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Black Detroiters marching for racial justice.

Detroit City Council debates ballot initiative for reparations for Black residents

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By Steve Neavling, Metro Times (Detroit) — Detroit City Council is weighing a proposal that would bring Black residents closer to receiving long-awaited reparations for systemic racial discrimination. If approved, the proposal, sponsored by Council President Pro Ten Mary Sheffield, would ask voters in November, “Should the City of Detroit establish a Reparations Committee to make recommendations for housing and economic development programs that address historical discrimination against the Black…

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Malcolm Turner and his brother Robert Turner listen during a Prayer Wall memorial gathering at the AME Church in the Greenwood district during commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre on May 31, 2021 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The faith community can help pass a reparations bill

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H.R. 40 has more momentum than ever and people of faith must help encourage its passage. By Jason L. Miller, The Hill — Last summer, after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and the subsequent protests across the country, I thought a lot about how as a person of faith and as a white male I could better advocate for people of color. Reading “White…

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The Global Reparations Movement: The Greatest Political Tide of the 21st Century

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Statement by the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) — The CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) welcomes recent developments in the movement for reparatory justice, especially in the Caribbean and across the United States, and the wide media coverage of the movement in the aftermath of the globalization of the Black Lives Matter campaign. Rastafari, civil society organizations, and prominent public figures in the Caribbean like Hon. Michael Lester “Mike” Henry and Hon….

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National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC)

NAARC Praises Human Rights Report — Says it Will Bolster Reparations Movement

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The National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC), an authoritative voice for the U.S. and global reparations movements commended the U.N. Human Rights Council on its landmark report released this week. Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener of NAARC believes the report will bolster the growing reparations movement at a historical moment of reckoning on issues related to the holocaust of enslavement and the ongoing harms inflicted on people of African descent by…

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Nkechi Taifa, Esq.,

3 things wrong with “10 things we get wrong about reparations”: An open letter to Rolling Stone from an advocate for H.R. 40, the federal reparations bill

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Dear Rolling Stone Editors: The day I discovered the commentary you ran — which was Tuesday, in the morning — I was poised to participate in a Washington, D.C. press conference with some of America’s most progressive faith leaders who had gathered to push Congress to pass H.R. 40, proposed legislation that would study and develop reparations proposals for African Americans, before the Congress’ August recess. As the 2022 midterm elections loom,…

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Queen Elizabeth visiting Jamaica

Jamaica seeks billions of pounds from U.K. over slavery reparations

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“Our African ancestors were forcibly removed from their home and suffered unparalleled atrocities in Africa to carry out forced labor to the benefit of the British Empire,” Culture Minister Olivia By Katherine Fung, Newsweek — Jamaica is seeking billions of pounds in reparations from Britain as compensation for the Atlantic slave trade during its time as a British colony. “We are hoping for reparatory justice in all forms that one…

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Jamaica plans to seek reparations from Britain over slavery

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By Kate Chappell, Reuters — Jamaica plans to ask Britain for compensation for the Atlantic slave trade in the former British colony, a senior government official said, under a petition that could seek billions of pounds in reparations. Jamaica was a centre of the slave trade, with the Spanish, then the British, forcibly transporting Africans to work on plantations of sugar cane, bananas and other crops that created fortunes for…

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Michelle Bachelet

UN rights boss urges ‘wide range’ of reparations over racism

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BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief on Monday urged countries to “fully fund comprehensive processes” and take “a wide range of reparations measures” to address the legacies of slavery, colonial rule and racial discrimination. Michelle Bachelet presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council a landmark report launched after the killing of George Floyd in the United States and released last month. A year in the making, it hopes to build…

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Members of the Oregon Senate discuss a resolution on April 15, 2021

The people have spoken: Reparations rise to no. 1 priority issue in Congressional Black Caucus poll

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By Ann Brown, The Moguldom Nation — Does the U.S. want reparations for Native Black Americans? The Congressional Black Caucus wanted to know. Respondents answered “yes. The CBC ran a poll on Twitter asking, “Which legislative priority of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) do you want to hear more about and remain the most important to you?” Respondents could choose one of the following: Reparations, voting rights, the George Floyd…

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Tinisch Hollins

Reparations emerge as priority for liberal cities

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Slavery was a national issue, but its legacy increasingly is being addressed by local officials. The mayors of nearly a dozen cities have pledged reparations programs. By Alan Greenblatt, Governing — Reparations for slavery come with a potentially huge price tag. Academic estimates for repaying the descendants of enslaved people for their labor, with interest, have run as high as $20 trillion. That’s before calculating any damages from Jim Crow laws…

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St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones

11 U.S. mayors commit to reparations as national example

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.- Eleven U.S. mayors — from Los Angeles to tiny Tullahassee, Okla., — 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 would be…

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July 13, 2021 Press Conference: Faith leaders call on Congress to pass HR-40

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

July 13, 2021, 10AM ET — Join faith leaders from various traditions as they call on Congress to pass H.R.40, a bill to study the legacy of slavery, its ongoing harms, and produce proposals for repair. Congress can make history by bringing this critical piece of legislation to the House floor.  Join us as we tell legislators that Justice Can’t Wait! #HR40totheFLOOR #ReparationsNOW #RepairTheBreach Sponsors Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC)…

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