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A mural is seen in the Fifth Ward in Evanston, Illinois.

Illinois city’s reparations plan was heralded – but locals say it’s a cautionary tale

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Evanston was the first city to implement a plan to repair the harm caused by slavery – and what occurred there could set the tone for what may happen at a national level. By Kiran Misra, The Guardian — In March, Evanston, Illinois, beat the federal government to become the first to pass a reparations plan in America. It gained national attention, heralded by celebrities such as Danny Glover, who called the…

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A “Welcome to Evanston” sign on Ridge Avenue at Howard Street. The city has the first municipally funded reparations program in the nation.

I’ve never been prouder of Evanston, where reparations are now becoming reality

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Evanston’s bold action has begun the prodigious process of repairing centuries of damage to Black people from the pernicious reality of racism. By Chicago Sun Times — In November 2019, Evanston passed the first municipally funded reparations program in the nation. Now, I have never been more hopeful about the possibility of reparations for America’s Black community, which has been denied nearly every significant advantage and opportunity for advancement throughout…

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LA's Eric Garcetti

11 U.S. Mayors Commit To Developing Pilot Projects For Reparations

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By The Associated Press — Eleven U.S. mayors, from Los Angeles to tiny Tullahassee, Oklahoma, have pledged to pay reparations for slavery to a small group of Black residents in their cities, saying their aim is to set an example for the federal government on how a nationwide program could work. The mayors had no details on how much it would cost, who would pay for it or how people…

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Kansas City, Missouri

Communities across the country are talking about reparations. What about Kansas City?

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Kansas City groups are talking about reparations as cities such as Evanston, Illinois, either implement or discuss their own programs to address past harm to Black residents. By Jonathan Shorman — Every Congressional session for nearly three decades, the late Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan introduced HR 40, calling for a national commission to study the impact of slavery and discriminatory policies on African Americans and to recommend remedies,…

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Priscilla Giles

The country’s first municipal reparations program is off to a rocky start

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A few months into a reparations program, Evanston, Illinois, is facing pushback from community members and legal pressure from conservative nonprofits. By Michela Moscufo Recently, Priscilla Giles, a retired teacher of English as a second language in Chicago Public Schools, said she has been feeling something “between sad and angry.” Three months ago the city of Evanston, Illinois, where Giles was born and raised, approved the first local reparations program in the country….

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Robin Rue Simmons

A college town fired up reparations talk with $25K checks. Who’s next?

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“It can be the model for other cities that want to step into the national debate,” Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said of Evanston, Ill. By Shia Kapos, Politico EVANSTON, Ill. — This suburban town just north of Chicago will soon start cutting checks to Black people to make amends for Jim Crow era wrongs. The test will be whether anyone follows its lead. The cash is the latest step in…

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As Evanston, Illinois approves reparations for Black residents, will the country follow?

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By John Yang — The nation’s first government-backed reparations initiative was green lit this week in Evanston, Illinois, a Chicago suburb where about 16 percent of its 75,000 residents are Black. The city council has promised $10 million over 10 years. John Yang discusses how the program could serve as a model for the rest of the country with Ron Daniels of the National African American Reparations Commission.  Read…

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Robin Rue Simmons

Alderman Robin Rue Simmons Appointed to National Reparations Commission

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

The National African American Reparations Commission Reaffirms Support for Evanston’s Reparation Initiative New York — Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener of the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) announced today that Alderman Robin Rue Simmons from Evanston, Ill has been selected to serve on the Commission effective May 15th at the conclusion of her term on the City Council. Commenting on the importance of her appointment to the Commission, Dr. Daniels…

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Sugar Slavery

Measure creating reparations committee advances at Illinois statehouse

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By Greg Bishop— A measure advancing at the Illinois statehouse could create a commission to investigate reparations for communities impacted by slavery. House Bill 5024 sponsor state Rep. Will Davis, D-Hazel Crest, advanced his measure out of the House State Government Committee Saturday. The bill would create a committee to look at the broader issue of reparations for the Black community, “versus writing a bill that would say this specifically is…

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Evanston City aerial view

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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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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