Reparations: Help Us Engage & Educate our Legislators
In accordance with the educational program we initiated in June 2020, the NAACP Mystic Valley Area Branch is purchasing and sending copies of From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty First Century to each and every member of the 117th U.S. Congress.
Our aim is to engage and educate legislators on the history of the reparations movement and its goal of repairing the damage wrought by centuries of government-sanctioned chattel slavery, segregation, domestic terrorism, mass incarceration, and systemic racism. One legacy of this systemic exclusion is the massive racial wealth gap; in Boston, for example, household median net worth for U.S. born Black Americans is $8; for whites it is $247,500. It is long past time to move forward to repair the damage that has led us to this place.
On February 17, 2021, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing on HR 40: Exploring the Path to Reparative Justice in America.
HR 40 is legislation that would establish a commission to study reparations proposals for African Americans. All of our Massachusetts Congressional Representatives are co-sponsors of this legislation. Please contact them to indicate your support for their taking a position on this important piece of legislation.