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Repaying the debt owed to Black people requires a democratic and reparative economy

By News & Current Affairs

The entire racial capitalist system that extracts labor and blood from Black lives must go. By Dr. Ron Daniels, Rev. Ronald Galvin — America owes Black folks. The modern-day prophet Ta-Nahesi Coates, drawing on the wisdom and generations-old fight of Black freedom fighters such as Mother Callie House, James Forman, Randall Robinson, and the Malcolm X grassroots movement, cogently made the case in his seminal article, “The Case for Reparations”,…

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40 Acres and A Mule - Reparations

Radical Reparations

By Reparations

By Marcus Anthony Hunter, UCLA, USA For more than four hundred years, four thousand months, and two hundred million minutes, the United States of America has been living with and in the sin of slavery. Abolished yet alive, as many activists and scholars have demonstrated, slavery in one form or another has persisted and lingered like an untreated virus, constantly spreading and infecting even as many claim its death occurred back when…

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The Black-white wealth gap left Black households more vulnerable

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Emily Moss, Kriston McIntosh, Wendy Edelberg, and Kristen E. Broady— The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted devastating effects on the U.S. economy, with job losses  especially concentrated among women, minorities, and low-wage workers. Economists have described the uneven and unequal economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession as a “K-shaped” recovery, characterized by divergent recovery trajectories for the affluent relative to those of less means. While considerable attention has been devoted to examining the…

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Protest outside the Minnesota State Capitol demanding reparations, St Paul MN, June 19 2020.

It’s Time for Reparations and Transitional Justice for African Americans

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

The country needs truth-telling and acceptance of our moral, legal, political, and sociocultural responsibilities. By Joyce Hope Scott, BU Today — This is a transformative moment in history in the United States as well as in the rest of the world. Despite myths of a post-racial society as a result of many positive social transformations, we are today again forced to examine our inheritance of America’s great sin—slavery and its…

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Mayor pro tem and North Ward Council Member D.D. Adams says the time is right for Winston-Salem to move forward on reparations

Reparations for Black residents should be on city agenda, says Winston-Salem’s mayor pro tem

By Reparations

By Wesley Young, Winston-Salem Journal — Mayor pro tem and North Ward Council Member D.D. Adams says the time is right for Winston-Salem to move forward on reparations for its Black citizens for slavery, years of Jim Crow and other racial inequities. Adams brought forward the idea in this month’s meeting of a committee she chairs on the Winston-Salem City Council. Adams says she knows it is a controversial concept….

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Thank You For The Symbolic Gestures But Black People Need Reparations

By Reparations

If the U.S. ever wants to move forward and right the wrongs of its past, there must not only be a public acknowledgement of the crimes committed against Black people, but there must be programs in place to serve as a form of restitution. By Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes — America is finally waking up from its 400-year slumber and an honest acknowledgement of racism is happening. The public’s opinion…

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Dr. Destiny Thomas

Urbanism is Complicit in Infra-Structural Racism — And Reparations Have a Place in the Built Environment

By Reparations

By Destiny Thomas — Municipal placemaking has long been an active effort to displace and erase Black people. The horrific murder of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police in a no-knock raid — which a recent lawsuit alleges was part of a targeted effort to clear her neighborhood to make way for a multi-million dollar redevelopment project — is just the most recent and infamous example of that violence. Our homes, infrastructure, streetscapes,…

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National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC)

National Reparations Commission Endorses Evanston as a National Model – Final Assessment and Recommendations Released

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

New York, NY — Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener of the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC), announced today that the Evanston, IL Reparations Initiative has been certified by the Commission as meeting the standard definitions, principles and criteria for a Reparatory Justice Initiative. Citing the Commission’s Final Assessment and Recommendations which are…

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National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC)

NAARC’s Final Assessment of the Evanston, Illinois’ Reparations Initiative

By NAARC Posts, Press Releases / Statements, Reparations

August 20, 2020 National African American Reparations Commission Final Assessment of the Evanston, Illinois’ Reparations Initiative PDF Version (316kb) *** This Assessment should be considered as an extension of the Initial Assessment of the Evanston, Illinois Reparations Initiative based on the December 10-11 Consultation conducted by a Team from the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC). The NAARC Team was comprised of Kamm Howard, National Co-Chairperson, National Coalition of Blacks…

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National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC)

NAARC’s Initial Assessment of the Evanston, Illinois’ Reparations Initiative And Recommendations

By NAARC Posts, Press Releases / Statements, Reparations

January 10, 2020 National African American Reparations Commission Initial Assessment of the Evanston, Illinois’ Reparations Initiative and Recommendations PDF Version (201kb) *** At the invitation of Alderman Robin Rue Simmons and the Reparations Sub-Committee of the Evanston, Illinois City Council, December 10-11, 2019 a Team from the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) conducted a consultation to provide advice on ways to implement the Reparations Resolution recently adopted by City…

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Dr. Ron Daniels and Ronald W. Galvin, Jr.

Repaying the debt owed to Black people requires a democratic and reparative economy

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

The entire racial capitalist system that extracts labor and blood from Black lives must go. By Dr. Ron Daniels and Rev. Ronald Galvin — America owes Black folks. The modern-day prophet Ta-Nahesi Coates, drawing on the wisdom and generations-old fight of Black freedom fighters such as Mother Callie House, James Forman, Randall Robinson, and the Malcolm X grassroots movement, cogently made the case in his seminal article, “The Case for…

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Robert Vane

Racism scarred Jim Crow-era Black Americans. Here’s why they deserve reparations

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

African Americans born during the 20th-century Jim Crow era were promised all the freedoms and rights of the white Americans, but instead languished in the torture chamber of racism and state-sponsored bigotry. By Robert Vane — One of the most meaningful and impactful initiatives in our country is the Honor Flight program. It flies veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials and brings tears to all who witness it.

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