HOME. THEY ARE GOING TO BE OUT. THAT MEANS THEY ARE A MORE — THEY ARE MORE OPEN TO VLEIONCE OR OPPORTUNITY DOES VIOLENCE OR OPPORTUNITIES OF DISCRIMINATION. FOR OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS, WHEN YOU SEE AN ACTIVE VIOLENCER O DISCRIMINATION, SAY SOMETHING. REPORT IT. SHELLY: THE ALBUQUEUERQ AMBASSADOR PROGRAM IS OPEN TO ANYONE 18 AND OLDER WHO WANTS TO STEP UP AND IMPACT OUR CITY IN A POSITIVE WAY. YOU CAN LEARN MORE AND SIGN UP ON THE CITY WEBSITE. SASHA? SASHA: SO NYMA THINGS MAKE OUR STATE WHAT IT IS TODAY. ONE THAT STILL IMPACT A LOT OF FAMILIES ARE LAND GRANTS. >> I DON’T THINK PEOEPL GET THE PASSION THAT IS ATTACHED TO THIS. IT IS THE HISTORY, FOR GOD’’ SAKE. SASHA: WE TAKE A LOOK BACK IN HISTORY TO SEE HOW THIS ALL GOT STARTED. THE CHALLENGE THAT THE PELEOP IN THESE AREAS STILL FACE. >> STARTING A NEW BUSINESS CAN BE A DIFFICULT PROCESS. I WILL SHOW YOU HOW A GROUP OF LATINO BUSINSES OWNERS ARE HELPING ENTREPRENEURS IN OUR COMMUNITY. SHELLY: WELCOME BACK TO OUR PROJECT COMMUNITY SPECIAL. WE ARE EXPLONGRI THE CHANGE THAT BUSINESS OWNERS ARE FACING NOW. DOUG: BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR HAS ALWAYS TAKEN COURAGE, BUT WE FOUND THAT THE CHALLENGES CAN BE DIFFENERT FOR HISPANIC BUSINESS OWNERS. >> BUSINESSES ARE ONE CONNECTION AWAY FROM REALIZING THEIR EADRM. >> THE ORGANIZATION PRIDES ITLFSE ON HELPING LOCAL BUSINESSES, ESPECIALLY DURING THE PANDEMIC. >> THEY DID HOOK US UP WITH A COLEUP DIFFERENT RANSOMS THE CITY WAS OFFERG,IN SO MY MOM FILLED ALL TTHA OUT. THEY HELPED US WITH A COUPLEF O THINGS. >>RANK F HOLLOWAY AND HIS BUSINESS PARTNER WORKED WITH FAMILY TO KEEP THE BUSINESS RUNNING. >> IF YOU OWN A BUSINESS, IT IS NOT 40 HOURS A WEEK. WE KNOW THAT. JUST 70, 80 HOURS A WEEK, AND THERE IS A LOT OF STRAIN ON FAMILIES. >> IT CAN BE EVEN MORE CHALLENGING IF YOU OYNL SPEAK SPANISH. >> IT IS A BARRIEROR F THEM, EVEN IN NEW MEXICO, AND THERE’S A TRUST BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO TRUST WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO GET ATTH INFORMATION, THAT THINGS MAY NOT GO SOUTH ON THEM. THE >> GAINGNI TRUST IS A RKWO IN PROGRESS. >> THAT IS SOMETHING WE STILL NEED TO CRACK BETTER. >> A NEW COMMITTEE IN THE CHAMBER IS BEING SPEARHEADED BY LATINO BUSINESS OWNERS THEMSELVES. >> THE BROTHERHOOD, SISTERHOOD WITH THE FAMILY. WITHIN A FAMILY YOU MAY FIGHT AND ARGUEBU, T AT THE END OF THE DAY IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG WE ARE ALL THERE FOR YOU. STEPHANIE: BUILDING TRUST AND CREATING A NEW COMMUNITY. BECOMING PART OF THE INITIATEIV TO HELP LATINOS IS A PUSH GOAL. 2014, I WANT TEDO BECOME AN ENTREPNEREUR. I WANTED TO HEAV MY OWN BUSINESS, BUT I DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO DO IT. I WENT TO THE CHAMBER, THEY TOOK ME UNDER THEIR WING, AND I BASICALLY GREW UP WITH HIM. BECAUSE SHE SAYS PROVIDING RESOURCES AND NETWORKING EVENTS IN SPANISH AS PART OF THE BRIDGE THEYRE AUI BLDING TO CREATE TRUST. TRUST IS A BIG THING FOR US. FOR LATINOS. IF WE CANNOT TRUST YOU, YOU’RE NOT COMING IN OUR CMUOMNITY. BUT IF WE COME — IF WE TRUST YOU, COME .IN >> WHEN SOMEONE NEEDS HELP, THE GROUP WILL BE ERETH TO LEND A HAND. >> I BELIEVE IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THE COMMUNITY SEES THE UNYIT BETWEEN THE GROUP AND ITS MEMBERS BECAUSE THE MOMENT THAT EYTH DECIDE TO LAUNCH THEIR BUSINESS, THEY KNOW WHERE TO COME. >> EVEN THROUGH ETH PANDEMIC, HARDSHIPS, MISTRUST, AND LANG WHICH BARRIERS — BUSINESS LOOK — BUSINESSES ARE MORE RESILIENT THAN EVER. >> SMALL BUSINESSES THAT SURVIVE THIS CAN SURVIVE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING. >> IN ALBUQUERQUE COME STEPHANIE MINIS, KOAT 7 ACTION NEWS. DR. THEY HAVE MANAGEDO T CONNECT SPANISH BUSINESS OWNERS TO MEMBERS ALL OVER THE CITY. >> MUCH HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE AT JUST 12%. IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE FASTEST-GROWING SEGMENTS OF THE SMALL BUSINESS SECTOR. ACCORDING TO THE BANK OF AMERICA SURVEY, 79% OF HISPANIC OWNERS ACROSS THE NATION PLAN TO GROW THEIR BUSINESSES OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, AND ABOUT0% 3 PLAN TO PASS THEIR BINUSESS ONTO THEIR CHILDREN. PASSING LAND ONTO FUTURE GENERATIONS IS SOMETHING MANY OF THE ORIGIN NALEW MEXICANS WHO SEVEN HERE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO DO. BUT TODAY, HUNDREDS OF COMMITTEES ARE FIGHTING TO GET BACK LAND THATAS W PROMISED FOR TOP SASHA LENNINGER EXPLAINS. SASHA: WE ARE TALKING ABOUT LAND GRANTS, AND UNDERSTANDING THE CONFLICT AND THE CONTROVERSY, IMAGINE YOU DECIDE TO MOVE ACROSS THE COUNT.RY A CITY PROMISING YOU A POCKET FULL OF CASH AND A SIZABLE PLACE TO LIVE, AS LONG AS YOU SETTLE DOWN THERE. BUT ONCE YOU GET THERE, ETH DEAL IS OFF. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ANCESTORS OF SO MANY NEW MEXICANSN I THE 1800S. >> MY FAMILY HAS SETTLED THIS AREA FOR LITERALLY CENTURIES. SO WE HAVE VERY DEEP, DEEP NATIVE ROOTS HERE. >> THAT IS MARIA GUTIERREZ. HER FILYAM USED TO STRETCH — NOW SOME NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOSE LAND BECAUSE THEY NEVER HAD IT. >> IT SHOULD STILL BE OURS, SO PEOPLE WHO DID NOT HAVE A LOT OF ACREAGE OTHER THAN THAT LOST THEIR WAY OF LIFE. >> IT TRACES BACK TO THE TREATY OF WATERLOO BE HIS DOGO G IN 848 — IN 18.48 — THE SOUTH WAS HAD JUST BECOME RTPA OF THE UNITED STATES AFTER IT WAS WON FROM MEXICO. 100,000 MEXICANS LIVING IN THE AREA WERE PROMISED CITIZENSHIP AND THAT THEIR LAND WOULD BE PROTECTED AS LONG AS THEY STAYED FU-TLLIME THAT VOW WAS NOT MET. >> WHAT HAPPENEDIT WH MEXICAN AMERICANS IN SOME WAYS IS A QUINTESSENTIAL AMERICAN STORY. >> IT IS NOT LIKE A SURPRISE OR SHOCK THAT MY GOSH, HOW DID THAT COUNTRY BECOME SO RACIST? HAVE ALWSAY FELT .IT >> 173 NEW MEXICO COMMITTEES WERE GRANTED LAND, BENNY OF THE LAND GRANTS WERE NEREV MET. ONLY 35 OF THOSE REMAIN TODAY. EXPERTS ESTIMATE THAT LAND IS WORTH MORE THAN $2.4 BILLION. TO THE FAMILIES IT IS NOT ABOUT THE MONEY. >> THE DREAMF O REPARATION WOULD BE THAT WE WOULD GET OUR LAND BACK. >> WE DON’T WANT HANDOUTS, WE WANT TO PROVIDE FOR A SELS.VE SO JUSTICE WILL GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. >> SO WHAT IS BEING DONE TO GET THAT JUSTICE? >> I’VE BEEN WORKING ON IT FOR EIGHT YEARS. BECOME HE WORKED ON THE FIRST AND ONLY BILL SO FARO T GET LAND GRANT HEIRS ACCESS. >> THESE ARE TRADITIONAL RECOGNITIONS OF HOW FAMILIES CAME TOGETHER BOTH COMMUNALLY WHERE THEY LIVE TODAY. IT IS AN IMPORNTTA STORY TO TELL FOR OUR HOME STATE. >>HE T HOUSE PASSED THE BILL LAST YEAR. IT DID NOT PASS