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Reparations study proposal advances in High Point, North Carolina

By Reparations

By Paul B. Johnson, The High Point Enterprise, N.C. — The city moved closer to the formation of a reparation commission to address the history of local racial discrimination and injustice after a proposal by the High Point NAACP was unanimously endorsed by a City Council committee Wednesday. The High Point City Council’s Prosperity and Livability Committee recommendation to form a reparations commission will go to the full council for…

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Vantage Point: The Biden Agenda and Black America with Special Guest Tavis Smiley

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, August 30, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Tavis Smiley. Topic The Biden Agenda and Black America Special Guest Tavis Smiley, President/CEO, KBLA, 1580 AM, Progressive Talk Radio, Los Angeles, CA Plus The Professor on the Soap Box Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) —…

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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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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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Gentrification: A State of Emergency In Black America – The Case of Crenshaw in LA

By Gentrification, News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, July 12, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Damien Goodman. Topic Gentrification: A State of Emergency in Black America The Case of the Crenshaw Subway Coalition Special Guest Damien Goodman, Executive Director, Crenshaw Subway Coalition, Los Angeles, CA Plus The Professor on the Soap Box Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM,…

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Environmental Academy

How the meticulous bookkeeping of two sisters led to reparations for Black people across the country

By Reparations

One program that benefited helps expose D.C. teenagers to nature, often for the first time. By Theresa Vargas, The Washington Post — The teenagers show up each Saturday to explore patches of nature in a city where it’s easy to forget so much greenery exists. Some of the middle-schoolers who come have grown up exploring the outdoors with relatives and learning the names of the wildlife around them. But most…

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Cynthia Kain and Gunnar Eggertsson

What the Pandemic Has Stolen from Black America

By Editors' Choice

By Perter Jamison, The Washington Post — The boy is perhaps 8 or 9 years old. In the black-and-white photo, his face is frozen in an open-mouthed grin, his small arms tucked respectfully behind his back. He stands alone, a Black child in dark slacks and a light, collared shirt. Pine trees rise in the blurry background, dark slashes against an overexposed sky. The second boy, who holds the photograph,…

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Priscilla Giles

The country’s first municipal reparations program is off to a rocky start

By Reparations

A few months into a reparations program, Evanston, Illinois, is facing pushback from community members and legal pressure from conservative nonprofits. By Michela Moscufo Recently, Priscilla Giles, a retired teacher of English as a second language in Chicago Public Schools, said she has been feeling something “between sad and angry.” Three months ago the city of Evanston, Illinois, where Giles was born and raised, approved the first local reparations program in the country….

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100 years after the Tulsa Race Massacre, lessons from my grandfather

By Editors' Choice

By Gregory B. Fairchild — When Viola Fletcher, 107, appeared before Congress in May 2021, she called for the nation to officially acknowledge the Tulsa race riot of 1921. I know that place and year well. As is the case with Fletcher – who is one of the last living survivors of the massacre, which took place when she was 7 – the terror of the Tulsa race riot is something that has been…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Does the Arc Bend Toward Justice: From Tulsa to George Floyd

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Just one year ago, George Floyd was brutally murdered on the streets of Minneapolis at the hands of a rabid “law enforcement” officer who kept his knee to the defenseless man’s neck for nearly ten minutes. Now, President Biden will meet with the Floyd family, rallies and gatherings headlined by Rev. Al Sharpton and others have been held in Minneapolis, and all over the country, people…

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Slaves on Edisto Island, South Carolina in 1862

Reparations would shake up American capitalism – and that’s a good thing

By Reparations

Paying compensation to the descendants of slaves would not just right a historic wrong, it would transform the US economy for the better. By Aaron White, openDemocracy — When I was a child, I used to visit my Viennese grandmother in the rent-controlled apartment on New York’s Upper West Side that she had been living in for nearly 50 years. I remember the intoxicating smells of sizzling schnitzel and her…

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