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Virginia Democrats Recognize #Juneteenth: “While we celebrate that freedom, there is so much more work ahead.”


See below for recognition of Juneteenth from Virginia Democrats. As Sen. Tim Kaine puts it: “today we celebrate #Juneteenth and the liberty it represents, but we also acknowledge that now, 154 years later, Black Americans are still facing real barriers to freedom.” Exactly.

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Karl Frisch is celebrating Juneteenth Day.

Today we celebrate Juneteenth, the day that slaves in the Confederacy learned of their freedom. There is much more work to be done as our country continues to struggle with, and too often ignores, the legacy of injustice and discrimination that the black community has endured.

Our schools should teach the truth about our history as a commonwealth and country. The Confederacy should not be celebrated in our curriculum or commemorated in the names of our schools.

We must also address resource and discipline disparities that disproportionately impact students of color and work harder to recruit and retain teachers and administrators that resemble the diverse communities they serve.

There is undoubtedly more that can and should be done. As a school board member, my mind and heart will be open to additional suggestions from the community as we work to build a school system where everyone is valued, and equity is a priority.

Dear Friends;
On June 19th, 1865, freed slaves celebrated upon finally hearing the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. We must never forget that Freedom was hard fought on battle fields not far from our homes. I believe that freedom often comes first wrapped in knowledge. That’s why I continue to work hard to make sure every child has access to excellent education.
I hope that we all celebrate this day and after a little rest from the school board endorsement and primary process, let’s gather to work toward excellent education for all of our students. Our opponents have a full slate and have hit the ground running. With your help, we will win this battle for access to knowledge and excellent education in Fairfax County.
Karen Keys-Gamarra
Fairfax County School Board Member at Large
Candidate for Re-Election


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