Just moments ago, HR 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations, passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and on to the House of Representatives. Thirty-two years of blood, sweat and tears for those stalwart leaders who have fought so hard.
Congratulations, Kamm Howard, national co-chair of N'COBRA for all your years and years of work--and lots more to go.
Congrats to Ald. Robin Rue Simmons for pushing for both local and national reparations.
Congratulations to Rep. Jan Schakowsky, one of the 180 co-sponsors of HR 40.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, lead sponsor of HR 40, is an inspiring leader!
It was incredible to be on the Zoom for hours to watch history being made tonight.
"Proponents of reparations from the federal government differ on what form, precisely, they should take. Some favor direct cash payments of varying sizes, others no-interest loans for prospective Black homeowners and free college tuition.
Evanston, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, pledged $10 million this year in reparations in the form of housing grants to Black residents who can prove they or their ancestors were victims of redlining or other housing discrimination. But any national program would be much larger, with costs projected to range from the billions to trillions of dollars."
-- New York Times