IN THE SATE.EN MEANTIME, THE PAIN OF LOSING SOMETHING SO IMPORTANT REMAINS. >> I DON’T THINK PELEOP GET THE PASSION THAT IS ATTACHED TO ISTH. IT IS THE HISTORY,OR F GOD’’ SAY. >> AMERICA OWES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN COMMUNITIES. I>>IST A PART OF WHO WE ARE. >> THE LAND-GRANT AND ETH TREATY ISSUESS IPROBABLY THE FIRST LATINO ISSUE IN THE COUNTRY, AND IT IS STILL UNRESOLVED. SASHA: CENTER TO LUJAN SAYS HE PLANS TO PROTECT THOSE WHO RIP ON LAND GRANTS. OUR STETA TAKING NEW STEPS TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE GETS THE COVID-19 VACCINE. >> IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO LET ALL THE PEOPLE KNOW TT HAWE HAVE ALL THESE RESOURCES FOR FREE. >> THE EFFORTS TOET G BETTER ACCESS TO COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND THE POSITIVE RESULTS WE ARE ALREADY SEEING. SHELLY: COVID-19 BROUGHT IN EQUITY TO THE FOREFRONT OF PUBLIC HEALTH. DOUG: STUDIES SHOW A DI SPROPORTIOTENA IMPACT OF PEOPLE IN COLOR — PEOPLE OF COLOR. NEARLY HALF OF PEOPLE IN THE STATE ARELA BCK OR LATINO. BLACK OR AICANFR AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM THE VARS ABOUT 1.5 TIMES MORE THAN WHITE. >> THIS IS ALL ABOUT VACCINE EQUITY. THE STATE IS FINDING WAYS TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE WHO ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED GET THE SHOT. IN THIS WAR AGAINST COVID-19, VACCINES ARE A WEAPON, AEA WPON HEALTH LEADERS WANT ALL COMMUNITIES TO BE MEARD WITH. >> WE HAVE BEEN KIND OF NERVOUS. >> BUT A CHANGE OF HRTEA WROUGHT RNFEANDO AND TERESA VEGA INTO THIS VEXING EVENT AT THE JOHN MARSHALL CENTER. >> WATCHING THE NEWS COMING FINALLY DECIDED WE NEEDED TO DO OUR PARTO TKEEP OURSELVES SAFE AND EVERYBODY AROUND US. >> THIS EVENT IS UNIEQU BECAUSE IT IS PART OF A NEW EFFORT FOR THE STETA TO GIVE BETTER ACCESS TO COMMUNITIES OF COLOR. >> THAT’S WHY WE DEVELOPED THESE SMALLER COMMUNITY LOCAL TEAMS THAT CAN GO TO YOUR COMMUNITY, CONVEX AND THAT YOU WRITE ON THE SPOT. >> DR. LRAAU HOEHN SAYS THEY EAR TRYING TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS WHEN IT COMES TO THE VACCINE. RIGHT NOW AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS AND LATINOS ARE FALLING BEHIND IN THE NUMBERS, ROUGHLY 40% AND 45 PERCENT RESPECTIVELY RECEIVING THEIR FIRST DOSE. COMPARE THAT TO 60% OF THOSE WHO ARE WHITE, 80% OF THOSE WHO ARE ASIAN OR PACIFIC ISLANDER, AND 55% OF NATIVE AMERICANSR O ALASKAN NATIVES. >> OVER TIMEE W HAVE BEEN STEADILY IMPROVING FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN POPULATIONS AS WELL AS HISPANIC AND LATINO POPULATIONS. BUT WE HAVE TDOO MORE. >> YOU ARE ALSO AT SKRI FOR CASES OF CODE. >> ABSOLUTELY, AND THAT’S WHWEY WANT TO REACH PEOPLE. >> WE HAVE ALMOS 20T VACCINATION AND TESTING EVENTS HERE AT THE CONSULATE FOR A MEXICAN COMMUNITY. >> THE MEXICAN CONSULATE HAS BEEN PART OF THE OUTREACH. NAAN MENDEZ BELIEVES THERE ARE REASONS THE NUMBERS ARE LOWER FO R HISPANICS AND LATINOS. >> OF COURSE, THE LINE WHICH BARRIER, BUT ALSO THIS ISSUE ABTOU PAY. WHO MUCH I SHOULD PAY HAVE ACCESSO T THESE RESOURCES. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO LET ALL THE PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE HAVE ALL THESE RESOURCES FOR FREE. REGARDLESS, THEIR IMMIGRATION STATUS OR IF THEY HAVE ECONOMIC RESOURCES. THE DOH MADE FLYERS IN ALL DIFFERENT LEG WOUL JDUST SO PEOPLE KNOW IT IS FREE AND THAT YOU NEED DOCUMENTATION. >> I GOT THE SHOT. >> WE HAVE NEVER TRUSTED FORCES AROUND THE STETA TO GIVE THAT VACCINE MESSAGE OUT. >> IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY, THE A SET — THE END IT — THE NAACP COMMUNITY PRESENCE AS THEY HAVE WORKED TO RUN COMMERCIALS LIKE THIS TO INCREASE IN NUMBERS AND ARE WORKING WITH THE STATE TO HAVE MORE EQUITY EVENTS. AS FOR WHY THE NUMBERS AREO S SLOW, SHE SAYS THERE IS HESITANCY DUE TO THE HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS BEING A PART OF THE HEALTH EXPERIMENT. IN NEW MEXICO — >> THERE W AAS SHORTAGE, OROT N ENOUGH OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS TO TAKE THE VACCINE, BECAUSE IT WAS NOT AVAILABLE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. >> RIGHT NOW THIS IS LONG-HAUL WORK, RIGHT? ISTH IS MEETING PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE COMMUTYNIY B COMMUNITY, LISTENING TO COMMUNITIES. >> AND THIS IS PART OF THE SOLUONTI TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD. >> TRY TO GET THE MESSAGE TO EACH OTHER, TRY TO HELP EACH OTHER OUT AND KNOW THAT THIS IS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF ROU COMMITTEES. >> MENDEZ WITH THE MEXICAN CONSULATE SAYS THEY WOULD LIKE TO HEAR MORE FROM THOSE WHO ALREADY RECEIVED THE VACCINE SO THEY CAN MAKE SURE THEIR SUCCESS STORIES FOR THOSE WHO ARE HESITANT. DOUG: TAKING STEPS TO END RACISM IN NEW MEXICO. WE GO ONE-ON-ONE WITH THE VEGORNORS TO SEE WHAT SHE IS DOING TO HELP MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS SEEING FAIR OPPORTUNITIES. SHELLY: IT IS A SERVICE DESIGNED TO GET HEALTH CARE TO MAJOR COMMUNITIES. ONE GROUP SAYS CHANGES ARE NEEDED. >> WE’RE STILL SEEING GAPS AND NOT JUST ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE BUT ALSO EDUCATION ABOUT OUR BODIES. >> WHAT INTEGERS WOMEN — WHAT INDIGENOUS RIMNMO — WHAT INDIGENOUS WOMEN RISING ARE DOINTOG HELP IMPROVE THE SITUATION. SHELLY: WELCOME BACK TO OUR PROJECT COMMUNITY SPECIAL: CONFLICT, COURAGE, & CHANGE. WE HEAV FOLLOWED THE STUFF BEING TAKEN — THE STEPS BEING TAKEN TO TAKE THE PROBLEM AND FIX IT. DOUG: IT COULD BE A WEEKLY IF NOT DAILY DISCUSSION, EQUALITY AN D CIVIL RIGHTS. BUT OTHERS BELIEVE SINCE WE ARE ONLY ONE OF SIX MAJORITY MIRINOTY STATES, IT IS NOT AN ISSUE. IT IS NOT ENOUGH FOR GOVERNOR GRISHAM TO FORAM GROUP TO SEE WHAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED AND ADDRESS IT. >> MICHAEL BROWN, 2014, FERGUS,ON MISSOIUR. BREONNA TAYLOR, 2020, LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY. >> PLEASE DISPERSE OR YOU WILL BE ARRESTED. THE BACONE AND GEORGE FLOYD, 2020, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA. ALRAL CIALLY MOTIVATED RIOTING WITH THOSE TEEHR DEATHS, BY USGIN WHAT SOME CALL EXCESSIVE FORCE BYHE T POLICE. SO TSHI YEAR THE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON RACIAL JUSTICE WAS FORMED. REMEMBER, THIS IS ABOUT EQUALITY AND CIVIL RIGHTS. JUNE 2020, THE ONE DAY AND NOT A STATUE IS MOVED FROM OLD TOWN AFTER LONG-STANDING TENSIONS BETWEEN NATIVE AMERICANS AND HISPANICS. >> HAD A PROTEST RIGHT HERE IN ALBUQUERQUE RELATED TO BLACK LIVES MATTER, EXCESSIVE FORCE FOR POLICE, AND