June 20, 2018
by Rep. Ryan Guillen
In 1865, General Gordon Granger read aloud the contents of "General Order No. 3," announcing the total emancipation of those held as slaves in the state of Texas. Most of us learn in school that, while President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, it was not enforced in Texas. Thus, June 19, 1865, or "Juneteenth" as we know it, marked the day the last of the slaves were freed in America and a turning point for unity in our country. Over 150 years later, however, our country remains torn by a different social-political divide.
Texas ranks among the lowest in terms of state rankings for bipartisanship. However, studies show that bipartisan bills in the Texas Legislature had a higher likelihood of passing. We're proud to say we had a few of those, but more importantly, we stand by our commitment to pursuing bipartisan efforts to keep our state moving forward.
Uniting For A Cause
I am truly blessed to be father to two little girls, and I hope everyone had a chance to celebrate the important fathers in their lives last weekend. Some children here in Texas, however, spent Father's Day separated from their parents. These children are facing a tragic crisis as they've been thrust into an international-political battleground that has recently drawn much attention. In the spirit of unity, anyone seeking to assist a child in need can find a list of opportunities here.
Improving From Within
President Lincoln once said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." If we hope to improve our country, let's start by improving ourselves and our communities. Working together, we can achieve a better tomorrow.