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Reparations: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities

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September 9, 2021 — Forum sponsored by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy. Co-Sponsor: BC Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA). Featuring: Jeffery Robinson (Founder and Executive Director, The Who We Are Project; Participatory Moderator), Robin Rue Simmons (Former Alderman, Evanston, IL; Founder and Executive Director, FirstRepair; NAARC Member), Nkechi Taifa, (President, The Taifa Group; Senior Fellow, Center of Justice, Columbia University; NAARC Member), Participation by BLSA Co-Chairs…

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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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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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Evanston, Ill., leads the country with first reparations program for Black residents

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By Mark Guarino — CHICAGO — The nation’s first government reparations program for African Americans was approved Monday night in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, action that advocates say represents a critical step in rectifying wrongs caused by slavery, segregation and housing discrimination and in pushing forward on similar compensation efforts across the country.“Right now the whole world is looking at Evanston, Illinois. This is a moment like none other…

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Alderman Robin Rue Simmons Appointed to National Reparations Commission

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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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HR 40 Reparations Bill Post-Hearing Forum

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

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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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How the long fight for slavery reparations is slowly being won

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In a suburb of Chicago, the world’s first government-funded slavery reparations programme is beginning. Robin Rue Simmons helped make it happen – but her victory has been more than 200 years in the making By Kris Manjapra, The Guardian — It began with an email. On an especially cold day in Evanston, Illinois, in February 2019, Robin Rue Simmons, 43 years old and two years into her first term as…

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National Reparations Commission Endorses Evanston as a National Model – Final Assessment and Recommendations Released

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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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NAARC’s Initial Assessment of the Evanston, Illinois’ Reparations Initiative And Recommendations

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January 10, 2020 National African American Reparations Commission Initial Assessment of the Evanston, Illinois’ Reparations Initiative and Recommendations PDF Version (201kb) *** At the invitation of Alderman Robin Rue Simmons and the Reparations Sub-Committee of the Evanston, Illinois City Council, December 10-11, 2019 a Team from the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) conducted a consultation to provide advice on ways to implement the Reparations Resolution recently adopted by City…

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Reparations subcommittee to use $400,000 toward restorative housing programs in Evanston

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Ald. Robin Rue Simmons (5th). Simmons emphasized the Reparations Subcommittee’s plans to include both new homebuyers and current homeowners in restorative housing programs. By Julia Richardson — Evanston’s reparations subcommittee plans to use $400,000 to fund restorative housing programs for home purchases, home improvement and mortgage assistance. Although the subcommittee initially intended to provide opportunities for homebuyers, once approved by City Council, these programs will also assist residents who already…

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