A Chicago suburb this week passed the nation’s first reparations program. Evanston, Ill.’s “Restorative Housing Program” allocates $400,000 to fund a block of $25,000 housing grants. Eligible Black residents who are accepted for the initiative will be able to put the funds toward either mortgage, home improvement or down payment assistance. The historic policy — it’s the first known reparations program in the country — sprouted from the city’s decision in 2019 to commit $10 million over the next decade to reparative justice for its Black residents. ADVERTISEMENT Revenue for the fund is also novel, coming from the locality’s 3 percent sales tax on cannabis, which became legalized in Illinois at the beginning of 2020. The governing body earmarked the first $10 million that the tax accumulates, while also accepting private donations and contributions for the endeavor. Evanston Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, a proponent and designer of the resolution, described the program as a … [Read more...] about Chicago suburb could serve as road map for reparations
IMAGE: Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain Virat Kohli leads the run scoring charts in the IPL. Photograph: BCCI Every season, fans eagerly wait to witness big hits from their favourite batsmen during the Indian Premier League. The world's best T20 league has seen many great knocks over the past 13 editions. Ahead of IPL 2021, meet the men who have enthralled the crowds over the years and climbed into the top-10 ladder of the run charts. You might have guessed it right as to who occupies the No 1 slot in the batting list. Yes, it is none other than India's batting genius and RCB Captain Virat Kohli. Chennai Super Kings veteran Suresh Raina, Sunrisers Hyderabad Captain David Warner and Mumbai Indians Skipper Rohit Sharma will be looking to continue their batting pyrotechnics and catch up with Kohli. A look at the various batting records in the IPL over the years: Top 10 run-getters in IPL Player Teams Games Runs Average Strike Rate 100s … [Read more...] about Who has hit the most 6s in the IPL?
Legislation that would create a federal exploratory commission on reparations for Black Americans was approved Wednesday by a House committee for the first time, setting up a vote by the full Congress if Democratic leaders choose to bring it to the House floor. It was a day of many firsts for the longstanding bill known as H.R. 40, as it had previously never received a markup or a committee vote. Spearheaded by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Sheila Jackson Lee Congressional Black Caucus members post selfie celebrating first WH visit in four years Black lawmakers press Biden on agenda at White House meeting Georgia election law prevents African American, Latinx, others from exercising the right to vote MORE (D-Texas), who took up H.R. 40’s cause after the late Rep. John Conyers John James Conyers Chicago suburb could serve as road map for reparations Obama says reparations 'justified' House subcommittee debates reparations bill for Black Americans … [Read more...] about House panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations
Reparations advocates notched a historic victory this week when a House committee approved, for the first time, legislation to study whether Black Americans should receive restitution for slavery. Now those lawmakers want a vote on the floor. But while Democratic leaders in the last Congress had promised quick action on the reparations bill if it passed through the House Judiciary Committee, they're treading more carefully this year. ADVERTISEMENT Speaker Nancy Pelosi Nancy Pelosi Biden angers Democrats by keeping Trump-era refugee cap Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones calls on Breyer to retire Biden rebuffs Democrats, keeps refugee admissions at 15,000 MORE (D-Calif.) supports the proposal but is leaving the vote calendar decisions to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Steny Hamilton Hoyer Pelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' House panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations Race debate grips Congress MORE … [Read more...] about Democrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote
MANILA, Philippines — A labor leader lauded the 1Sambayanan coalition for its outspokenness against the Duterte administration but noted that good intention and good governance promises would not be enough to secure its victory in 2022. In a statement on Friday, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) chairperson Leody de Guzman said that 1Sambayanan must step away from a personality-based discussion and instead strive for mass participation, ensuring that the group is a reflection of the Filipino people’s aspirations. “Ang pagsapubliko ng pagkakatatag ng koalisyong 1Sambayan kahapon ay singhap ng sariwang hangin sa gitna ng nakakasulasok na mga kasinungalingan, kabalbalan at kapalpakan na ipinapakalat ng mga DDS at ng kampo ni Duterte,” De Guzman said in BMP’s Facebook post. (The event that saw the formation and launch of the 1Sambayanan coalition is a breath of fresh air in the midst of the choking lies, misinformation, and inconsistencies propagated by the Duterte camp and its … [Read more...] about Labor leader: 1Sambayan is ‘breath of fresh air,’ but needs broad public participation