What is Juneteenth?

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Over the past few years, you might have heard talk about the new holiday, "Juneteenth" and wondered what it is and why you are only just hearing about it. You are not the only one. Despite the holiday's historic roots, it has only recently reemerged into the mainstream. Here is what you need to know to catch up.

What is Juneteenth?

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Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, or Jubilee Day is a celebration of the end of slavery within former Confederate territory after Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 with a force of approximately 1,800 men and issued an order that enforced the Emancipation Proclamation, which was issued January 1st, 1863, upon the deepest regions of the South.

When is Juneteenth?

Major General Gordon Granger

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Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th, the anniversary of Major General Granger's arrival in Galveston. It is important to note that while June 19th, 1865 marks the end of slavery in the former Confederate Territories, slave states that were loyal to the Union maintained slavery until the 13th amendment was ratified on December 6th, 1865, officially ending slavery within the United States.

Is Juneteenth a federal holiday?

President Biden speaks with Opal Lee, known as the Grandmother of Juneteenth, after signing in Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

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Juneteenth became the newest federal holiday as of June of 2021, signed in by President Biden. The last federal holiday to be passed before Juneteenth was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which was passed under the Regan administration in 1983.

What is it's modern significance?

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Juneteenth has been called the "2nd Independence Day" and it represents and celebrates the end of slavery within the United States (despite slavery not actually ending on June 19th). It marks the joy of emancipation and the beginning of a new life for those who found freedom on and around June 19th, 1865. Celebrations on or around June 19th have been going on since the post-war reconstruction era, with rises and falls in popularity throughout the years.

How is it celebrated?

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Much like Independence Day, Juneteenth is a barbecue holiday, often involving outdoor family gatherings, lots of food, and summer festivities. The color red plays an important role, often red clothes are worn, and red food and drinks, like Hibiscus tea, red beans and rice, and red velvet cake.

COVID is back! Or that is what we’re being told anyway...

A recent spike in COVID cases has triggered the left's alarm bells, and the following institutions have begun to reinstate COVID-era mandates. You might want to avoid them if you enjoy breathing freely...

Do YOU think institutions should bring back COVID-era mandates if cases increase? Let us know your thoughts HERE.

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Both of Upstate Medical's hospitals in Syracuse, New York

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There was a time when both the Left and the Right agreed that parents have the final say in raising their children... Not anymore.

In the People's Republic of California, the STATE, not parents, will determine whether children should undergo transgender treatments. The California state legislature just passed a law that will require judges in child custody cases to consider whether parents support a child’s gender transition. According to the law, the state now thinks total affirmation is an integral part of a child’s “health, safety, and welfare.”

We are inching closer to a dystopia where the state, not the parents, have ultimate rights over their children, a history that people from former Soviet nations would feign repeating.

Glenn dove into the law AND MORE in this episode titled, "Parental Advisory: The EXPLICIT plot to control YOUR kids." To get all the research that went into this episode AND information on how YOU can fight back, enter your email address below:

If you didn't catch Wednesday night's Glenn TV special, be sure to check it out HERE!

The Biden admin has let in MORE illegal aliens than the populations of THESE 15 states

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There are currently an estimated 16.8 MILLION illegal aliens residing in the United States as of June 2023, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). This number is already 1.3 million higher than FAIR's January 2022 estimate of 15.5 million and a 2.3 million increase from its end-of-2020 estimate. Even Democrats like New York City's Mayor Adams Mayor Adams are waking up to what Conservatives have been warning for years: we are in a border CRISIS.

However, this isn't the same border crisis that Republicans were warning about back in 2010. In the first two years of the Biden administration alone, the illegal alien population increased by 16 PERCENT nationwide, imposing a whopping net cost of $150.6 BILLION PER YEAR on American taxpayers. That is nearly DOUBLE the total amount that the Biden administration has sent to Ukraine.

This isn't the same border crisis that Republicans were warning about back in 2010.

These large numbers often make it difficult to conceptualize the sheer impact of illegal immigration on the United States. To put it in perspective, we have listed ALL 15 states and the District of Colombia that have smaller populations than the 2.3 MILLION illegal immigrants, who have entered the U.S. under the Biden administration. That is more than the entire populations of Wyoming, Vermont, and South Dakota COMBINED—and the American taxpayers have to pay the price.

Here are all 16 states/districts that have FEWER people than the illegal immigrants who have entered the U.S. under the Biden administration.

1. New Mexico

Population: 2,110,011

2. Idaho

Population: 1,973,752

3. Nebraska

Population: 1,972,292

4. West Virginia

Population: 1,764,786

5. Hawaii

Population: 1,433,238

6. New Hampshire

Population: 1,402,957

7. Maine

Population: 1,393,442

8. Montana

Population: 1,139,507

9. Rhode Island

Population: 1,090,483

10. Delaware

Population: 1,031,985

11. South Dakota

Population: 923,484

12. North Dakota

Population: 780,588

13. Alaska

Population: 732,984

14. Washington DC

Population: 674,815

15. Vermont

Population: 647,156

16. Wyoming

Population: 583,279

POLL: Should the Government control the future of AI?

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Earlier this week, tech titans, lawmakers, and union leaders met on Capitol Hill to discuss the future of AI regulation. The three-hour meeting boasted an impressive roster of tech leaders including, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and others, along with more than 60 US Senators.

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The meeting was closed to the public, so what was exactly discussed is unknown. However, what we do know is that a majority of the CEOs support AI regulation, the most vocal of which is Elon Musk. During the meeting, Musk called AI "a double-edged sword" and strongly pushed for regulation in the interest of public safety.

A majority of the CEOs support AI regulation.

Many other related issues were discussed, including the disruption AI has caused to the job market. As Glenn has discussed on his program, the potential for AI to alter or destroy jobs is very real, and many have already felt the effects. From taxi drivers to Hollywood actors and writers, AI's presence can be felt everywhere and lawmakers are unsure how to respond.

The potential for AI to alter or destroy jobs is very real.

Ultimately, the meeting's conclusion was less than decisive, with several Senators making comments to the tune of "we need more time before we act." The White House is expected to release an executive order regarding AI regulation by the end of the year. But now it's YOUR turn to tell us what YOU think needs to be done!

Should A.I. be regulated?

Can the government be trusted with the power to regulate A.I.? 

Can Silicon Valley be trusted to regulate AI? 

Should AI development be slowed for safety, despite its potential advantages?

If a job can be done cheaper and better by AI, should it be taken away from a human?

Do you feel that your job is threatened by AI?