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Happy Juneteenth

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Your DGB for today is to celebrate and learn about Juneteenth.

On this day in 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was declared, freedom for enslaved people in Texas finally arrived when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued this statement:

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

Little did he know that he would be creating the annual holiday to celebrate the emancipation from slavery.

What we want you to do today is to learn more about Juneteenth, first by reading The History of Juneteenth: http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm and then by taking up a few other suggestions from the Juneteenth website, such as planning a special meal with your family, or discussing diversity initiatives at work. http://www.juneteenth.com/howtocelebrate.htm No matter how we choose to celebrate Juneteenth, it’s important that we know the history of this date and share it with others. Our country is once again going through a horrific period of human rights violations and we can’t learn from our past if we don’t even know it.

 

#DGB #TBT Recycle Holiday Decor

Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to dispose of your holiday decorations responsibly.

If you’re like us at DGB, the warm feelings you had toward your holiday decorations have waned and you’re ready to throw them out the front door.

Last year’s list of resources for socially-conscious disposal can be found here: https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2016/12/29/dispose-of-holiday-decorations-responsibly and you could see a tiger play with your Christmas tree.

Or find some other cool ideas in this article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/26/us/christmas-tree-recycling.html

 

#DGB #TBT Thanksgiving Table-talk

Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to refresh your memory on how to talk about politics over your mom’s green bean casserole.

It’s been almost a year now since that first turkey day after The Election That Shall Not Be Named, when the wound was oh-so-fresh and so was our desire to leap across the table and stab Aunt Mildred with a fork for her Trump vote. It’s been a fun year, huh? [cue hysterical laughter] The feelings of shock may have faded, but now we have a laundry list of ways the Trump administration has been every bit the nightmare we feared, plus a few we didn’t see coming. And many of us STILL have to break bread this holiday season with the MAGA crowd. So it’s a good idea to remind ourselves how to have discussions that might make a real impact.

The staff here at Daily Grab Back will be doing the same. And we will be counting our blessings, not the least of which are all you Grabbers who take the time to make a difference - thank you. As for you, Aunt Mildred? You’re still on our naughty list.