CULTURAL AWARENESS RELATED TO THE BRONZE SCULPTURES AT THE ALBUQUERQUE MUSE.UM >> DESPITE SITING THE PROTEST, THE GOVERNOR SAID THE MAIN REASON WAS THE GOING NUMBER OF EXCESSIVE FORCE CASES — SOME FATAL — INVOLVING POLICE OFFICERS. >> WE ARE SEEING REALLY INCREDIBLY REPUGNANT THINGS OCCUR. WHY DON’T WE GO BACK AND DETERMINE THAT THIS IS A STATE THAT LEADS BY EXAMPLE. >> SOMETHING SHE FEELS COULD BE ADDRESSED BY A TOP-DOWN APPROACH. >> THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY NEEDS TO HAVE A WHOLE AREA, AND THE AREA THAT THE ADVISORY UNCOCIL FOR RACIAL JUSTICE IS WEIGHING IN ON. >> THERERE A SOME ADVANCEMENTS TO BEGIN FROM THE APD PERFORMED FOR EXCESSIVE FORCE CONCERNS FU OLLF THE GOVERNOR SAYS ABSOLUTELY. >> WHAT WE WANT IS ABOUT THIS. WE WANT TO INVEST IN A PROFESSIONAL, LLWE PROTECTED, AND WELL TRAINED POLICE ENVIRONMENT. >> BELONG BEFORE THAT, LUJAN GRISHAM SAYS TEACHING OUR NEW YOUNG MEXICANS ABOUT EQUALITY IS KEY. SHE SAYS THE KEY TO REACHING THAT SAME GOAL, EQUALITY, AND THEY REALLY BE FOUND IN OUR DIFFERENCES. >> WE ARAE MULTICULTURAL STATE. FRANKLY DIVERSITY I THINK IS THE WAY IN WHICH MOST WNE MEXICANS CAN SELF IDENTIFY WITHHE T STATE. >> THE ADVISORY COUNCIL INITIALLMETY MONLYTH TO IDENTIFY AREAS OF CONCERN, AND EY ATHRE FOLLOWING UP REGULARLY TO TRY TO GET IT DONE. SHELLY: OUR STATE HAS THE BCKLA EDUCATION ACT. THE GOVERNOR SIGNED IT IN APRIL. SCOLHO PERSONNEL MUST GO THROUGH ANTIRACISM AND SENSITIVITY TRAINING. THE ACT ALSO CREATES A BLACK EDUCATNIO GROUP IN THE PUBLIC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT COME AT A BLACK ADVISYOR COUNCIL. OUR STATE HAS A DIVERSE POPULATION,EC BAUSE 3% OF NEW MEXICO’S AFRICAN AMERICAN. THE NEW MEXICO INDUSY TRCOUNCIL WAS CREEDAT IN 2014 TO MOVE THE STATE AWAY FOR THE TRY CULTURAL MY,TH WHICH RESPECT — REFERS TO THE NIVEAT AMERICAN, HISPANIC, AND WHITE COMMITTEES COME AND MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS INCLUDED. ONE OF HEROA GLS IS TO STRENGTHEN AND BUILD COMMUNITIES FROM THE INSIDE OUT. >> WE KPEE REPEATING THE SAME MISTAKES ABOUT HOW WE ENGAGE THE KINDS OF INVESTMENTS THAART E BEING MADE THATRE A NOT LONG-TERM OR SUBSTANTIVE OR RECURRING. WHAT WE ARE HOPING TO DO IS CHANGE THE GAME AND YSA THAT WE ARE GOING TO CREATE SOMETHING NOW NGLO AFTER, YOU KNOW, I AM HERE. SHELLY: SHE ALSO SAID THEYRE A LOOKING FOR REAL CHANGE AND WILL WORK WITH ELECTED LEADERS TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. DOUG: STEPS ARE BNG TAKEN TO END THIS COMMISSION IN MEXICO .TIM KELLER SIGNED THE CROWN ACT OF THE LAW, PROTECTING PEOPLE AGAINST THIS COMMISSION BASED ON RACE-BASED HAIRSTYLES. THIS APPLIES TO THE WORKPLACE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THREE MONTHS LATER — THE U.S. HISTORY MUSEUM OF — LAST JUNE 300 PEOPLE TRIED TO TAKE DOWN THE STATUE OF THE CONQUISTADOR IN OLD TOWN. HE’S CRITICIZED FOR HIS BRUTAL TREATMENT OF NATIVE AMERICANS. POLICE SAY THE STATUE IS BEING PROTECTED BYHE T NEW MEXICO CIVIL GUARD. ONE PERSON WAS SHOT AND SURVIVED. THE MAN ACCUSED OF PULLING THE TRIGGER WAS ARRESTED. SEVEN MONTHS AFTER THE SHOOTING, A MOB OF PRESIDENT TRUMP SUPPORTED STORM THE U.S. CAPITOL. IT HAPPENED THIS A DAY THAT JOE BIDEWASN CERTIFIED AS THE WINNER OF THE PRESENTER ELECTION. WE WILL NEVER FORGET THESE IMAGES AS PEOPLE SCALE THE BEATINGS — SCALED THE BUILDINGS, TRASHED OFFICES, AND STOOD ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. DOZENS OF CHARGES WERE FILED. INCLUDING TWO OTHER MEN FROM NEW MEXICO. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES OUR STATE UNIQUE ARE THE NIVATE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES. SHELLY: THERE ARE 19 DIFFERENT PUEBLOS. THERE ARE THE SKI APACHE TRESIB IN OUR STATE, MUSCULAR AND RUIDOSO. AND FORT HILL AS A NAVAJO NATION INCLUDES PARTS OF NORTHWESTERN NEW MEXICO, AND SOME SMALL AREAS WEST AND SOUTHWEST OF ALBUQUQUERE. DOUG: NATIVE AMERICANS EXPERIENCE RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION WHILE LIVING ON AN D OFF THE RESERVATION. NOW THE FEE RIGHTS COMMISSION IS TRACNGKI DOWN THESE COMAIPLNTS. THAT GROUP SAYS WHILE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC WROUGHT MANY OF THE NATION’S INEQUALITIES TO THE FOREFRONT, SHE SAYS IT IS CRUCIAL WE WORK AT DISNTMALING THESE SYSTEMS. >> OUR OBLIGATION AND RESPONSIBILITYO T SEE THAT STRUCTURE OF VIOLENCE,HICH W IS INA,DI HAITI, AND BEGAN TO TRY TO ADDRESS THAT VIOLENCE. DO:UG THE NAVAJO NATION RECEIVED 714 MIL DOLLARS IN CARES ACT FUNDING. MUCH OF IT WILL AYPROR F BROADBAND SERVICES, WATER PROJECTS, AND EARLY EDUCATION. SHLYEL: ROYALE DA INTRODUCES US TO A GROUP THAT IS MAKING SURE NATIVE WOMEN, ESPECIALLY GET THE CARE THAT THEY NEED. ROYALE: INDIGENOUS RUIN MEN — INDIGENOUS WOMENIS RING STARTED AS A CAMPAIGN IN 2014 TO SHOW THAT MANY INDIGEUSNO WOMEN BEING DENIED A FORM OF CONTRACEPTION. >> I WANTED MY VOICEO T BE HRDEA AS AN INDIGENOUS PERSON. SO TSHI IS AN ORGANIZATION, A COLLECTIVE, TO GEIV SCEPA TO PEOPLE TO TALK ABOUT SEXUAL HEALTH, REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, AND DO IT IN A WAY THAT IS CULTURALLY RESPECTFUL. ROYALE: RACHEL YSSA THIS WAS A BIG PROBLEM, ESPECIALLY WITH SEALXU VIOLENCE AND ASSAULT ARE ON THE RISE. >> SOME PEOPLE HAVE THE WORST ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE ACROSS THE BOD,AR WHETHER IT IS HEART HEALTH, REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, JUST GENERAL HLTHEA CARE. WE JUST WANT TO MAKE RESU THAT WHILWE AE RE PROVIDING RESOURCES AND EDUCATION, THAT WE ARE ALSO THINKING CTUULRALLY RESPONSIVE AND ESTIMATE WHAT PEOPLE NEED AND THEIR EXPERIENCES AS NATIVE PEOPLE. >> AFTER A FEW YEARS OF STRATEGINGZI AND LEARNG,IN SHE HELPED CREATE A PLAN TO BRING NECESSARHEY ALTH CARE TO INDIES — TWO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES. IN PARTICULAR, SHE SAYS WOMEN’S HEALTH. THESE PATIENTS ARE OFTEN OVERLOOKED. >> THERE IS NO FUNDING FOR ABORTION CARE UNLESS THERE IS RAPE, INSIST, ORHE T LIFE OF THE YOUNG PERSON. INLET OF FIST OF THESE DO NOT HAVE AN OB TO EVEN PROVIDE THAT KINDF OCARE. THAT ALONE CONSISTENT ND’S. >> COORDINATION WILL BRGIN ART, RESEARCH, POLITICS IN RESEARCH ORGANIZING TO EDUCATE NATIVES AND NON-NATIV AESBOUT THESE DISPARITIES. >> WHEN WE DON’T HAVE ACCESS AND WE DON’T HAVE ALL OF OUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED ABOUT HOW OUR BOESDI FUNCTION, WHAT IS NORMAL AND WHAT IS T, TNOHERE IS A STIGMA THAT HAPPENS AND SHAMING ARNDOU THE VERY NATURAL FUTINCONS OF OUR BODIES. >> WHAT IS THE ANSWER FOR THE PATH TO A BETTER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE? LORENZO SAYS