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Nkechi Taifa

Of Terror and Promise: On This MLK Day, There’s No Better Time to Call for Reparatory Justice!

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By Nkechi Taifa— The terror Blacks feel is in our bones. For me, it began when white storm clouds of terror hung over the home of Mose Wright late one August night in 1955, when white, armed terrorists demanded his great-nephew, 14-year-old Emmett Till, be handed over to them. I was scarcely eight months old. Young Emmett had made the mistake of being from Chicago and, not heeding “The Talk” his…

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What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019

A program about reparations and why now?

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By Patricia Yosha— Race Matters. At the beginning of 2020, the Social Justice Committee of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter (FUUSE) sponsored two community discussions on racial issues and local racial history. Shortly after, the coronavirus pandemic took over, destroying lives inequitably among Black and brown people. Adding to that pain, police killings of Black people inspired demonstrations of racial reckoning all over the country. As we look…

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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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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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Black Movement Organizations Call for Reparations Instead of Giving Tuesday

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By Sofia Jarrin— A coalition of Black organizations have decided to skip #GivingTuesday and call for justice by reimagining relationships, repairing harm, and reorganizing economies. Through the #ReparationsMonday campaign, leaders of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) called for more transformational giving strategies to promote systemic change. Instead of requesting the traditional #GivingTuesday donations, which M4BL advocates say promotes an unequal system where organizations “with the largest PR budgets…receive the bulk of…

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Groundbreaking Evanston Reparations Program Takes Shape

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By Jonah Meadows— EVANSTON, IL — Qualifying Black Evanstonians could be eligible for up to $25,000 toward the costs of homeownership under the initial phase of the first-of-its-kind municipal reparations program aldermen authorized last year. The proposed housing reparations initiative have taken shape over more than a dozen meetings of the Evanston City Council Reparations Subcommittee since January, although the details are still being worked out. As it stands, Black residents seeking reparations from the city would have to show they lived in Evanston between…

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Great Notion’s Reparations Beer

Great Notion’s Reparations Beer. Educating Its Clientele to Support Reparations and HR-40.

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

The Institute of the Black World 21st Century, which convenes and administers the National African American Reparations Commission, has accepted a proposal from the Great Notions Brewery to produce and market a special edition brew called ‘Reparations Beer.’ Great Notion Brewery Great Notion Brewery is a Portland, Oregon based company founded by three socially-responsible entrepreneurs dedicated to supporting racial and social justice causes with an emphasis…

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Biden needs to push for reparations to address the racism that long preceded Trump

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By: Trymaine Lee— In this moment of national reflection and reckoning with the vile vestiges of white supremacy in America, and on the heels of the most racist administration in a generation, President-elect Joe Biden has a rare opportunity to fortify his legacy on race, one that goes further than political appointments or the kind of liberal, lift-all-boats policy that has instead lowered the flood lines of racial progress. The roots of the…

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Why We Can’t Wait: The Urgent Need to Support Reparations and HR-40 in this Moment

By Reparations

By Marc Morial, President Nat. Urban League — Each year the National Urban League issues a State of Black America® with specific indicators on the progress or lack thereof for African Americans in comparison to White Americans. Beyond righteous passion and sentiment on the wealth gap and other disparities afflicting African Americans, the Urban League has adopted an Equality Index as a data and evidence based approach to documenting the…

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20 Democrat Quotes On Reparations For Black America: Feinstein, Biden, Obama, Pelosi, Hakeem Jeffries, Bernie Sanders, Hilary Clinton And More

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By: Isheka N. Harrison— The topic of reparations was discussed heavily during the Democratic primary presidential race in 2019. The HR 40 bill, which seeks to create a commission to study reparations and develop proposals for its implementation, also gained more traction than it had since it was first introduced by late Congressman Rep. John Conyers in 1989. Here are 25 democrat quotes on reparations for Black America. 1. “I…

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