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Slavery was the ultimate labor distortion – empowering workers today would be a form of reparations

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Rebalancing labor relations so that workers are empowered would be an effective way to address racial wealth disparities and atone for the legacy of slavery, a scholar argues. By Joerg Rieger, The Conversation — The conversation about reparations for slavery entered a new stage earlier in 2021, with the U.S. House Judiciary Committee voting for the creation of a commission to address the matter. The bill, H.R. 40, has been introduced every Congress…

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Rep. Barbara Lee introduces a Congressional Resolution on the UN’s Decade for People of African Descent

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Rep. Barbara Lee — Whereas the International Day for People of African Descent will be celebrated for the first time on 31 August 2021; Whereas the United Nations has created this observance via resolution 75/170 in an effort to “promote the extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora around the world and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people of African descent”; Whereas the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024…

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U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley speaks as Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez look on during a press conference addressing remarks made by President Donald Trump earlier in the day, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on July 15, 2019.

How women of color in Congress are pushing a grassroots agenda

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Despite roadblocks, “the Squad” has pushed progressive legislation, scrutinized the powerful, and changed the conversation around who gets to hold political power. By Sonali Kolhatkar, YES! — If Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory was a political earthquake that shattered norms and expectations, the 2018 midterm wins by four women of color ought to be seen as a similarly earth-shattering occurrence. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts,…

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The Insurrection and the Lost Cause

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By Ben Jealous — A violent insurrection engulfed the U.S. Capitol just six months ago. One United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died and other Capitol police are still healing. Investigators are still going through video and social media documenting the attempt to disrupt congressional affirmation of President Joe Biden’s victory. Just six months ago. But many Republican leaders are already trying to rewrite the history of that day…

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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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Congressional Hearing on H.R. 40, Legislation to Study Slavery Reparations. Washington, DC — On June 19, 2019 (Juneteenth)

Congressional Hearing on H.R. 40, Legislation to Study Slavery Reparations

By HR 40 Congressional Hearing, News & Current Affairs, Reparations, Video/Audio

Full Video: Washington, DC — On June 19, 2019 (Juneteenth), 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. The purpose of the hearing was to examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice.…

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) sponsored HR 40, legislation to form a commission to study slavery reparations for African Americans.

A Look at the Juneteenth Hearing on Slavery Reparations Bill

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

Originally published 6.19.19 by The Takeaway, WNYC Studios — On this Juneteenth, or June 19, we celebrate the end of slavery in the United States 154 years ago. Members of Congress chose this symbolic day to hold hearings on a reparations bill. The bill, if it passes, will establish a commission to determine whether — and if so, how — the US government owes anything to the descendants of enslaved people. To…

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) sponsored HR 40, legislation to form a commission to study slavery reparations for African Americans.

Reparations for slavery to get a hearing in Congress

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and Actor Danny Glover to testify House subcommittee will discuss issue on 19 June – ‘Juneteenth’ The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade with the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House of Representatives panel. 6.19.19 Event NAARC and ACLU Present a National Forum: Healing and Reconciliation, HR-40 and the…

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