Vice Chair Eric Phillips will Represent the Commission
New York, NY — In a gesture of solidarity and support for the slavery reparations movement in the USA, the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) will participate in a national symposium on municipal reparations in Evanston, Illinois from Dec. 9-11, 2021.
Eric Phillips, one of the CMC’s three Vice Chairs, will represent the commission. Phillips is also the Chairman of Guyana’s National Reparations Committee, one of ten independent national reparations groups that comprise the Caribbean Commission.
“I am honored to be representing the CRC in this historic symposium and I look forward to observing and learning about the impressive progress being made by various municipal reparations initiatives in the US,” said Phillips.
“Generational justice and generational wealth creation can only be achieved through reparatory justice which is embodied in the US constitution through the words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,” added Phillips.
The Symposium will be convened by the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) under the leadership of Dr. Ron Daniels and hosted by FirstRepair, the organization founded by Robin Rue Simmons, the former Alderman credited with being the architect and champion of the Evanston Reparations Initiative. Evanston has gained national and international attention as the first city-wide reparations program in the United States.
Scores of community-based advocates/stakeholders, elected officials, academic and philanthropic partners working on municipal reparatory justice initiatives across the US are expected to attend the Evanston symposium.