JUNETEENTH NEWS
To National Juneteenth Network, NJOF Affiliates & Friends:
States across the country will be having their legislative sessions in January. This will allow supportive state lawmakers to introduce, sponsor and pass Juneteenth Holiday Bills in their perspective states. The following states recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance:
TEXAS
OKLAHOMA
FLORIDA
DELAWARE
IDAHO
ALASKA
IOWA
CONNECTICUT
MISSOURI
CALIFORNIA
LOUISIANA
WYOMING
ILLINOIS
NEW JERSEY
NEW YORK
ARKANSAS
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
As of today's date, (2/16/05), the following states, as far as I am aware, recognize Juneteenth through legislative resolution in either the state senate, house of representatives, or both, or Gubernatorial Proclamation:
ALABAMA
ARIZONA
COLORADO
KENTUCKY
MARYLAND
MASSACHUSETTS
MICHIGAN
MISSISSIPPI
MONTANA
NEBRASKA
NEVADA
NEW MEXICO
NORTH CAROLINA
OREGON
PENNSYLVANIA
TENNESSEE
VERMONT
WISCONSIN
As of today's date, (2/16/05), the following states, as far as I am aware, do not recognize Juneteenth through either a state legislative resolution, Gubernatorial Proclamation, state holiday or state holiday observance:
GEORGIA
HAWAII
INDIANA
KANSAS
MAINE
MARYLAND
MINNESOTA
MONTANA
NEBRASKA
NEW HAMPSHIRE
NEW MEXICO
NORTH DAKOTA
OHIO
RHODE ISLAND
SOUTH CAROLINA
SOUTH DAKOTA
TENNESSEE
UTAH
VIRGINIA
WEST VIRGINIA
WYOMING
As of today's date, (2/16/05), none of the US territories recognize Juneteenth as a Holiday:
GUAM
PUERTO RICO
VIRGIN ISLANDS

If you live in one of the states or U.S. territories listed above, without a Juneteenth state holiday or state holiday observance and are interested in becoming invovled in the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, please e-mail me at: MyersFound@aol.com.  I will put you in touch with our Juneteenth State Director in your area so that you can participate in an organized effort to pass Juneteenth legislation in your state. 

Go to www.Juneteenth.us and review the California Juneteenth State Holiday Bill as sample legislation for the consideration of your state representative, state senator and Governor.  Key points to remember for successful passage of state Juneteenth Holiday Bills:
1.  We recommend that you request your state lawmakers to pass legislation to recognize Juneteenth Independence Day as a state holiday observance on the "3rd Saturday in June".

2. Legislation to recognize Juneteenth Independence Day as a paid state holiday will be very difficult to pass. Recognition of Juneteenth, the "19th of June", as a state holiday observance, instead of a paid state holiday, should be much easier to gain support for successful passage in your state legislature.



"Together we will see Juneteenth become a National Holiday in America!"

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Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
Founder & Chairman
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)

www.Juneteenth.us
www.19thofJune.com
www.njclc.com