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At Historic Hearing, House Panel Explores Reparations

New York Times, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
WASHINGTON — Frail but sharp at 88, the Rev. Doris Sherman woke up at 4 a.m. on Wednesday to travel here from Philadelphia for an event that, even after the nation elected its first black president, she never thought she would see: a meeting in the capital of the United States on reparations for... Read More »

Democrats Want to Tackle Reparations, but Joe Biden Isn't So Sure

Vice, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
For the first time in decades, reparations are part of the mainstream political debate. Top-tier Democratic presidential candidates, including Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, have discussed the need to address the historic evil of slavery and the massive wealth gap... Read More »

Duke professor outlines definition of reparations

The Washington Post, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Duke University professor William Darity outlined the three components of reparations on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on June 19. Watch the video here. 

Where Mitch McConnell’s rationale for not exploring reparations falls short

The Washington Post, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Congress is examining the topic of reparations for the descendants of slaves for the first time in more than a decade Wednesday. But while the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and civil liberties is interested enough to consider the topic, it will be a... Read More »

Those who most need affordable housing can learn to become their own best advocates

Miami Herald, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Miami-Dade County faces two critical and interrelated challenges: the affordable housing crisis and the increasing impact of climate change. These issues intersect at both the household and neighborhood levels.   At the personal level, an individual needs roughly $400 to cover water, food... Read More »

What Americans Need to Know About Reparations Ahead of This Week’s Big Hearing

Slate, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
On Wednesday, a House Judiciary subcommittee will hold the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on the subject of reparations. Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of the 2014 essay “The Case for Reparations,” and actor Danny Glover are scheduled to testify at the hearing, which will... Read More »

Ahead Of House Panel Hearing, We Discuss The History Of The Slavery Reparations Movement

KPCC, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
On Wednesday, a House Judiciary Committee will be holding hearings for a bill that would create a commission to study how slavery impacted its descendants, as well as possibilities for redress, including compensation. The idea of slavery reparations is not new, but it picked up steam... Read More »

Reparations: A Timeline and Distillation

Atlanta Daily World, Monday, June 17, 2019
There has been a long, historical and geographically varied movement on the issue of Reparations that preceded contemporary entry and discourse — 129 years and counting, in fact. On Wednesday, Dr. Conrad Worrill, writer, educator and activist, outlined on social media a thorough reparations... Read More »

From Brooklyn to Ballantyne: The story behind Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis

Q City Metro, Monday, June 17, 2019
Anyone who’s lived in Charlotte for a minute knows that the Ballantyne area, wealthier than Mecklenburg County as a whole, isn’t the place to find an affordable apartment if you’re a hotel housekeeper, a fry cook, a landscaper – anyone making less than $15 or so an hour. But back in 1991, when... Read More »

Black Poverty Is Rooted in Real-Estate Exploitation

Bloomberg, Monday, June 17, 2019
One question is -- or should be -- central to any assessment of the state of America: Why, more than a century and a half after slavery ended, does the typical black family remain so much poorer than the typical white family? A new study on housing in Chicago illustrates a big part of... Read More »

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