Juneteenth Social Media Toolkit

As we get closer to Juneteenth please keep note of the following important information.

Please see and share the following information to join our global campaign:

Here is a social media toolkit, complete with unbranded graphics and social media posts.

The campaign page, where you and others can sign the petition: https://www.hrw.org/ReparationsNow.

Signing the above petition, especially, will make sure Biden knows how many Americans believe in reparatory justice. Be sure to fill it out with your U.S. voting address.

"Dream Bigger": Japanese-American Activists Commemorate Internment by Pushing for Black Reparations (Feb. 20, 2022)

The activists who joined Democrats Abroad on January 16, 2022, for our Why We Can't Wait event commemorated the WWII-era mass incarceration of Japanese-Americans in American-made concentration camps.



Organize your own CallStorm Event using these Scripts!

If access to anyone is blocked by a zip code, CAPTCHA malfunction, or any other impediment, contact [email protected] for tips on how to bypass such inconveniences and get your communication to them.

Bolded in red sections require filling in!


Call Script

This call script was inspired by Human Rights Watch and the H.R. 40 Coalition's Letter to Congress, a letter which 350+ organizations signed onto in support of H.R. 40. The DA Reparations Task Force is also a proud signatory of this letter.

Dear Speaker Pelosi / Majority Leader Hoyer / Majority Whip Clyburn:

Greetings, 

My name is ____ and I am calling Rep. XXX's office on behalf of Democrats Abroad, the foreign arm of the U.S. Democratic Party. As a DNC-recognized State Party, we seek to represent the more than 6.7 million voters who live abroad. This Black History Month, we strongly urge Rep. XXX to immediately bring House Resolution (H.R.) 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, to a full vote on the House floor.

H.R. 40 has a record 215 members of Congress committed to voting “yes” when the bill comes to the House floor. Furthermore, the enactment of a commission to study reparations is a part of the Democratic Party's own 2020 platform. Now is the time to bring the bill to the floor. The world is watching.

We Dems Abroad firmly believe that addressing pervasive anti-Black racism and providing reparations, long overdue, cannot wait another day, month, year, or decade. We must act now.

We appreciate your listening to us. If you have any additional questions or need additional information, please contact me at: ______.  

Or contact the DA Reparations Task Force at: [email protected]


Email Script

This email script was inspired by Human Rights Watch and the H.R. 40 Coalition's Letter to Congress, a letter which 350+ organizations signed onto in support of H.R. 40. The DA Reparations Task Force is also a proud signatory of this letter.

Dear Speaker Pelosi / Majority Leader Hoyer / Majority Whip Clyburn:

My name is ____ and I am writing Rep. XXX on behalf of Democrats Abroad, the foreign arm of the U.S. Democratic Party. As a DNC-recognized State Party, we seek to represent the more than 6.7 million voters who live abroad. This Black History Month, we strongly urge Rep. XXX to immediately bring House Resolution (H.R.) 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, to a full vote on the House floor.

H.R. 40 has a record 215 members of Congress committed to voting “yes” when the bill comes to the House floor. With this level of support, it should pass the House, so long as Leadership sticks to public promises to get behind it and advance the bill. Furthermore, the enactment of a commission to study reparations is a part of the Democratic Party's own 2020 platform. Now is the time to make our words reality. American voters around the world are watching.

People in the US are now more eager than ever to pull back the curtain on institutions to see whether they have helped to advance or stall racial progress, and those institutions include the US Congress. As states, cities, and other institutions, including the state of California; Providence, Rhode Island; Burlington, Vermont; Tallahassee, Oklahoma; Greenbelt, Maryland; Detroit, Michigan; Evanston, Illinois; Georgetown University; the Jesuits; and others pursue reparations at an accelerated pace, it would be sheer irony for the federal government, which sanctioned the kidnapping and trafficking in human beings that slavery entailed, and maintained subsequent anti-Black laws and institutions, to continue to lag behind.

H.R. 40 would establish an expert commission to study the legacy of slavery and how the failure to address harms stemming from it have resulted in huge racial disparities between white and Black people in: the ability to accumulate wealth; to access health care, education, housing and employment opportunities; environmental outcomes; and policing, among other things. 

Like the commission that investigated the forced relocation and wrongful incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, H.R. 40 can help pave the way for a critical and truthful reckoning and accounting for past harms and the present harms that flow from them.

The US Congress made history when, on April 14, 2021, the House Judiciary Committee voted to move H.R. 40 to the House Floor for full consideration, the first time in the bill’s 32-year history. Eight months later, the bill continues to languish. When the bill has so much support, it would be an indictment against everything we, as Democrats, stand for if we allow the bill to die. While we recognize the importance of symbolic measures, such as the speedy and nearly unanimous vote in the House of Representatives this year to establish Juneteenth as a federal holiday, the House must similarly act without delay to bring H.R. 40 to the floor for a vote so that a substantive study can proceed that can bring about real change.

The world is waiting to see how the US government makes amends and repairs the harm stemming from slavery and legal discrimination, but every year the same message gets sent: Black votes matter, but not Black lives. Continued investments in good public policy measures, such as tax cuts for families with children and investments in affordable housing in the Build Back Better Act, are important, but public policy alone does not address past harm and has never been enough to end contemporary forms of racism, dehumanization, and exclusion. Undoing racial injustice and achieving racial healing requires remedy and repair, a principle well established in international human rights law.

We Dems Abroad firmly believe that addressing pervasive anti-Black racism and providing reparations, long overdue, cannot wait another day, month, year, or decade. We are in a once-in-a-lifetime moment that we cannot let slip away if we are to begin the process of righting the country’s wrongs. Voters will remember what Congress did and did not do when it had the power to act. It has that power now. It should ask itself: How do we want history to remember us?

We hope that we can count on you to be on the right side of history and move Congress to take this meaningful first step in the right direction. We ask that you bring H.R. 40 to the House floor for a vote as soon as possible.

We appreciate your time and consideration. If you have additional questions or need additional information, please contact me at: ______.  

Or contact the DA Reparations Task Force at: [email protected]

Democratically Yours,

______

 



BIG NEWS IN THE FIGHT FOR REPARATIVE JUSTICE!

On Feb. 4th 2022, a group of more than 360 organizations, including the Democrats Abroad Reparations Task Force, signed on to a letter urging House leadership to bring the H.R. 40 reparations study bill to a full vote. Learn more about the campaign here: https://www.tag24.com/politics/us-politics/why-we-cant-wait-crunch-time-for-reparations-as-advocates-demand-house-vote-on-hr-40-2317574


"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!




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.