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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Leads U.S. Reparations Bill H.R. 40

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By Stacy M. Brown — “I think if people begin to associate this legislation with what happened to the descendants of enslaved Africans as a human rights violation, the sordid past that violated the human rights of all of us who are descendants of enslaved Africans, I think that we can find common ground to pass this legislation,” said Congresswoman Jackson Lee in reference to H.R. 40, the reparations legislation…

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Colleges confront their links to slavery and wrestle with how to atone for past sins

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By Calvin Schermerhorn — Colleges and universities across the U.S. have been taking a hard look at their ties to slavery. This isn’t an entirely new phenomenon. Back in 2006, Brown University published a report showing that the university – from its construction to its endowment – participated in and benefited from the slave trade and slavery. And since then, several other colleges and universities have disclosed their ties to the…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

The “Truth” About South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

By Reparations, Vantage Point Articles

By Dr. Ron Daniels — As the quest for Reparations for African Americans is surging and the enactment of HR-40 is in site, there is concern among reparations advocates that the concept of “reconciliation,” popularized by the world renowned process adopted in South Africa, will be viewed by some as an acceptable alternative. First introduced in 1989 by the late Congressman John Conyers, the original bill…

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An Open Letter to President Biden: Support Reparations and HR-40 “By Any Means Necessary”

NAARC releases an open letter to President Biden urging support for Reparations and HR-40

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

Read the open letter from the National African American Reparations Commission and take action by contacting the White House with a simple message, PASS HR-40 NOW! We urge reparation advocates across this nation to hold President Biden to the promise made to African Americans. Urge President Biden to establish an HR-40 Commission by executive order or legislation. Pass HR-40 Now!

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Joe Biden could send a message to Black Americans with this reparations bill

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Experts say the H.R. 40 reparations bill could be an early test for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. By Char Adams— A bill reintroduced in the House this week to create a commission to examine reparations for the African American descendants of slavery is being seen by many as an early test of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ proclaimed commitment to tackling structural oppression….

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Congress is again discussing reparations for slavery. It’s a complex and thorny issue

By HR 40 Congressional Hearing, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Harmeet Kaur, CNN— Slavery reparations are back in the national spotlight. A House Judiciary subcommittee held a hearing this week to discuss establishing a federal commission that would explore how the US government might compensate the descendants of enslaved Americans. And though the White House press secretary declined to say whether President Joe Biden would sign legislation to develop reparations for slavery, she did say he supported a study…

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HR 40 Reparations Bill Post-Hearing Forum

H.R. 40 Reparations Bill Post-Hearing Forum Wed, Feb 17, 2021

By Events, HR 40 Congressional Hearing, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

The House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing on “H.R. 40: Exploring the Path to Reparative Justice in America” on Wednesday February 17, 2021 at 10 am EDT. Following the hearing, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) and the National Black Cultural Information Trust (NBCI Trust) co-hosted the H.R. 40 Reparations Bill Post-Hearing Forum February 17th,…

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Congressional Hearing on H.R. 40, Legislation to Study Slavery Reparations (Full Video)

By HR 40 Congressional Hearing, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing on H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, on February 17, 2021. The 10:00 a.m. ET hearing examined the legacy of slavery, its continuing impact on the Black community, and the path to reparative justice. Watch the full virtual hearing here. Witnesses slated to testify at the…

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To My Fellow Reparations Advocates: Don’t Forget the Root Cause

By HR 40 Congressional Hearing, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Enola G. Aird, CHN Founder and President — When the United States Congress returns to the issue of reparations tomorrow, the most important thing for everyone to remember is that everything depends on how the problem is defined. On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties will continue hearings on HR 40 to “explore the path to reparatory justice” for Black people. I fully support reparations…

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UWI’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles

Message from the CARICOM Reparations Commission On the Occasion of the U.S. Congressional Hearing on the HR40 Bill

By HR 40 Congressional Hearing, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Professor Sir Hilary Beckles — On behalf of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, allow me to congratulate members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties for conducting this Congressional hearing on the HR40 Bill. Your hearing comes at a time when the global movement for reparatory justice for 250 years of enslavement and genocide and for dismantling the structures of systemic racism and white supremacy…

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Portland Skyline

Portland calls on Congress to approve reparations

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

The city of Portland is joining a growing chorus of voices demanding reparations for people of color and indigenous communities. By Jesse O’Neill, New York Post— Portland’s City Council unveiled plans last week to lobby the federal government to provide financial payments and other aid to the descendants of enslaved Black Americans and Native Americans harmed by US governmental policy. The federal legislative agenda calls on Washington to “Establish federal reparations for…

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Committee members needed for SF Reparations Task Force

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By Ella Sogomonian— SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – “This is a time for us to run and save our people intellectually, economically, socially, spiritually, culturally,” Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown, president of the NAACP San Francisco, said. The NAACP President of the San Francisco chapter referring to the reparations that the county plans to pay descendants of African American slaves. The next step in the process is forming an advisory…

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