Make June 19th a State and City Holiday in Illinois and Chicago

Make June 19th a State and City Holiday in Illinois and Chicago

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Rickie Brown started this petition to Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Elaine Lightfoot

Dear Governor and mayor: Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Elaine Lightfoot

I would like to first make it know that this letter is in no manner to demean either of your offices by addressing this letter to the both of you instead of separately. But on 6/30/2019 you both set precedence in the passing of a bill for the LGBT community and participating in the PRIDE events internationally recognizing their community.

This letter/petition is again in no way a slight against the LGBT community but to on fact show the deliberate ignoring of the African American community in-which the LGBT and other ethnicities.have used the Civil Rights bill and gain what they so proudly fight for and are recognized and granted by our state and the county as a whole.

June 19 1863 marked an historic land mark for former slaves and their decadents. It was first known as “Freedom Day” and with the broken dialect of an uneducated slaves by it being June nineteenth the began to call it “June-Teenth” since 1995 I and others have made an attempt to have Illinois and Chicago declare this a city and state holiday. The past sitting governors has presented us with proclamations declaring June 19th as “Juneteenth day” and in 2018 the last sitting mayor presented us with a letter also declaring it as a city day. I received early this year a letter of support though instead of a proclamation from the now sitting governor and have yet to address this need of recognition of a city holiday from our esteemed mayor.

The Question:

Why dose it seem that of all races in America that the African American community has continued to be slighted? The media portrays us as killers and thieves, drug addicts and responsible in short the fashion industry with their fashions market clothing to us as savages. The advertising industry portray us as big lip eyes bulging as though lynched individuals. What is wrong with a

country and a city that allows this continued action. This is 2019 “Buck Rogers” the Future but just like in the cartoon the “Jetson” their where no Black People.

In a time of an African American President and a gay African American mayor we are still subjected to plantation politics.

The Plan:

Our request is very simple and only requires you deepest and sincere action and that is to sign into to state and city legislation a bill recognizing June 19th as the African American Independence day which would included full finical and legislation support you give the Spanish, Pride, Italian communities with a parade downtown, festivities and awareness to the city and state as a whole with just the movement of your pen to make this possible,

Our deepest thanks to you both in advance in making this long awaited recognition to a community that has waited hundreds of years to be seen.

Rickie P. Brown Sr.

CEO/Founder

West Side Historical Preservation Society.

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