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WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 19th marks Juneteenth, a holiday that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. While 2023 is the third year it will be recognized as a federal holiday, it was first celebrated in Texas in 1865. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement recognizing the day:
“EMILYs List is honored to celebrate Juneteenth as a reminder to the nation of its true and accurate history. Without an honest accounting of our past, we can not build an equitable future. This day is instrumental in being an opportunity to share and discuss the true story of America as Republicans try to erase it. Let us take this holiday as an opportunity to engage each other in meaningful dialogue to advance unity and understanding and not fall for the tricks of division that extreme Republicans would have us believe. At EMILYs List, we remain ready for the work ahead. We’re proud to support groundbreaking Democratic pro-choice women who continue to lead by example in the fight against racism.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.