Reparations Task Force



  • REPARATIONS TASK FORCE MISSION & VISION

    Democrats Abroad is now committed to meeting the rising challenges facing Black Americans through a collective push for acknowledgement and redress for systemic Black trauma in the United States and, ultimately, closure for our nation.

    Since July 10th 2021, the Democrats Abroad Reparations Task Force has been working with local, state, and federal U.S. reparative justice advocates on the ground stateside and around the world. Our mission is to build a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, interfaith coalition that knows reparative justice means moral, racial, and social justice for all. As Americans abroad, we exist as the only Reparations Task Force with a global purview on U.S. Reparations legislation. It’s time to leverage this strength to finally end structural racism and the trauma it has wrought.

    Do this we must, for our time is short.

    Modern anti-Black trauma currently exists in the form of racial disparities. These disparities are the result of historic slavery, Jim Crow policies, and their continued impacts on the lived realities of Black Americans in the realms of education, employment, finance, law, healthcare, cultural memory, property ownership, civic engagement, and voting rights. Far from existing in a vacuum, these disparities draw a direct continuum to past federal, state, and local governmental policies. Americans of all backgrounds working together, however, can begin reversing these disparities through reparative justice and legislation. We can and must join this fight, as freedom can no longer wait. Black lives can no longer wait. Our democracy can no longer wait.

    BLACK VOTER DISENFRANCHISEMENT THREATENS DEMOCRACY 

    We live in an era of hyper-focused politics, where scores of local, state, midterm, and national elections are now decided by razor-thin margins. These narrow margins are reduced further by a powerful, tech-savvy structural racism—reinforced by a reluctance to address legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and modern white supremacy.

    Structural racism has persisted in such an environment and adapted to the times, creating a modern racial wealth gap. This gap, in turn, has both led to and enabled today’s triple inequality of predatory policing, mass incarceration, and Black voter suppression.

    Heeding the call for real action, the Democrats Abroad Reparations Task Force supports the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act—known as H.R. 40. This bill would enact a commission to begin researching how Black Americans have suffered under racial terror and political suppression and would then make recommendations for redress.

    OUR GOALS

    As a State Party Reparations Task Force, our first goal is to create ties with, and provide support for, existing task forces and advocacy groups, share data, and work together to create greater awareness and demand for reparatory justice legislation for Black Americans. In support of such legislation, the RTF seeks to advocate and educate for the measures called for in the 10-Point Reparations Plan of the National African-American Reparations Commission. Please see the 10-Point Plan here.

    As a global-level task force, our ultimate goals are to:

    1. Coordinate interdependent relationships with all global and country-level DA caucuses;
    2. Engage with stateside local, state, and federal Reparations Task Forces and Initiatives through exchange of data and statistics;
    3. Utilize the unique and global reach of DA to produce data-driven papers examining political support and activism of Americans abroad for reparations;
    4. Submit research papers to stateside pro-Reparations congresspeople concerning the political leanings and attitudes of Americans abroad on reparations;
    5. Coordinate educational initiatives on topics of significance for Black cultural heritage and collective memory, voter mobilization, and activist campaigns behind municipal, state, and federal reparation policies, programs, and political candidates.

    The RTF is looking for Democrats Abroad members who are motivated to jump into the fight for full reparative justice for Black Americans. We are looking for volunteers who wish to support H.R. 40 and all other American reparative legislation at the local, state, and national levels.

    WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

    Join the Reparations Task Force Team!

    If you are interested in getting involved in this fight for justice, please send an email to [email protected].

    Also contact your representatives and make sure they support the federal bill H.R. 40 and any state or local reparations initiatives in your voting state.

     

    DA Reparations Leadership:

    Antar Keith
    | DPCA Voting Rep, Germany; Saxony Chapter Vice Chair
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    • News

      "Why We Can't Wait" Event Summary

      Education and Action Resources 

      “Why We Can’t Wait”: Democrats Abroad in Conversation with Human Rights Watch, Nikkei Progressives, and Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress

      January 16, 2022

      Summary Notes

      1. HR 40 would establish a commission to study the case for reparative justice for African Americans.  It would give 18 months for this commission to produce a report.
      2. The euphemistically-titled “Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians” took approximately 2 years to produce its report from its 1980 establishment. (A summary can be read here.)  It then took until 1988 to pass legislation to implement the recommendations of that Commission.  
      3. Implementing the proposals of both did/would take as much or as little time as the congressional will to write and pass a law that would establish reparative justice solutions

      Learn

      1. NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations by Nikkei for Civil Right and Redress
      2. Join the organizers of the Pilgrimage to Manzanar (Virtual) to learnApril 24, 2022, 12pm PST
      3. One of the most profoundly impactful moments of progress and regress in the history of reparative justice for African Americans is that of the Civil War and Reconstruction in the 1800s.  Eric Foner, Columbia University Historian, has long-been a leading voice in understanding this time and its impacts on today.  His semester-long course is available here.
      4. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s works on US history can be very valuable in understanding the larger structures of white supremacy in the establishment and growth of the United States.  Here are several.
      5. Some colleges have been taking leadership roles establishing reparative justice.  Some have yet to do so.  
      6. Lessons from the Canadian Reparative Justice movement.
      7. Nikkei Progressive Organizations
        1. Nikkei Progressives on Facebook and Instagram
        2. San Jose Nikkei Resisters
      8. Dreisen Heath’s, of Human Rights Watch, testimony to congress on the importance of passing HR 40.
      9. Statement of the “Why We Can’t Wait” Coalition on the importance of passing HR 40.
      10. Join Democrats Abroad’s Women’s Caucus to learn how to best frame discourse to communicate the political messages you want to.  Saturday, January 22.