IT IS NOT JUST UP TO ONE GROUP TO FIX THIS. TRIBAL LEARSDE MUST BE PART OF THE SOLUTION, TOO. >> WE ARE OPEN TO HAVING THAT CONVERSATION WITH TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS ABOUT HOW WE CAN HELP FACILITATE THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITHIN THEIR OWN COMMUNITY. SOAL GETNGTI PROVIDERS IN ANY HEALTH CARE SETTGIN TO JUST TAKE THE TIME TO LISTEN TO US AND ASK US HOW WE ARE DOING. >> THE GROUP ALSO HELPS NATIVE WOMEN GET A SAFE AND LEGAL ABORTION IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO COME AND OFFERS FREE CONTRACEPTION. SHELLEY HE AIXA? SHELLY: THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INDIAN AFFAIRS SAYS SOME INDIGENOUS COMMITTEES HAVE 8 T5%O 95% VACCINATED. THEY ARE STANDING VACCINES TO NONMEMBERS. >> NOT ONLY ARE THE SOVEREIGN NATIONS VACCINATING THEIR OWN TRIBAL MEMBERS, BUT ALSO THE LARGER COMMUNITY. YOU KNOW, WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. WE ARE ALL TRYING TO BE SAFE. >> THE FOCUS WILL ALSO BEGIN DEBT ON GETTING YOUNGER MEMBERS VACCINATED. DOUG: FOCUSED ON HELPING STUDENTS. THE PRIMARY GOALF O RECRUITING PERTAINING AN INCREASE TO THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE. FROM THERE, STUDENTS ARE GIVEN FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE AT BUSINESS AT THE INTERSCHOOL — THE ANDERSON SCHOOL. >> BLACK AND BROWN CHILDREN OF NEW MEXICO OFTEN HOW I’M HAVE LESS OF AN ABILITY TO COMPETE, THBO IN K-12 SYSTEM, HIGHER ED, AND FOR JOBS. >> TAKING ON RACE IN THE CLASSROOM. A DEEREP CHALLENGES FACING NEW MEXICO’S SCHOOLS. >> BLACKED ON BUSINESSES WERE HIT HARD BY COVID, FOR SOME, HARD TESIM WERE ALREADY IN PLACE EVEN BEFORE THE PANDEMIC. BECAUSE WE HAVE DEMA ENOUGH MONEY TO STAY IN BUSINESS, AND I LOOK BACK ONT I NOW — THAT IS A TOUGH WAY TO STAY IN BUSINESS. >> SOME STRUGGLE TO FIND A SEAT AT THE TABLE. THATAY M BECAUSE THAT’S THAT MAY BE BECAUSE OF CULTURAL DIFFERENCES. DOUG: IT IS NO SECRET OUR STATE STRUGGLES WITH EDUCATION. FOR DECADES NEW MEXICO PLACED LAST OR NEARLY LAST IN THE NATION. SHELLY: NOW WE LOOK AT SOME OF THE REASONS BEHIND AN UNFORTUNATE RANKING. FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, NEW MEXICO VOICES FOR CHILDREN TRACKED THE WELL-BEING OF KIDS IN OUR STATE AND RANKED US AIAGNST THE NATION. >> THERE ARE A NUMBER OF STATISTICS IN WHICH WE EAR NOT DOING WE.LL >> THE LATEST REPORT SHOWS 56% OF PRESCHOOL KIDS ARE NOT IN CLASS, OR THAN THREE QUARTERS OF FOURTH GRADERS ARE NOT PROFICIENT IN READING. EI GHTH-GRADERS ARE MISSING THE MARK IN MATH. >> I KIND OF HAVE A CONTRIBUTIVE VIEW OF WHAT EDUCATION SHOULD BE , AND IF YOU DON’T FIT IN THAT BOX, THEN YOU ARE GOING TO STRULEGG IN SCHOOL. >> EDUCATIONAL DISPARITIES ARE AT THE HEART OF THE EAYSS MARTINEZ LAWSUIT, RULING THAT FORCES THE STATE TO MAKE CHANGES TO PUBLIC EDUCATION TO MEET THE NEEDS OF DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS, INCLUDING NATI AVEMERICANS AND THOSE WHO SPEAK ENGSHLI AS A SECOND LEG WAS. >> PARTICULARLY IN A STATE LIKE OURS THAT HAVE SO MANY MULTILINGUAL CHILDREN, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT ANY KIND OF EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM SUPPORTS EITHR CONTINLUA DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR HOME LANGUAGE. AND NOT HAVE IT BE REPLACED IMMEDIATELY WITH ENGLISH. >> THERE ARE CAN TRIPPING FACTORS THAT WHEN COMPARED TO THE NATIALON AVERAGE, THEY GIVE AN IDEA OF WHY WE STRUGGLE IN EDUCATION. 26% OF KSID IN THE STATE LIVE IN POVERTY. 41% LIVE IN SINGLE-PARENT FAMILIES. BOTH PERCENT HAVE TEENS WORKING INSTEAD OF ATTENDING SCHOOL. — 12% HAVE TEENS WORKING >> BLACKND A BROWN CHILDREN IN NEW MEXICO OFTENTIMES HAVE LESS OF AN ABILITYO T COMPETE, BOTH IN THE K-12 SYSTEM, HIGHER ED, AND FOR JOBS. >> ONE AREA OF THE STATE CONSISTENTLY STRUGGLES, ACCESS TO BROADBAND INTERNET. THAT WAS EXPOSED DURING THE PANDEMIC. >> I THINK WHEN WE FIRST STARTED TOU WITH VIRTUAL LEARNING, WE PROBABLY HAD A 50%R O GREATER THAT WE WERE AT A DISADVANTAGE. >> LIKE MANY SCHOOLS, THE NATIVE AMERICAN ACADEMY WENT VIRTUAL ISTH PAST YEAR, CAN TRIPPING HOTSPOTS AND COMPUTERS TO STUDENTS, MANY STILL HAD CONNECTION ISSUES AND THEY WERE NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT STRUGGLED. >> LIVING INSIDE THE VILLAGE, WE HAVE PRETTY MUCH BNEE PRIVILEGED TO I GSSUE RECEIVE HOTSPOTS FROM OUR TRIBE. >> WITH BROADBAND COMING IN, IT HAS COMEN I TIME — IT HAS CONNECTED TIME AND SPA.CE TIME MEANING TECHNOLOGY IS EVER-CHANGING ONCAGE AIN, AND SPACE THAT WE ARE OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHE.RE >> THE STRGLUGE TO MAKE WNE MEXICO’S SYSTEM STRONG STILL FACES MANY HURDLES. >> IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN IF INITIATIVES WILL IMPACT NEW MEXICO’S RANKINGS. THERE IS HOPE FOR EARLY FUNDING EDUCATION. WE WILL START CHILDREN ON THE THPA OF LIFELONG LEARNING. >> 3% OF PEOPLEHO W LIVE IN NEW XIMECO IDENTIFY AS BLACK OR AFRIN AMERICAN, AND IT IS A PORIN AMERICAN, AND IT IS A PULATION HEAVILY INVOLVED IN COMMERCE. ON HUNDRED THREE BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES ACROSS THE STATE SIT ON THE BLACK LEADERSHIP COUNCIL. MOST ARE IN ALBUQUERQUE. OFFICIALS WITBLH ACK BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS IN ALBUQUERQUE TELL ME MANY OF THEM WERE STRUGGLING EVEN BEFORE THE PAEMNDIC. I SPOKE TO THE OWNER OF A CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMTEN COMPANY IS MORE THAN 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THAT INDUSTRY. HE SAYS HIS COMPANY IS SUCCESSFUL WITHIN THE MINORITY BUSINESS COMMUNITY, BUT LIKE OTHERS HE STILL FINDS IT DIFFICULT TO BREAK ROTHUGH A NETWORK THAT TOO OENFT VIEWS- BLK ACBUSINESS OWNERS ASIEWS- OUTSIDERS. >> THERE ARE COMMITMENTS OR STATEMENTS THAT ITS I MADE, HEY, WE WANT TO REACH OUT TO THE BLACK COMMUNITY AND GET THEM MORE INVOLVED. SO THAT IS ALL FINE AND DANDY FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS, AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN IT DIES BY THE WAYSIDE. WHAT WE WANT TO DISO GET OUT IN FRONT, RECOGNIZE WHO WE ARE. >> SCOTTY RICHARDSON SAYS HE WAS DENIED FOR A COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS GRANT IN NEW MEXICO, SO HE INSTEAD WENT OUT OF STATE TO A MINORITY OWNED BANK THAT KNOWS HIM PERSONALLY. HE RECEIVED THE GRANT MONEY HE NEEDED. KEN CARSON IS WELL-CONNECTED IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY NETWORKS, HAVING PREVIOUSLY WORKED 35 YEARS IN BANKING. HE UNDERSTANDS THE LOAN PROCESS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE DESK AND SAYSO N MATTER ONE SET BY