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Nkechi Taifa, Esq.,

My Reparations Victory: What Comes Before Word And Deed?

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Nkechi Taifa — The Ancestors know how to make things work. In their constant, cosmic blend between the invisible and the tangible, they have caused historic blinders to drop from the eyes of those who Martin Luther King might have called in an earlier time “white moderates.” Here’s some proof: last month, two organizations I am associated with — the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) and the Institute of…

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Museum of Preso Novos Cemetery

Cemetery for enslaved Africans in Brazil discovered, turned into museum

By Reparations

By Alexa Imani Spencer, Black Enterprise — A cemetery of enslaved Africans in Brazil has been discovered and turned into a museum after nearly 200 years. The cemetery site was discovered in the 1990s during a renovation of an abandoned house in Rio de Janeiro. According to Travel Noire, the homeowner, Merced Guimarães dos Anjos, said she and her husband decided to open the space to visitors once they found…

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African Americans were used as slave labour in California and other western US territories during the 1850s. (

The little-known story of how slavery infiltrated California and the American west

By Reparations

By Kevin Waite, The Conversation — The history of American slavery generally conjures a set of familiar images: sprawling plantations white with cotton, gangs of enslaved African Americans stooped low over the fields, bullwhips cracking in the summer heat. It’s a strictly southern story – or so we’re told. But that narrative misses a huge swath of the North American map and a crucial chapter in US history. American slavery…

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A mural is seen in the Fifth Ward in Evanston, Illinois.

Illinois city’s reparations plan was heralded – but locals say it’s a cautionary tale

By Reparations

Evanston was the first city to implement a plan to repair the harm caused by slavery – and what occurred there could set the tone for what may happen at a national level. By Kiran Misra, The Guardian — In March, Evanston, Illinois, beat the federal government to become the first to pass a reparations plan in America. It gained national attention, heralded by celebrities such as Danny Glover, who called the…

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Steve Bailey

Reparations, defund police, critical race theory? Read all about it, Charleston.

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By Steve Bailey, Post and Courier — On Tuesday, Charleston City Council will receive the recommendations that the Special Commission on Equity, Inclusion and Racial Conciliation spent more than a year developing. My question: Has anyone outside the commission actually read this stuff? A $100 million reparations fund for descendants of slaves and a guaranteed income fund indexed to the cost of living to all black residents who have lived…

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A receipt for the purchase of an 18-year-old enslaved woman named Jane for $4,300. The document was captured from a Confederate ship during the Civil War.

My ancestor was in the slave trade. As California considers reparations, what do I owe?

By Reparations

By Lois Requist, Desert Sun — The receipt for the sale of a 9-year-old girl. That, and Derek Chauvin’s knee on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, got my attention. Until these two events, I wasn’t sure what reparations had to do with me, a white woman who has always lived in the American West and who has abhorred the idea of slavery for as long as I’ve known about it….

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"Economic Justice" sign

The case for reparations has been made all the more clear by COVID-19

By Reparations

Black Americans have been much more vulnerable to COVID-19 due to the wealth gap and various socioeconomic inequities that are the result of centuries of segregation, discrimination and slavery. By Kelly Brown Douglas, RNS — The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare this country’s ongoing but often ignored pandemic of racial inequity. It has also clarified the long-neglected case for reparations. Influential author Ta-Nehisi Coates brought the idea of reparations back…

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The Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

Germany to pay $1.2 billion in reparations to Namibia

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By Abbey Ryan, OWP — In June, Germany offered Namibia more than one billion euros over 30 years as reparations for the 1904-1908 genocide and property theft of thousands of Ovaherero and Nama people. This offer comes after six years of negations between both bodies and Germany’s official recognition of the genocide in May. The Namibian government recognizes that 1.1 billion euros are not enough to “adequately address the initial…

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First community in Massachusetts adopts plan to pay reparations to descendants of slavery

First community in Massachusetts adopts plan to pay reparations to descendants of slavery

By Reparations

By Bob Dumas, Boston 25 News — The tragic death of George Floyd ignited calls for racial justice last year just as the pandemic revealed harsh disparities in health care and economic security. Now the discussion of reparations, the concept of acknowledging and compensating African Americans for slavery, is picking up steam. Slavery casts a long shadow over American history. It’s a debt many people of color said needs to…

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Groups from London, Preston, Manchester and other regions gathered in Brixton for a day of ‘non-violent direct action’.

Hundreds demand reparations for Windrush generation

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Event in Brixton, England marking end of slavery in British empire also hears calls for restored citizenship. By Isobel Frodsham and Eleanor Leith, PA Media— Hundreds of people have gathered in south London to call for reparations and restored citizenship for the Windrush generation and their descendants. The event, organised by a coalition of campaigning groups, was staged in Max Roach Park, Brixton, where the crowd listened to speeches expressing solidarity with…

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Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd (left) swore in the National Bar Association President Carlos Moore at the Capital Club in Jackson, Miss., on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

Black ‘New Deal,’ reparations vital after slavery, discrimination, National Bar leader says

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By Kayode Crown, Jackson Free Press — Newly sworn in National Bar Association President Carlos Moore said yesterday that he will champion the passage of various laws relating to voting rights, police reform and reparations. Moore will lead the 106-year-old organization of more than 65,000 predominantly African American lawyers, judges, law professors and law students for a one-year term. Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston L. Kidd swore Moore in as the 79th…

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A “Welcome to Evanston” sign on Ridge Avenue at Howard Street. The city has the first municipally funded reparations program in the nation.

I’ve never been prouder of Evanston, where reparations are now becoming reality

By Reparations

Evanston’s bold action has begun the prodigious process of repairing centuries of damage to Black people from the pernicious reality of racism. By Chicago Sun Times — In November 2019, Evanston passed the first municipally funded reparations program in the nation. Now, I have never been more hopeful about the possibility of reparations for America’s Black community, which has been denied nearly every significant advantage and opportunity for advancement throughout…

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