By James Ford, PIX 11 News — Because many people aren’t aware of northern states’ history of slavery, and because the descendants of those enslaved people have drastically less wealth now than white Americans, some legislators and activists in New Jersey are redoubling efforts to set up a reparations task force. Bills have been introduced in both the state senate and the state assembly for the group to be organized. Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, a Democrat…
By Marcus Anthony Hunter, UCLA
A college town fired up reparations talk with $25K checks. Who's next?
By Shia Kapos
The global reparations movement: The greatest political tide of the 21st century
CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC)
It’s Time for Reparations and Transitional Justice for African Americans
By Joyce Hope Scott
Why reparations are always about more than money
By Kerry Whigham
NAARC praises Human Rights report — Says it will bolster reparations movement
National Reparations Commission Endorses Evanston as a National Model
Final Assessment and Recommendations Released
Jamaica seeks billions of pounds from U.K. over slavery reparations
By Katherine Fung
Why the Tulsa Race Massacre Is So Important to the Reparations Debate
11 U.S. Mayors Commit To Developing Pilot Projects For Reparations
An open letter to Rolling Stone
By Nkechi Taifa
Calling on white Americans: Reparations for slavery are due
By David Gardinier and Karen Hilfman
Press Conference: Faith Leaders Call on Congress to Pass HR-40
Streamed Live July 13, 2021
Communities across the country are talking about reparations. What about Kansas City?
UN rights boss urges 'wide range' of reparations over racism
What would reparations look like and why are they needed?
America’s first Black billionaire wants his reparations check, now
By Dion Rabouin
Reparations bill for Tulsa Race Massacre survivors introduced in Congress
By DeNeen L. Brown
A Black nonprofit got a 6-figure payment from someone whose family enslaved people
By Bill Chappell
Germany faced its horrible past. Can we do the same?
By Michele L. Norris
Did making “Juneteenth” a law open up a new door to Reparations?
By Thurston Renrick
Here’s what I tell teachers about how to teach young students about slavery
By Raphael E. Rogers
UN Rights Chief: Reparations needed for people facing racism
NAARC’s Preliminary 10 Point Reparations Program
A document for review, revision and adoption as a platform to guide the struggle for reparations for people of African descent in the U.S.
Seminary built on slavery and Jim Crow labor has begun paying reparations
By Will Wright
Tulsa Reparations proposal is part of a growing effort
By Joseph Lee
Tiffany Crutcher: What I told President Biden in Tulsa
As Juneteenth becomes a federal holiday, the US needs a culture of reparations
By Andre M. Perry and Rashawn Ray
California moves to consider reparations for slavery
By Don Thompson
White activist and group of progressives launch FFRN! initiative to support NAARC
City Council approves reparations resolution
An open Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanding the passing of HR-40
Vantage Point by Dr. Ron Daniels
Trans-Generational Epigenetic Injury is the Cause of the Higher Black Deaths from COVID-19
By Kamm Howard
Reparations, Juneteenth bills explained by Sen. Cory Booker
Reparations Now: A White Man’s Appeal For America To Pay What Is Due
By Seth Cohen
US: Congress Should Pass Reparations Bill
‘Why We Can’t Wait’ Campaign Builds on Unprecedented Support for HR 40 to Address Racial Injustice.
How the long fight for slavery reparations is slowly being won
By Kris Manjapra
Reparations will cure the racial wealth gap
By Antonia Williams-Gary
AOC wants coronavirus ‘reparations’ for minority communities
Rapper T.I. Demands Lloyd’s of London Pay Reparations to Descendants of Slaves
BET founder calls for $14 trillion of reparations for slavery
California Black Caucus Chair Introduces “Reparations” Bill
'Why We Can't Wait' Danny Glover’s Statement in Support of HR-40
The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Demand for Reparations
A Statement by NAARC
Working on a National Plan for Reparations
NowThis releases a powerful video on HR-40 featuring interviews with Cong. Sheila Jackson Lee and Dr. Ron Daniels
There’s a black student loan-debt crisis and it needs an urgent solution. How about reparations?
Original Sins & Reparations
A discussion about reparations for Black Americans as an important part of rebuilding democracy in the U.S.
Panelists Make Case for Reparations at Harvard Event
The Faith Community Declares Reparations and HR-40 in an Overdue Season
Who Should Receive Reparations and In What Forms?
A major statement by NAARC with an addendum on the Coronavirus Pandemic
Lawmaker Wants to Open a Dialogue About Reparations in Md.
'This was supposed to be reparations' Why is LA's cannabis industry devastating black entrepreneurs?
Reparation bill becomes real as it heads to the house and senate
A Letter to President Macron: Reparations Before Restitution
Black Christian leaders push for slavery reparations
Can Reparations help us to re-envision international development?