CERA, ACCESS TO CAPITAL AT THE START IS WHAT MATTERS MOST. >> I HAVE BEEN IN SITUATIONS DURINGHE T TIME PERIOD I HAVE OWNED A BUSINESS, ESPECIALLY AT THE VERY BEGINNING, WHERE I WOULD NOT HAVE — I DID NOT HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE IN THE RESTAURANT SIBUNESS. I COULD SIT THERE AND TALK BANK OR TO THE LOAN OFFICER WHEN THEY ASKED ME FOR FINANCIAL STATEMENT. I DON’T INBLK AN EYE. I GET YOU A FINANCIAL STATEMENT. MY HAVTOE SAY, RIGHT NOW I AM DEALING WITH MY BANK,ER AND HE IS ASKING FOR MY FINANCIALS, AND I DON’T HAVE THEM, BUT THAT’S BECAUSE I’M A LITTLE BENDHI BECAUSE OF COVID. >> IN PART BECAUSEF O COV,ID THE POWERHOUSE IN ALBUQUERQUE IS APPROACHING A CROSSROADS. OWNER JOE PEDRO YSSA THE BUSISSNE IS STRUGGLING BECAUSE OF A LACK OF ACCESS CTOAPITAL AND NOT ENOUGH PROFIT. HE SAYS THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS WILL DETERMINE IF THEY SURVIVE. — >> ALL THAT MONEY WENT TO KEEP US HIS BUSINESS. NOT TO EXPAND, NOT TO REPAIR, NOT TO MODIFY. AWERE GOING TO SUSTAIN, TRANSITION. OR ARE WE GOING TO STOP? >> THE CONSULTANT AGCYEN PUBLIC-PRIVATE STRATEGIES REPORTED IN DECEMBER THAT THE PANDEMIC HAD DRASTICALLY IMPACTED BUSINESS OWNERS OF COLOR, IF MORE THAN HALF OF THEM IN A SURVEY HAVGIN EXPERIENCED REVENUE DECLINES OF MORE THAN 25%. MANY HAD A HDAR TIME QUALIFYING FOR FEDERAL GRANT MONEY. TO COMPLICATE MATTERS GOING FORWARD, SMALL BINUSESS ADMINISTRATION SAID IN MID NEJU THAT IT WOULD NOT PAY OUT $3000 FOR BUSINESSETHS AT HAVE BEEN USED FOR REVITALIZATION FUNDS. HE RESPONDED TO LAWSUITS FORGIVGIN GRANT — >> IT STARTED WITH A FELONY CHARGE AND ENDEDN I A $40,000 SETTLEMENT WHIT THE CITY. >> I’M GOING TO TELL YOU GUYS LIKE AVENUE NEVEROLD T ANYONE ELSE, THE STORY BEHIND THAT DAY. THE BOOK OF THE STORY OF ONE ALBUQUERQUE MAN AND A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH ALBUQUERQUE PLEASE. — ALBUQUERQUE POLICE. >> WE TALK ABOUT CHANGES AND STEPS TO ACHIEVE IT. NOW WE HAVE A STORY OF A GUY DOING JUST THAT. SHEL:LY A YEAR AFTER BEING ARRESTED, THIS MAN IS WORKING HAND-IN-HAND WITH POLICE. >> FROM BEING HANDCUFFED BY POLICE TO A SETTLEMENT WITH THE CITY AND A NEW FOOD TRUCK. HE IS USING HIS OWN EXPERIENCES TO CHANGE POLICING IN THE METRO. A>>NY JALAPENOS AIXA GOT YOU. ALL RHTIG, WE ARE FOR YOU. YOU CAN PUT THEM IN THE SMOKER OR YOU CAN PUT THEM ON THAT TOP RACK. IT WAS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE I FIGURED ITAS W AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MYSELF. I FELT LIKE I NEEDED TO BET ON MYSELF AND THAT IS WHAT I DID. YES, SIR. SHEL:LY BETTING ON HIMSELF NEARLY A YEAR AFTER THIS. >> PEOPLE SAY YOU ARE IN NEW MEXICO, AND HOW ARE YOU KEEPING THINGS GOING INTO MEXICO? YOU SAW HOW. >> HE IS ONE OF THE LEADERS OF THE BLACK MEXICO MOVEMENT. LAST SUMMER ASHE W ORGANIZING PROTESTS IN ALBUQUERQUE AFT ER THE DTHEA OF GEORGE FLOYD. >> I’M GOING TO TELL YOU GUYS LIKE I’VE NEVER TOLD ANNEYO ELSE THE STORY BEHIND THAT DAY. THAT DAY I WENT OUT THERE AND FELT LIKE I HAVE TO PROTECT MY PEOPLE. THAT’S WHAT I AM, A LEADER,O SI HAVE TORO PTECT THESE PEOPLE. >> HE AND HIS PARTNER WERE ORGANIZING A PTEROST AND CARRYING THEIR FIREARMS. THAT’S ONE ALBUQUERQUE POLICE CAME UP AND TOLD THEM ATTH NONE — NOT GUNS ARE ALLOWED HERE. BECAUSE CITY PLAZA IS DESIGNATED AS A SCHOOL. IN NEW MEXICO, GUNS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN SCHOOLS. >> WE GO AND SAY DON’T BRING YOUR FIREARM OUT HERE IF YOU HAVE ONE. IF YOU DO HE AVONE, PUT IT UP. THEY CAME IN OUR FACE, I SAID WHAT’S GOING ON, WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? THE NEXT THING I KNOW, THEY GRABBED ME AND I WAS SAYING WHAT DID I DO? I WAS IN HANUFDCFS BEING WALKED OVER TO THE TRANSPORT STATION AND WAS DETAINED FOR 45 MITENUS. >> HE WAS CHARGED WITH A FOURTH DEGREE FELONY. BARRY’S LAWYER SAYS THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE DISMISSED THE CA BSEUT STILL WANTED TO SUE THE CITY. >> WE BELIEVE THIS VERY STRONGLY THAT IT WAS VERY ROUTI.NE YOUR PAST THIS. IF YOU CAN CONTINUE TO WORKING WITH THE CITY, HAVING AN OPEN DIALOGUE WITH THE CITY, TRYING TO FIND SOME COMNMO GROUND — >> THE CITY SETTLED AND GIVE HIM WITHIN $40,000. HE USED ATTH MONEY TO USE — TO OPEN HIS FOOD TRUCK. BUT THAT’S NOT ALL HE’S UP TO. HE’S WORKING WITH ETH ALBUQUERQUE POLICE DEPARTMENT’S NEW AMBASSADOR PROGRAM, AIMING TO SERVE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE BLKAC COMMUNITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. >> WE HAVE HAD SOME TOUGH, NEHOST CONVERSATIONS. THAT IS ONE THING THAT WILL COMPMELENT MR. BARRY — IT WAS IN THE RECENT PAST THAT HE WAS QUICK TO BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD FOR THE GOOD OF THE COMMUNITY. >> BARRY HAS A DIRECT LINE TO THE POLICE CHIEF. >> I WANT TO CHANGE THE WAY THAT AP I WANT TO CHANGE THE WAY THAT D POLICE — I NTWA PEOPLE FEEL SAFE, TO FEEL LIKE THEY CAN PICK UP THE PHONE IN SITUATISON WHENEVER THEY ARE NOT SAFE. A PT CAN DO TIRHEOB J FULL-TIME IS A WHOLE COMMUNITY OF POLICING . >> HE IS PARTNERING WITH THE PEOPLE, PUTTING HIM IN CUFFS, USING SETTLEMTEN — SETTLEMENT MONEY AND ACTIVISM TO CREATE ODGO FOOD, GOOD COMMUNITY, AND A BETTER AND SAFER ALBUQUERQUE FOR EVERYONE. >> LET’S GO BACK TO START LOVING EACH OTHER, YOU KNOW? LET’S FIGHT FOR THE CHANGE THAT WE REALLY WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD. >> YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE MENU AND SEE WHERE THEY WILL BE PARKEDN O THE HOUSE BARBECUE FACEBOOK PAGE. OUR STATE — ANDOD MINE SHELLY: OUR STATE IS MAKING STRIDES WHEN IT COMES TO EQUALITY AND RACISM, BUT WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. DOUG: THE EFFORTS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. >> AWARENESS OF RACIAL DISPARITIES IN SOCIAL JUSTICE CONCERNS HAVE INCREASED. >> THE MOMENTUISM THERE AND THE COERNVSATIONS HAVE STARTED. BUT HOW DO WE KEEP IT GOING? >> IT’S A CONVERSATION THAT CANNOT STOP. WE HAVE TO KEEP MONITORING EVENTS IN THE PAST THAT BROUTGH THE ISSUES TO LIGHT, MOVING FORWARD, CELEBRATING SUCCESSES, D ANTRACNGKI TANGIBLE PROGRESS. >> THAT MEANS HOLDING OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE WHEN THEY PROMISED CHANGE. >> WE HAVE LEAEDRN FROM HEARING FROM YOU AND YROU STORIES OF CONFLICT, COURAGE, AND CHANGE. >> THERE WAS STILL HATE AND DIVISION, BUT THE OPTIMISM IS STRONG OR THAN EVER. DOUG:E W WILL CONTINUE TO TRACK THAT PROGRESS AND SHARE STORIES TO HELP US UNDERSTAND WHAT THE COMMUNITY NEEDS. SHELLY: THERE IS A CURRENT THAT IS IN ALL OF US. TONIGHT WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD FOR CHAN

