# Civil rights
American Civil Rights Activist Fred Korematsu (1919 - 2005)
Fred Korematsu was born in Oakland, California, on January 30, 1919. After graduating high school, he wored as a shipyard welder, a job he was fired from after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. That horrific attack turned the United States against its Japanese-American citizens.
Supporting Formerly Incarcerated Individuals: Simple Ways to Get Involved During April's 'Second Chance Month'
As mentioned in the White House proclamation on March 31, 2022, "Second Chance Month" is celebrated during April. It is meant to "reaffirm the importance of helping formerly incarcerated people re-enter society." In so many words, the celebration seeks to give opportunities to former inmates in the form of jobs, resources, training, and skills to support them in re-entering society following a period of incarceration.[i]
Opinion: I will not pledge allegiance to the flag.
*This is a work of nonfiction and opinion based on actual events and opinion I experienced firsthand; used with permission. Since the fourth grade, I’ve had a problem with The Pledge of Allegiance.
Kentucky Senate Bill 337 Protects from Electronic Discrimination
While the Kentucky legislature, General Assembly, is still in session for 2022, Governor Andy Brashear has passed a plethora of bills, covering the interest of the Commonwealth citizens. Laws have covered education and healthcare, to regulating licensing requirements for Certified Professional Accountants (CPAs). On March 11, 2022, the Commonwealth of Kentucky created Senate Bill 337 (SB 337).
Aurora makes Juneteenth a paid holiday for city employees
(Aurora, Colo.) The Aurora City Council voted Monday to make Juneteenth a paid holiday for its workers. But the council also took a paid holiday away. Employees no longer will get the day after Thanksgiving off with pay. Several council members said recognizing Juneteenth is critical, but they did not want to give employees an eleventh paid day off.
Aurora considers making Juneteenth a paid holiday
(Aurora, Colo.) Aurora City Council will consider making Juneteenth the city's 11th paid holiday on Feb. 14. The council briefly discussed the issue during its Feb. 7 study session. Most council members supported recognizing the holiday, but some worried about the cost of giving employees the day off.
Clear Creek County considers Mount Evans name change
(Georgetown, Colo.) After several years of being unable to decide on a moniker, those wanting to change the name of Mount Evans may finally have their chance. The Clear Creek County Commission will discuss a proposal to rename Mount Evans "Mount Blue Sky" at its March 1 meeting.
The Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center in Scottsboro, Alabama
For those not familiar with the history of The Scottsboro Boys, here is a history lesson. The Scottsboro Boys were nine black teenagers falsely accused of raping two white women aboard a train near Scottsboro, Alabama, in 1931. The trials and repeated retrials of the Scottsboro Boys sparked an international uproar and produced two landmark U.S. Supreme Court verdicts, even as the defendants were forced to spend years battling the courts and enduring the harsh conditions of the Alabama prison system. https://www.history.com/topics/great-depression/scottsboro-boys.
Celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 93rd birthday.
The weekend in various parts of the nation will go on to celebrate the birthday of one of the prominent leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. January 15th marks the 93rd birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had he been alive today.