'We fight on': 2020 Democrats mark Juneteenth

Several Democrats running for the 2020 presidential nomination took to Twitter on Wednesday to mark Juneteenth, the celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. 

Juneteenth this year comes as the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties holds a hearing on slavery reparations. Several presidential contenders have endorsed legislation that would form a commission to study the prospect. 


Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.), who will testify at Wednesday’s House hearing, introduced the first reparations bill to the Senate since Reconstruction, which would establish a commission to examine the impacts of slavery in the U.S. and recommend ways to compensate the descendants of slaves. 

Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody Senate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers MORE (D-N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.), all fellow 2020 contenders, have co-sponsored the legislation.

“Celebrating #Juneteenth by remembering those fearless leaders who fought for abolition, while recognizing the enormous work that remains to be done to achieve true freedom from economic inequity, mass incarceration, and racial disparities,” Booker tweeted Wednesday.

“On Juneteenth, we recognize emancipation and honor those who fought and died in the fight to end slavery. Still, the fight for equality and equity is far from over as Black Americans still face injustice — from our justice system to the ballot box. We fight on,” Harris echoed. 

“Juneteenth should be a national holiday,” Sanders tweeted, attaching an image saying he was endorsing an effort by a Texas activist to get the federal government to recognize the celebration.

“Juneteenth isn’t just about celebrating the end of slavery in Texas. It’s a necessary reminder that 154 years later, Black Americans still feel the harsh reality that the fight for racial equality in our country is far from over. I’m in that fight all the way,” Warren said.

“On Juneteenth, we celebrate emancipation—but we must also acknowledge the shadow slavery still casts. We can’t change our past, but we must keep working toward a more just future: starting with finally studying reparations, ending mass incarceration, and enacting postal banking,” Gillibrand tweeted.

“On Juneteenth, we’re celebrating a powerful moment in history. But it’s a moment whose promise is not yet realized as we fail to address a legacy of slavery, segregation, and suppression that is alive in this country. The fight for true freedom, justice, and equity must go on,” former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) said. 

“Today as we celebrate #Juneteenth and reflect upon the end of slavery 154 years ago, we must acknowledge that the fight for racial equality in the United States is not over. We must confront white supremacy in America and continue to push for freedom and justice for all,” Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellNASCAR bans display of Confederate flag from events and properties Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Grenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted.

“Today we do more than commemorate the abolition of slavery. We redouble our efforts to fight against racism that still exists in our country, bridge the systemic inequality faced by too many Americans, and keep building that more perfect union. #Juneteenth,” Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockKoch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators Overnight Energy: US Park Police say ‘tear gas’ statements were ‘mistake’ | Trump to reopen area off New England coast for fishing | Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues in battle to save seats MORE (D-Mont.) said.

“Slavery is a stain on our founding values of liberty, justice, and equality. On Juneteenth, we celebrate the end of slavery, and we recommit to continuing to become a more perfect union for everyone,” Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSome realistic solutions for income inequality Democratic senators kneel during moment of silence for George Floyd 21 senators urge Pentagon against military use to curb nationwide protests MORE (D-Colo.) tweeted.

“June 19th is an important day in American history – the day of emancipation of hundreds of thousands of African Americans. We yet have a very long way to go. Let our history inform our shared future,” entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE said.

#Juneteenth is a day of celebration — but also a poignant reminder that the fight for justice and equality didn’t end with slavery. More than a century and a half later, we must recommit ourselves to ending systemic racism in all its forms and achieve true equality for everyone,” Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee calls on Trump to ‘stay out of Washington state’s business’ Seattle mayor responds to Trump: ‘Go back to your bunker’ Trump warns he will take back Seattle from ‘ugly Anarchists’ if local leaders don’t act MORE (D-Wash.) tweeted.

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“Today, on #Juneteenth, we commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S., as word of emancipation reached Texas. We have a responsibility to continue working towards true equality, and to address the original sin of slavery,” former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian CastroJulian CastroNew York legislature votes to release disciplinary records for officers Trump calls New York Times ‘fake newspaper’ after headline change Castro, Warren, Harris to speak at Texas Democratic virtual convention MORE said.

“Today on #Juneteenth, we celebrate the effective end of slavery in the US. Though the fight for equality and opportunity for all is far from over, on days like today, we must remember to not lose faith in each other and our ability to heal, together,” former Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperGun control group rolls out first round of Senate endorsements The Hill’s Campaign Report: Republicans go on attack over calls to ‘defund the police’ Hickenlooper ethics questions open him up to attack MORE (D-Colo.) tweeted.

“The Emancipation Proclamation didn’t end slavery. The Civil Rights Movement didn’t end oppression. This Juneteenth, let’s honor the progress made and recommit ourselves to the work we still have to finish. #Juneteenth,” New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioProtesters splash red paint on NYC streets to symbolize blood De Blasio: Robert E Lee’s ‘name should be taken off everything in America, period’ House Democratic whip pushes back on calls to defund police: We need to focus on reform MORE said.

“On this day, we recognize the end of slavery in the US. As we commemorate all that African Americans have overcome, let’s not forget the challenges many still face. We will continue fighting to end systemic racism in this country, and to achieve true equality for all. #Juneteenth,” former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan says there will be consequences from fraying US-China relations; WHO walks back claims on asymptomatic spread of virus MORE (D-Md.) tweeted.

“On #Juneteenth, we celebrate emancipation while recognizing the injustices that continued after slavery. We must not let progress distract us from today’s fight against voter suppression, mass incarceration & the racial wealth gap. We still have work to do to right these wrongs,” Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanMinnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen Congress must fill the leadership void Pelosi pushes to unite party on coronavirus bill despite grumbling from left MORE (D-Ohio) said.

“#Juneteenth is a celebration of the end of slavery and liberation of black Americans, but it’s also a reminder of the work that lies ahead, the work required to overcome delayed justice, and the need to build a more fair and equitable society,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) tweeted.

Racial justice has emerged as a central issue in the Democratic presidential primary, with candidates unveiling a slate of policies to rectify racial inequities, including boosting funds to small businesses run by entrepreneurs of color and increasing efforts to reduce maternal mortality rates among black mothers.

Updated at 3:59 p.m.

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