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‘George Floyd represents a lot more than himself’: Statues unveiled during Juneteenth

Related video above: PROJECT COMMUNITY: Conflict, Courage and ChangeIt was a quick turnaround for federal employers to recognize Juneteenth as a new federal holiday. But some cities were ready with new statues honoring George Floyd, whose killing by police in Minneapolis last year sparked a nationwide racial justice movement.In New York City, Terrence Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, unveiled a 6-foot statue in Brooklyn as part of Saturday’s Juneteenth celebrations. The new federal holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.The statue will be on display at Flatbush Junction for two to three weeks before moving to Union Square in Manhattan, according to CNN affiliate WABC.On Wednesday, a statue of Floyd was unveiled in front of city hall in Newark, New Jersey.Mayor Ras Baraka said he hopes the 700-pound bronze statue, by artist Stanley Watts, will inspire people who see it to “become active in the things, the struggles that are happening right here in Newark and right here in New Jersey.””George Floyd represents a lot more than himself,” Baraka said ahead of the unveiling. “All of the activity that took place around this country, around the world, because of the untimely and ferocious and vicious death, murder of George Floyd and all of the activism that sparked out of it is worth us pausing and paying attention to.”The statue will remain outside city hall for at least one year, WABC reports.

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It was a quick turnaround for federal employers to recognize Juneteenth as a new federal holiday. But some cities were ready with new statues honoring George Floyd, whose killing by police in Minneapolis last year sparked a nationwide racial justice movement.