Digital archives helping to preserve slave records
Democrat candidate in Mississippi calls for reparations
Notre Dame University hosts panel on reparations, reconciliation
Deval Patrick to unveil reparations as part of black economic agenda
San Francisco needs to establish a reparations fund
The movement to hijack Black identity and weaken Black unity. By Jessica Ann Mitchell Aiwuyor
Evanston Reparations panel looks toward expansion
Evanston outlines plan for reparations
- National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC)
- CBC 2015: NAARC Rolls out Preliminary 10-Point Plan
- Download NAARC’s Preliminary 10-Point Reparations Plan (PDF)
- 2015 Nat’l/Int’l Reparations Summit Final Communiqué
- N’COBRA HR 40 Primer — Seize the Time!
- CARICOM Reparations Ten-Point Plan
- CARICOM Reparations Commission Calls for a Marshall Plan for the Caribbean
- The CRR Media Conference on the British Treasury’s Slavery Loan
- H.R.40 – Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act (Congress.gov)
- M4BL Reparations Toolkit (PDF)
Featured Reparations Videos
September 7, 2020 — A Black Labor Day Forum “The Theft of Black Labor and Extraction of Black Wealth: How the Exploitation and Oppression of Black People Built Capitalist America – The Case for Reparations and HR-40”.
September 6, 2020 — A Labor Day Weekend Conversation on Reparations with the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC). Hosted by Fund for Reparations NOW! (FFRN!).
Recent Reparations Posts
Recent reparations news and articles. View all reparations posts here.
KC mayor joins leaders across the country in exploring opportunities for reparations. By Bianca Beltrán, KMBC News — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas is joining 10 mayors across the country in a pledge to pay reparations for slavery in their communities. Their goal is to provide examples of programs the federal government can invest in. “I firmly believe that Black people are owed reparations not only for the transgressions of…
By Naomi Prioleau, BPR — Durham is showing what providing reparations for slavery could look like by actually trying to do it. The city’s budget for the next fiscal year includes $6 million that will go toward green and equitable infrastructure in historically Black neighborhoods. Durham intends to allocate money every year going forward. Mayor Steve Schewel says he wants to see the reparations efforts at the city level replicated…
By Scott Merzbach, Daily Hampshire Gazette — Amherst is establishing a reparations fund that will be used for making restitution to Black residents for past harms against them and leading to a process of reconciliation. The Town Council Monday voted 12-1 in favor of setting up a special purpose stabilization fund for reparations. No money is yet in the account, though a plan was recently presented by town finance officials…
By Glenn Gamboa — Reparations, Earl Lewis says, are not about the past. Rather, they are very much about the present, says the founding director of the University of Michigan Center for Social Solutions. Earlier this year, he notes, Evanston, Illinois, became the first U.S. city to pay eligible Black residents restitution for previous city policies that were racist. And, he says, reparations can be part of the future. This…
By The Associated Press — Eleven U.S. mayors, from Los Angeles to tiny Tullahassee, Oklahoma, have pledged to pay reparations for slavery to a small group of Black residents in their cities, saying their aim is to set an example for the federal government on how a nationwide program could work. The mayors had no details on how much it would cost, who would pay for it or how people…
Thousands of Jews in Israel get reparations for expulsion and persecution, yet Israel denies the same for Palestinians. By Jane Hirschmann, Truthout — I am a first-generation American. My Jewish parents fled Germany as the horrors of the Holocaust were unfolding. They left behind family who perished in camps and were killed as they fled from their homes while being chased and shot at by Nazis. My great-grandfather, grandfather and…
It’s worth exploring if Congress and the President just inadvertently opened up fresh new legal avenues for reparations by passing Juneteenth and calling Tulsa a “massacre”. By Thurston Renrick, The Be Note — It was 120 years after the first “Juneteenth” that I remember the first time I learned about Juneteenth. It was 1985 during a college recruiting trip to Texas. While the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln in…
Black Freedmen in Tulsa hope the national attention on the Greenwood massacre means that more Americans are willing to reckon with the scale of the country’s sins. By Joseph Lee, BuzzFeed — Growing up, Kristi Williams always wondered why her great-aunt Janie Edwards avoided shopping in Tulsa. The family lived nearby in the suburb of Broken Arrow, which is about a 20-minute drive away. Tulsa offered more options, better deals,…
By Andre M. Perry and Rashawn Ray, The Brookings Institution — There is a widespread belief that reparations for Black people is too tough a pill to swallow for most Americans. Even those who support reparations say we should pursue only a narrowly tailored congressional act, eschewing smaller-scale, municipal, state, and institutional programs. Such self-imposed limitations dismiss the legitimate claims for real damages that states, cities, universities, churches, and companies…