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John Palfrey, MacArthur Foundation

MacArthur president backs reparations in City Club address

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John Palfrey cites an urgent need for powerful institutions to confront racial injustice. By David Roeder, Chicago Sun Times — The president of Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation, citing a “fierce urgency” to correct racial injustice, Wednesday emphasized the organization’s support of reparations for African Americans and called on others to join the cause. John Palfrey, in a streamed address to members of the City Club of Chicago, said the pandemic’s job…

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Caricom fights for reparations with help from Africa

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By Bert Wilkinson, Amsterdam News — With the Black Lives Matter movement growing in worldwide recognition, Caribbean Community nations are seeking to cash in on its influence and are tweaking their tactics to make European nations like Britain and France pay reparations for the brutal trans-Atlantic slave trade that had costs the lives of millions of Africans. In recent weeks, leaders have decided to not only pursue legal battles with…

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Members of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century met at the IBW’s National Office in Baltimore on May 4 & 5, 2018

Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) awarded MacArthur funds supporting an equitable recovery

By News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements, Reparations

The grant will enhance IBW’s capacity to advance Racial Justice Field Support, with a focus on building Black power. Functioning as a good faith convener/facilitator. IBW is committed to developing and supporting collaborative structures to overcome internal disorganization in Black communities by encouraging networking, information-sharing and collective action. Strengthening the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) is a priority in terms of bolstering the growing reparations movement in the U.S….

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Black Detroiters marching for racial justice.

Detroit City Council debates ballot initiative for reparations for Black residents

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By Steve Neavling, Metro Times (Detroit) — Detroit City Council is weighing a proposal that would bring Black residents closer to receiving long-awaited reparations for systemic racial discrimination. If approved, the proposal, sponsored by Council President Pro Ten Mary Sheffield, would ask voters in November, “Should the City of Detroit establish a Reparations Committee to make recommendations for housing and economic development programs that address historical discrimination against the Black…

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Malcolm Turner and his brother Robert Turner listen during a Prayer Wall memorial gathering at the AME Church in the Greenwood district during commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre on May 31, 2021 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The faith community can help pass a reparations bill

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H.R. 40 has more momentum than ever and people of faith must help encourage its passage. By Jason L. Miller, The Hill — Last summer, after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and the subsequent protests across the country, I thought a lot about how as a person of faith and as a white male I could better advocate for people of color. Reading “White…

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The Global Reparations Movement: The Greatest Political Tide of the 21st Century

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Statement by the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) — The CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) welcomes recent developments in the movement for reparatory justice, especially in the Caribbean and across the United States, and the wide media coverage of the movement in the aftermath of the globalization of the Black Lives Matter campaign. Rastafari, civil society organizations, and prominent public figures in the Caribbean like Hon. Michael Lester “Mike” Henry and Hon….

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A 1780 engraving of an Englishman selling his mistress into slavery in Barbados.

Secrets of rebel slaves in Barbados will finally be revealed

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British Library releases vast trove of digitised 19th-century newspapers to bring stories of fugitives to life By Vanessa Thorpe, The Guardian — Little is yet known of Bussa, the man behind the largest slave revolt on Barbados in 1816, but information about his life before this uprising could well lie in the columns of contemporary island newspapers. So too may further clues about what happened to Benebah, a pregnant black woman who…

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Nkechi Taifa, Esq.,

3 things wrong with “10 things we get wrong about reparations”: An open letter to Rolling Stone from an advocate for H.R. 40, the federal reparations bill

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Dear Rolling Stone Editors: The day I discovered the commentary you ran — which was Tuesday, in the morning — I was poised to participate in a Washington, D.C. press conference with some of America’s most progressive faith leaders who had gathered to push Congress to pass H.R. 40, proposed legislation that would study and develop reparations proposals for African Americans, before the Congress’ August recess. As the 2022 midterm elections loom,…

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Queen Elizabeth visiting Jamaica

Jamaica seeks billions of pounds from U.K. over slavery reparations

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“Our African ancestors were forcibly removed from their home and suffered unparalleled atrocities in Africa to carry out forced labor to the benefit of the British Empire,” Culture Minister Olivia By Katherine Fung, Newsweek — Jamaica is seeking billions of pounds in reparations from Britain as compensation for the Atlantic slave trade during its time as a British colony. “We are hoping for reparatory justice in all forms that one…

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Jamaica plans to seek reparations from Britain over slavery

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By Kate Chappell, Reuters — Jamaica plans to ask Britain for compensation for the Atlantic slave trade in the former British colony, a senior government official said, under a petition that could seek billions of pounds in reparations. Jamaica was a centre of the slave trade, with the Spanish, then the British, forcibly transporting Africans to work on plantations of sugar cane, bananas and other crops that created fortunes for…

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Michelle Bachelet

UN rights boss urges ‘wide range’ of reparations over racism

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BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief on Monday urged countries to “fully fund comprehensive processes” and take “a wide range of reparations measures” to address the legacies of slavery, colonial rule and racial discrimination. Michelle Bachelet presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council a landmark report launched after the killing of George Floyd in the United States and released last month. A year in the making, it hopes to build…

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Members of the Oregon Senate discuss a resolution on April 15, 2021

The people have spoken: Reparations rise to no. 1 priority issue in Congressional Black Caucus poll

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By Ann Brown, The Moguldom Nation — Does the U.S. want reparations for Native Black Americans? The Congressional Black Caucus wanted to know. Respondents answered “yes. The CBC ran a poll on Twitter asking, “Which legislative priority of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) do you want to hear more about and remain the most important to you?” Respondents could choose one of the following: Reparations, voting rights, the George Floyd…

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