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In New York City, Terrence Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, unveiled a 6-foot statue in Brooklyn as part of Saturday’s Juneteenth celebrations. The new federal holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

The statue will be on display at Flatbush Junction for two to three weeks before moving to Union Square in Manhattan, according to CNN affiliate WABC.

On Wednesday, a statue of Floyd was unveiled in front of city hall in Newark, New Jersey.

Mayor Ras Baraka said he hopes the 700-pound bronze statue, by artist Stanley Watts, will inspire people who see it to “become active in the things, the struggles that are happening right here in Newark and right here in New Jersey.”

“George Floyd represents a lot more than himself,” Baraka said ahead of the unveiling. “All of the activity that took place around this country, around the world, because of the untimely and ferocious and vicious death, murder of George Floyd and all of the activism that sparked out of it is worth us pausing and paying attention to.”

The statue will remain outside city hall for at least one year, WABC reports.

Philadelphia celebrates Juneteenth with rally, march

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Hundreds of people celebrated Juneteenth Saturday with a rally and local march in West Philadelphia.

The organizers, Pennsylvania Juneteenth Initiative, had been fighting for the day to be recognized as a national holiday for years.

As President Biden mad that official Thursday, the Philadelphia-based group had even more reason to celebrate.

“Making Juneteenth a national holiday, it’s absolutely amazing,” said Helen Salahuddin, a co-founder of the initiative.

Sonni King, the producer of the Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade and Festival, said, “It’s scaled back, but it’s still here, and that’s what’s most important.”

Because of the pandemic, the usual parade was scaled to a march.

“It’s so important that we understand our history and celebrate our history because we have been left out and left behind for so long,” said Salahuddin.

Part of that celebration was feeding the community and putting the work of black artists on display at Malcolm X Park, which police commissioner Danielle Outlaw and her pup Morrison seemed to enjoy.

This celebration is twofold, recognizing progress and realizing there’s still a long way to go.

“There are still things we’re working on, and that’s going to come, but this is the first part of that stepping stone, and we are progressing, and that’s what I love,” said King.

After this celebration, organizers say they’re getting back to work right away. They hope to target police reform in the city.

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‘It’s time for a reset’: Macy Gray proposes to change American flag on Juneteenth

Celebrities are speaking out about the importance of Juneteenth. 

The celebration commemorates the day, June 19, 1865, when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas were told more than two years later that enslaved African Americans had been freed by President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. 

While some have always honored Juneteenth, the Black Lives Matter protest movement against racial injustice last summer in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black Americans sparked increased attention for the event, now a federal holiday. 

This week, both chambers of Congress passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act and on Thursday, President Joe Biden signed the bill into law.

