For news coverage from the Washinfton Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31363-2002Aug17.html

REPARATIONS
A working class and anti-racist issue
Posted August 18
Between 5, 000 to 10,000 people, the overwhelming majority being of African descent, traveled from all over the country as well as Canada and elsewhere to attend some or all of the six hour Millions for Reparations rally that took place near the U.S. Capitol. The average age ranged from the very young to the elderly.

The August 17th organizers announced that the next large event for Millions for Reparations will be held in September, 2003 at the United Nations. They have called for local reparations rallies to be held in every state leading up to this event.

Posted Aug 7
Rally August 17, Washington, DC

Following the Civil War, the U.S. government promised the former African slaves in the South "40 acres and a mule" as compensation for enriching the U.S. economy under the most brutal of conditions--the whip and chains. This promise was never realized. Instead, the freed slaves became the victims of KKK racist terror and legalized Jim Crow segregation for almost a century. To this day, the U.S. government has refused to formally apologize to the Black population for the crimes against humanity that their ancestors endured under slavery and institutionalized racism that still remains entrenched within this society.

Before the historic World Conference Against Racism was held in Durban, South Africa last year, a number of organizations such as the National Black United Front and December 12 Movement initiated a call for a rally on the 115th anniversary of the leader of the Back to Africa movement, Marcus Garvey to demand long overdue reparations for the descendants of African slaves.

An important lawsuit has been filed in New York and New Jersey to demand that corporations who profited from investments in the slave trade, pay reparations. The unpaid wages of African slaves is estimated today at a staggering $1.4 trillion based on the lawsuit. Any monies won from the lawsuit will go into a collective fund to help fund health care, education and housing for African Americans

*Organize for the "Millions for Reparations" Rally taking place August 17th in Washington D.C. Contact: (718) 398-1766 or Toll free (866) 817-5729,
email Info@MillionsForReparations.com for more information.*

The International Action Center will be organizing transportation for August 17th. For more information, call 212-633-6646 or go to http://www.iacenter.org Round trip tickets are $30. Buses will be leaving from 39 W. 14th St. (between 5th and 6th Ave.) at 6am and leaving Washington at 4pm. If you are in a union, inquire about the "Labor for Reparations" bus.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about the August 6th public forum on reparations
or the IAC buses to August 17th, call 212-633-6646.

http://www.iacenter.org
iacenter@iacenter.org

International Action Center
39 West 14th Street, Room 206
New York, NY 10011
email: iacenter@iacenter.org
fax: 212 633-2889

web: www.iacenter.org

phone: 212 633-6646

 

 

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