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Juneteenth reflections: Nelson M. Polite Jr.

Juneteenth reflections: Nelson M. Polite Jr.

Nelson Polite Jr. (Source: Provided) Juneteenth’s meaning When I think of Juneteenth I am reminded of the American Civil War when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, effective Jan. 1, 1863, freeing all enslaved persons in the Confederate States of America. This news reached Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. However the Juneteenth Proclamation

Juneteenth reflections: Ismail Smith-Wade-El

Juneteenth reflections: Ismail Smith-Wade-El

Ismail Smith-Wade-El (Source: Provided) Juneteenth, to me, is the most American holiday. July 4 is an incomplete independence day, though they all are, really. Every day that we celebrate a step closer to true justice and freedom for all people in this country, we mark also how much further we have to go. Be it

News: Friday, June 18

News: Friday, June 18

Some of the speakers who participated in the raising of the Juneteenth flag at Lancaster City Hall on Friday, June 18, 2021. From left: NAACP Lancaster President Blanding Watson; Ted Darcus, former City Council President and former executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs; City Council President Ismail Smith-Wade-El; former County

CWS Lancaster to host World Refugee Day events (video)

CWS Lancaster to host World Refugee Day events (video)

(Source: CWS Lancaster) Church World Service Lancaster is honoring the 20th annual World Refugee Day with a virtual community gathering and an in-person concert. The virtual gathering, “Stronger Together,” is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17. The hour will feature remarks Omar Mohamed, author of “When Stars Are Scattered,” a short

Black Artist Waystation: Read the featured artists’ personal statements

Black Artist Waystation: Read the featured artists’ personal statements

(Source: YWCA Lancaster) YWCA Lancaster is premiering its Black Artist Waystation this weekend as part of the Lancaster community’s recognition of Juneteenth. The project is a first of its kind for the nonprofit. Its goal “is to be a catalyst for artists who create works that define the movement toward freedom and recognize the many

Lancaster LGBTQ+ health consortium is on the way

Lancaster LGBTQ+ health consortium is on the way

Participants in the LGBTQ+ Vaccine Clinic “Vogue, Vaccines & Visibility” celebrate the event on Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Source: Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition) Central Pennsylvania lacks a network of advanced providers to coordinate comprehensive care for the LGBTQ+ community. The new Lancaster LGBTQ+ health consortium plans to change that. The consortium is spearheaded by Dr. Sharee

By the numbers: Covid-19 going, going, but not quite gone

By the numbers: Covid-19 going, going, but not quite gone

The collapse of the pandemic in Lancaster County has been so steep in the past two weeks that our research group thought it worthwhile to share the positive news of what is happening now, rather than at month’s end. All significant measures of the virus have trended down to levels not seen since the first

Thursday, June 17

Thursday, June 17

Former Pa. governor and U.S. secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge. (Source: Ridge-Lane Limited Partners) Headlines: • New F&M poll reveals Covid-19 concern, support for modifying election law: Only 7% of respondents named Covid-19 as Pennsylvania’s most important problem, compared to 31% in March. (Source: LNP) The poll also found a majority of Pennsylvania registered voters

Lancaster NAACP to host Juneteenth vigil, more

Lancaster NAACP to host Juneteenth vigil, more

(Source: NAACP Lancaster) The Lancaster chapter of the NAACP, in partnership with numerous community organizations, has planned a full slate of events to mark Juneteenth this Saturday. The day will kick off with a “celebration and vigil,” running from 10:45 a.m. to 12 noon in the Broad Street parking lot at Thaddeus Stevens College of

Certified medical assistant Roselinn Colon-Zayas administers the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to Jessica Abino-Santiago at Union Community Care's 802 New Holland Ave. office  on Friday, June 11, 2021. (Source: Union Community Care)

United Way of Lancaster County seeks nonprofits to help overcome vaccine hesitancy

Certified medical assistant Roselinn Colon-Zayas administers the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to Jessica Abino-Santiago at Union Community Care’s 802 New Holland Ave. office on Friday, June 11, 2021. (Source: Union Community Care) The United Way of Lancaster County is inviting local grassroots nonprofit organizations to help local health care providers bring Covid-19 vaccines to underserved populations.

Commissioners issue Lancaster County’s first Juneteenth proclamation

Commissioners issue Lancaster County’s first Juneteenth proclamation

Blanding Watson, president, NAACP Lancaster, reads a statement about Juneteenth during a Lancaster County commissioners meeting on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. In the background are Joshua Hunter, program director, Crispus Attucks Community Center; and Vanessa Philbert, CEO, Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, Crispus Attucks’ parent organization. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Lancaster County on Wednesday recognized

News: Wednesday, June 16

News: Wednesday, June 16

Presdient Joe Biden with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on June 15. (Source: White House) Headlines: • Pa. bill barring vaccine passports, curbing secretary of health’s power advances: Under the proposed law, public entities like school districts and counties would not be able to require vaccine passports.

Community First using $3M Wells Fargo grant to boost equitable small business lending

Community First using $3M Wells Fargo grant to boost equitable small business lending

Community FIrst Fund’s Lancaster headquarters, 51 S. Duke St. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Lancaster-based nonprofit lender Community First Fund is stepping up its loans to local businesses recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic –  with backing from Wells Fargo. This spring, Community First received $3 million from Wells Fargo through the company’s “Open for Business” initiative. The

YWCA Lancaster announces Black Artist Waystation Juneteenth events

YWCA Lancaster announces Black Artist Waystation Juneteenth events

(Source: YWCA Lancaster) YWCA Lancaster’s “Black Artist Waystation” project has announced its Juneteenth presentations. Four “Exemplar” artists were selected from 28 nominees, with each receiving $500 honorariums, the organization said. “The Black Artist Waystation’s goal is to be a catalyst for artists who create works that define the movement toward freedom and recognize the many

Pa. lawmakers reintroduce bill adding LGBTQ civil rights protections

Pa. lawmakers reintroduce bill adding LGBTQ civil rights protections

From left, state Reps. Jessica Benham, Malcolm Kenyatta and Brian Sims, the three openly gay members of the state legislature, speak about the Fairness Act during a news conference at the state Capitol on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (Source: Pa.gov) Gov. Tom Wolf, state Democratic lawmakers and LGBTQ+ advocates on Tuesday announced the reintroduction of

News: Tuesday, June 15

News: Tuesday, June 15

Pa. Sen. Scott Martin (Source: senatorscottmartinpa.com) Headlines: • Lancaster County education leaders oppose Sen. Scott Martin’s school reform bill: All 16 superintendents and several teacher union presidents sent a letter to Sen. Martin opposing his bill, which would ease the expansion of charter schools in the state. (Source: LNP) • Pa. state lawmaker to propose bill

News: Monday, June 14

News: Monday, June 14

The mural at the intersection of Crystal and First Streets in Lancaster city. (Source: Lancaster Public Art) Headlines: • Some LGH nursing staff protesting mandatory Covid-19 vaccine requirement: Even though about 2/3 of nursing staff at the medical center are vaccinated, there are some who are protesting the vaccine and the mandatory vaccination policy.  (Source:

United Way, state government partner on ‘LIVE PA’ vaccine equity initiative

United Way, state government partner on ‘LIVE PA’ vaccine equity initiative

In this file photo, nurse Veronica DeJesus administers the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to her colleague, patient access specialist Isamar Alvarez, early on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, at Lancaster Health Center, now Union Community Care. (Source: Provided) Lancaster will be part of a pilot program to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to underserved and hard-to-reach populations, Gov. Tom