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Nkechi Taifa

Personal statement of Nkechi Taifa on the granting of compassionate release to William Underwood

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By Nkechi Taifa, Esq.— The godsend of the granting of compassionate release to William Underwood today is a matter of preparation and persistence meeting opportunity.  The blessing is the story of a family that never gave up.  Lawyers who were relentless.  The power of strange bedfellows.  And it is a story of the constant demand for justice. William Underwood is a devoted father of four, a grandfather and a former…

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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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What a Black Power Attorney Tells Us About How to Handle a Biden/Harris Presidency

By Editors' Choice

By Nkechi Taifa — Time can be both friend and enemy, although it teaches us so much in either identity. I was in my first year of evening law school when Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, was born. Ronald Reagan was president and I was working fulltime during the day for an anti-apartheid organization under the tutelage of Dr. Jean Sindab, a badass, brilliant Black woman —…

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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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Kamala Harris- 2020 Election.

What Kamala Harris’s Historic Win Means to Me as an Indo African Caribbean Woman

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Writer Nadine Drummond reflects on the beauty and hope in Kamala Harris’s win of the 2020 vice presidential election. By Nadine Drummond — African: check. Indian: check. Jamaican: check. Woman: check. Senator Kamala Devi Harris, who will officially be the 46th vice president of the United States, is essentially all that I am. I’m filled with so much joy right now, I almost feel like I won the election myself. Harris’s ascension…

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William A. Darity Jr.

For Reparations: A Conversation With William A. Darity Jr.

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

William A. Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. The focus of his work is on inequality based on race, class, and ethnicity. He has been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and most recently Jacobin Magazine. He is currently co-writing with…

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A Lesson on Slavery for White America

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By Paul Street — Look at the following series of tweets from the president of the United States, reflecting Thursday on the tearing down of Confederate statues in the U.S. South: Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson—who’s next, Washington, Jefferson?…

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