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Rev. Amos Brown

San Francisco needs to establish a reparations fund

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Rev. Amos Brown, SF Chronicle — For the city’s black community, it is long past time for San Francisco to prove it’s “the city that knows how” — to prove it knows how to make amends for its historic injustices to that community. As we mark the celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is time for San Francisco to establish a reparations…

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Documentary crew at work during Evanston's City Council Reparations Subcommittee meeting.

Evanston Reparations panel looks toward expansion

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Bill Smith, Evanston Now — With a documentary video crew from New York recording the session, Evanston’s City Council Reparations Subcommittee met on January 10, 2020 to consider adding new members and the types of programs it will seek to develop. Aldermen Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, and Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, are the only committee members at the moment, but Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward is expected to…

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Robin Rue Simmons

Evanston outlines plan for reparations

By Reparations

By Emma Edmund, The Daily Northwestern — Evanston has released an outline for creating and implementing a reparations plan, including a plan to possibly redistribute the funds in early 2021. City Council’s reparations subcommittee will expand this year to include additional experts and members of the community, according to a recent news release. Currently, Ald. Robin Rue Simmons (5th) and Ald. Ann Rainey (8th) are in the subcommittee. The subcommittee…

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A chart accompanying Dec. 19 Evanston city press release on reparations.

City plans to restructure reparations panel

By Reparations

By Bill Smith, Evanston Now — After three months in which the Evanston City Council’s three-member reparations subcommittee held not a single public meeting, on Dec. 19, 2019 the city issued a press release announcing a schedule for a reformulated subcommittee to develop a reparations plan for submission to the City Council next year. At various times this fall members of the subcommittee that was appointed on Sept. 9 — Aldermen Robin Rue…

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Danny Glover speaks at Evanston Reparations Town Hall Meeting.

Hundreds pack Evanston church to discuss city’s local reparations fund

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

‘It was time to lead in urgency’ By Genevieve Bookwalter, Chicago Tribune — Hundreds of Evanston residents packed the sanctuary of First Church of God Wednesday evening to participate in a town hall discussion on the next steps in the city’s landmark reparations fund initiative. Evanston City Council passed a measure last month that will funnel the city’s tax revenue generated from the sale of recreational marijuana to a local reparations fund….

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Reparations Initiative in Evanston and Report Back from the Door of Our Return to Africa

By Reparations, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio Recorded December 9, 2019 — On this WBAI pledge drive edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests guests Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, Rev. Dennis Dillon, Dr. Zienzile Dillion, Dr. George Fraser and Dr. Julius Garvey. Topics Evanston, Illinois Reparations Initiative Report Back from the Door of Our Return to Africa Pilgrimage Guests Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, Evanston, IL Rev. Dennis…

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National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC)

Press Release: National African American Reparations Commission to Visit Evanston

By Events, NAARC Posts, Press Releases / Statements, Reparations

Reparations Initiative Touted as a Model. Danny Glover to Speak at Town Hall Meeting Download or print PDF version — here. New York, December 2, 2019 — Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Convener of the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) announced today that a team of Commissioners will visit Evanston, IL December 10-11 to review and provide support for the…

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Robin Rue Simmons

Aldermen establish historic fund for local reparations in Evanston, Illinois

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By The Daily Northwestern — Evanston City Council passed a historic resolution Monday to establish a $10 million fund for local reparations, including revenue from the recreational cannabis retailers tax. Starting on Jan. 1, 2020, all of the city’s recreational cannabis retailers tax will be transferred to the reparations fund until the fund has reached $10 million in revenue from this source. The reparations subcommittee is currently discussing how money…

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Robin Rue Simmons

As Evanston’s black population continues to drop, city officials will study reparations initiatives

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Jennifer Fisher, Chicago Tribune — Over the last two decades, the black population of Evanston has been shrinking. In 2000, 22.5% of residents identified themselves as black, according to U.S. Census data. The percentage declined to 18.1% in the 2010 Census. The number has continued to fall to an estimated 16.9% in 2017, per the latest American Community Survey estimate. “Black residents are moving because of lack of affordability…

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