AOC calls for celebrating the Juneteenth by passing a bill to study reparations

Friday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggested celebrating the Juneteenth by making it a national holiday and passing a bill to study reparations, tweeting:

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To celebrate, let’s pass legislation that makes Juneteenth a national holiday and enact H.R. 40, Rep @JacksonLeeTX18’s Commission on Reparations. How are you honoring today?

According to the bill:

To address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.

AOC also recently released a  campaign video and asked her followers to vote June 23rd.

A better world is not only possible, it is within our reach.

From mutual aid in our communities to solidarity in the streets, the people of New York have already started to reshape our future.

It’s time to bring the movement to the voting booth.

VOTE this Tuesday, June 23rd.