      Act

      1. During Japanese Removal and Concentration, LA Mayor Fletcher Bowron said: "We put forth considerable effort to get the Japs out and they should stay out."  Sign the petition to rename LA’s “Fletcher Bowron Square”
      2. Join/Organize a “write-in” where you gather with others who want to talk to those close to them about these issues, but struggle to find the way to broach difficult conversations.
        1. Join a write-in
        2. Organize a write-in: Sample Agenda
      3. Join the Reparations Task Force of Democrats Abroad to stay up on events and actions for the passage of HR 40 and beyond.
      4. Join the Progressive Caucus of Democrats Abroad and keep up with monthly Biden-Harris Progress Reports and other events.
      5. Human Rights Watch “Reparations Now” Statement and social media shareable with excellent video on Tulsa, OK and the history of terrorism against the former “Black Wall St.” community of Greenwood.
      6. DID YOU KNOW?  During WWII, the U.S. government went outside its borders and violated the rights of over 2,200 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry in 13 Latin American countries in the name of “national security.”  These “potentially dangerous enemy aliens” were imprisoned in concentration camps in the U.S. for use as hostages in exchange for U.S. citizens held in Far East war zones. Over 70 years later, the U.S. government has yet to acknowledge and properly redress these crimes against humanity.  Learn more about what you can do here

      Other Actions Items for Justice

      1. Help get universal healthcare in California.  It’s closer than ever to becoming reality!
      2. Push for New Jersey Out-of-State Voting Rights!
      3. Use that push to advocate for a NJ State Reparations Task Force.
      4. Utilize letter-writing campaign to push for HR 40, collaborate with Stateside allies for this push in a combined effort!



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      WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

      Join the Reparations Task Force Team!

      If you are interested in getting involved in this fight for justice, please send an email to [email protected].

      Also contact your representatives and make sure they support the federal bill H.R. 40 and any state or local reparations initiatives in your voting state.

       

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      Upcoming Events

      Wednesday, February 09, 2022 at 06:00 PM Berlin Time · 3 rsvps
      Zoom

      Call Storm in Support of H.R. 40

      "If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there's no progress. If you pull it all the way out, that's not progress. Progress is healing the wound that the blow made. And they haven't even pulled the knife out, much less heal the wound... They won't even admit the knife is there." – Malcolm X
       
      This Black History Month, join the Reparations Task Force in our fight for collective freedom as we seek to pass H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act, in the U.S. House. 
       
      At this moment—this very moment—H.R. 40 has enough support needed to pass out of the full House. On February 9 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. CET, we will be carrying out a call storm for three Democratic lawmakers who hold the power to bring the bill to a vote:
       
      •Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), Speaker of the U.S. House: (202) 225-7000, (202) 225-4965
       
      •Steny Hoyer (MD-5), Majority Leader of U.S. House: (202) 225-7000, (202) 225-4131
       
      •Jim Clyburn (SC-6), Majority Whip of the U.S. House: (202) 225-3315
       
      Be sure to have access to U.S. landlines. Skype is the preferred method, and subscribers to Microsoft's Office 365 receive 60 minutes of free Skype phone talking-time every month. If you are absolutely unable to make calls, you may also join us by sending emails. 
       
      The moral arc of the universe is long, but working together in solidarity we can and will bend it towards justice. As MLK taught us, no one can or should be able set a timetable for another's freedom. Let's push our Democratic leaders to heal the wound. Together. 
       
      RSVP today!
       
      Can't make it on February 9? We will have another calling session on February 10 at 9:00 a.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. CET. 
      Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 03:00 PM Berlin Time · 1 rsvp
      Zoom

      Call Storm in Support of H.R. 40

      "If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there's no progress. If you pull it all the way out, that's not progress. Progress is healing the wound that the blow made. And they haven't even pulled the knife out, much less heal the wound... They won't even admit the knife is there." – Malcolm X
       
      This Black History Month, join the Reparations Task Force in our fight for collective freedom as we seek to pass H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act, in the U.S. House. 
       
      At this moment—this very moment—H.R. 40 has enough support needed to pass out of the full House. On February 10 at 9:00 a.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. CET, we will be carrying out a call storm for three Democratic lawmakers who hold the power to bring the bill to a vote:
       
      •Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), Speaker of the U.S. House: (202) 225-7000, (202) 225-4965
       
      •Steny Hoyer (MD-5), Majority Leader of U.S. House: (202) 225-7000, (202) 225-4131
       
      •Jim Clyburn (SC-6), Majority Whip of the U.S. House: (202) 225-3315
       
      Be sure to have access to U.S. landlines. Skype is the preferred method, and subscribers to Microsoft's Office 365 receive 60 minutes of free Skype phone talking-time every month. If you are absolutely unable to make calls, you may also join us by sending emails. 
       
      The moral arc of the universe is long, but working together in solidarity we can and will bend it towards justice. As MLK taught us, no one can or should be able set a timetable for another's freedom. Let's push our Democratic leaders to heal the wound. Together. 
       
      RSVP today!