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"And if we delay this, it's a smack in the face to Black folks."

Connecticut state Rep. Anthony Nolan, who is Black, arguing in favor of making Juneteenth a paid holiday in the state for its major significance in American and Black history. Despite Congress and President Biden making Juneteenth a federal holiday last year, the move didn’t automate adoption in all states. (NPR — June 15, 2022)

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  • New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, regarding the Republican-led Otero County Commission’s refusal to certify the June 7 primary election results due to distrust in the vote-counting machines. State law allows county canvass boards to call on a voting precinct board to address specific voting discrepancies, but the Otero commission has not identified any discrepancies. Toulouse Oliver has accused the commission of willful violations of the state election code. (Associated Press — June 15, 2022)
  • California state Assembly member Heath Flora, regarding Amazon’s testing of its drone delivery in Lockeford, Calif. The delivery service, called Prime Air, will begin in Lockeford later this year and will be able to deliver packages weighing up to five pounds. (The Hill — June 13, 2022)
  • Christopher F. Koller, president of the Milbank Memorial Fund, apologizing for its role in the Tuskegee syphilis study, which was revealed 50 years ago. The foundation covered the funeral expenses for the hundreds of Black men in Alabama who were left to die so that government researchers could study the impacts of syphilis. The fund also made a monetary donation to a descendants’ group, the Voices for Our Fathers Legacy Foundation, in addition to its formal apology. (Associated Press — June 11, 2022)
  • Erin Carroll-Manning, the owner of Massachusetts-based Gentle Giraffes, which helps new parents set up routines and spaces for newborns, regarding the increased demand for her services throughout all of New England. Thirteen states, including all six New England states, had more births in 2021 than in 2019. Birthrates dropped the most in California, Hawaii and New Mexico. (Stateline — June 7, 2022)
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