Here’s what stars are saying about the occasion.

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Macy Gray proposes to change American flag 

Grammy-winning singer Macy Gray suggested the stars and bars flag could use an update for Juneteenth after she said the meaning of the flag was “hijacked” after the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.  

In an op-ed for MarketWatch, first published Thursday, Gray laid out reasons she thinks Old Glory is outdated and even proposed ways in which the flag could be updated to better represent America in 2021. 

“Like the Confederate (flag), it is tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect. It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us. It’s not fair to be forced to honor it. It’s time for a new flag,” Gray wrote. 

Singer Macy Gray said on Juneteenth the American Flag needs an update to better represent the country as it is today.

The “I Try” singer wrote that the 50 stars on the current flag needs to be increased to include Washington, D.C. and U.S. territory Puerto Rico, which have been in a decade-long fight for statehood. She also suggested the flag’s stripes be changed to an off-white color because America’s purity is “broken and in pieces.”

“Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we have changed and it’s time for a reset, a transformation. One that represents all states and all of us,” she added. 

Usher attends Juneteenth bill signing at White House

Usher, who penned a moving op-ed last year about the importance of Juneteenth, was in the audience at the White House as President Biden signed the bill on Thursday, which he called an “incredible moment.”

“It’s finally official.. #Juneteenth,” Usher tweeted alongside photos of himself with Vice President Kamala Harris and activist Opal Lee.

He also took to his Instagram story to celebrate the “long overdue” moment.

“Ladies and gentlemen we did it,” Usher said. “We managed to get here.”

Several lawmakers, including Congressman Jamaal Bowman and Senator Tina Smith, tweeted photos with the “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” singer.

Tina Knowles-Lawson says Juneteenth is a ‘very important holiday’

Tina Knowles-Lawson, who raised her famous daughters Beyoncé and Solange in Texas, said her family has always celebrated the holiday. 

“When I was a child… we always celebrated Juneteenth. It was a day that you went to the beach,” the Galveston native said. “It’s always been a very important holiday.”

Knowles-Lawson said she was “surprised” many people weren’t familiar with  Juneteenth when she moved to California in the 70s. She said she believes “a lot of history (has) kind of been hidden,” a fact she’s trying to change through her partnership with Facebook to educate people on the holiday.

“Everyone needs to know the truth. This is not the only history that’s been either overlooked, changed and rewritten,” Knowles-Lawson said.

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Tia Mowry reflects on lessons she’s had to teach her kids

During Yahoo!’s hour-long special celebrating Juneteenth on Wednesday, actress Tia Mowry explained why it’s important to teach her children about race and racism.

Tia Mowry explained why it's important to teach her children about race and racism.

“I want my son or my daughter to be equipped when they go out into the world,” the “Sister, Sister” star said, adding that “knowledge is power.”

“Unfortunately I’ve experienced racism at a young age, and my son experienced hate at a young age, and so I feel that the more I equip him with knowledge… I feel better about him being able to stand up for himself.”

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Kerry Washington shares ways to celebrate Juneteenth

Kerry Washington shared their excitement for the new official holiday on social media. The “Scandal” actress took to Instagram on Saturday to suggest ways to celebrate the holiday.

“It is a day of beauty and freedom and Black joy,” Washington said in an Instagram video. 

In the two minute video, Washington suggested to wear clothes that were black, red and green serve red-colored foods and drinks at Juneteenth parties, support Black-owned businesses and to listen to music made by Black artists. 

“Juneteenth is a day to celebrate Black people, celebrate our beauty our strength, our history, our wisdom, our complexity, our humanity, our magic. We are all of that and some,” Washington said. 

LeVar Burton, Lupita Nyong’o, others celebrate Juneteenth as federal holiday

Lupita Nyong’o sent a poignant message for Juneteenth on Twitter after acknowledging Opal Lee, “We owe deep respect to her unwavering commitment that is responsible for the Senate passing a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.”

The “Black Panther” actress added: “His national acknowledgment is imperative; however the real substantial change that must follow is ensuring education is introduced and safeguarded in schools on the significance of Juneteenth and Black people’s experiences in and contributions to American society.”

“Happy Juneteenth (celebrated) y’all!” LeVar Burton wrote Friday.

Music producer Metro Boomin tweeted how he plans to celebrate the holiday: “happy Juneteenth. I’ll prolly watch black panther and all 3 fridays today.” 

“Star Trek” actor George Takei used his platform to thank “the tireless advocacy of Opal Lee.”

“On June 19, 1865, enslaved Black people in TX finally learned they’d been freed 2+ years earlier by proclamation. African Americans have been commemorating this day for decades, and it’s finally a federal holiday thanks to the tireless advocacy of Opal Lee, who is 94. #Juneteenth,” Takei tweeted.

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Calgarians gather to recognize Juneteenth in commemoration of the end of slavery

CALGARY — Saturday marked the 156th anniversary of the end of slavery in the U.S. as Calgarians gathered to appreciate and reflect on the time racial reckoning.

Juneteenth is a combination of the words ‘June’ and ‘19’ – a commemoration of June 19, 1865 when union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the American Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

The announcement was a full two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which took place on Jan. 1, 1863.

A couple hundred people attended a celebration Saturday at Shaw Millennium Park for the celebration.

Taylor McNallie with Inclusive Canada says racism in Calgary and across Canada is far from over, but has instead taken new forms.

It’s why she’s honouring Juneteenth as a day to continue the fight for change, equality and a true celebration of diversity.

“Black people are still being lynched, still being murdered by police, there are still so many policies that need to be changed down to classifying what is a hate crime, to accessibility in health-care, to what’s being taught in our schools,” McNallie said.

“Holding events like this brings that form of understanding and communication and sharing.”

Meanwhile, other grassroots activists like Autumn Eaglespeaker, who is a member of both Black and Blackfoot Indigenous communities, is calling on government leaders to evoke real change.

“It’s important to acknowledge this day as a way of moving forward and revealing the true histories in Canada and the United States,” she said.

“We must eliminate race-based policies and legislation which includes the eradication of the Indian Act, for the federal government to implement the actual 92 calls to action for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”

Saturday’s celebration comes just a couple days after U.S. President Joe Biden signed legislation into law declaring Juneteenth (June 19) an official federal holiday.

This year, Canada voted to recognize Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day, which marks the day when the British Empire abolished slavery.

In Alberta, the first Monday of August known as Heritage Day is also a civic holiday which is historically connected to the end of slavery as it celebrates the diversity of all people.

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The U.S. consulate in Calgary has partnered up with Calgary Reads to donate books that are inclusive in celebration with Juneteenth.

Lucia Piazza, the U.S. consul-general in Calgary, says it’s important for the younger generation to gain an understanding of racial history and create awareness.

“Really it’s designed for young Calgarians to see themselves reflected in literature and allow young people of colour to be empowered and proud of their individual culture, identity and history.”

So far, 360 books have been donated to share the history and culture of Black Americans.

Education is especially important for young Calgarians like 10-year-old Zinhle Xenis.

“It’s so amazing how so many people are standing up for the racism that is out there because I’ve seen a lot of racist people and it’s not nice for them to be doing that and it just hurts,” she said.

“It’s important for people my age to learn about this because this is something we need to recognize in the world that racist people should stop, this is not a good thing.”