Activist Assemble to Announce Plans for Moving Forward with the Chicago Reparations Sub Committee
On June 22, 2020, 1:00 pm, activist will meet at the Chicago City Hall to announce their plans for moving forward with the Chicago Reparations Sub-Committee of the Health and Human Relations Committee.
On June 17, 2020, the Chicago City Council, in a 47-2 vote, passed a resolution to form the Chicago Reparations Sub Committee. For a year, NCOBRA, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparation in America, working with Ald. Rod Sawyer (6th), and many other organizations, worked to get a reparations commission ordinance passed.
After a unanimous vote for the Commission passed in the Health and Human Services Committee, a substitute resolution submitted by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, removing the commission and its funding went before the full Council.
At the press conference activist, will
1) Acknowledge the work of Ald. Sawyer and the affirmative vote by the City Council for the Resolution.
2) Announce the initial reparation initiatives that will be submitted to the Reparations Sub Committee.
3) Make a demand of the Mayor to address the African American community as to why she opposed a fully funded reparations commission to address the historical injuries from gross human rights violations that Black people in this city suffer.
4) Announce the formation of the Chicago People’s Reparation Commission that will inform and guide the Reparations Sub-Committee.
During the Public Comment that preceded the June 17th City Council vote, Kamm Howard, of NCOBRA offered these remarks,
“On June 4th, the Health and Human Relations Subcommittee heard expert testimony that
1) unequivocally demonstrated that conditions of genocide of Black Chicagoans exist in this city.
2) that for decades this city has been complicit in the plunder of billions of dollars from the Black community.
3) that internationally defined practices and conditions of apartheid are undeniably evident in Chicago.
I do not know what this reparations resolution will produce. There is no commission, no resources attached. No independence. What I do know is that NCOBRA will intensify our fight to end the genocidal policies and practices and apartheid conditions that exist for Blacks in this city, as well as against all those who fail to see the urgency that these racist and criminal practices and policies end now.”
Please join us in front of City Hall to show Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot that the people support Reparations Sub Committee.
Contact Kamm Howard, email@example.com