Being out in New York City last night was intoxicating. The streets were full of happy noise — cars beeping, people singing and laughing. The pent-up frustration of the past four years exploded into a wave of joyful optimism that seemed to sweep over every single person.
… on June 19 of last year, [Bill de Blasio] made a solemn vow.
“Starting next year, Juneteenth will be an official city holiday and official New York City schools holiday,” Mr. de Blasio said.
He said that every city employee and every student would have “an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of our history.”
It was a momentous-seeming announcement for the largest city in the country and the nation’s biggest school system, and headlines followed.
But one year later, even as President Biden is poised to make Juneteenth a national holiday for federal employees, Mr. de Blasio’s efforts have yet to yield their promised result. On Tuesday, just days before Juneteenth, municipal employees learned that they would not actually be getting an extra paid day off to commemorate the holiday this year.
Rather, city workers will need to use their pre-existing paid time off — an unused vacation day, for example — to celebrate the holiday, according to three city officials and a union official briefed on the matter.
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The Texas bill that would ban abortion after six weeks of pregnancy is now law
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed into law a bill that would almost immediately outlaw abortions in Texas if a court ruling or constitutional amendment gave states the authority to prohibit the procedure.
The governor’s signature on House Bill 1280 comes just as the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case about a Mississippi abortion law that could pave the way for more state restrictions on abortion access. A decision is expected some time next year, and it would be the first time the Court’s newly expanded conservative majority weighs in on the issue.
“A favorable ruling would make Texas one of the first states to end abortions,” the bill’s author, state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, said on Twitter.