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Brennan Scarlett, a former Central Catholic High School football standout and now a linebacker with the Houston Texans of the NFL, speaks out for racial justice on Friday, June 19 during a Black Lives Matter rally at Peninsula Park in observance of Juneteenth, In the wake of national and local protests over police brutality and racial injustice, Portland government leaders have declared Juneteenth a new annual paid holiday for city and county employees.

Brennan Scarlett, a former Central Catholic High School football standout and now a linebacker with the Houston Texans of the NFL, speaks out for racial justice on Friday, June 19 during a Black Lives Matter rally at Peninsula Park in observance of Juneteenth, In the wake of national and local protests over police brutality and racial injustice, Portland government leaders have declared Juneteenth a new annual paid holiday for city and county employees.

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Both the city of Portland and Multnomah County have made Juneteenth an official annual paid holiday for their employees, citing that this is a moment of reckoning for the history of anti-blackness and racism in Portland