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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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Reparations Subcommittee Decides on Three Housing Programs, $25,000 for Each

Reparations Subcommittee Decides on Three Housing Programs, $25,000 for Each

By Reparations

By Larry Gavin, Evanston Round Table — On July 24, members of the Reparations Subcommittee continued to discuss how to use the Reparations Funds to provide a remedy for Black residents whose ancestors or who themselves suffered discrimination in housing due to actions of the City. The Subcommittee, composed of Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, Peter Braithwaite, and Ann Rainey, also talked briefly about a proposal to establish a Stakeholder Reparations…

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Robin Rue Simmons

Reparations subcommittee to use $400,000 toward restorative housing programs in Evanston

By Reparations

Ald. Robin Rue Simmons (5th). Simmons emphasized the Reparations Subcommittee’s plans to include both new homebuyers and current homeowners in restorative housing programs. By Julia Richardson — Evanston’s reparations subcommittee plans to use $400,000 to fund restorative housing programs for home purchases, home improvement and mortgage assistance. Although the subcommittee initially intended to provide opportunities for homebuyers, once approved by City Council, these programs will also assist residents who already…

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“Generations of pain”: The road to reparations in Evanston

“Generations of pain”: The road to reparations in Evanston

By Reparations

From indentured servitude to federal redlining, Evanston’s history is marked with colored lines. City officials and residents develop initiatives to address historical inequities with the recently established reparations fund. By Keerti Gopal, The Daily Northwestern — Maria Murray was 15 years old in 1855 when she was purchased out of slavery by a white family and brought to work as an indentured servant in their Evanston home. She was one…

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Robin Rue Simmons.

Reparations rally promotes more funding

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By Bill Smith, Evanston Now — About 100 people gathered online Thursday evening to hear presentations supporting Evanston’s reparation program and calls for more funding for it. Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, who heads the City Council’s reparations subcomittee, told the town hall meeting she’s seeking support from anyone interested in the program, including family foundations, major donors, institutions and individuals. Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, the third member…

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Robin Rue Simmons at the Reparations Subcommittee meeting.

Reparations panel hopes to finish work by June

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Bill Smith, Evanston Now — The head of the Evanston City Council’s Reparations Subcommittee, Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, has outlined a scheduled for the committee that calls for completing its work of devising a plan for implementing the reparations program by this June. At Friday’s meeting of the committee Rue Simmons distributed a timeline for its fortnightly meetings, prepared by Acting Assistant City Manager Kimberly Richardson. The…

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Ta-Nehisi Coates and Danny Glover

One city’s reparations program that could offer a blueprint for the nation

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Evanston, Illinois, is levying a tax on newly legalised marijuana to fund projects benefiting African Americans in recognition of the enduring effects of slavery and the war on drugs By Eric Lutz, The Guardian — For years, Robin Rue Simmons watched Evanston, Illinois, “working hard” to resolve its racial disparities – but with little to show for its efforts. “Our gaps were widening,” the city alderman told the Guardian, citing the Chicago suburb’s…

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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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