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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

Rep. Jackson Lee proposes commission to explore reparations for Black Americans

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By Keydra Manns— Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is seeking reparations and more for Black Americans as a result of slavery. The subject of reparations is an often trending topic but lawmakers are hoping to bring it to fruition. Today, the first day of legislative business, Congresswoman Jackson Lee is submitting H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans Act. Her goal with the legislation is to study how slavery…

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2020 was the year America embraced Black Lives Matter as a movement, not just a moment

By Editors' Choice

By Erika D. Smith — George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Andres Guardado. For months this summer, these Black and brown faces looked out on us from the boarded-up windows of businesses in Venice, spray-painted on plywood and awaiting riots that never came. Every day, they reminded us — as if we could forget — of the trauma that police brutality inflicted upon our nation this year. That these images of the dead are…

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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

Joining with Mayors Across the Country, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan Urges Support for H.R. 40

By Reparations

By Kamaria Hightower — Seattle (December 11, 2020) – Joining with Mayors from across the country, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced her strong support for H.R. 40 and urged the House of Representatives to prioritize consideration of this important bill. H.R. 40 was first introduced in 1989 by late Congressman John Conyers as a bill to establish a commission to study and make recommendations for reparations for the institution of slavery and subsequent racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans. In July 2020, the US Conference of…

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How Black Lives Matter Inspired a New Generation of Youth Activists

By Editors' Choice

By Ryan Bort & Kimberly Aleah— Young people across America found their voice in 2020, harnessing social media to lead the fight for change in their communities Khalea Edwards didn’t believe it at first. Someone on a text chain of organizers from Occupy City Hall STL, a movement she helped lead this past summer calling for the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, informed the group in November that Krewson…

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North Carolina county becomes latest to back reparations

By Reparations

A board of commissioners in a North Carolina county has voted to support reparations and apologized for the county’s role in slavery, segregation and systemic discrimination against Black residents By The Associated Press— HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — A board of commissioners in a North Carolina county has voted to support reparations and apologized for the county’s role in slavery, segregation and systemic discrimination against Black residents. Similar to measures that have…

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The amendment that abolished slavery had a lasting flaw

By Editors' Choice

By Peniel E. Joseph— This week marks the 155th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution that banned racial slavery. At the time this marked a new birth of American freedom, one that came at a such a high cost — and remains so incomplete — that many Americans tend to gloss over the contemporary challenges left in its wake. The end of 2020 also…

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Op-ed by Dr. Ben Chavis: Stopping the Exploitation of Prisoners and Their Families Requires More Comprehensive Solutions

By Commentaries/Opinions

By: Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.— Companies charge for every call made from prisons across America. But it’s the families and friends of the incarcerated person who end up paying those bills. Stopping the Exploitation of Prisoners and Their Families Requires More Comprehensive Solutions 2020 brought renewed global focus to issues of social justice in America.  From the racial disparities and inequities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic to the killings of…

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Racial Tensions in the U.S. Are Helping to Fuel a Rise in Black Gun Ownership

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By: Melissa Chan — Luther Thompson never thought he’d be a gun owner. But in April, the 41-year-old obtained a concealed carry license and bought his first firearm—a $400 Smith & Wesson pistol—after feeling, for the first time, that he was not safe raising a family in the South as a Black man. “Down here, it’s totally different,” he says. “They’re bold with their racism.” The purchase came two months…

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The Fight Over ‘Black Pete’ Brings a Reckoning on Racial Equality in the Netherlands

By News & Current Affairs

By: Charlotte McDonald-Gibson / Amsterdam — When it comes to places in the world to raise happy and fulfilled children, one country constantly tops the rankings. Almost every year, a new book, article, or report touts The Netherlands as a child-rearing utopia, with the U.N. in September rating the country the best in the industrialized world for kids’ well-being. But it is also a place where one of the pure joys of childhood—Christmas—is tainted…

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North Carolina city postpones $1 million funding resolution allocated for reparations to Black residents

By Reparations

By: Esther Animalu and Skylar Mitchell — (CNN) A city in North Carolina has put on hold a vote on how to allocate $1 million in community reparations to Black residents. Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer said at this week’s council meeting that a majority of the council members asked her to remove the proposed reparations resolution from the agenda. Postponing the vote, she said, will provide time “to schedule a…

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