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Reparations initiative passes Council 8-1.

The beginning of reparations in Evanston is a reality by an 8-1 vote. Happened at City Council last night.

This is a first in the nation and a historic moment! Congratulations to Ald. Robin Rue Simmons, 5, and the subcommittee for its hard work. It's a small step, granted, and there’s so much more to be done.

Thanks to Josh Gilbert at Temperance Beer Co. for speaking up and for putting your money where your mouth is! Temperance has a beer, “Where I’m From,” which, when you purchase it, sends 100 percent of profits toward Evanston reparations!

And thanks to Mack's Bike and Goods who will donate 1% of their profits to reparations!

Also! Remember to buy your recreational cannabis from MedMen on Maple. Three percent of all sales tax goes to reparations in Evanston.

Also, remember to purchase your recreational cannabis at MedMen on Maple: 3 percent of sales tax goes to the City's reparations fund.

Individuals, organizations, and businesses can also contribute to the Evanston Reparations Stakeholder fund held by the Evanston Community Foundation.

"The [person] who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones." -- Confucius

Watch public comment and the full City Council meeting here.

Read responses to the vote by City Council members in the Evanston Roundtable.

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