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Reparations Bill

Originally introduced March 11, 1867 by Thaddeus Stevens of PA (H.R. 29 – 40

th Congress)Condemn property of confederate states40 acres & mule to X-slave head of household$50 to build houseLand title vested after 10 yearsJan. 6, 2009, Bill to create 7 member commission to conduct $8,000,000 study of history and impact of slavery & advise on slavery reparations Proposed by John Conyers (D), Michigan (HR 40 – 111th Congress)4. Title of Act: Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act”


First Annual International Peace, Justice & Empowerment Summit 9/22-23/09


Reparations Bill (cont)

5. Duties of the Commission Examine extent Federal & State governments supported slavery including deprivation of freedom, exploitation of labor, destruction of culture, language, religion & families (Constitution Article 1 & Dred Scott Decision, etc.)Examine economic, political & social discrimination against descendants from end of Civil War to present (Insurance, banks, shipping investment houses, loans, health care, failing schools, etc.)Examine lingering negative effects on descendants & society & examine new forms of discrimination in public & private sectorsRecommend appropriate ways to educate public of findingsRecommend appropriate remedies/compensation


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Reparations Bill (cont.)

First Annual International Peace, Justice & Empowerment Summit 9/22-23/09


Estimated costs to Africans in the Diaspora

$10 billion yearly through

Black-white wage gap

Denial or capital access

Inadequate public services

Reduced social security/govt benefits

7. Other Reparation Pay-outs


Japanese-Americans - WWII

Philippines veterans – WWII

Black survivors/family of syphilis experiment


Reparations Bill (cont.)

Other Reparation Pay-outs (cont.) Florida payments to 1923 Rosewood survivors/relatives – 1994 Oklahoma payments to 1921 Tulsa survivors/descendants8. Black millionaires would not get pay-outs9. Tax money to redress Black suffering would go to HIV/AIDS education & prevention Under financed inner-city public schools Expand job skills & training Drug & alcohol counseling/rehabilitation Computer access & literacy training programs Improve public services for estimated 1 in 4 Blacks trapped in poverty

First Annual International Peace, Justice & Empowerment Summit 9/22-23/09