Posted by St Martin Book Fair on Thursday, June 4, 2020
Regional Headquarters, Jamaica, June 1, 2020. The following statement is issued by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, President of Universities Caribbean, and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission.
Martin Luther King Jr, when he felt he could not breathe came to Jamaica. When the threats to his life were constant and closing in […]
By KAREN JUANITA CARRILLO
On the afternoon of Friday, May 22, members of the Pan-Africanist group Ligue de Défense Noire Africaine (LDNA/Black African Defense League) tore down and destroyed two famous statues on the island of Martinique. The statues were in honor of the French writer Victor Schœlcher who is famed for having prepared the […]
By Martin P. Felix
“The truth is that any figure of Africans imported into the Americas which is narrowly based on the surviving records is bound to be low, because there were so many people at the time who had a vested interest in smuggling slaves and withholding data. Nevertheless, if the low figure of ten […]
By Sabrina Strings
About five years ago, I was invited to sit in on a meeting about health in the African-American community. Several important figures in the fields of public health and economics were present. A freshly minted Ph.D., I felt strangely like an interloper. I was also the only black person in the room.
One of […]
This century will know no greater mass movement than the struggle for reparations. It is no longer a matter of if, but when.
By Hilary Beckles
At the 2001 United Nations Conference on Race and Xenophobia in Durban, South Africa, it was evident that the reparations struggle would evolve into the greatest and most transforming political and […]
The conversation surrounding reparations is underway and the U.S. government must take a leading role.
By Sheila Jackson Lee
For nearly three decades, my former colleague Rep. John Conyers of Michigan would introduce H.R. 40, legislation seeking to establish a commission to study and develop reparation proposals. Though many thought it a lost cause, he believed that […]
Africa is now free of direct colonial domination, but the cause of African Liberation continues, having changed from one of fighting for independence to one for stopping wars, healing wounds and uniting to consolidate its political liberation in ways that will eventually yield the levels of economic liberation that continue to elude the continent more […]
This month, the movement against Chicago police violence celebrated the fifth anniversary of the passing of the historic reparations ordinance. Born out of more than three decades of legal and political struggle waged by an intergenerational and interracial movement comprised of torture survivors, their families and lawyers, activists and their organizations, and a handful of […]
Keerti Gopal, Reporter
May 22, 2020
Just over 100 participants gathered through Zoom on Thursday for a virtual town hall on Evanston’s historic reparations fund.
The fund, established through a city resolution passed in November 2019, will consist of revenue from the cannabis sales tax and aim to address the continued disenfranchisement of black residents through the legacy […]
On May 4, 1969 James Forman, spokesman for the National Black Economic Development Conference (NBEDC), presented in the Christian church of Riverside in New York, United States, the Black Manifesto asking the white Christian churches and Jewish synagogues for five hundred million dollars of compensations for the African American population.
In the following decades there were […]