June 20, 2020                                

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U.S. Congressional Candidate Phil Ehr Releases Statement about Juneteenth and the Importance of Racial Equality


PENSACOLA, FL — Phil Ehr, candidate for U.S. Congress challenging Florida’s Matt Gaetz (R-FL1), releases the following statement on Juneteenth and the importance of dealing with race relations in America.

The civil unrest in our country is simply the expression of the mountain of emotions that come from the racial injustice that still persists in America today.

This year, as Black Lives Matter protests continue across the country and many companies have made Juneteenth a day off for employees, it is simply not enough. Even when I look at states like New York and Virginia that have announced plans to make Juneteenth a paid holiday for state employees, I recognize that this is not enough.

My own state of Florida has a proclamation for Juneteenth, but this is far from being enough as the date is not recognized as a State holiday.

I stand with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) as she plans to introduce legislation making Juneteenth a national holiday.

The Emancipation Proclamation is foundational to our American ideals and was the beginning of the repentance process. Yet, 155 years later, our nation continues to fall short.

I am committed to ensuring that as a nation we manifest ourselves in the principles and purpose that all men are truly created equal. We can not have systems masquerading as one — two education systems, two criminal justice systems, or even two banking systems — and expect to progress in the 21st century. Abraham Lincoln called it right — a house divided cannot stand. We are better than this and we must close the racial divide in our country.


About Phil Ehr:
Phil Ehr is a retired U.S. Navy commander and the Democratic nominee challenging Matt Gaetz for Florida’s 1st Congressional District. Phil is a husband, father, community volunteer, and veteran who rose from Seaman to Commander in a 26-year active duty career. Phil flew reconnaissance missions in the Cold War, Desert Storm, and the Balkans. He provided strategic advice to senior leaders in Washington, London, and NATO in the post Cold War and post 9/11 eras. Phil is fighting to restore honor and integrity to Northwest Florida’s representation. With your help, we will prevent, prepare for, and respond to the next national crisis.  We will build an economy that’s fair for working people, families, and small business, cradle to grave. We will correct failing policies on health care, education, the environment, and public safety. We will advance freedom, equality, liberty, and justice for all. We will fight corruption and incompetence to restore trust in American leadership.